This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create atmospheric lightning 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.
From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Move Tool.
Then, 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 left-side Toolbox, activate the Bucket Fill Tool.
And set the following Pattern Fill setting into the Bucket Fill’s Options Box by
left-clicking the tiny Pattern, as illustrated below-left. And from the subsequent Pattern Library pop-up menu, left-click over the Lightning Swatch - as illustrated below-right.
Now, carefully left-click over each letter to fill them with the lightning pattern - as illustrated below.
Then from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Crop Tool.
And 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.
To apply a Bevel to the text (working on the Text Layer); from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor and then choose Add Bevel. Now, enter Bevel Thickness 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 Atmospheric Lightning Text is complete, and it is ready to save.
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