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Could someone teach me how to do this...?

May 9, 2012, 15:35
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Could someone teach me how to do this...?
What I'm trying to do is make custom app icons for my (Android) phone. I want them to have a transparent, glassy look to them. Here's a picture of the style I'm talking about:

http://tutorials.mysitemyway.com/premium...review.jpg

I found this on a website that supposedly has tutorials for this kind of thing, but I couldn't find anything except a download link, which I found on this part of the site (scroll down until you get to "3D Transparent Glass Text Effect"):

http://tutorials.mysitemyway.com/premium-psds/

Thing is, the downloaded .zip doesn't seem to contain anything I can use. There's a .pat file, but I get an error every time I try to get GIMP to use it. There's also a .psd file (which I know is technically for Photoshop), but when I open that in GIMP, it's just two layers of a slightly faded black text saying "etc" on a background, all covered up by a big black rectangle.

I've looked for similar tutorials before, but all of the ones I've found never end up coming out looking right when I try them, myself. I'm not very savvy with how stuff in GIMP works, or anything like that, but I really want to make these icons for myself, for my phone. A big thanks in advance to anyone that might be able to help me out, here.
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May 9, 2012, 17:44 (This post was last modified: May 9, 2012 17:46 by ofnuts.)
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RE: Could someone teach me how to do this...?
Did you try to Google for "Gimp glass"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xq4A2IEZpaY

http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials/creat...sy-buttons

(among others). Otherwise, tell us which one you used and why it is not satisfactory.

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May 9, 2012, 20:08
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RE: Could someone teach me how to do this...?
(May 9, 2012 17:44)ofnuts Wrote:  Did you try to Google for "Gimp glass"?





(among others). Otherwise, tell us which one you used and why it is not satisfactory.

I believe that YouTube link is the one I've tried most recently, and it just didn't come out right, for whatever reason. I looked over that other link you provided, and it seems like it starts with creating a new layer that will become the transparent glass; I'm not sure how to modify the steps if you already have the layer you want to work with (in my case, the app icon).
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May 10, 2012, 23:41
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RE: Could someone teach me how to do this...?
The Youtube tut is easy to adapt to other cases... instead of using "path from text", you can create an equivalent selection from "Layer/Transparency/Alpha to selection" on the "raw" icon and save that selection to a channel for later use.

Otherwise post one of your icons... But keep in mind that despite what the tut makes it look like, not all designs are amenable to good translucent looks.

This guy has a pretty good write up on reflections...

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