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Alter Text

Jan 11, 2011, 03:20
Post: #1
Alter Text
This is my first time doing any thing like this. Any help would be greatly appreciated

I'm trying to duplicate a logo for a customer this is my first time with any type of program like this.
I'm attaching a photo of what I what to do. The R has the extending leg off of it. How do I accomplish this.    
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Jan 11, 2011, 05:50
Post: #2
RE: Alter Text
If you're familiar with Bezier tools, that might be the easiest way to create it.
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If not, perhaps the tedious method of drawing it freehand might work as well - it'll take much longer that the Bezier method, but it'll get the job done. Make your brush the same color and texture as the original normal leg, then begin drawing it in with the appropriate curve and length you desire.
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If this R is the one you like, it appears it can get removed from the rest of the letters with a mask or an eraser function... then make it the color and size you want for your purpose.

Until that time ... Earl J.


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Jan 11, 2011, 11:37 (This post was last modified: Jan 11, 2011 11:43 by BnBGobo99.)
Post: #3
RE: Alter Text
I would also recommend doing the following:

1. Open the image above (the layer will be called "background")

2. Add a transparent layer,
[Image: gimp1.jpg]

3. Use the "Apply Threshold" tool to make it 2-tone (1-tone?) (image > threshold),
[Image: gimp2w.jpg]

4. Use the "Color Picker" tool from the Toolbox window and click your text,
[Image: gimp3d.jpg]

5. Go to the transparent layer, then Edit > "Fill with FG Color",

6. Delete the background layer.

Now you should see the below image. By using the pencil or brush tool you can fill in the eroded areas. This will leave you some jagged lines, but it's more automated this way. I agree with Earl_J that the curve tool is the best bet, though.
[Image: gimp4.jpg]

It would help you out quite a bit if you were able to get hold of a higher-quality scan of the letterhead. Let us know what you decide to do. Smile
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Jan 11, 2011, 13:59
Post: #4
RE: Alter Text
Thanks I look a both methods.


(Jan 11, 2011 11:37)BnBGobo99 Wrote:  I would also recommend doing the following:

1. Open the image above (the layer will be called "background")

2. Add a transparent layer,
[Image: gimp1.jpg]

3. Use the "Apply Threshold" tool to make it 2-tone (1-tone?) (image > threshold),
[Image: gimp2w.jpg]

4. Use the "Color Picker" tool from the Toolbox window and click your text,
[Image: gimp3d.jpg]

5. Go to the transparent layer, then Edit > "Fill with FG Color",

6. Delete the background layer.

Now you should see the below image. By using the pencil or brush tool you can fill in the eroded areas. This will leave you some jagged lines, but it's more automated this way. I agree with Earl_J that the curve tool is the best bet, though.
[Image: gimp4.jpg]

It would help you out quite a bit if you were able to get hold of a higher-quality scan of the letterhead. Let us know what you decide to do. Smile
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Jan 11, 2011, 17:02
Post: #5
RE: Alter Text
I have followed these instructions to the letter and must be missing a step. It is taking me in the direction I want to be but I'm coming up with a solid black layer. I'm I missing a step. Thanks again for your help.
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Jan 11, 2011, 21:17
Post: #6
RE: Alter Text
(Jan 11, 2011 17:02)dlgrigg Wrote:  I have followed these instructions to the letter and must be missing a step. It is taking me in the direction I want to be but I'm coming up with a solid black layer. I'm I missing a step. Thanks again for your help.

Just to make sure: you created a new layer and set it as transparent, and when you did the color picker you moved to the transparent layer to fill in the color, correct?

Can you post a screenshot of when things start to go wrong? We might be able to pin-point what happened. My only guess at this point is that either the threshold went awry or the transparency didn't take for some reason or another.
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Jan 12, 2011, 21:42
Post: #7
RE: Alter Text
(Jan 11, 2011 21:17)BnBGobo99 Wrote:  
(Jan 11, 2011 17:02)dlgrigg Wrote:  I have followed these instructions to the letter and must be missing a step. It is taking me in the direction I want to be but I'm coming up with a solid black layer. I'm I missing a step. Thanks again for your help.

Just to make sure: you created a new layer and set it as transparent, and when you did the color picker you moved to the transparent layer to fill in the color, correct?

Can you post a screenshot of when things start to go wrong? We might be able to pin-point what happened. My only guess at this point is that either the threshold went awry or the transparency didn't take for some reason or another.
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Jan 12, 2011, 22:00
Post: #8
RE: Alter Text
The areas that may be a question. When I do the threshold my image says the same where as your changed to black and white.
As far as the color pointer I've done this on both new layer and background layer and get the same results. Which is a solid color square.

I do have screen shot and they will only save in a odt. file which this forum want upload. Any ideas there would be helpful also.

Thanks again for all the help.
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Jan 12, 2011, 22:14 (This post was last modified: Jan 12, 2011 22:17 by BnBGobo99.)
Post: #9
RE: Alter Text
Ah, I think I may know what happened. Be sure you are on the background layer when you do your threshold. I'm also working on the image too to replicate what I did in the above post (I didn't save it), I'll upload the image here for you to use.

Also, be sure to delete your background layer after you do the color fill. It may have turned all back because both the background and transparent layer were both active (and the transparent layer is black in places where the background layer is white--making it a total blackout if both are active).
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Jan 13, 2011, 02:07 (This post was last modified: Jan 13, 2011 02:09 by BnBGobo99.)
Post: #10
RE: Alter Text
Give this a try and see what you think:
http://www.mediafire.com/?w3402rdlpni2ujk

It's still rough and needs some smoothing. A clearer picture of the letterhead will give much better results (if you get a chance to scan one in).
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