simple text effects for gimp

12 Simple Text Effects for GIMP Users | Video Tutorials

12 Simple Text Effects for GIMP Users | Video Tutorials 1024 602 Nick Saporito

In this post I’ll be sharing 14 examples of simple text effects for GIMP users who may be looking to add some style to their typography. Each effect is accompanied by a video tutorial that explains how to apply them with step-by-step instructions that even a beginner could follow. Enjoy!

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Simple Text Effects for GIMP

1. Gold Paint Text Effect

Gold paint

In this tutorial you’ll be learning how to create a gold paint text effect that appears as if it were painted by hand with natural brush strokes.

2. Photographic Punch Out Text

Punch out text

Fill your text with a photograph of your choice with this simple punch out text effect for GIMP.

3. Water Reflection

Water reflection text effect

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This photorealistic text effect will have your text standing behind the horizon and reflected in some water.

4. Slice

Slice text effect

Slice your text in half with this simple text effect for GIMP. The drop shadow is what really sells it.

5. Dripping Paint

Painted letter logo made with GIMP

This tutorial demonstrates how to turn a colorful photograph of a sunset into a dripping paint effect that can be applied to text, individual letters, or anything else you’d like.

6. 3D Text

Create cursive text that looks sort of like 3D pipes. Very simple effect that looks incredible.

7. Denim Text Effect


Create text with a blue denim texture and stitching around the edges.

8. Glitching Text

Glitch effect

Give your text a distressed glitching effect with this simple tutorial.

9. Glossy effect

Glossy text

Create some reflective text with a chrome bevel using this simple text effect for GIMP.

10. Paper Cutout

Paper cutout effect made with GIMP

Create individual letters (or entire words) that appear to be cut out of some textured paper.

11. Retro Text Effect

Retro 80s text

Take a trip back to the 80s with this vaporwave style retro text effect for GIMP.

12. Light Burst Effect

Light burst

Make an explosive impact with this light burst text effect for GIMP. This effect will also work with logos, icons, or any other kind of shape.

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  • Extelle Prinsloo

    Hi Nick, thank you for all your brilliant videos, tips and tricks. I love it because you are a great teacher. Please keep up the good work. When I first looked at Gimp and Inkscape, I thought – no ways am I going to get anything done in these programs but after watching your videos I am getting the hang of it. Thank you once again. You are a star!!
    Kind regards

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