Transparent Glass Lettering

Posted by kasrak
Created Jan 3, 2008
Category Other
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Learn how to make a stunning glass text effect. Adapted from a Photoshop tutorial.

Note: This tutorial is adapted from this Photoshop tutorial from

Watch the video tutorial at

Step 1

Create a new file and fill the background with a dark gradient. I used #0f291a to #22502b.

Now type in a word with a nice font and a light color. I used Myriad Pro, 144px at #72bd90:

Step 2

Select your text layer and set its opacity to 60%. Now select the text tool and click on your text, then click "Create Path from Text":

Step 3

Select your text layer, then click Layer > Layer to Image Size. Now add a drop shadow (Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow). I set my offsets to 2, blur radius to 20, color to black, opacity to 80 and unchecked allow resizing:

Step 4

Create a new layer. Then select Select > From Path (Shift+V). This will create a selection around your text. Now Select > Feather at 10px. Then pick a light, yellowish color (#e8ffb1) and bucket fill your selection. Next, Select > Shrink by about 2px. Delete this selection by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard (or Edit > Cut). Set the layer mode to Screen and set the opacity to 50%:

Step 5

Create another layer. Select your path again (Shift+V), then Select > Shrink by about 8px. Now Select > Feather by 10px. Fill your selection with black and set the layer mode to Overlay at 100%:

Step 6

Almost done! Create a new layer. Select your path again (Shift+V). Now choose the Ellipse Select Tool and set the mode to Intersect:

Make a big selection over the top half of your text:

Set your foreground color to white (#fff) Now select the gradient tool, set the shape to radial and gradient to "FG to Transparent":

Fill in your selection, dragging from the top-left of your first letter to the lower-right of your last letter. Set the layer mode to Overlay at 50% and you're done! Viola:

Tip: Ctrl+Shift+A will clear any selections.


  1. Jan 8, 2008, chillydevil said:

    hey :) Thanks a lot that was a nice little tuto for a beginner like me.. thanks a lot :)

  2. Jan 8, 2008, kasrak said:

    No problem! Glad you liked it.

  3. Jan 17, 2008, lateralusman said:

    How do I get the blended color look?

  4. Jan 17, 2008, kasrak said:

    Which blended color look? Do you mean the background?

  5. Mar 24, 2008, kasrak said:

    Video added!

  6. Apr 16, 2008, uK_Mo_2008 said:

    Good Tuto. It helped alot, can i do it in other colours or would it affect it?

  7. Apr 16, 2008, kasrak said:

    It shouldn't affect the outcome too much (although I haven't tried with other colors).

    Give it a shot and see what happens!

  8. May 9, 2008, shitdies said:

    Hola!, soy de chile, quisiera saber si puedes hacer el mismo efecto pero en photoshop con windows, ya que no entiendo mucho con MAC ya que no tengo, te lo agradeceria mucho. saludos a todos.

  9. May 9, 2008, shitdies said:


  10. Apr 26, 2009, gimpn00b said:

    A really good tutorial, and one of the first I understood, thanks!

  11. Sep 18, 2009, gimpuserx said:

    Well ...but ..., it doesn't look like glass at all ...

  12. Oct 23, 2009, wkl17 said:

    The video like couldn't play?(sorry,my English is bad...Maybe my spelling or program focus was error..haha...

  13. Jun 23, 2010, kapris said:

    This tutorial is featured on 70 creative Gimp tutorials

  14. Oct 1, 2010, earthtoerika said:

    I can't figure out how to set "FG to transparent" ... it doesn't seem to offer that option. I also can't set the background color to transparent. Maybe my version of Gimp is too old. Are there versions of Gimp that don't have that option? (I use the one that has to open in X11 on my Mac.)

  15. Nov 27, 2010, aoeuin said:

    How does one rotate the text 30 degrees after completing the above steps?

  16. Nov 28, 2010, kasrak said:

    Merge the text layers (there should be 5) and then use the rotation tool on the new single layer.

  17. Nov 15, 2013, jojo82 said:

    Thank you!

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