GIMP tutorial – how to create text from image mask

By , last updated July 3, 2017

Hi everyone hope you are having a great day

Today I am going to show you a simple tutorial in GIMP on how to create a text image using a texture from this website


This picture makes the perfect background for our text. So now all we need to do are these simple steps as follows

  1. Open gimp and open this image as a layer using Ctrl + Alt +O
  2. The image opens as a background now use the text tool to type the word “studio freya “by pressing T on your keyboard.
  3. Choose a bold and wide font and a size of your choice. I chose Showcard gothic and a size of 132 pixels.

    Snap 2014-12-03 at 19.50.44

  4. After typing the word align the text over the image in a position comfortable to you. I simply centered it manually.
  5. Now press Ctrl +Shift + N to create a new layer and choose white background for it.
  6. Move the layer below the text layer using the mouse.
  7. Right click over the image layer in the layers window and click text to selection.

    Snap 2014-12-03 at 19.58.34

  8. Now hide the text layer by clicking the eye icon Snap 2014-12-01 at 23.23.05 and press Delete.
  9. Ta da!! you see the image within the text. Move around the background layer till you get a text image of your liking
  10. Now Deselect everything by pressing Ctrl + Shift +A
  11. Go to Filters>Distorts> Emboss. Give the values as follows.

    Snap 2014-12-03 at 20.02.08

  12. Azimuth = 80 Elevation = 150 Depth = 70 and press ok.

    Snap 2014-12-03 at 20.03.07

  13. Do you see the white background turn grey and an embossed effect for your text. This is what your final image should look like thisSnap 2014-12-03 at 20.09.25
  14. There you are your own lovely text image. Save your work and close it.
  15. If you want your background to be transparent and not this grey simply open the png file and delete the background after clicking it using the color select tool by pressing Shift + O.
  16. Use the crop tool to narrow down your image to just the text image by clicking Shift + C and dragging a box over the text and press enter. Save and close
  17. Your transparent background final image should look like this

tutorial 2

Hope you liked this tutorial. Please keep visiting for such future simple tutorials in GIMP.