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Twitter logo on top of outline of Africa with color gradient

Jun 22, 2014, 23:13
Post: #1
Twitter logo on top of outline of Africa with color gradient
I wanted to do a logo similar to this one:
http://www.codelogix.co.uk/images/design/facebook.gif

I wanted to do a Twitter logo on top of an outline of Africa. Here is my end result:
http://tommycarstensen.com/LEGO/Africa/t...africa.png

I am not quite satisfied with my result. How can I make it more similar to the facebook logo? Can anyone point me to a good tutorial?

I got an outline of Africa from here:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/co...utline.png

And I got the Twitter logo and palette from here:
https://about.twitter.com/press/brand-assets
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Jun 23, 2014, 07:37
Post: #2
RE: Twitter logo on top of outline of Africa with color gradient
What you are missing is a "drop shadow". Technically

- load the Africa outline image, and scale it if needed
- add a new layer, fill it (completely) with the blue gradient
- add a new layer filled with white (or whatever color you want around Africa
- in the Layers list, right-click the initial Africa outline layer and "Alpha to selection", this will create a selection shaped like Africa
- select the white layer and hit the [delete] key: this punches an Africa-shaped hole in the white later, through which you will see the blue gradient.
- remove the selection (Select>None)
- with the white layer still selected start Filters>Light and shadow>Drop shadow, try with the default values first
- the "Drop shadow" will enlarge the image a bit because it will also add shadow on the outline of the layer (which is your image borders), but you can crop it back.

To make you own drop-shadow:
- do a black layer like you did the white layer (new layer fill with black, punch hole)
- blur it a bit Filters>Blur>Gaussian blur (about 10px)
- with the Move tool, shift it diagonally (you will likely need to set the Move tool to "Move the active layer").

One last note: Tunisia is very close to the top of the image, so you may be missing some shadow there. Before doing all this, just after loading the Africa outline, use "Image>Canvas size" to increase the height (and, in the preview, drag the picture down).

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