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This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create an Entwined Logo.

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.

Note
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

1/
Create a New (Transparent) Image, and set the following Width and Height and Fill with Transparency attributes. ( I am creating an entwined initial logo, however, make your canvas larger if you are creating an entwined name).

Note
If you are not printing your work, set a Resolution of 72.000 Pixels. If you are printing your work, a resolution of 300.000 Pixels will be better.





2/
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Text Tool. (
Text Tool Tutorial).

Note
The size of the Text is determined by your
Image’s Resolution (Size) - and the look you are seeking.



Set the Foreground and Background Colour Swatches to two colours you would like your entwined logo to be. If you are working with one colour, set the Foreground Swatch to your choice of colour. Now, enter a Font and Font Size of your choice into the Options Box: I am utilising a Font named
Fairydust.



                         

After you have set your Text attributes: left-click once over the your transparent image. And from the subsequent Gimp Text Editor dialogue box, type in a Text String of your choice, and then click Close - as illustrated below.

  

3/
From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Move Tool.



Then left-click over your workspace’s Text; (and remembering to leave room for the second initial or name), drag your Text to a suitable position - as illustrated below.
      


4/ Important
Left-click to activate the Background Layer.



5/
Then (if you are using a second colour), set the Foreground Swatch to your second colour choice. (Tapping your X Key will swap the Foreground and Background Colours).



6/
Now, activate the Text Tool: and then left-click over your image. And from the subsequent GIMP Text Editor dialogue box, enter your second name or initial, and then click Close - as illustrated below.
   


7/
Then reposition the second name or initial slightly over the first, using the Move Tool .

            

Tip
You can nudge the active name or initial into position pixel by pixel by tapping your Keyboard’s Arrow Keys.



Tip
Now is a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

8/
From the Layers Palette - right-click over the Second Initial’s Layer as illustrated
below-left. And from the subsequent drop-down list, select Duplicate Layer.

                         

9/
Then From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Rectangle Select Tool



And enter the following Add to the current selection settings into the Options Bar.

                     

Then (working on the Second Initial’s Duplicated Layer as illustrated below-left), left-click and drag out a small Rectangular Shaped Selection Marquee (s) over the area (s) you want to remove - as illustrated below-right.

           

Tip
Disable the Rectangle Select Tool by activating any other Tool; I always activate the Move Tool.

10/
Then from the top menu, choose Edit and then choose Clear. (Alternatively, tap your Keyboard’s D Key). Your image won’t change its appearance; however, the Layers Palette will change to the following.



11/
Now, from the top menu, choose Select and then choose None.

      

12/
Then from the Layers Palette, drag the Second Initial’s Duplicated Layer to the Top of the Layers Stack. Moving the Second Initial’s Duplicated Layer to the Top of the Layers Stack creates an entwined illusion, as illustrated below-right.

             

Tip
Now is a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

13/ Add A Drop Shadow
Activate the original Second Initial’s Layer - as illustrated below. 



14/
Then from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Light and Shadow and then choose Drop Shadow. From the subsequent Script-Fu Drop Shadow dialogue box, enter Drop Shadow settings of your choice, and then click OK.



            

15/
Then activate the First Initial’s Layer - as illustrated below. And apply the same Drop Shadow to it.



(Press Ctrl then F to reapply the last Filter).

       

Merge Down Layers Tip
You may find it helpful to Merge Together (Merge Down) the Initial’s Layer with the Drop Shadow’s Layer. To do so, right-click over the Initial’s Layer and select Merge Down from the subsequent drop-down list. 

Merge Down Layers Example.

16/ Add An Inner Bevel
Now, still working on the First Initial’s Layer apply a Bevel to it. To add a Bevel, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor then choose Add Bevel. And from the subsequent Script-Fu Add Bevel dialogue box, enter Bevel settings of your choice, and then click OK.
 


Note
Ensure Work on copy is unmarked.
 

           


17/
Then activate the Second Initial’s Duplicated Layer - as illustrated below. And apply the same Bevel to it.

(Press Ctrl then F to reapply the last Filter).
   


            

18/
Now, from the Toolbox, activate the Eraser Tool.



And set the following (Circle Fuzzy 17) attributes into the Options Bar.



Then (Zoom into your image if necessary), and still working on the Second Initial’s Duplicated Layer - carefully remove the following unsightly area.

   

Tip
Now is a good time to save your Layered Image as a
GIMP XCF File.

Tip
Disable the Eraser Tool by activating any other Tool; I always activate the Move Tool.

19/
From the top menu, choose Image and then choose Merge Visible Layers.

                

20/
Congratulations, your entwined logo is ready to
Crop to size, and to optimise and save.



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.

              


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