Gold Text Effect
Learn how to create a beautiful gold text effect in the GIMP.
Note: this tutorial has been adapted from this Photoshop tutorial.
Don't wanna read? Watch the video!
Create a new image. Give the background a radial gradient in the middle (#4d4932 to #201e1b):
Set your foreground color to white and select the text tool. Type your text in the middle of your canvas. Then, making sure your text layer is selected, click "Create Path from Text":
Create a new layer above your text layer (I called it "Main"). Hide your text layer. Select the new layer and then Select > From Path (Shift+V).
I've created a special Gold gradient. Download and install it by putting it in the "gradients" folder of your GIMP installation. Now switch back to your canvas, and make you sure what you did in step 3 is still intact. Select the gradient tool and choose the "Gold Fill" gradient (the one you just installed).
(Right-click, save link as...)
Fill your selection with this linear gradient (bottom to top):
Duplicate the "Main" layer (I called it "Outline"). Make sure your text outline is still selected (if not, just Shift+V). Now Select > Shrink by 1px and delete the selection; both the "Delete" key and Ctrl+X work.
Turn up the layer's brightness all the way (Colors > Brightness-Contrast...) and set the blend mode to Overlay:
Re-select the "Main" layer. Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow:
Duplicate your "Main" layer again (leave it above the "Main" layer, below the "Outline" layer). Filters > Distorts > Emboss...
Set this layer's blend mode to Overlay and set its opacity to 50%.