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Jun 12, 2014, 15:38
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hi , i''m new to GIMP and this forum. I've got a number of questions to ask.

1. I would like to design a simple stylish text logo and watermark my photo. It's for my business. Is there any simple tutorial? I can invest too much time learning because I am only a normal user without much professional knowledge.

2. Because of consistency and perfect lining, I want to align the logo to the center of the photo (i.e. mid of length and mid of height) . How to make it? Any ways to do it instead of using mouse? It's time-wasting and difficult.

Thank You everyone
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Jun 12, 2014, 16:15 (This post was last modified: Jun 12, 2014 16:16 by ofnuts.)
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(Jun 12, 2014 15:38)kenny1999 Wrote:  hi , i''m new to GIMP and this forum. I've got a number of questions to ask.

1. I would like to design a simple stylish text logo and watermark my photo. It's for my business. Is there any simple tutorial? I can invest too much time learning because I am only a normal user without much professional knowledge.

2. Because of consistency and perfect lining, I want to align the logo to the center of the photo (i.e. mid of length and mid of height) . How to make it? Any ways to do it instead of using mouse? It's time-wasting and difficult.

Thank You everyone

Stylish logo: likely the hardest part. Keep it simple, just some text with an adequate font (use a rather thick one: Impact, Blimp...).

Watermark: many ways to do it, just a matter of blending the logo layer in the picture. You'll find plenty of tutorials for this. The simplest:
- open image
- set foreground color to white (you can usually swap the foreground and background color for this)
- add a text layer using the text tool (you should get white letters)
- set the blend mode of the layer to "Overlay" ("Mode" selector above the Layers list)
- adjust layer opacity to taste ("Opacity" slider at the top of the Layers list)

To position the text layer easily: use the Align tool (Align):
- start the tool
- click on the text layer (4 small white squares should appear in the corners)
- In the tool options, set Align to "Image" and click on the appropriate buttons (">|<" and the one just under it)

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Jun 12, 2014, 16:20 (This post was last modified: Jun 13, 2014 00:22 by fluffybunny2.)
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(Jun 12, 2014 15:38)kenny1999 Wrote:  hi , i''m new to GIMP and this forum. I've got a number of questions to ask.

1. I would like to design a simple stylish text logo and watermark my photo. It's for my business. Is there any simple tutorial? I can invest too much time learning because I am only a normal user without much professional knowledge.

2. Because of consistency and perfect lining, I want to align the logo to the center of the photo (i.e. mid of length and mid of height) . How to make it? Any ways to do it instead of using mouse? It's time-wasting and difficult.

Thank You everyone
Hello kenny1999 and welcome to the forum and Gimp.
To answer your first question...there are so many text logo tutorials out on the web all suited to a particular look/style. So if you are lucky enough to find something similar (or parts similar) that suit your requirements then that would be the best place to start. If time is short then try posting your request in our 'freelance' section. List your detailed requirements and samples of what you are after and see what responses you receive.
Keep in mind your logo is your 'brand'. A way people can identify you/your product. Not something to be rushed or trivialised.
That being said, logos are generally best created with a vector based graphics program (eg Inkscape etc) which enable you to easily 'scale' your final logo for use in everything from larger posters, brochures, web pages down to business cards etc without loss of quality regardless of the size you use. You can then import the svg file into Gimp to manipulate as required.
If you decide on using Gimp (a raster based tool), you risk jagged edges around the letters when scaled bigger/smaller or with different perspectives applied.
Water marking is simple in Gimp and there are a few scripts/plugins available to do it in just a few clicks.

Question 2 can easily be achieved with the 'alignment' tool Align in Gimp. You load your watermarked photo on one layer and then put your created logo on a separate layer above. Click the alignment tool, click on your logo layer, then in the alignment tool's Tool Option window, align Horizontal/Vertical etc as required.

Hope that helps you in someway.
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