Text that seems to be glowing is a real standout on any scrapbook page. It is easy to do using GIMP 2. Read on to find out how.
Glowing Text Effect
Open your background in GIMP by going to the “File” tab and clicking on “Open”. It is advisable to use dark colored background to make the glow effect stand out. If you don’t have a dark-colored background, create one by going to the “File” tab and click on “New”. Use a 3600×3600 size (common dimension of a digital paper) and set it to the foreground color, which in default is black.
Now, click on the “Text” tool. Choose the font and size that you want. I used the Matura MT Script Capitals. For the color, it would not really matter since you will be coloring over it later on.
You can increase each image by clicking on it so you can easily see all settings used.
Create a text on the part of the background where you want it to appear.
Now, on the layers palette, right-click on the text layer and click on “Alpha to Selection”.
Right-click somewhere inside the layers palette and create a new layer. Name this “text” to make it easier to identify. Layer Fill Type should be “Transparency”.
Right-click on the original text layer (as shown on the photo below) and delete it.
With the Text layer chosen and highlighted, click on the “Blend” tool and change the Gradient to whatever you wish to use in the list of options. For this, i am using the a rainbow gradient. On your text, click and drag from one end to the other (like a strikethrough). This will immediately apply the gradient.
Create a new transparent layer and name it Text2.
With the Text2 layer chosen, click on the “Bucket Fill” tool and choose the “BG color fill” option (default background color is white). Click inside the text until it turns all white.
Create another transparent layer and name it Text3. With that layer chosen and highlighted, click on the “Bucket Tool” and this time, the “FG color fill should be chosen (default is black). Click inside the text and it will become black.
Go to the “Select” tab and click on “None” to remove any selected areas.
Go to the Layer palette and hide Text2 and Text3 by clicking on the eye beside them.
With the Text layer chosen, go to the “Filters” tab, then “Blur”, then click on “Gaussian Blur”.
Put 20.0 in both the horizontal and vertical fields. Click OK.
Unhide the Text2 layer by clicking on where the eye used to be. With that layer chosen, go to “Filters” tab, then “Blur”, then click on “Gaussian Blur”. Set it to 2 points less than the Text layer.
Unhide the Text3 layer. Just at the top of the layer palette, change “Mode” from Normal to “Overlay”.
This is how your text should look like by now.
Merge all layers together by right-clicking on the layer (starting from the top, which is Text3) and clicking on “Merge Down”. Do this until only one layer is left, which is the background layer.
With all your photos and Natural Breeze digital elements added, it looks quite magical, doesn’t it?
You can find the PDF Document here. Just click on the link and download the Printable to your Computer.