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PsychedelicWonders
October 5th, 2008, 06:13 AM
Alright I am new to GIMP and editing stuff on a computer in general.

Now I just took a basic text, turned it a particular color and then "painted" the background black...

But the blue words seem very "pixely" and the lines are not smooth and defined.

What am I doing wrong?

Don't tell me I have to zoom in and color in each individual pixel to make it look right?

I did this on the "S" on the end of this logo and it still doesnt even look right.

Also, GIMP doesnt seem to even have the particular font style I am looking for,

How do I get more fonts to use them in GIMP?

Look how crappy this looks... how do I make it look less crappy without having to color in each pixel?

jamesrl
October 5th, 2008, 06:40 AM
First select black as your background color, and blue as your foreground color. Then create a new image making sure in Advanced Options, it says Fill with Background Color. Click on the A to create Text, resize the Font, and type. You probably want to crop the image afterwards (shift-C or select cropping tool icon. You can also use prospective tool (shift-P) to stretch the words.

Also from starting gimp, you may want to play around with some of the extensions (e.g., pull down Xtns menu, choose a logo setting, be sure to change the text.) E.g with frosty and 5 seconds I got the attachment.

Cheers.

Giant Speck
October 5th, 2008, 06:46 AM
To get the effect you want, you need to create two layers. The first layer, the one with the text, you have already created. The second one is the one you will use the paint bucket to turn black.

First, open the layers window.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial1.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial1.png)

Next, create a text box with your desired text, font, and color.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial2.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial2.png)

Switch back to the other layer.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial3.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial3.png)

Use the paint bucket to make it black.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial4.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial4.png)

Then, select the crop tool.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial5.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial5.png)

Select the area you want to crop.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial6.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial6.png)

Finally, click inside the desired crop area to crop it.
http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/th_tutorial7.png (http://i279.photobucket.com/albums/kk122/SpecKtacle/tutorial7.png)

Finally, all you need to do is merge the layers together and save.

To merge the layers, just right-click on of the layers in the layers window and either select "Merge Visible Layers" or "Flatten Image."

PsychedelicWonders
October 5th, 2008, 04:45 PM
Alright before we go any further, it seems I am having trouble with making the text my "Active" part of what I am working on...

When I use the "move tool" icon, instead of grabbing and moving the text like I want, it seems to grab the background of the entire GIMP picture and moves it instead.

How do I "highlight" the text to let the computer know that is that I want to actually move?

Also, I keep trying to change the color of the font... but for some reason it doesnt want to change color now?

It just stays black, yet I see the color I want on the side?

The picture attached you will see the background has moved completely instead of my text and I also show the text color as what I want... yet it will not activate?

PsychedelicWonders
October 5th, 2008, 05:06 PM
Alright I think I've gotten it so far.

But since I have changed the background to black for purposes of the logo... once I crop it, I cant seem to turn the background back to white (the background of GIMP, not the logo I just made, I want to keep the logo black... how do I do that?

donec
October 5th, 2008, 05:07 PM
To move the text you must be sure you are on the proper layer. You can do that by clicking on the proper layer in the Layer tab. Then you need to use the move tool and be sure your cursor is on the text and not between the letters.

PsychedelicWonders
October 5th, 2008, 05:18 PM
First select black as your background color, and blue as your foreground color. Then create a new image making sure in Advanced Options, it says Fill with Background Color. Click on the A to create Text, resize the Font, and type. You probably want to crop the image afterwards (shift-C or select cropping tool icon. You can also use prospective tool (shift-P) to stretch the words.

Also from starting gimp, you may want to play around with some of the extensions (e.g., pull down Xtns menu, choose a logo setting, be sure to change the text.) E.g with frosty and 5 seconds I got the attachment.

Cheers.

I like this logo section very very much.

But do I really have to X out and "not Save" every time I want to try another logo style?

Or is there a quicker way to toggle between various logo styles?

Half-Left
October 5th, 2008, 08:56 PM
You can do all sorts of cool stuff with text in GIMP, use Alpha to Selection on the layer then "Select" in the menu.

play about with the size of your selection, feather it for a nice glow. Apply a gradient across your text selection and do it again but shrink it and repeat. Added Filter lighting Effects for a realistic look.

pietjanjaap
October 5th, 2008, 09:00 PM
http://screencasters.heathenx.org/blog/
Maybe this is something for you, how to for inkscape.