This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create shiny reflective 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
And 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 Fuzzy Select Tool.
And enter the following Add to the current selection settings into the Tool Options box.
Then carefully left-click inside each letter to isolate each letter with a Selection Marquee. As illustrated below.
Now that you have isolated your text string with a Selection Marquee, you are ready for the next step.
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Blend Tool.
And from the Blend Tool’s Tool Options box, set the following Four Bars Gradient - as illustrated below.
For personal rainbow results, it’s important to experiment with different Gradient Shapes.
Now, left-click and stretch a “Gradient Line” over the selected text - as illustrated below.
As soon as you release the mouse button, a gradient will be applied inside of each selected letter - as illustrated below.
Fill Each Letter (Instead Of Full Text String) - Click Here To Learn How
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.
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.
From the top menu, choose Select and then choose None.
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.
Congratulations, your Shiny Reflective Text is complete and it’s ready to save.
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