In this GIMP project, you will use layers, strokes, and several other techniques to create a festive holiday text effect.
Resources you can download:
Select the Text Tool and create a Text layer using a big, bold font. I used Futura Condensed, 196 point. Set the size of the Text layer to the size of the image, Layer > Layer to Image Size.
With the Rectangle Select Tool, make a selection on a vertical section of a letter.
Create a new layer, Ribbon. Select the Blend Tool and fill the rectangular selection with the preset Golden gradient.
Create another new layer, Ribbon edge. Apply a 1 pixel stroke to this selection, Edit > Stroke Selection…, Stroke line, Solid color. Deselect, Select > None.
Select the upper of the two ribbon layers and merge them together, Layer > Merge Down.
Make the Text layer active and select the text by clicking anywhere on the black text with the Select by Color Tool. Invert the selection, Select > Invert. Now, with the Ribbon layer active, clear the part of the ribbon that lies outside the text, Edit > Clear.
You can now hide the Text layer by clicking the 'eye' icon in the Layers pallet.
Open the red damask image as a new layer, File > Open as Layers..., name it Damask. In the Layers pallet, drag the Damask layer between the Text and Ribbon layers. Add transparency to the Damask layer, Layer > Transparency > Add Alpha Channel. Clear the selection to remove the part of the Damask layer outside the text.
Invert the selection again so that you can paint a thin border around the text. Create a new layer, Text edge. Edit menu, choose Stroke Selection…, . The width should be about 3 pixels. Deselect.rom the
Open the gold bow image as a new layer and place it on top of all the others. Name it Bow.
You now need to shrink the bow down a lot. Choose the Scale Tool, grab a corner handle of the bounding box, and appropriately size the bow. Expand the Bow layer to the image size, Layer > Layer to Image Size.
Make a selection from the Bow layer. With the Fuzzy Select Tool, click outside the bow, then invert the selection. You might want to zoom in to do this more easily.
Create a new layer, Bow shadow. Set the color swatches back to default colors and fill the selection on the Bow shadow layer with default black. Deselect. Apply a Gaussian blur with a radius of 2 pixels, Filters > Blur > Gaussian Blur… .
With the Move Tool, slide the Bow shadow layer a bit down and right. Drag the Bow shadow layer under the Bow layer. Merge the Bow layer down onto the Bow shadow layer.
Duplicate the Bow shadow layer, Layer > Duplicate Layer, and position the bows where you like.
You might want to add a horizontal ribbon, use bows of various colors, or different textures. Happy holidays!