Cool Typography Design Poster in Gimp

After a few tests to find the right colors and idea, i've created a typography design for this tutorial.The design is inspired by the amazing work of Scott Hansen.If you don't know who he is, I highly recommend you to check his work out. Click HERE.

Before we start this tutorial,let's take a look at the image we'll be creating.You can view the final image preview below or view a larger version HERE.


In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a typography design poster. We will learn how to make some elements look a bit dirty, adding textures to the design, and add some depths using light effects.


For this project I will use :

Font: Bifurk
Brush: Dirty spraypaint brush, Bird brush, Tree brush and Bittbox watercolour brush.(Paste the brush to your gimp folder)

And i'm using Gimp 2.6 for this tutorial.

Start a new Gimp Document, The size I chose for the tutorial is 768 pixels by 1024 pixels. Fill the background with color #f3e9b8

Next, create new layer and draw a rectangle shape with the shape tool, as in the image below.

We will create a nice rounded rectangle for this one. So go to Select>Rounded Rectangle and i use 10 radius.Click OK.

Fill the rectangle with dark brown #412011.

Next you need to create some text. For the typeface I used a nice font called Bifurk. Select the Type Tool,the size is 100 px and type DESIGN.

Create a new layer.Now make a rectangle shape above the E letter. and then fill it with the same color of our background ( #f3e9b8). Click image for larger view.

Create another text. This time i use the word IDEA. Put the text behind the DESIGN text.

create another rectangle shapes like the image below.

Once again select the Type Tool (T) and type INSPIRE. Put it above the DESIGN text. The main idea here is make the the text combine with the rectangular. That's why I placed them over the E and a bit on the P.

Create another layer and be creative. Add more shape to the text.

After that,merge down all the text and rectangle layer to a single layer. see the image below.(to merge right click at layer palet and select merge down)

Create a new layer.I use the Dirty Spraypaint and the Bittbox Watercolour brushes to give a little texture to the design.This helps add a little texture feel rather than a flat area. For the color i use #f3e9b8.

The next steps is adding bird and the tree..Create a new layer and select bird brush and start painting.

Next, create a new layer and painting tree.

add more bird..

Now let's add a paper texture from deviant art, you can download it HERE. Move the texture into your document. Put the texture layer on the top of other layer.

Rotate the texture using Rotate tool.

You'll see that the texture is smaller than our canvas size so we will resize it using the Scale tool. Dont forget to tick the keep aspect box.

Change the mod layer to Overlay.

Create a new layer and named it as gradient. The layer must be behind the texture.Using the gardient tools select Full Saturation Spectrum Gradient , 100 for the opacity and Linear for the shape. Change the layer mod to Grain extract.The opacity is 24.8. Click the image for larger view.

Now add some depth to the design. Create a new layer and fill it with black.Go to Filters > Light and Shadows> Lighting effects.Use the values in the pictures. Click for larger view.

Change the opacity to 50 and the layer mod to Overlay. Finish. :)


If you want to create a version with a brown/darker color you will have to change the gradient. Instead of using the full saturation spectrum gradient, use german flag smooth gradient. It's just a simple and nice tecnique, inspired, again, by the incredible work of Scott Hansen.

Final result

Another version( using german flag smooth gradient color)


I also included the Xcf file.
Click here to download the Xcf file used for this tutorial

49 Responses to "Cool Typography Design Poster in Gimp"

feathervane said... November 24, 2008 at 8:45 AM

two thumbs up! I definitely like the easy steps you've done. great piece of work.

Anonymous said... November 24, 2008 at 1:29 PM

I absolutely love this one! I'm definately going to try this one out some time. Welcome back btw ^.^ it was a rather boring week for me since you didnt update your blog :P

Anonymous said... November 24, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Good Job man...
i tried to do it with photoshop

Anonymous said... November 24, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Nice tutorial i would have done it but i can not download the font for some odd reason

Starlight86 said... November 24, 2008 at 10:00 PM

@ feathervane and rik.

tq for the comment..:) and thanks for visiting this blog..

@ salmen..would love to see the result in photoshop..:)

@ brandonel..

thanks..if u need some help,email me..

Anonymous said... November 25, 2008 at 2:47 AM

@ Putera Aladin...

Starlight86 said... November 25, 2008 at 3:18 AM

wow..that is very nice and stunning..i love it..:D

Anonymous said... November 26, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Your showing some great talent bro! keep it up :)

Starlight86 said... November 26, 2008 at 5:52 PM

thank you Gimper :)

Unknown said... December 5, 2008 at 8:38 PM

my computer is jacked up so i can only see 3 pictures of the tutorial :( But the finished product looks amazing! nice work

Starlight86 said... December 5, 2008 at 9:18 PM

@jerry subscribe to my feedburner/or u can add it to google reader..maybe u can read it through feed/google reader if you can't see the image from my blog..

Anonymous said... December 7, 2008 at 5:03 PM

That's amazing! Thanks so much for sharing!

Starlight86 said... December 7, 2008 at 10:30 PM


Anonymous said... December 17, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Hey, thanks for the tutorial! I changed it a little to make an e-christmas card - I think it worked pretty well!

