Create an Outline Usign Brush strokes
In this tutorial will learn how to create your own custom Brushes and how to apply around and object.
You should have a basic idea on how to use Gimp but ill try to make it easy and simple even for first timers.
Open up a new Image 300x150.
Choose the Text-tool and apply text,i typed in the word "Effect" pick a font as well I went with.
On the Layer dialog Tick the Keep Transparency box. make sure you have the text layer selected.(CTRL+L)to show up the Layer dialog.
Now will add color to the text using the 'Fill with Gradient tool' and Selecting the FG to BG (RGB)Gradient,press (CTRL+H) to display the Gradient Dialog-window.
Change the FG color to ff0000 and BG to ffffff now apply color by dragging the the fill tool from bottom to top.
it should look like this now
In the Layers Dialog-window. click on the text layer with the right mouse button and choose 'Alpha to Selection', this will select the text.
Create a new layer,When prompted type in 'Outline' for the name the layer
Open the Brushes-dialog window by going to Dialogs>Brushes.
Now will create our Own brush to get the outline we want which is a 2px outline around the text.
In the Brushes Dialog click on the small Create new Brush icon thats at the bottom of the window.
here are the Brush settings we want
- Enter the name 'rounded 2px' for the brush name
- Select the circle shape
- Radius 2.0
- Spike 2
- Hardness 1.00
- aspect ratio 1.0
- Angel 0.0
- spacing 1.0
Now save the Brush settings.
We want a Black outline so Reset your foreground-color to black by clicking the mini black and white overlapping squares in the color selector.
make sure you have your new brush selected then go to Edit>Stroke selection and pick 'Stroke with a paint tool'
This is not the best way to create an outline for text because of its rough edges, a better method can be found in this tutorial http://gimp-tutorials.net/node/91
If you need any help just leave a message here and ill try my best to help out :)