Step 1 Open up the GIMP if it’s already not open and create a new file. The defaults are ok for the purposes of this tutorial.
Step 2 Now using the text tool (Shortcut: T), add some text to your canvas. I didn’t make the color of the text have too much contrast with the color of the background. We’ll make the text stand out by giving it a dark outline.
Step 3 While the text tool is still selected, select the text you just created. Next, go into tool options and click “Create Path from Text”:
Step 4 Now create a transparent layer under your text layer. I called it “Outline”:
Step 5 Then go to Select > From Path (Shortcut: Shift+V):
Step 6 Next, go to Select > Grow and select the width of your outline. I chose 5px. After you have grown the selection, fill it with the bucket tool (Shortcut: Shift+B). Then press Ctrl+Shift+A to Select None and there you have it: outlined text!