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Creating 3D Text in GIMP

There are lots and lots of 3D text tutorials out there for Photoshop users and a few for GIMP. I reviewed many and compiled the techniques of those that I liked and then added some of my own ideas to create some nice-looking 3D text in GIMP. I've prepared this tutorial in the form of a pdf. so you can download it right to your desktop. Let me know your thoughts.

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Parrieboo's avatar
It looks nice, the smooth texture.
What section did you post this in?
I do the same things, but I don't know which one to post it in XD
can u tell me wat font family is used for this fencepost image is very nice ya!!!!!!
Blake53's avatar
The quality of your teaching is legend
In gimp I cannot get my text clear on the red background can someone here help a beginner?
bigzax's avatar
pulsarJ's avatar
Thank you... Much needed.
he4rty's avatar
Awesome tutorial, used it to create this wallpaper <[link]>
Illiena's avatar
I do agree with a comment made before that the tutorial can be confusing at first. But I really do like the results, so thank you for taking the time and efford to do it! *thumbs up*
glomdi's avatar
I downloaded this, but all I got was some weird symbols on Microsoft 0.o
very nice effect
This is a very frustrating tutorial for an analytical GIMP novice. Here's Why:

Critique: Giving your layers names instead of numbers creates confusion.
Reason: When you refer to these layers in later comments, you describe the original layers in different terms; vague and ambiguous
Example: "Note that your bump mapped layer is now hidden behind the flat text" Both of these layer terms are not listed in the original naming
Solution: Numbered layers
E.G. "Note that Layer#3 is now hidden behind Layer#1"

Some people seem to have no trouble with this, but I will wager they have GIMP experience and good intuition, or just plain luck for a first go.

The entire tutorial should be done in chronological order, with numbered layers. You should also use more adverbs of time, such as "Next" "Before" "After", so the user knows the time placement of each action.

One more thing; the RED WARNING TEXT at the end of step 2 is for the instructions in step 2? Then why put it at the end after the directions were followed?

And, if it were for step 3, then why not put it in step 3 and state, "Before proceeding, ..."

I am sorry, but this is just too confusing for someone who takes text literally and does not "assume" or have to try to interpret what the tutorial is stating.[link]
rajananimator's avatar
that's nice yaar..
looking professional
Checking out many and more tutorials on 3d Text generation, I found, that yours is what I liked the best. That's why I wrote a python-fu script for it to get the tedious background layer generation done. I'll upload it in a minute.

I love your artwork!
Mandyrobin's avatar
As a new GIMP user, I found this tutorial very helpful, especially since I plan on experimenting with typography. Thank you for posting this. :)
Fantasma1314's avatar
Very good tutorial, just what I've been looking for for a while now. But I have one question, how am I supposed to apply a shadow to the text like you did in the last step? I'm a beginner Gimp user and don't know much about it yet =]
lyf-stank's avatar
This has to be one of my favorite and most well put together tutorials. Way to go!
fence-post's avatar
Glad you liked it and thanks for the feedback! Glad to be of help.

lyf-stank's avatar
awesome! Thanks for the very detailed tutorial.
CLMason's avatar
Hi Art,

I have a question - What is the use of the Bump Mapped black background with the white text? It doesn't seem to DO anything for the final product.

Thanks for the tutorial!


C.L. Mason
fence-post's avatar
The intent of the bump map is to give the text a more depth by using the black and white information. What happens is that whiter colors bring the texture outward and blacker colors will make the texture appear to go back or have shadows. It really does have an effect. When you first create your regular text and go into the Bump Map dialog, experiment with the Depth setting and watch the preview window to see how it changes. Bump mapping will give it depth. If it doesn't appear to do anything for your final product, you could always leave that step out, but the if you are choosing the correct layer in the bump map dialog, the effect should be apparent.

Let me know if you still aren't getting the results or if you need further clarification and I'll do my best to help you out.

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