Gimp Tutorial: Experiment on 3D Text Effect in Gimp

Last week i've done some experiment with 3D text with Gimp..i like my result..

gimp experiment 2

So today i will write a tutorial on how i do the effect. This is my first 3d text effect tutorial..Actually i don't know if wheter people will like this effect but in positive way I called this as my experiment..if u like this tutorial,do leave me some comment. I'll appreciate it..thanks!

See the final result for this tutorial.Click the image for larger view.

Experiment on 3D Text Effect in Gimp

Before u do this tutorial:

What u need is a set of 3D text, i use illustrator to make the 3D text (i've made a tutorial how to made the 3D text in illustrator.Click HERE to read it) or maybe u can use Blender or Cinema4D if u have them..If u don't have any of these don't worry because i've included the 3D text file for you to download.Click HERE.

Another download link for the 3D text if you have problem with rapidshare. Click HERE.

1.Create a new document.then drag the 3d text file into the document. After that create a new layer behind the 3D text layer and merge down.

Fill the background with blackcolour.

Duplicate the 3D text layer and named it as text blur layer.

Create another layer and named it as clouds.Download a clouds brush..I use Javier clouds can download it HERE....start painting the layer with clouds..

Go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur. For this first layer use 9 pixels for the Horizontal and 9 pixels for the Vertical. Create another layer ( I named it clouds 2 ) and start painting again.

Next steps is create another layer and named it gradient.Using the gardient tools select Full Saturation Spectrum Gradient , 100 for the opacity and Linear for the shape.

Apply the gradient to the layer. Change the layer mod to Overlay. Then select the text blur layer.

Go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur. For this layer i use 20 pixels for the Horizontal and 20 pixels for the Vertical. This will create a soft glow for the text.

Arrange our layer..i'll put the clouds layer behind my 3D text layer. Click the image for larger view.

Now let's add a paper texture.Download the stock HERE..Put it above the other layer..then change the layer mod to divide and reduce the opacity to 46.3(u can use your own value..)

Create a new layer called Light beam. Use the Rectangle select tool to draw a rectangle.

select the Gradient tool. Pick white colour and choose foreground color to transparent..

Draw gradient across your selection.

You should get like this..Click the image for larger view.

Then select the Rotate tool. Dont forget to tick the 15 degrees box. Then rotate the the light beam layer.

Add layer masks to remove unwanted beams. Then put the light beam layer behind the gradient layer.

Duplicate and place these in between the letters, use your imagination..i like to put the light beam like these..

Next steps is create a new layer and named it as light effect,and fill it with black.

Go to Light and Shadow > Gradient flare. I'll choose Distant sun.Click the image to see my value.

Now go to Colors>Levels. Change the Input Levels to 50, 1, 255.

Then go to Filters >Distort> Polar Coordinates and then apply them to the light effect layer.

Put the gradient flare layer behind the gardient layer.

Duplicate the gradient flare for another light effect.Put it somewhere u like..
delete some parts of the image, do that until you get the result like the image below. ..I'll use eraser tool..i use circle fuzzy( Use big scale, and low the opacity)..


Final result

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

16 Responses to "Gimp Tutorial: Experiment on 3D Text Effect in Gimp"

Anonymous said... November 13, 2008 at 1:09 AM

Nice work man! I really like what you did, keep it up!

Starlight86 said... November 16, 2008 at 11:04 PM

thank you gimper..:)

Unknown said... November 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Oh man the tut is out :D

Thanks for sharing :D

Why rapidshare :( Starlight can you up 3Dtext to mediafire or or ... not Rapidshare and megaupload please. I cannot download from these sites :(

Starlight86 said... November 21, 2008 at 3:42 AM

i've upload the 3d text file at is the link

Unknown said... November 21, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Work great :D

Thanks :D

Here my result :D

Or on gimper forum :D

PS: I miss erase some part from light effect layer :(

Starlight86 said... November 22, 2008 at 7:07 AM

i like the way u add the floral brush to the 3d text..btw..keep the good job! cheers!

Anonymous said... November 24, 2008 at 9:18 PM

dude, you are the best.

Starlight86 said... December 3, 2008 at 8:10 PM


Anonymous said... December 24, 2008 at 8:09 AM


Anonymous said... February 7, 2009 at 8:53 PM

Your amazing at what you do, keep posting tutorials they inspire me in my logo making and Designs.

Anonymous said... April 13, 2009 at 1:26 AM

this tutorial was half assed (the downloading links don't work and it seems that some of the explanation was missing)

Anonymous said... May 19, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I dont get the brush thing...? How do you make a brush from an image?

Anonymous said... May 25, 2009 at 10:22 PM

this really isn't very explained on important parts such as the gradients. great idea though.

Anonymous said... June 28, 2009 at 1:01 AM

I think I may have done something wrong. When I downloaded the 3d text from Mediafire, and dragged it into GIMp, it was already done for me.

Wasn't I only supposed to get the lettering?

Unknown said... February 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

thanks, I used blender for the 3d words and used your tutorial of course, very helpful !!!

Unknown said... August 3, 2010 at 4:49 AM

very great work,sometimes for newbies like me is hard to follow your explanations. Still to be great

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