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GIMP for Beginners 4: GIMP Text: Create Stunning Text Effects

teacher avatar Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Text Font, Color and Size

    • 3. Using Fancy Internet Fonts

    • 4. Text with Colored Boxes

    • 5. Text and Box Drop Shadows

    • 6. Outlining with Text Paths

    • 7. Text Toolbox Effects

    • 8. Text Effects

    • 9. Text in Layer Masks

    • 10. GIMP for Beginners Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this, the fourth GIMP for Beginners class, you'll learn to add and configure text in your images using the GIMP.  Most of this class is dedicated to ways to make your text more readable and to make it pop off the page.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Text Font, Color and Size
  • Adding Free Internet Fonts
  • Text & Colored Boxes
  • Text & Box Drop Shadows
  • Text Paths and Outlining
  • Text & the Toolbox Tools
  • Text Effects
  • Text in Layer Maps

Note that this is the last education class in the beginners series before the final classes in which we'll focus on making book covers and memes.

So, if you're ready to take your GIMP skills to the next level, this is the course for you.

I'll see you in the classroom,


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to my class on gimp text. This class is going to be packed with information, so we need to get through this intro quick. The first thing we're going to cover is basically how toe enter text in the gimp, how to set the font, the color and the size thes the basics of entering text and probably all that most gimp users. Typically, no, but you can do much more. For instance, you can add free find extension some of these very fancy off the Internet. You can also add colored boxes to make your tax pop. Another way to make your text pop is to use drop shadows. This makes it looks like clear text is floating off the page. Finally, we'll look at using Pasto. Outline your text so you could have a faint text color, but maybe outline it in black to make it stand out on a page. Next, we'll look at using the text tools to apply all kinds of effects, doing perspective, doing flips, re sizing and so on. And then finally, we're going to look at actually using the filter effects to apply things like wind and water and so on to the text. Then we're going to look at using text in layer maps so that we can make a text shape image appear on the screen. So if you're ready, I'm ready. Let's start with the first lecture. 2. Text Font, Color and Size: welcome everyone in this lesson, we're going to take a look. A text. In fact, in this class we're going to take a look, a text, But in this lesson specifically, we're gonna look at the basics of text, how to enter it. And so on later we're gonna look a text effects. When I look at loading text fonts off the Internet, I'm going to show you all kinds of ways to use text and interesting ways. By the time we get done with this, we're gonna be ready to make a book cover. So let's go ahead and will start the camp, and then we will bring are and then I will create a new image. It doesn't matter what it is, so we can go with the 6 40 by 400. That's fine. Let's create that. And here I'm gonna throw out some tax. So this is the way that it works. When you go to the text tool here in the toolbar, you ready to insert text now by default? It takes your foreground color, and it uses that for the text. So if I flip this to the white, you'll notice it suddenly changes the white text. That wouldn't be very good on a white background. So let's go back to black now. If I want to change the color of the text that I'm about to enter, I check on the color box in the text options part of the screen and up comes the color selection box. Let's say we want a nice, dark red text. The other thing that we can control here is the size of the fine. Let's go more like Ah, 100. This will make the text fairly large by defaulted Sands. Let's go ahead and look with us at what the sand spot will look like. And there we go. I've written the word text. Now notice. When the text is highlighted, you get these this quick access bar, where once again you can change the font, the size and so on. I almost never used this and find it annoying. So I always go over here to the text options screen to configure this stuff. Let's go and look at how you change the font of text. So the first thing that you want to do is if I can figure these things here. It's going to configure them for the next piece of text that I enter. If I want to configure it for this piece of text, I have to select it. And to do that, I position the cursor at the beginning of the text and drag across it. Now it's all highlighted. And when I play with the text options, it will affect this text I just entered. Now, if we click on the fund box here up will call Come all the fonts that are loaded on our operating system. It uses the windows fonts so we can come through here and use something like Rockwell is nice and the fund will change to Rockwell. It looks like it needs to be a little bigger, doesn't it? So let's change this 100 to 200 and press return. They're now the find is bigger. Now we want to move the text around. We have to select the movement tool rather than the textile. Be sure toe klik move active layer down here at the bottom so that you make sure that your only moving this