This GIMP (GNU) tutorial demonstrates how to create colourful UK flag filled text.
You will find a large selection of world flags Here.
Before you begin, download and unzip the zipped UK Seamless Pattern, Here. Then install it (Copy & Paste), into GIMP’s main programme files - as fully demonstrated in my Install Seamless Patterns Tutorial Here.
When working with your own flag image, please Link Here to learn how to Create & Save Seamless Patterns. Then return to this tutorial to create your Flag Filled Text.
Once you have created and Exported your Seamless Pattern to GIMP’s Patterns Folder, you are ready to begin this tutorial.
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
I find this type of effect works well with a large, chunky text. I am utilising a Font named Bell Gothic Std Bold.
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 UK Pattern Swatch - as illustrated below-right.
Now, carefully left-click over each letter to fill them with the UK pattern (or your own choice of 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 UK Flag Text is complete, and it is ready to save.
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