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How to set foreground colour to transparent

Feb 8, 2011, 16:18
Post: #1
How to set foreground colour to transparent
Hello everyone,
I'm an absolute beginner in Gimp & trying to master drop shadow on text.
I followed a Video Tutorial which said select 'Gradient - FG to Transparent' I don't know how to set it to Transparent ? also the 'Gradient' selection does not appear in my Layers channel, like in the video.
I did everything the same as the Tutorial (I think) the result was as I intended except there was no 'Drop Shadow'
Help would be much appreciated, Thank you
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Feb 8, 2011, 20:55
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RE: How to set foreground colour to transparent
(Feb 8, 2011 17:15)ofnuts Wrote:  "Gradient-FG to transparent" means that you use a gradient, which goes form the foreground color to transparent. It's one of the standard gradients

Some Gimp video tutorials are quite old and the Gimp GUI has evolved a bit (some even use convoluted ways to achieve results that are quite simple with recent versions).

If you tell us the URL of the video we may be able to explain the differences.

Thank you for your reply ... since my post I have discovered for myself how to use the gradient tool ... but I'm still not getting the drop shadow in my image !
Here is the URL you requested ... & thank you again for helping me.
GIMP Basics-Introduction + Beginner tutorial exercise (How to use GIMP)
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Feb 9, 2011, 01:50
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RE: How to set foreground colour to transparent
(Feb 8, 2011 21:19)ofnuts Wrote:  Starting from text it is very easy

- Using the text tool, add a text layer with your text
- Layer/Text to selection
- add another transparent layer below the first, select it
- bucket fill selection with black
- remove selection (important, otherwise the blur won't work)
- apply gaussian blur, around 20% of the height of the text (technically, the farther the shadow, the blurrier it should be)
- displace the shadow layer
- adjust transparency to taste

All drop shadows work on the same principle; obtain a selection that matches the non-transparent area of the layer(s) for which you want to produce a shadow, add a layer, fill selection with black, blur, move, adjust transparency. Only the first step can be a bit difficult, but for text the "text to selection" make it very easy.

This is much better ! Thank you so much Wink
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