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Inset Text

Posted in Uncategorized by Scott on October 16, 2007

Veerle’s Blog is one of my favorite design blogs. She recently did a Photoshop tutorial on how to create inset text in the new Mac OS X Leopard style. This is a neat effect, and pretty simple to accomplish in The GIMP.

First, let’s create the bar. Create a new layer and call it “bar”. Create a rectangular selection at whatever size you’d like the bar to be and give it a gradient fill with #949494 and #d1d1d1 as your end colors.

gradient

Next create the drop shadow. This was a little tricky and if you have a better method, I’d love to hear it. What I did was first duplicate the bar layer and move the “bar copy” layer down below the “bar” layer, and renamed it “shadow”. With the previous rectangular selection still selected, I pressed Ctrl+, to fill the selection with black. Next, I pressed Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect all. Now blur the layer to taste. With my image size, 5px radius was sufficient.

full_shadow

So, now you should have a bar with a fully encompassing shadow. To get the effect Veerle creates, we have to remove all but the bottom edge shadow. Here’s how I did it. First, select the “bar” layer in the layers dialog. Then using the “Select regions by color” tool,

regions_by_color

click somewhere outside the bar to select everything but the bar. Next, choose the rectangular selection tool, and set it’s mode to “Subtract from the current selection” and draw a box around the bottom edge including the shadow.

subtracted

Now, in the layers dialog, select the “shadow” layer and fill the selection with white. This has the appearance of erasing the areas in the selection. You could also do this just by using the eraser and erasing everything in the selection too. Here’s the result.

bar

Am I the only person who thinks that was just ridiculously difficult?

Now for the text. This part is refreshingly simple. Select the text tool and create some text inside your bar at 18 point font using #383838 for the color. Making sure the text layer is selected, go to the Script-fu menu and select Shadow>Drop Shadow.

drop_shadow

Note: The settings in this step differ depending on what size your image and font actually are. Bigger images require bigger settings. Set the Offset X to 2, Offset Y to 0, Blur radius to 2, the color to white and the opacity to 50% and click Ok. The script will create a new layer called “Drop-shadow”. Select this layer, then make sure the image window is active and press the down-arrow key to move the new, white drop shadow down one pixel. That’s it! Here’s the final product.

crop

Check out my flickr set for larger versions of the images in this post.

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7 Responses

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  1. kus said, on November 3, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    very nice, and thanks for this tutorial.

    I ( have plan to ) write same tutorial based on your, in Indonesian.

    Thanks.

  2. Scott said, on November 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t read Indonesian, but it looks like you’ve done it with great success. Thanks for reading!

  3. andotyjazz said, on March 5, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Thanks much on this tutorial. \a/

  4. andotyjazz said, on March 5, 2008 at 7:26 am

    “This was a little tricky and if you have a better method, I’d love to hear it”

    Another method would be… Go to Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow. On the Script-Fu Drop Shadow dialog, Set the Offset X: 0, Offset Y: 0, Blur radius: 5 then press OK.

    Current GIMP version I use, GIMP 2.4.2 in Ubuntu.

  5. Vasile Tomoiagă said, on November 4, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Hello Scott,

    Did you think updating your tutorials to the latest version of Gimp? And detailing a bit some parts?

    For example I have no idea how to do this: “With the previous rectangular selection still selected, I pressed Ctrl+, to fill the selection with black. Next, I pressed Ctrl+Shift+A to deselect all. Now blur the layer to taste. With my image size, 5px radius was sufficient.”

    Thanks.

  6. Scott said, on November 9, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Vasile,

    Sorry for the late reply. Based on the results of the poll I’ve just posted, I may indeed go through and update posts to reflect changes in the new version. Thank you for interest in my work.

    -Scott

  7. fadedreamz said, on May 15, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    nice and neat tutorial. thanx man.


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