layer and now we can go here and we could move the text anywhere that we want on the screen to resize it or to modify it in any other way. We come back to the text tool, highlight the text, and then start working on these changes here. Here's another way to change fund. If I go here and I select the current fund and I replace it Aiken type here. So I know that there's a ah font called times New Roman. If I type in times, it goes and shows me all the fonts that begin with times. So this you don't have to scroll through a list of 200 farts to find the one you want. If you know the name of it, you can enter it and then we just click on it and press enter. And there we go. We have our Times fund. Now, if I want to enter more text, not text here, then I just go click somewhere else. You see, it has this little, uh, ex with a tax sign. So if I click down here and I type something, I'm gonna have something else on the screen now. It's actually out of the border area, so I've got to go to my movement tool and grab it and move it up onto the screen and you can see that it's too large. So what I could do is here's another way to select text. I go to the text tool, and I double click that selects the entire word by triple click. It selects the entire line. That's kind of a quick way to select text. Once it selected, I can downsize it. Let's bring that one back down to 100 here I can go to the movement Tool and I could move that text around. The two pieces of text can overlap one another. Notice that I have them here a separate layers. Now I want to say something else about text layers. Notice. These are text layers. They don't look like image layers. They have a T in them, so they're showing you that if I go here, this is still text, which means I could go to the text tool, and I can modify the text so I can make this test instead just by typing the text over again. This can be done for as long as the layers a text layer. Once we start adding effects to it. It becomes a graphic layer, at which point we can't modify the text anymore. So first step when you enter text, make sure you get the text, right. Spell it right. Get your wording right. Get the size right. Get the color right. Get the font right. Once you have all of that down, then you can apply effects because you won't have to go back and modify the text anymore. Now, let me show you some more things about just basic text. First of all, we're gonna move test here out of the way. Now knows we need to be on the right layer to move things. So if I want to move something, I've got to be on this something layer here. And then I could move something with the movement tool and I can go back to test, and I can move that. Now. I want to point out one other thing to create a new line or to have multiple lines of text . You just go ahead into tax modes, go to the end of the line and press return and keep typing. So there's something else now. Everything within the text box has to be the same size, color and fund. So if I want to create a different fighter color size, I would create a different text box. That's why you have different ones. The other thing that I can control about the text is whether it's left justified as this something else is sent right, justified. We can also center it or we can fully justify it. You won't really see that because it takes multiple words fully justify. We can also control the amount of space between the letters. Notice that we increase this the amount of space between the lettering increases or decreases. We can cram it together. We can also control the amount of space between the lines so we can bring these two lines a little closer together. Let me get down here and go negative. There we go. So that's the way that you can further configure text in the next lecture. We're gonna look at how to add even more fonts to your system. 3. Using Fancy Internet Fonts: Welcome back in this lecture, we're gonna look at it. Interesting thing. Now, you look at the number of fonts that you have here typically on Windows, and you probably have 200. Let's say that the 200 fonts to start good enough for you. You want it all? I'm gonna show you how to extend the Windows operating system and thereby the gimp with new funds. All you need is a browser. So let's start up our browser and I'll go ahead and I'll create a new tab. And what you want to do is go to a site called dot font d a fo nt dot com. This is a location that has many fonts, all free, and some of them have usage constraints. Some of them are actually shareware, so I shouldn't say they're free. They are asking you to pay for them, But anyway, here the funds it's nicely organized into you can look at con cartoon fonts by clicking on that. Here's a Pokemon funt, um, various really sophisticated funds. They actually go well beyond the standard windows funds. You're gonna like a lot of these. You can also go in and look at medieval Gothic fonts. If you want, um, you can look at scifi techno type funds, So tons of fonts here. Now, what I want you to pay attention to here is over on the right. What it says about the font C. This is share where they want you to pay for Batman Forever. But Star Jet I is 100% free. That's what you're looking for. Donation where they'd like you to donate. Um, it's you should donate. OK, that's what you should dio. But if you don't feel like donating, then you can go ahead and you can look