Placing text along a path is fairly easy but it can be one of the most frustrating processes on Gimp. I will begin with showing how to do it and it
turns out wrong then I will describe the fixes and then complete the process.
I am putting this on a new image for the tutorial but you can obviously put it on an image of your choice but if you do I suggest you add a new layer
to your image. It is not required, but it does make things a little easier especially if you need to move it around a little.
Once you have your image ready, select the "Path" tool and draw your path. Each dot you see in the image below is a click of the mouse. You do not
actually "Draw it out", but set points for the path to follow.
When your path is done click on the "Add Text" tool. Your path will disappear(don't worry it is still there). Add your text as you choose it to be,
but make sure it is nowhere near your path(text and font, the color does not matter as long as it is visible to you for adjustments). (also, if you
are not using Gimp 2.8 your text area will not look like this but it will still be the same process) Once you have your text ready, right click on the
text area and select "Text along Path".
A red outlined version of your text will then appear along your path. This is where it can get frustrating. As you can see in the image below the text
did not fit and was distorted.
The fix to this can be done in a few ways. Start by undoing the last action then
First, you can adjust the text size, but sometimes if you have a long set of text the letters will be too small to be
read. Second, you can back up and redraw your path to be larger/longer. Third, a compromise between the first and second option. Either way it can be
a back and forth process.
Once you have what you want, delete your text layer by right clicking the layer and selecting "delete layer". The text along the path is not really
there, you have to finish the process or you will loose it.
At the very top of the layers window you will see some tabs. You may only have 3, I have mine set to 4, select the "paths" tab. In the layers
section you will see the original path you drew with no eye(showing it is invisible) and a visible(the eye is showing) layer of your text path. Right
click the text layer and select "Path to Selection"
This next part is important. If you forget this step it will not work and frustration can occur. Turn off the visibility of the created text along the
path. This will leave you with the "ants" running the shape of the text.
Once you have the "ants' and the red outline is gone it is time to fill in the "ants" you can do this however you wish. You can click the
"brush" tool and paint it in the color of your choice, you can use the "bucket fill" tool and fill them up in the color of your choice, or you can
use the "blend tool" like I have in the image below(I used the "Gold" option). Then just click "Select" and choose "None"
And you are done.
You can then repeat as necessary, but if you do I suggest going to your "Paths" tab and deleting all layers so you have a clean slate for the next