This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create cool blue, glass tile text.
You can quickly Undo a step at any time by pressing Ctrl then Z. Alternatively, click a previous Undo History snapshot - Windows then Dockable Dialogues then click Undo History. In addition, to Zoom in (or Zoom out) of your image; from the top menu, choose View then select a Zoom Tool from the subsequent drop-down list.
Ensure the Layers and the Undo History Palettes are visible, and then drag them into position over your workspace - (Windows then Dockable Dialogues - then click Layers and Undo History).
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Create a New (Transparent) Image, and set the following Width and Height and Fill with Transparency attributes. (Alternatively, select Image settings of your choice).
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Text Tool.
The Text’s Size is determined by the Image’s Resolution (Size), and the look you are seeking.
Then from the left-side Tool Options Box, enter Text Attributes (the Size, Colour and Font), of your choice.
Comprehensive Text Tool Tutorial - Please Click Here
Then left-click over your canvas and type in either a one-lined, or a multiple-lined text string of your choice.
(GIMP gives Text its own Layer - as illustrated below).
Enlarge Text (GIMP 2.8)
To enlarge your applied text, first highlight it, and then gradually increase the text size by clicking the tiny chevrons, highlighted below.
How To Change Your Applied Text’s Colour (GIMP 2.8)
To change your text’s colour, after its application: first, highlight the applied text with your cursor - as illustrated above. And then from the Text Tool’s Tool Options box, left-click over the Colour Swatch. And from the subsequent Text Colour dialogue box, select a nice ice blue colour, and then click OK.
Your workspace’s text will immediately change to your new colour choice, as demonstrated below.
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Move Tool.
And still working on the Text Layer, left-click over your Workspace’s Text: and drag your Text to a central position - as illustrated below.
Now, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Artistic and then choose Glass Tile. And from the subsequent Glass Tile dialogue box, experiment with the Tile Width and Tile Height settings to discover a look you like, and then click OK.
Duplicate Text Layer Tip
You can deepen the effect by Duplicating the Text Layer. To do so, right-click over the Text Layer, and from the subsequent drop-down list, choose Duplicate Layer.
From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Crop Tool.
And then Crop away any unwanted transparent canvas - Crop Tool Tutorial For Beginners.
Now, from the top menu, choose Image and then choose Merge Visible Layers.
Transparent GIF Tip
Link Here to learn how to save your Transparent Image as a Transparent GIF.
Fill Layer Tip
My Tutorial Here demonstrates how to create a Fill Layer and Fill it with either a Solid Colour, Pattern or a Gradient.
Drop Shadow Tip
To apply a Drop Shadow to the text (working on the Text Layer); from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow. Now, enter Drop Shadow settings of your choice, and then click OK.
Soften Edges Tip
If you notice ragged text edges, you can smooth them using GIMP’s Blur/Sharpen Tool.
When using the Blur/Sharpen Tool to smooth edges, it’s important to set the Tool to Blur. Now, set a very low Opacity - and then build up the blurring effect, slowly.
To create extra impact, apply a Sharpening Filter of your choice - Filters then Enhance.
Congratulations, your Cool Blue Glass Tile Text is complete and it’s ready to save.
Now you are familiar with this technique, you can have lots of fun creating cool blue glass tile effects.
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