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 tomcat's tutorial - iText
Doesn't this fine plastic text look yummy? Read on and you'll learn how to create it using the Gimp. The tutorial was tested with Gimp 1.1 and 1.2 and requires some knowledge about layers and layer modes.
1: Create a new image (the example image is 320*320 pixels), transparent, and add your text in a desired color (I've used #007FFF).
2: Choose selection from alpha channel (<Image> --> Layers --> Alpha to Selection) and shrink it by 10 pixels (<Image> --> Selection --> Shrink...). This value may variate if choosing other image sizes.
3: Create a new layer and fill the selection with white. Deselect and apply Gaussian Blur (<Image> --> Filters --> Blur --> Gaussian Blur (IIR)..., x=y=20, values may variate for other image sizes). Set the channel mode to "Overlay" and duplicate the layer. It should look like shown here.
4: Create a new image of the same size as the first, set its mode to "grayscale" (<Image> --> Mode --> Grayscale), print your text and blur it (<Image> --> Filters --> Blur --> Gaussian Blur (IIR)..., x=y=20, values may variate for other image sizes). The image should also be flat.
5: Now, we return to our first image. Add a new layer on the top, fill it with black and set its mode to "screen". The image should look the same as in 3.
6a: With the black layer activated, call the lighting plug-in (<Image> --> Filters --> Light effects --> Lighting effects...). Set the options for light as shown here...
6b: ...material options...
6c: ...bumpmap options. Apply the filter.
7: Your result.
8: The final image. I've added some drop shadow and a white background.
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