Create an Outline Using Brush Strokes
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Posted 2/25/09 , edited 2/26/09
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.

Step 1

Open up a new Image 300x150.

Step 2

Choose the Text-tool and apply text,i typed in the word "Effect" pick a font as well I went with.



Step 3

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.



Step 4

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.



Step 5

Change the FG color to ff0000 and BG to ffffff(6 f's) now apply color by dragging the the fill tool from bottom to top.



it should look like this now



Step 6

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.

Step 7

Create a new layer,When prompted type in 'Outline' for the name the layer

Step 8

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.

Step 9

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.



Step 10

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.

Step 11

make sure you have your new brush selected then go to Edit>Stroke selection and pick 'Stroke with a paint tool'

Your done!



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
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Posted 7/12/09 , edited 7/24/09
wouldn'y be easier to fgo to 'alpha to selection' then select>grow 2 or 3 and then make a new layer behind it and use the bucket tool?

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Posted 7/24/09

animemusiklover wrote:

wouldn'y be easier to fgo to 'alpha to selection' then select>grow 2 or 3 and then make a new layer behind it and use the bucket tool?


If you think that is easier for you to do then you can do it. This is basically just a tutorial for people who aren't used to having gimp. They'll eventually find out about the shortcuts and learn their own way of doing things.
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