Friday, 17 May 2013

Purple - The Tutorial

The original purple text was just an accident, when i tried to make more gold from "innards" and put a purple outer glow underneath it.
Well it landed on top and to my surprise it looked good.
Btw, i experience that a lot, that after stripping a texteffect of most stuff, and just leaving the bare bones, you get something very different, that often looks equally good.

Original version posted on Gimpchat
Folks seemed to like the effect, so i had to write a tutorial

Enjoy !

01. i used a 800x400px canvas with the font 'Syndrome BRK' at 300px – colour: #7a14f8.

02. these are the values for the layerfx bevel:
(pay extra attention to use the same modes as i did to get a similar result !)

I used #fff7d2 for the highlight colour and #010001 for the shadows.

(A small sidenote: some people on Gimpchat had problems applying the alpha-curves.
Their alpha channel was greyed out in the curves dialog and that was because they used a different layer effects script.
I use the Jonathan Stipe python script.
Other versions of layer-effects will give you a coloured layer with a layermask. Apparently you can affect that layermask to shape your bevel with the channel set to 'Value' - that should give you the same results)

03. next we shape the bevel – for the highlight i used a slightly tweaked cone-curve, like this:

if you cant get it into a ring-like shape, apply a small blur (5) to the highlight and then try again.
there is always a spot that you can tweak to make subtle changes where you want them, but sometimes you must try a bit to find the right spot:

04. the shadow is made of two layers because i wanted it a bit darker – just duplicate your shadowlayer and apply a curve like this:

05. and this curve on the duplicate (which is on top) then reduce the opacity of the layer to approx. 70%

06. for the Inner Glow from center, i used the „Innards“ texture, made from the 'Lava' and 'Relief light' filter – you can download my picture.....

....or use colour instead with added highlights painted with a fuzzy brush.

The actual Inner Glow is made from a shrinked selection (-24) of the basetext and a Gaussian Blur of 20, set to 'Screen', colour #c04e16.

EDIT: you might want to go higher with the blurvalue or apply a curve afterwards to expand the glow some more.

The highlights inside the Glow are an orange #f09021 50-Hardness brush, Size 24 and then blurred 0/12 (unlink the chain), Opacity reduced to 70%, mode 'Screen' und put under the Inner Glow.

07. For the background, create a new white layer and apply:
G'MIC → Pattern → Seamless Turbulence

at default values and then 
G'MIC → Lights & Shadows → Relief light

The essential component to achieve the main effect with this filter is at the bottom:
its the 'Image Smoothness'.
'Specular Lightness' seems to crate a spotlight, which is not needed for our purposes.

...maybe play with the contrast afterwards.

Then put a black layer on top, at 'Hard Light' 93% to darken the background.

08. My original purple text had a purple border, you can get that by saving the basetext selection as a path and stroking it by 2, colour #3f0a81 on a layer on top of all layers. Maybe reducing the opacity to 77%.

And this is your final result:

If you want to study the text i made for this tutorial, download the xcf-file here:

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