for 100% free. Now these air Nice because you knew you can use them for commercial use. Book covers things like that. So things that you sell free for personal use. You can't those air just for your personal use. You can't sell them, so you're not getting a commercial license. Now let's go after one of these 100% free funds. So here we're going to look for a free fund, and here's one that says it's 100% free. It's a transformer spot. And to download it, all we do is click on download. It's gonna download a ZIP file. I always put them in my downloads directory. So go ahead and save. Here. We get a progress bar. The circle goes very quickly. In fact, it's downloaded already and we go here and we say open and what we want is the true type file within it. We double click on the true type file, and what it does is it shows us the quick brown fox little text line in the fund so you can see what it looks like. If we're happy with this fund, all we do is we click on Install and it's going to install it. There goes. This is installed on the Windows operating system. Now, I don't need to reboot Windows to get this fund into effect, but I do need to restart the gimp. Remember, the gimp reads fonts at the very beginning when it's starting up, so I don't need this test text. So now I can go ahead and I can kill this and I kill it one more time and it actually goes down. Now it's looking for fonts, and now it's up with my new funt so I can go ahead here. Let's create something new. A new white area And in here finally, I can go to text and I can enter my Transformers fund. I just typed the beginning of it. And here's transformers. Bold. This is the fun I just loaded and let's get it Nice up in big. Okay, so we've got it. A nice size. We gotta Transformers Fund. That's cool. Let me grab it. Make it bigger by double. I'm gonna selected by double clicking on it. Get it up. More like 100. That might have been a little big. Now, Aiken drab the move tool and I can move it into position. Look at that. That looks really nice. So that's how you add new funds. Go on to defund. Look for all the 100% free fonts in whatever category you want and go nuts. Extend your font capability within the gimp. I'll see in the next lecture 4. Text with Colored Boxes: Welcome back in this lecture. I want to show you the use of colored boxes in the gimp, particularly to make text pop, but really just because colored boxes air really kind of interesting on maims or book covers or other things that you might make. So let me show you how to make a colored box. It's really simple. First, you need a new layer. Before he ever created graphical element, you need one. And what we're gonna do is we're gonna put this below the word transformers. Now, One of the reasons Let me show you this before I do this for doing this is now the background is white. No taxes black. It really stands out. But what if the background was something different? Now you can see the Transformers pops because it's black taxed on white. But if you imagine a more detailed background, transformers could disappear in it. Let me give you an example. I was playing with another image earlier. Let's go ahead and we will select all here and then we'll do an edit copy. I already dimension this so it's the same size as the other image. Now I'll come up here and I'll go to the background where l edit paste it. Now you can see in this much more complex background Transformers is beginning to go away. How do you make it, pop? We've got several ways that I'm gonna tell you in the next two lessons. The 1st 1 is the use of colored boxes. So let's create a colored box. First of all, we need to paste that background because we're gonna be working with it. So we anchor it to the background below transformers and now below transformers. But above the background, we want to add a new layer. This is where we're gonna put our colored boxes. We make it transparent and let's pull out a box behind the word transformers all the way from the edge and over You could make them various sizes. You can have the words go outside the box all kinds of interesting effects. Now, once we've done that and we've selected the area that we want some color now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to go to the bucket tool and I'm gonna dump color in here Now. The default color that's gonna be dumped is the foreground color, which is black. That's a bad color to have in the background on black text. But what if we had? There's some gold in this background, so let's go ahead and will change it to a gold, and we'll just go ahead and dump that, making sure we're on that layer. That's in between the word transformers in the background. We go ahead and we just dump it now. Notice how once again the text just popped. Now there are various things that you could do to this box while it's select, and we're gonna look at effects on text that can be applied to the boxes as well later. But the important one that I want while it's still selected notice the marching ants I haven't de selected is that I can change the foreground color again because it's going to use this. Let's use something like green that's also in this background image. Then I can say edit stroke selection, and what it will do is it will stroke that color a solid color, or I can do a pattern. I can pick the width of the stroke and it will stroke all around the edge, so Let's go