Showing posts with label letterpress. Show all posts
Showing posts with label letterpress. Show all posts

Monday, 16 May 2011


I use GIMP a lot. It's an excellent program. A lot of people, used to using Photoshop have difficulty getting used to the GUI. I'd never used Photoshop, so I didn't have anything to get used to. I compared the feature list of the 2 programs and GIMP came out very well, so that's the one I used.

This page is a tutorial on how to create a letterpress effect in GIMP.

See demo.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="UTF-8">
<title>Font effects</title>
<style type="text/css">
background:#737373 url(images/darkcoursepaper.jpg);
<img src="images/letterpress.png" alt="letterpress" />
<h1>Letterpress example using GIMP</h1>
<h2>Prepare your gimp canvas</h2>
<p>Start with a new clean canvas lets say 640px width and 480px height.</p>
<h2>Add some text</h2>
<p>Choose a font you like but I recommend to use a bold text.</p>
<h2>Inner gradient</h2>
<p>Right click on the layer with the text and choose Text to selection.</p>
<p>Choose Edit->Clear</p>
<p>Select a gradient tool and use a colour which is darker than the background. Use gradient FG to Transparent and make the gradient from bottom of the text somewhere to the middle.</p>
<h2>White Drop Shadow</h2>
<p>Select Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow.</p>
<p>Set Offset X, Offset Y and Blur radius to 1. Colour white. Opacity 20.0.</p>
<h2>Inner Shadow</h2>
<p>Select from top navigation Select > Invert</p>
<p>Then Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow</p>
<p>Set Offset X and Offset Y to 1. Blur radius to 6. Colour black. Opacity 100.0.</p>