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Cut-out Text
« on: August 11, 2007, 04:47:56 PM »

Hello Class today we are going to focus on creating the Cutout effect for text. Now this method will work on other object but requires tweeking to line up right.

I am not the one who came up with this method. It has been used for Photoshop for quite a while. I am just presenting it for use with gimp. I am sure there are other Cutout tutorials out there for Gimp as well. I did not ripp this from any one. It is the method I have used and known about for quite some time.

For this tutorial you will need:
1 - Basic knowledge of gimp is required.
          A: Knowledge of the Text tool
          B: Knowledge of the Drop Shadow Scrip-Fu Script
          C: Know how to manipulate layers.
   D: you will also have to have some knowledge of how to manipulate a selection.

Now if you are saying wait I know nothing of any of these well you are in luck because you are going to learn some tricks with them.

2 - This tutorial Works best with a fat font, but you can use any font you want. I recommend strolling over to DA Fonts and having a look through there selection.
3 - Some good music. I prefer rock, but what ever you like and helps you get the creative juices flowing. This is a must!!
4 - About 5 mins of free time maybe a few more to read the tut first.

OK lets get started.

1 - Open up gimp and create a new image any size will work. For this tutorials i created an image that was 420x300.
2 - Fill the back ground with a solid color, gradient or picture. Any type of background will work. For this tut i use a gradient.
3 - Set your forground color to white and select your Typing Tool (press T)
4 - Type out what ever you want make sure to adjust the size and spacing as you want it to be. Name this layer Base Text.
[hspace height=3]

5 - Right click the Base Text layer (the one you just created) and select Layer to image size.
6 - Right click the Base Text layer again and select alpha to selection.
8 - Create a new layer.
9 - Invert the selection Selection>Invert or press ctr+i
10 - Select the Drop-Shadow script Script-Fu>Shadow>Drop-Shadow
Drop-Shadow Settings
X= 6 Y= 6 Blur = 10 Color= Light gray (#a3a3a3) Opacity = 60% Uncheck Allow Resizing click OK
[hspace height=2]

11 - Select the Drop-Shadow script Script-Fu>Shadow>Drop-Shadow
Drop-Shadow Settings
X= 3
Y= 3
Blur = 2
Color= Black
Opacity = 80%
Uncheck Allow Resizing
click OK

12 - Duplicate this shadow layer and set the Opacity to 50-60%
[hspace height=2]

12 - Deselect Select>Deselect
13 - Duplicate the Base Text layer and raise the duplication to the top of the layer stack.
14 - Select Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur set it to 2 and click ok
15 - select the move tool and click the layer but do not move the text thought.
16 - Now we need to move the blurred white layer down and right 2px.
17 - The easies way to do this is use the arrow keys. Press down twice and right twice.
17 - Right click the Base Text layer and select alpha to selection.
18 - Select the blur layer and press ctr+k to clear it.
19 - Turn the Opacity down to 70%
20 - Turn the visibility of the Base Text Layer off.

There you have it a nice simple cut out text.

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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2007, 05:54:17 PM »
Wow awesome droz, I'm def. going to try this as soon as my comp is fixed :)
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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2007, 06:21:34 PM »
This looks pretty sweet!  I'll have to try it once the kiddies go to sleep!  :D

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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2007, 07:53:47 PM »
Nice tutorial, droz!  Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2007, 09:13:43 PM »
Thanks for the tut bro, here is what i did with it. Click here Maybe it doesnt fit the sig...But atleast there is another pic for people to look at for examples..
« Last Edit: August 11, 2007, 09:20:28 PM by hukepi »


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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2008, 02:46:09 AM »
Thats a great Tut. Thanks a lot.

Men, I can not found the Font on Whats the name of it?


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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2009, 09:12:34 PM »

Welcome to the board. You could also try for some free fonts.
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Re: Cut-out Text
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2009, 02:18:26 PM »
Here is my attempt at this tut.
I just used a basic gradient for the background and the font is called "Snap ITC".

This one is with the base text layer visible
« Last Edit: February 22, 2009, 02:20:57 PM by Nimmy »

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