ahead and stroke it and see what happens. There we go. We got a green border around our box now. Now we de select, They select none. I can see that. I've got my green border around black. This is a really neat box to make the transformers pop out. So that's creating colored boxes. Now you can create as many colored boxes that you want. All you do is you create a new layer transparent and then you pick a color something like I don't know, What is red going to look like on this? Probably not very good. But we'll find out, you pull another box, you can pull elliptical circles and so on. If you want, you stack them in any order. I'm gonna go all the way across with this box, and I'm going to fill it with my red color. So this boxes on top of the other box of I want it down below. I just click on it and I move it down. And now the top of the Transformers box goes over the red box so you can make mixes of boxes. Use them to make your words pop, Go ahead and put a border on it by while the boxes still selected. Going to edit stroke selection. It's going to stroke that selection the width that you choose of the line. I made quite a wide line at six pixels and the foreground color, and that is using colored boxes to make text pop. 5. Text and Box Drop Shadows: in this lecture, we're gonna look into another way to make text pop, and that way is away called Drop Shadows. It actually makes it look like the text is floating, but it just that three D effect merely makes it look interesting. And to really make this show up, the easiest way to do this is let's wink out these layers that we have. Let's go here and will introduce a new layer and will make it white notice. You can pick the layer color there will do, select done to get rid of that last selection. And now let's change the color of transformers. So I'll go to that layer. I'll select the text tool. I will then double click to select the entire Transformers and I'll go and, yeah, reds A pretty good colors. So let's go with the red for the transformers now. The reason I did this is because the drop shadow is gonna be black. I want you to be able to see it with black text. It tends to blend in a little, still works very well, but it's not as easy to see. So OK, here's our basic set up right. We have transformers in red here, and what I'm going to do is give it a drop shadow to give it make it look like there's a light source. Usually in the upper left is light source. The drop shadow goes down into the right and the way to do that is to take what you want to do. The drop shadow on Now there is a drop shadow tools somewhere in the gimp. Somebody informed me of that. One of my students. I guess I'm old school. I always just do my drop shadows myself. And this is the way you do it. You go. What, you want to duplicate it? Sometimes it is tax most of the time and you go ahead and you pick duplicate layer. Now have two copies of transformers. I could take the one on the bottom and I can go ahead and select it. And then I can change its color to black. This the most popular color for black drop shadows? I suppose you could use grey or brown if you were trying to blend it in with something and then you use the move tool, making sure you're moving the active layer to go down, and what we're gonna do is we're gonna move that shadow out from underneath. Now, if you just keep it moving out just a little bit like that, notice how it really makes the text pop. And it gives it that three D effect isn't that neat? So you're just taking a black copy of the text and you're moving it out a little bit now this drop shadow, let's let's make it really notice this the further you move the drop shadow from the text, the higher it looks like it is in the air, so it's let's really get it out here now. It's a very harsh and hard drop shadow. What you do most of the time is you go to that drop shadow layer and then you use our old friend. Filters blur, and we're gonna do a Gaussian blur. And let's do one here is showing us what a five would look like. That's not very good. Let's at least do 20. There we go. 20 looks very cool. So let's go ahead and do that. Oh, look at that. Now it looks like a true drop shadow. Now, if we hadn't taken it down as much as we did. Another thing that we can do here, let me wink out the top layer so we just see our drop shadow. Now. Another thing that I could have done on it is and I still might is go appear toe opacity. You can tone down a drop shadows and make it a little more see through. So you see some of the background by taking this opacity down to maybe, you know, 70. There we go and notice how it became even fainter. Now, if the background was interesting, like plants or something like that, you would actually see it through the letters here. We just have white, so it just gets fainter. Let's bring back in our foreground and now we have a nice light background. It looks like the Texas floating now. The other thing that I want to point out before I leave is that you can do the same thing with boxes. Let's go ahead and let's say, Let's make a box around this so that it's floating above the box and Littles make the box float above the background. Very cool. Here we go. So to do that we want a box that's below transformers and it's drop shadow. So let's go ahead and will make a new layer transparent. Then we'll select the rectangular selection tool and we're on our new layer