1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Glass Text

Discussion in 'General GIMP help' started by IrishWolfhound, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. IrishWolfhound

    IrishWolfhound Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Systems Storage Admin. - currently unemployed
    Location:
    Kansas, USA
    Is there a way and/or can anyone explain how to create a glass effect on text? I've been trying to figure this out without any success. By glass text I'm trying for kind of a text look as if the letters were carved out of glass or ice. I've searched the tutorials section but found nothing similar.

    I know you guys are very talented and making something like I am looking for is probably simple to you.

    Thanks in advance. :)
    - Irish
     
  2. virtualTune

    virtualTune Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Neverland
    Home Page:
    here is a link to a pretty good glass text tut for PS:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OtfA4ou ... re=related
    And you might wanna check out my windows vista window, if you like that effect, i can help you with the text. I find it ez ones ypu know about lights and shadows on transparent and reflecting objects.

    I hope you have the layer effects script for GIMP. otherwise google it!
     
  3. IrishWolfhound

    IrishWolfhound Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Systems Storage Admin. - currently unemployed
    Location:
    Kansas, USA
    Yeah I have the layer effects script. I'm going to watch the PS vid and try it one more time and post my result and maybe you can help me make it look better after that? :)

    Thanks VT!
     
  4. virtualTune

    virtualTune Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Neverland
    Home Page:
    sure! I'll try it when i get home!
     
  5. IrishWolfhound

    IrishWolfhound Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Systems Storage Admin. - currently unemployed
    Location:
    Kansas, USA
    I tried following the PS video twice and making everything with the same settings but I still failed lol. I definitely don't see a way to do the gradient option with the stroke layer effect like the guy does on PS. What I do have is the below but it's not transparent like I'd want it to be and I forgot how I made it and didn't save the .xcf file D'oh! :(

    [​IMG]
     
  6. David Wood

    David Wood Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    5,501
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Freelance graphic designer and visual effects arti
    Location:
    Western New York
    Home Page:
    You can try this tutorial http://gimpvids.com/transparent-glass-lettering-video

    Or simply make some white text, duplicate the layer and make the text black, set both layers on overlay, move the top layer 1 or 2 pixels in any direction to make a beveled edge effect, duplicate the black layer, name is shadow, and move it 1 or 2 pixels in the same direction you moved the first, guassian blur it by whatever you want, alpha to selection the black text layer, and select the shadow layer and hit delete. :)
     
  7. Maffe811

    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,813
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Norway/Norge/Norwegen
    could work!
     
  8. virtualTune

    virtualTune Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Neverland
    Home Page:
    @David, Could you "gimp" the PS vid. The result is so sweet. PLEASE!!!!! :) :) ;)
     
  9. Maffe811

    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,813
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Norway/Norge/Norwegen
    PLEASE ;) :) :) ;)
     
  10. IrishWolfhound

    IrishWolfhound Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Systems Storage Admin. - currently unemployed
    Location:
    Kansas, USA
    Thanks David I will give that a try.
     
  11. virtualTune

    virtualTune Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Neverland
    Home Page:
    imperssive the results turn out really good. no I only have to distort the background so the glass has some index of refraction. thx david! EZ and SIMPLE! no meed for a tut.
     
  12. David Wood

    David Wood Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    5,501
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Freelance graphic designer and visual effects arti
    Location:
    Western New York
    Home Page:
    That's right, I'm good. 8)
     
  13. virtualTune

    virtualTune Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Neverland
    Home Page:
    COCKY :!:
     
  14. Maffe811

    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,813
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Norway/Norge/Norwegen
    :!: AGREE
     
  15. David Wood

    David Wood Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2009
    Messages:
    5,501
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Occupation:
    Freelance graphic designer and visual effects arti
    Location:
    Western New York
    Home Page:
    Try duplicating the text layer, blurring is and running Bevel on the background using the blurred layer, also offset the black layer left or right along with up and down to make the light appear from different directions. :)
     
  16. fencepost

    fencepost Member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2010
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Environmental Scientist
    Location:
    Florida
    You can also give this great script a try: http://kward1979uk.deviantart.com/art/G ... 4-30316704

    To give an refraction-like effect on the background image, make your background layer active and go to Filters > Map > Displace... and in the Displacement dialog, choose your glass text layer as the displacement layer. Experiment with the X/Y values, but I recommend you start small 1 or 2.

    Art
     
  17. virtualTune

    virtualTune Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2009
    Messages:
    4,421
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Neverland
    Home Page:
    Why not call yourself ScriptMaster?! :p
     
  18. Maffe811

    Maffe811 The forum pet Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,813
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Norway/Norge/Norwegen
    cause that would make him cocky!
    and he is humble (?)
     
  19. IrishWolfhound

    IrishWolfhound Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Systems Storage Admin. - currently unemployed
    Location:
    Kansas, USA
    LOL @ all of you. Thanks guys I a going to try this agin now with all of your suggestions. Been away for a few days with family issues. Thanks for all the help!

    Irish
     
  20. IrishWolfhound

    IrishWolfhound Member

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2009
    Messages:
    74
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    6
    Occupation:
    Systems Storage Admin. - currently unemployed
    Location:
    Kansas, USA
    Using just David's instructions and duplicating my shadow layer a few extra times to make the letters appear better in the white cloud areas I got this and thanks so much!!

    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page