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

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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10 Videos (47m)
    • Introduction

    • Text Font, Color and Size

    • Using Fancy Internet Fonts

    • Text with Colored Boxes

    • Text and Box Drop Shadows

    • Outlining with Text Paths

    • Text Toolbox Effects

    • Text Effects

    • Text in Layer Masks

    • GIMP for Beginners Final Thoughts


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,


6 of 6 students recommendSee All

Excellent Instruction. BrIan knows his GIMP!
Nanci Arvizu

Writer, Artist, Dreamer.

The different effects with text alone is infinite. Let your imagination go and STAY OUT OF THAT BOX!!!!





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 and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed using WordPress.

My last endeavor, begun in July of 2014, was to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal was to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. I then expanded my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.

My new goal is to begin recording custom material for distribution on SkillShare!!!

I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.