here. There we go. It's blank. Oh, it's white to we don't want it. Wait. So let's the garbage can down here gets with layer I accidentally said it. Teoh White. Now it's always doing that. Okay, I want transparent here and not white. So there we go now we got a transparent layer and we go ahead and we pull our box. Let's make it really big so that we can get the drop shadow showing. Okay, that's good. All the way over to the right. And what color do you think we had? Ideas. Let's use our gold again. Okay, I really like the gold. So let's set our foreground color to this light gold Say okay and then we'll go to the bucket Fill tool, making sure that we have our layer, which is empty, a transparent, and we'll go ahead and will put our color there. Now we have a box. A gold box around transformers and transformers is floating above it because we see this drop shadow. Now let's go ahead and select none. Here's a cool trick. We're gonna take that colored box and we're going to duplicate that layer. There we go. Now I've got a copy. Now the one that's on bottom is going to be the shadow. So let's go ahead and pick Black as our drop shadow color. And we got her bucket fill tool here. We don't have our selection anymore. But what we do have is we have the color yellow on our drop shadow area or gold. So I can say fills similar colors and it will fill the gold. Now it just did that. I can see it in the little preview here in the layers, but I can't see it on the screen. So what we'll do is we'll pull that out just a little bit and it's drop shadowing to the right. So we're gonna lose a bit of it. Something like that. Once again, if we want to make it more of a shadow and less hard like it is now we can go up to filters . And let's just repeat that 20 Gaussian Blur. That's really nice. And once again it's a little hard up in here so I could take that layer and I could maybe drop it to 80% opacity in this way you'll see through it a little bit is now. You see, it's very faint. So here's the way toe very easily. Make drop shadows for text and for boxes I'll see in the next lesson. 6. Outlining with Text Paths: Hi, everybody, In this lesson, we're going to look at text on paths and how paths related X. We haven't hit paths at all yet, but you'll notice appear in the layers window where the far left tab is the layers that we actually have a paths Tabas Well, and that's where we're going to start working now. Now, before we start, let me wink out some more things so that we have There we go Transformers. Now this is red on white, which is pretty good. It pops pretty well, But here's another way to make it pop without a drop shadow. What we want is we want a dark barrier between the kind of light red text and the light white background like black. Imagine if we could outline this fund in black and that's exactly what we're going to dio. Let me show you how you do this. We go to the the text tool and we come over to the text and click anywhere in it. Now we right click and you get whole text menu here. One of the items on it is a path from text. This generates a path from your text or an outline of your text. Now you don't see anything in particular happen. But if we now go over here toothy path tab in our layers window, we're going to see a path. If we click on it, it is the path transformers. Now. One of the things I can do down at the bottom is noticed. This paint a long path. I can use this to outline the font. This is very similar to painting, along with selection, that we used to put a border around a rectangular box. So any selection you could do that, too, and any text. Now we want a solid color. Let's make it more like two pixels. Six is a little wide, and we have a line style that we could pick up. We can make it a dash line. We could make the rounded corners on the line. I don't want to get into all that. We don't have time, but the important thing is that the color it's going to use the outline in is the foreground color. So make sure you have your foreground color selected first, and I like black and then go ahead and with two pixels with I'm going to say go ahead and stroke that now. Notice how it completely outlined the text into pixels of black. This will really make your text pop. You can use it in combined combination with boxes and drop shadows to really create devastating text effects. 7. Text Toolbox Effects: in this lesson. We're gonna start playing with the toolbox the way we've never played with it before. We're going to go through several tools here, showing you how text can be manipulated with the toolbox tools. So let's begin by putting some taxed down here. And we're still in transformers. Bolds. Let's see what we get. There we go. I've written gimp is fun. I could probably take that whole thing and knock it up to maybe about 80. There we go. That's more like it. Now I go to the movement tool and I can pull it over into the middle. Now I want to show you various effects that we can apply to this text. And one very important thing that I have to say about the previous lesson one is that I forgot to mention notice. This is a tax layer. I can go here, I can go into the text tool and I can modify the text. I can change the text in various ways. I can apply colors to it down here. All of that goes away. When you turn it into a graphic. It's no longer a text layer. And by that doing the outlining of the taxed, using a path