How To Put Image In Text Using GIMP

I’m back with my tutorials in Gimp and, this time, I’ll show you how to put an image (yes, any image you like) in a text. This is pretty easy and fun to do, even for newbies in photo editing and manipulation.

Just follow these steps and you’ll be amazed how wonderful you’ve created :

1. Open your Gimp of course then in File menu>Open. Select the photo or image from your computer that you wish to appear on your text. I use the photo below which I snipped (via Vista’s Snipping Tool).

2. Now, with the image on your screen, type the text you want by clicking the Text tool. Choose the font and size you want and make sure they are big enough for the image background to be visible, cool and attractive to the eye. I use here the Impact Condensed font, size 120.

3. Layers menu> Transparency> Alpha to Selection.


4. Select menu> Float.

5. Layers dialog> right-click Floating Selection and then click Anchor Layer.

6. Layers> Transparency> Alpha to Selection.

7. In Layers dialog, use the green arrow icon below to move the Text layer under the Background.

8. Right-click the Background and select Add Layer Mask. Make sure Selection is checked and hit Add.

9. Right-click> Merge Down the Background layer.

10. Finally, go to Select menu> click None and you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll be happier if you could leave a comment or anything that would make this blog more user-friendly.

Watch out for the next tutorial – How to lose or gain weight via Gimp photo manipulation!

How to make a wallpaper using Gimp

Hello! This time I will show you how to make a cool wallpaper which is really fun and you can make it yourself so easily provided that you have a PC and a photo editing program. I use Gimp here. If you have a Photoshop, that’s better. Check my related post (Free Photo Editing Programs) where you can choose the right program for you to download.

By the way, the above image shown is the finished product which we will tackle here, step-by-step. If you are ready, then let’s get started…

1. Open Gimp. Go to File menu, click New.
Set the template to 1600 x 1200 pixels. Click Ok.


Zoom-out your window to about 30% so you’ll have a better view while you work.

2. Set the foreground (FG) color to anything dark, the background (BG) color to a lighter one than your FG. In this case, I set FG=236f1d, and BG=62e004.

3. In your Toolbox, grab the Blend Tool icon (that small square icon with gradient color), then make a linear gradient to your active window – from top left corner to right lower corner. The result would then look like the image below…

4. Now, in your Toolbox, select the Brush Tool (brush icon), then make a twirling line like the one shown below.

5. Go to Filters menu>Blur>select Gaussian Blur. Set the Blur Radius to Horizontal=30, Vertical=30, then click Ok. The result should be like the one below…

6. Filters>Distorts>Whirl and Pinch… Set Whirl angle to maximum, Pinch amount to 0.500. Click Ok. See below result…


You can save this one now if you want.

7. To make the desired final result as shown here, go to Filters menu again>Distorts>Waves… Set Amplitude to about 40-70, and Wavelength to 50 (maximum). Actual result may vary slightly but that’s okay. So, that’s it!

If not yet contented and would like to make some more effects, then we proceed to the following:

Filters>Distorts>Lens Distortion…This one is fun because you can experiment by adjusting the ‘slider’ left and right, and you can see right away from the Preview screen the result. With this, you can decide for yourself when to stop if already satisfied with the result. You can save as many variants as you like. Quick hint: try to adjust the Brightness, Zoom, and X/Y coordinates. It’s cool! You can come up something like this variant…

So, how’d you like it? Please comment…