Tutorial: Create a highlighted chrome text
Download GIMP workspace (.xcfbz2) (60.1 KB)
Create a new file: 600×200px. Set a medium/dark gray as background color. I used #505050
Use the text tool and create a new text: “LIGHT”. Font size: 150 and the font color is #828282. Place the text in the middle of the canvas.
Get rid of the text information: Layer / Layer to Image size. Don’t move the text layer from now on.
In the layers dialog right click the text layer and choose “Alpha to Selection”. (GIMP 2.8 and newer: You can also do an ALT+CLickLayer to get the selection from the alpha channel).
Now switch from the layers dialog to the channels dialog. We need the channel to create the nice lightning effects afterwards using it as a bump map.
While still having the selection active, create a new channel and call it “depths” in the popup dialog. Also activate the option “Initialise from selection”.
Click the channel to make sure its active. To get better smoother highlights afterwards we need to blur the channel a little bit:
Choose Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur: 8px. Repeat it again with 5px, with 2px and finally 1px.
Now make the channel invisible by clicking the eye symbol.
Switch back to the layers dialog. Click the text layer to make it active. Make sure the text layer is exactly the same size as the whole image (Layer / Layer to Image size! [it should already be, because we did that in step 2 – it’s just to make sure ;)]).
Now lets get some nice lights. Use Filter / Lights & Shadow / Lighting effects.
Go to the “Bumpmap” tab — here the “depths” channel should appear. As max height choose 0.04.
Color: #ffffff (white)
Direction: X: 0, Y: -1, Z: 0,5 (or 1)
Richtung: X: 0 Y: 1,30, Z: 0
Adjust the colors now via Colors / Curves:
Finally add a soft drop shadow "Filter / Light & Shadows / Drop shadow and you’re done ;)