that turned into a graphic. It's something I should have pointed out in the layers window, and I will this time. So I'm warning you now that any of these effects that you apply will turn the text from a text layer into a graphic layer, and he won't be able to modify the text again. Order will be very difficult, so I'm going to show you the various things that weaken due to this text to really make it interesting. It's already quite interesting. I like this new transformer response that I picked up, so let's go through the tools one at a time. First, there's rotate. What if you were writing along the spine? Let's go ahead and will take this text notice. It turns into this interesting grid, and I can grab one corner of it, and I could tilt it up so that I'm working on a spine. Now let me get the dialogue box for this over here, and you'll notice that it tells me the angle I've set this at. I can go here and replaces. Oh, I wanted exactly a 90 degree angle, just like the way that I can modify the selection box. I can modify the rotation by just going here and change that to 90 hitting. Enter now It's an exact 90 degree and I click rotate and it has done its thing. It's rotated it 90 degrees now notice. At the same time, this layer has changed from a text layer to a transparent graphic layer. That's what I was warning you about. And if I go to the text tool and I go here and I tried toe work on this notice what it's gonna dio it's going to say, Hey, you've turned this text layer into a graphic layer confirmed that you'd like to turn it back into a text layer so you can edit it so it will undo your graphic changes. Interesting, huh? So that's 1/5 effect that weaken Dio is we can rotate it. We can put things at an angle, we can rotate it the other way, and so on. So I'm gonna go and edit undo so that I can show you each of these features one at a time. Next, we're going to look at the resize now I can resize text and I should by changing the font size down here. So if I want this string a little larger, I would go to it and then I would modify it down here in the font size, for instance, I could go from 80 to 100 and now it's larger. I can then position it once again in the middle of the screen because it's taxed. So work on your text as long as you can is tax and then apply the effect. And here's the effect that will turned it into a graphic. It does pretty much the same thing. It's the scale tool. If I pick the scale tool and I come here and I pick what I want to scale, I congrats. Any of these now notice one thing that I could do with the scale tool that I can't do with font size here. If I grab a corner, it's going to scale out proportionally. That's just like growing the font size, but noticed this one. If I grab the bottom, I can make the fun really tall. Look at that. Isn't that a lot more interesting? That was by re sizing the fund. Now let's keep manipulating it and applying these effects The rotate. It was a little harsh, but the next one is this sheer tool. This is interesting. If I click on this, what I can do is I can shear it in either direction so I can have it leaning. So here we could make it look really zippy by leaning it forward. And then I go over here to this dialog box where it showing me my sheer And I say, Yeah, go ahead and do that sheer And there's the sheer effect. So to lean it forward or back purport or the perspective tool is really fun. Look at this. What I can do is I can have this going away into the distance. Once again, I pick my font that has become a graphic and has been all this time. It's no longer a text layer, and I can pull these corners around so I can have this going off so I can have it. There we go, getting really big into the into the foreground. That's really quite interesting. Okay, let's go ahead with that effect and you could see Wow, it's going jumbo. So it goes from very small. In fact, you know, I might have taken that and gone even smaller on this gimp end. And seeing what something like that with a big and understand Oh, that's even mawr. Interesting, I think, having it coming in from the distance like that. So that's the perspective tool I could give three D effects. Two things. Here's another tool is the flip tool. We've used this already in the past, and what it can do is go horizontal or vertical, those air tool options in the bottom of the toolbox window. Or we can go over here and click on the image that will flip left to right top to bottom. Those are the primary transforms that I can do to text and notice. I've already made it really interesting. I could do this to text and boxes so that I can make them look like they're both coming from out of the distance. I can outline the boxes. I can outline the text. I can change the font. I could download web. I can download more funds from the Internet and we're not done. So I'll see in the next lecture 8. Text Effects: in this lesson, we're gonna look at applying various effects to taxed other than those that can be access to be in the toolbox. Now, I recorded the last two lessons in this class out of order. So here, you're going to see what we're going to do in the next lesson. And I want to reverse things to where I waas previously, and I'd like to use that as my base for the next lesson. I'm going to teach. So I wanted to show you how to do this rather than just doing it. This is really important to you. We've used edit undo