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Engraved/Raised Text ?

Jul 5, 2011, 18:11
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Engraved/Raised Text ?
I found this tutorial:[url=http://gimp-tutorials.net/How-to-Engrave-Text-in-Gimp
]http://gimp-tutorials.net/How-to-Engrave-Text-in-Gimp
[/url] and I would like to have the same exact effect for a banner I'm trying to make except in black colored font. However, I tried to follow the same exact directions and I just can't seem to make it happen, brown or black font.

Can someone please break it down any easier than this? I know it seems like the easiest tutorial to follow but the outcome just doesn't seem to match the example.

Thanks!
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Jul 5, 2011, 19:52
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RE: Engraved/Raised Text ?
Engraving does not/cannot work on black! The 3D effect comes from added shading and you can't shade pure black. Actually the tutorial is using a dark brown which is already a bit borderline for that kind of effect. With not-complete black (#202020) you can see something (but I wonder if this makes a nice banner).

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Jul 5, 2011, 19:58
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RE: Engraved/Raised Text ?
IMHO a much better method is:

1) create a layer with your text on white or black on 50% gray (#808080)
2) apply a gaussian blur (Filters/Blur/Gaussian) to that layer (the amount of blur corresponds to the width/smoothness of the slopes)
3) create a layer with you final color
4) apply the bumpmap filter (Filters/Map/Bumpmap) to it, using the text as a bumpmap.

The above caveats about bumpmap efficiency on very dark (or very light) colors still apply.

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Jul 24, 2011, 16:26
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RE: Engraved/Raised Text ?
This tutorial might help you: creating inset typography using the GIMP
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Dec 8, 2011, 17:19
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RE: Engraved/Raised Text ?
I have a tutorial about how to create 3D Text, which is the "raised text" technique you are looking for. It involves downloading a Script from the Gimp Plugin Registry, the link and directions for which I have in the description box, and it allows you to create this effect for ANY color, including BLACK. It's really simple. Here is the link:

http://youtu.be/7tEaqArmxow

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Dec 21, 2011, 12:33
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RE: Engraved/Raised Text ?
GIMP 2.6 cookbook is a very nice tutorial where you can find easy methods to create 3D Text....Check it out..
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