This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to blend text with vintage wood. To work along, you are welcome to download the Vintage Wood Start Image I am working with Here. Unzip the file and open the image onto GIMP’s workspace.
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.
Launch GIMP & Organise Its Workspace & Palettes
Open your choice of Start Image onto GIMP’s workspace - File then Open - Ctrl then O.
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).
Then set the Foreground Colour Swatch to Solid White.
(Tap the D Key then tap the X Key).
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Text Tool. (Text Tool Tutorial).
The size of the Text is determined by your Image’s Resolution (Size) - and the look you are seeking.
And enter text attributes of your choice into the Text Tool’s Options Box.
After you have set your Text attributes: left-click once over the Wood 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.
From the left-side Toolbox, activate the Move Tool.
Then left-click over your workspace’s Text, and drag your Text to a central position - as illustrated below.
5/ Understand Layers - Understand Blend Modes
Now, change the Text Layer’s Blend Mode from Normal to Overlay.
For personal text blends, experiment with different Blend Modes and Layer Opacities.
Then right-click over the Text Layer, and from the subsequent drop-down list, choose Duplicate Layer. (This brightens the text).
To displace the text’s edges, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Distorts then choose Ripple. Now, from the subsequent Ripple dialogue box, enter the following settings, or experiment, and then click OK.
Then from the top menu, choose Image then choose Flatten Image.
To finish, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Enhance and then choose Unsharp Mask. And from the subsequent Unsharp Mask dialogue box, enter the following settings, or experiment, and then click OK.
Now, from the left-side Toolbox, activate the Crop Tool.
And then Crop away any extraneous wood pixels.
Left-click over your image to commit the crop.
To apply a border, from the top menu, choose Filters then choose Decor and then choose Add Border. And from the subsequent Script-Fu Add Border dialogue box, set Border X and Y Dimensions of your choice. Now, set a Border Colour of your choice, and then click OK.
Congratulations, your Text and Vintage Wood Blend is complete, and is ready to Optimise and Save.
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