July 20th, 2017

[DNA] Dark/Daisuke Surround

A Guide for Text & Typography in GIMP

Requested by rizbef.

a beginner's guide to GIMP

GIMP is a free image editing program that brags on offering many of the same features that Photoshop provides. Based on most comments I’ve received over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that GIMP is actually nothing like Photoshop.

Now, before I get any further, I’d like to share a few disclaimers.
1. I actually use a backdated version of GIMP, partly because I’ve been using the same program since I started iconning, and partly because the one time I did try an updated version I had a panic attack and ended up digging around in the archives to find my old version again. If you can find and download an older version (I use GIMP 2.6) you’ll probably have a much smoother, stress-free GIMP experience.

2. From what I can gather, Photoshop gives you more options when it comes to text effects, plus has handy filters that automatically apply them for you. Some of my tips and tricks might seem like a long way around to get the same basic look, but that’s because I’m using a cheap knockoff. Feel free to share about your process and typography hacks, but keep in mind that they might not translate the same way in GIMP as they would in Photoshop.

3. I’m slightly lazy when it comes to some of the more complicated features of image editing programs, so you may have noticed that my text placement is usually pretty simple. That’s also why you won’t see any tips on how to get your text to follow a path, warp, follow a circle, etc. If you have questions about any of my icons specifically, please let me know and I'd be happy to share~

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how about you?
+ What are your favorite typography hacks?
+ Which text-heavy icons inspire you the most?
+ What are your favorite fonts?
+ Did you try something new? Let me see!

Have more questions? Check out my thread!

Ask The Maker 2017 || My Thread