Make Nice Name Banners With the GIMP

Introduction: Make Nice Name Banners With the GIMP

make your own name banners in a few minutes

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Step 1: Create New File

First, make a new file with a good size, 250x200 for example.

Step 2: Make a New Layer & Plasma

Press CTRL+L to open the layer dialog. Then, delete all layers there and make one white layer.

Then, make some plasma on the new layer. Click filters -> Render -> Clouds -> Plasma.... and mess around with the "New Seed" button until you get a picture with much variation in it.

Next, you have to get the plasma another color. Press Layer -> Colors -> Colorize... and mess around with that until you get a nice picture.

Step 3: Make a New Layer & Plasma (again)

Create a new layer and repeat previous step, only with other plasma and other plasma colors.

When this looks too dark, click on the dark layer and press Layer -> Colors -> Brightness-Contrast... to make it lighter.

Step 4: Qbist

Now let's make some lines through the drawing. Make a new white layer, and press Filters -> Render -> Pattern -> Qbist... and click aroung in the 9 pictures until you see a nice one. Click on it and press OK. Now the new layer looks like this:

Then, set the opacity of the Qbist layer to 15 or 25%, depends on what you like the most.
When you think this is too dark, again use Brightness-Contrast to make it some lighter.

Step 5: Text

Now we're going to make text on the picture:
Make a new layer, and make some text on it with the text botton in the main screen (it's the T button):

You can move it into the proper position with the move button:

Step 6: Rotation

(you can skip this step if you don't want any rotation of your text)

Select your text and press the rotate button:
Then mess around with that buttons and press OK it will now look like this

Step 7: Merging and Scattering

Merge the text with the white layer by clicking the right mouse button and press merge:

Then merge the Background layers the same way so the layer dialog looks like this:

OK, select the background in the layer dialog and press Filters -> Noise -> Scatter HSV... and only move the value button until it looks nice:

Step 8: Bump Mapping

Now the bump mapping, make sure the background layer is ABOVE the text layer and that the background layer is selected:
Then press Filters -> Map -> Bump Map.... and select the text layer (see picture)
And then only mess with the Elevation and Depth buttons until it looks cool:

Step 9: Colored Text

Now we're going to make colored text: make a new layer and make plasma on it and place the new plasma layer between the text layer and the background layer in the layer dialog:

Select the text layer and press: Filters -> Colors -> Color to Alpha... and set the color to black.

Then merge the text layer and the new plasma layer:

Select the new layer and press color to alpha again, only now select the color white:

You can move the text layer a bit so it will look nicer, but that's optional. Last, merge all your layers to 1 layer. (when you don't do this, GIMP will ask for it when you save so you don't need to do this.)

After that, your banner is ready!

When you want rain on your text, also view my rain tutorial!

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    16 Discussions


    13 years ago on Introduction

    This is cool. I just made one, but skipped the last few steps because I thought they put it a little over the top. I'm probably going to make a few more and experiment. ;P Btw, I'm having some trouble posting pictures, so just look at my avatar for the finished product. :D


    11 years ago on Step 2

    Where the heck do you have filters?!?


    11 years ago on Introduction

    which gimp do you have? Becuase I have no filters, and all of this is very confusing.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I think I have Gimp 2.4.4 but not sure about that. You should try that


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I have Gimp 2.4.6. So mine should be more complex.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Ok I figured it out. I realized what I was doing wrong. Near the last step I had the layers in the wrong order but I got it to work out. Great tutorial!


    13 years ago

    Neat! And thanks for the Instructables plug!