Easy text with image background and reflection
In this GIMP tutorial I’m going to show how to super easily make a text with an image background. Here’s our result:
- Open GIMP and create a new file. I have created a 1000×500 pixels worksheet.
- Choose “Text Tool” and write your text. I’ve used a beautiful Coolsville font for this purpose that I have downloaded at Azfonts.net. Here is how to install new fonts in GIMP.
- Find a background image. I’ve used this colorful moss texture from sftextures.com:Import the image as a new layer under the text layer and resize the image so that it just covers the text:
- Right click on the layer with the text and choose “Alpha to Selection”. This should select your text like this:
- Invert the selection in order to be able to delete the background. Choose Select -> Invert (or Ctrl + I). Now it is the background that is selected, not the text.
- Hide the text layer. You should see something like this:
- Choose the layer with the background image and click Delete:
- Duplicate the layer with this new text.
- Drop shadow: Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Drop Shadow
- Add Bevel: Filters -> Decor -> Add Bevel. Choose a thickness of around 10.
- Now we are going to make a reflection. Select the other (unaffected) layer with text from step 8. Choose Layer -> Transform -> Flip Vertically. Move the reflected text to the bottom of the first text layer.
- Right mouse click on this flipped text layer and select “Add Layer Mask”. Select “White (Full opacity)” and click Add.
- Select Blend Tool, Choose Black Foreground color and White Background color and draw a line with a “Blend Tool” from bottom to top: