Creating Text Reflection in GIMP

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Reflections add crisp, clean and modern look to any text. The great thing about them is that they are not all that hard to do, even in GIMP. Of course, your next question is, “How easy are they to make for a newbie like me?” Here is an interesting step by step tutorial on Creating Text Reflection in GIMP. Read on.

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Text Reflection

Create a new file in GIMP and use a plain white background.

Text Reflection in GIMP

From the tool bar, get the Text Tool and look for a Font Style you’d want to use. Set the size to something big like about 200px. Also, don’t forget to use a black colour for the text.


Alternately, you can drag a selection on the background to define the text area.

Type in the text.


Make sure that the text is on the upper half portion of the workspace. You can do that by moving the text with the Move Tool.

On the Layer’s Panel, right click on the Text Layer and choose Alpha to Selection.


Then create a new Transparent Layer (Layer > New Layer > Transparency)


Now, check out your colours. It should be Black on Background and Blue on Foreground.


Get the Blend Tool and use these values:

Gradient – FG to BG (RGB)
Shape – Linear
Repeat – None


Once you have those settings, drag your mouse pointer from the top of the text until you reach the bottom.

Deselect by going through Select > None.

Right click again on the layer with Black Text and choose Delete layer.

You’ll be left with two layers, that should be Background Layer and Blue and Black Text.


From the Layer’s Panel, select the Text layer then go to Layer> Duplicate Layer.


Then Layer > Transform > Flip Vertically.


Move the Flipped Text, almost touching the one in upright position.


On the Layer’s Panel, right click the Flipped Text and choose Add Layer Mask > White (full opacity)


Use the Rectangle Select Tool and select the area around the flipped text.


Set the Foreground colour to Black. Then use the Blend Tool again but this time the Gradient settings should be FG to Transparent.


While on the Layer Mask, drag your gradient from the bottom of the flipped text towards the top. Repeat dragging for another time.


Finally, go to the Flipped Text Layer and adjust the Opacity between 25% to 35%.

Then you can delete the Background Layer to make it transparent.

Save and Export the finished text so that you can use it for your next digital scrapbook project.

Can you see how cool our text looks together with this wonderful paper background from Digital Scrapbooking Kit Enchanted Spring by Digidesignresort?


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