Starlight86 said... December 17, 2008 at 6:30 PM

@Jo P

wow..awesome work!


Anonymous said... December 18, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Man, this is probably the best Gimp tutorial I have seen so far, keep writing more!

Starlight86 said... December 18, 2008 at 9:01 PM

sure, i'll write more Gimp tutorials at my stay tuned and thanks for your comment..cheers :D

feathervane said... December 22, 2008 at 11:26 PM

All I can say is... More, more, more GIMP power tutorials. Thanks for the inspiration Putera.

Anonymous said... December 23, 2008 at 11:55 AM

How do u download the font?

Anonymous said... December 23, 2008 at 9:04 PM


Anonymous said... December 25, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Made an attempt. Didn't really follow the steps- just looked at the pic and decided to have a go at it.

Starlight86 said... December 27, 2008 at 2:59 AM

:) nice idea

Anonymous said... December 31, 2008 at 8:06 PM

Nice tut...i'mma do this :)

Anonymous said... January 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Yeah, you said to download those brushes right, but to do it in GIMP? I saved them and they where Photoshop brushes. Wtf?

Starlight86 said... January 27, 2009 at 4:50 PM

yeaa..they are photoshop brush..put them in gimp folder and you can used them as Gimp can read abr file 2..(this is advantage of Gimp because it can used photoshop brush meanwhile photoshop can't used Gimp brush)

Anonymous said... February 8, 2009 at 12:15 PM

This is the most inspiring Gimp blog i have seen. Thanks alot for all your work and insights so far. Keep it up!

Starlight86 said... February 10, 2009 at 12:07 AM

welcome and thanks for visiting this blog :)

eman D. said... February 10, 2009 at 1:04 PM

Just finished my version...
it's the first design in my life..
learned and enjoyed...

thanks a lot

eman D.

Anonymous said... February 21, 2009 at 10:27 AM


Anonymous said... February 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

Thanks so much for this tutorial!
You covered using a lot of tools and effects that I've been wondering about using in GIMP - but haven't really gotten to messing around with yet.

Simple, effective, and fantastic looking...

Starlight86 said... February 23, 2009 at 2:17 AM

@ eman D.

Glad you like it. :)

@ erissiva

Thanks for the comment..Cheers :)

Charity said... March 12, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Thanks! This is a super easy tutorial that produces amazing results.

Here's an example of mine here.

Starlight86 said... March 12, 2009 at 11:37 PM

wow..awesome result.congrat..:)

Anonymous said... March 18, 2009 at 3:59 AM

Great tutorial, it was really easy and the result was identical! Thanks!

Starlight86 said... March 20, 2009 at 2:56 PM

welcome..thanks for visiting this blog :)

Klonex said... April 13, 2009 at 3:20 AM

that kicks butt, great tutorial (though i also use gimp 2.6 and that font wasn't on there and the Bittbox watercolour wasn't supported when i put it in the brush section of gimp) though i did try my best to deliver. thanks again and here's what mine looks like (its a sig for a forum) - anyway thanks again i hope you make lots more

Amerussian said... April 22, 2009 at 4:49 PM

that tight.... really cool

Anonymous said... May 27, 2009 at 7:47 AM


Unknown said... June 8, 2009 at 1:49 AM

thanks, great tutorial! i'm kind of a hack when it comes to graphic design, and i prefer tutorials like these that give you a broad understanding of a variety of techniques instead of just one idea (though i'm sure that's beneficial for more advanced users.) thanks again, sam.

Anonymous said... June 8, 2009 at 6:31 AM

I like the tutorial but I can't find the font please cane anyone send me the font
mij E-mail =

thank you

Anonymous said... June 9, 2009 at 9:48 AM

i have make my own wich a other font


Unknown said... June 11, 2009 at 7:42 PM

i already commented and told you how much i appreciated this tutorial. here's some stuff that i've been able to do:

Andreas said... June 24, 2009 at 8:44 AM

I Cant get the font? It is not on dafont :S

Andreas said... June 24, 2009 at 8:46 AM ;D

Unknown said... August 9, 2009 at 2:50 AM

Hello Hafidz,

I sure like your gimp tutorials: Cool Typography Design Poster in Gimp!!!

my question: Can I translate the tutorials too Polish? (For our Polish GIMP community
I would include your name and a link to your blog.

Thank you and Regards,

Starlight86 said... August 9, 2009 at 3:15 AM

yes you can translate the tut..make sure link back to this blog. tq

TTDaVeTT said... August 24, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Great tutorial! I have developed a site dedicated to collage and mixed media art. There is some cool stuff on there. You can check it out at

Starlight86 said... August 26, 2010 at 8:08 AM

@TTDaVeTT i have checked ur site and i love ur blog. very cool. if u dont mind, i would like to feature your site on my post blog.

Sierra said... December 21, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Thank you! This has helped my overall use of gimp and I used this to make a holiday card (with variations of course) Great tutorial though I got confused a few times (my fault not yours) ^^

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