numbers, does a redo to under edit to undo individual actions will notice that the gimp has an entire history appear in the layers window. Where we have layers is the far left tab. And we've used the paths dialogue tab as well. There's also this history tab. Now, notice this. This is the history of all of the modifications that I made to this image during this session. And I can roll back toe any individual modification. I can see what were things like back here. Oh, yeah. We had a selection going around some black. I remember that A Remember when we had the text over a black background? How about when I flipped it? Yeah, that's part of the history to we get an entire history. I'm gonna go back here to when I just first use the perspective tool. And I'm gonna use that as my present history. So there you go. Were there now when I wanted to show you some effects And I thought one that would be really good for this text would be something that made it look like it was going fast. So let's see what we can do to this layer. It's really a layer with text on it here to make it have various effects. Now notice we can do this to a text layer to, but it will turn it into a graphics layer once again. So let's see what kind of effects we have. Filters has great effects like blur of facts and stuff like that. There's light noise effects. The one that I was particularly interested in. We're gonna have to look for I should look for this ahead of time is wind. I want a wind type of affect. I'm not seeing it so far. But look at all of these effects. Okay, Let's just grab one at random. I'm gonna apply. We've to this thing, and I'm just gonna go ahead with the defaults and see what it does. Now. That's a pretty interesting background. I'd have toe work with the foreground to gettinto work a little better, but to show up and pop. But we know how to make text pop. This is an interesting background. Remember, all I have to do is do edit, undo or go over to my undo history, which now shows my we've And here I can set back to the previous step isn't that need. I was like to set back the layers, though, when I'm done, because that's where I spend most of my time. So let's try other effects here on Let's get everything that floating layer. And I'm still searching for my wind effect. I would have thought it be under There it is. It is. It's under distorts. Now notice all of these distorts their interesting. Let's just do a bunch of them and I'll stop talking. Let's do wind. Oh, interesting it with winds gone wrong direction Um okay, I edit. Undo. And then I go up to filters and I go down. Teoh, let's try more. Distorts engrave God doesn't really change much, so we'll cancel that filter distorts ripple. Wonder what ripple does. Oh, hi. That makes it like your, um on drugs or something. Looking at it, That's another effect. So my point is, and I'm not gonna spend all this time doing this that you've got under filters. Look, they're categorised. You've got blurs. You can picks allies, things. Let's picks allies this this layer as well. It's gonna make it look even weirder. Look at that. I can really distort layers through effects. They could be either text or graphic layers. Either way, they're gonna turn into graphic layers. Here, I can add noise. Oh, how about a slur? What is a slur? Dio It's It's not getting very readable. So I would have toe back up by going to my undo history and maybe going back to the very beginning and trying again. So keep trying all of these effects there under filters. I don't think you'll find many inter tools. You'll see some effects. Look at this under colors, where you can change color levels and stuff like that. Thresholds cull arise things. So that's the various filter effects. Play with all of them and try applying them to your text to grade different text effects. Then find your favorites and remember them I'll see in the next lesson. 9. Text in Layer Masks: Hi, everyone. In this lecture, I want to talk about the use of text and layer masks, every encountered layer mass before we've used Grady INTs or blends in them before to smooth one picture into another. We've done various things with layer masks. Well, get ready for review because we're about to use text in layer masks and see what that does . Now, this is an interesting way to do it. What I'm going to dio is I'm going to come here to the background, which is white, and that's perfectly fine. I'm going to add a new, transparent layer. Actually, it doesn't really matter what it is because on this layer, what I'm gonna do is I'm going to bring up my little picture of a grotto here with rocks and trees, lots of green vegetation. I'm going to say select all edit copy. And then I'm gonna go back over here to the layer that I just created, and I'm gonna say Edit paste here. We've got the text now and you could see it going over the top and we got a floating layer because we just paste it. So let's go ahead and we will anchor that floating layer to this layer here. Now, notice below that layer with all the vegetation we have our white layer. