I’m running Ubuntu Breezy. The latest Gimp available – 2.2.x still suffers from insufficient text manipulation functionality e.g. letter spacing, transfomations. It seems some improvements will be available in 2.4. Till then a Freetype plugin can help a bit.
The page offers just a source so you need to compile and install it:
- Get the source code
apt-get install libgimp2.0-dev
- Untar source/configure/make/make install
- Start gimp, you'll find it in Filters>Text>Freetype
- Add path (configure) of each font you want to use separately. Adding just
/usr/share/fontsis not enough.