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use the text to filter out Well, actually filter in this vegetation and filter out all of this stuff around so you'll see the white watch and see what I'm talking about. Okay? So I'm on the vegetation layer with one in the middle. I go ahead and I right click, I say, add layer mask. Now, remember, when you have a layer mask white on the layer mask, let's things through. On the image side of the layer, black hides it. So what I'm going to do is I am going to let's go ahead with black and will completely hide our background. Now, the first thing that I want to do is I want to turn this text here into white. Now, this is somewhat problematic. I warned you about this if you didn't pick your color ahead of time or if you didn't pick your color while was text. It's much harder to change the color now, but let me show you how I'm going to do it. That's right. It's that old color select invert thing. So we're on this layer that has the black and some fuzzy stuff, and then it probably has transparency in the background. In fact, let's wink this out and yeah, sure enough, we have a transparent background. So let's go ahead here and we will color, Select and transparent is a color, so we will select it and then we will select invert, And that should get you everything that isn't white. So even the blurry edge of the text. Okay, so we're going to go ahead and want to change the color of this stuff, which is kind of interesting. So you can see how it's a little more difficult once you change a text layer Intuit image layer. So we switch over. Our white is now our foreground. So we could go to the bucket fill and we could say, Phil, Yeah, whole selection. That's a good idea, because that will fill everything here and now it winks out because it's white on a white background. Okay, now what I can do is I can say edit. Copy. This is our white text. Go down to the layer that has the vegetation on it and make sure you're on the mask side. I want to zoom in on this notice. This this layer is the current layer because it's blue. This one's the current layer because it's blue. And this is outlined in white because the graphic side, the left side of that layer is what we're working on. If I want the layers or the mask side, I go to the right side. So notice how they both highlight here. I'm on mask. You're on the image layer. Make sure you're on the mask layer, which is all black and not letting through any of this vegetation. Okay, so ready for the big dramatic effect here? I'm on the mask side. I go ahead and I say Edit paste and nothing much happens. Why not? Well, we got a floating layer here. Let's go ahead and resolve it down into the layer mask and we can see everything. A layer mask. What? You noticed something up above it? That's right. We've still got our white lettering. Let's wink that out and notice what we have now. A little hard to read the gimp down here is the sentence gimp is fun used as a layer mask toe let through some of the vegetation. Now, another really interesting effect is to take and use text on a layer mask like this to chew out a fund and then just take the same kind of color and get that effect, you know, kind of like in the movie predator, where he kind of you could kind of see the predator, but he couldn't quite let me show you what I'm talking about. Instead of this white background, Let's go here. And we're on the image side now, not the mask side. I'm gonna select also the entire image, and I'm gonna edit Copy it. I'm going to come down here. And once again, this is one of those things where I doubt you're going to see much of an effect. At first, I'm gonna edit paste. Okay, You do see a dramatic effect. It completely wiped it out. Now what I want to do before I paste it down is we want the same green. But we wanted to look a little different and the way to do that so that the greens don't match up in the text and the background is to go ahead and flip this from left to right. Now look what we're getting. We're getting our letters coming through in kind of a weird You can barely read it. Actually, this isn't a very good example, but it's gimp is fun with the exclamation mark. Yer coming through in the kind of the reverse thing. I'd probably change the background in this case rather than using this. And let's go ahead and will anchor that background. This was great with fire. So if I had a completely black background with fire showing through in the letters by using a white font over black in the layer mask of the fire and having a black background, Uh, but you can see it. I'm gonna show it to you before this course is over. I guarantee it. And I'll see you in the next lesson. 10. GIMP for Beginners Final Thoughts: Hi, everyone here I have my project put together and I encourage you to do the project for this course and upload it. All you need to do is create an image with lots of text effects Here. I've used about every effect that I talked about here. I've got text that's outlined by using a path to outline the text in black. It has a drop shadow on it. It's on a box that is outlined. That box has a drop shadow here. I put extra space in between the letters and the font to stretched out here. I've used text in a layer mask so that I can have ah portion of an image show through as the text. Here I have applied effects, the perspective effect to make the text get larger. And finally, here I have an effect of water which completely wiped out the text but has a nice water effect that I wanted to show you. So do the project. All you got to do is throw together as much text as you can in an image using as many effects as you can and upload that image to your project. I'll see you in the next class