Creating iPhone App Style Logos - GIMP

I’ve noticed that there isn’t a tutorial for iphone logos for ‘gimp’ so I decided to make my own. I used as a base to create one for gimp. Well let’s begin…

Step #1
Open up gimp and make a new image with a size of 125 pixels by 125 pixels.

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Step #2

I always find it easier to make the logo if I am zoomed in. This is optional but I suggest you zoom in to 400%.

Step #3

Next right click on the image and click add alpha channel. This will allow you to make your iphone logo transparent.

Step #4

Next hit the delete key on your keyboard. Your image should now look like this…

Step #5

Click on the ‘rectangle select tool’

Step #6

Use the rectangle selection too to make a rectangle around your entire image. It should look something like this.

Step #7

Click ONCE in the center of the image

Step #8

Now go to Select>shrink and click on shrink.

Step #9

A box should appear that asks you how many pixels you want to shrink it by. Put 15 in the box and hit enter.

Step #10

If everything went well you should now have this:

If you don’t have this go back to step #6

Step #11

Now we are going to make the rounded corners. Click select, and then click on rounded rectangle.

Step #12

When you click on rounded rectangle a small box that ‘script-fu rounded rectangle’ should appear. Set the radius to 20% and then click ‘ok’

Step #13

You should now have a rectangle with rounded corners in the center of your page.

Step #14

Double click on one of the two colors. This will bring up a color selection screen.

Pick or make the color that you want and then click ok.

Double click on eh second color. Make this so it is slightly lighter than the last color.

Once you have both colors click ‘ok’ and move to step #15

For this demonstration I used the colors ‘0027d4’ and ‘0283d4’

Step #15

Click on the gradient tool.

Step #16

Click above the Image and draw a line from the top of the Image to the bottom. Tip: You have to keep holding the mouse button in order for this to work.

It should look like what I did below.

Step #17

Now release the mouse button and your image should be filled with the two colors you chose.

Step #18

Now let’s give the image a shadow.

Go to Filters>lights and shadows and then click on drop down shadow.

Step #19

A box should appear.

Set the offset X to 0, the offset Y to 4, and the blur radius to 5.

Now change the opacity to 40%, and click ok.

Step #20

Once this is done you should have a light shadow. It will get darker later on.

Step #21

Press ‘CTRL’ and ‘L’ on your keyboard.

A small window will appear.

Right now you should have two layers. A drop shadow and the background.

Step #22

Right click on the background later and duplicate it.

Step #23

You should now have three layers.

Step #24

On your keyboard type

‘CTRL’ + ‘A’

Then ‘CTRL’ + ‘X’

Then ‘CTRL’+’V’

After this has been done it should look like this:

Step #25

Click on the ellipse tool.

Step #26

Try to center the ellipse with the center of the image.

Once you have drawn an ellipse click into the center of it.

Step #27

Click on the paint bucket.

Then change the color that is on top to white.

And change the threshold to 255.

Step #28

Now paint the inside of the ellipse white.

Step #29

Now go to the layers box and change the opacity to 20.

Step #30

On your keyboard type ‘CTRL’ + ‘M’

Then click merge.

This will make it so there will be only one layer.

Step #31

Change the view back to 100% and you should have an iphone button just waiting for a logo.


Drop Shadows - GIMP

A tutorial for users who don't know haw to make drop shadows.

Step #1

Paste the logo that you are making into GIMP

Step #2

Then go to light and shadow and click on drop shadow

Step #3

A window will open.

For more advanced drop shadows you can fiddle around with these settings but for normal logos just click ok.

Step #4

And there you have it…

GIMP: How to make an outer glow

Make an Outer Glow in GIMP

What you need:

Method A (Faster, easier)

1. Open the file.
2. Go to Filters>Light and Shadow>Drop Shadow.

3. Change the X and Y offset to 0.

4. Change the color to white (or the color you want your glow) and click OK.

5. Go to the Layers dialog (Ctrl+L) and click on the Drop Shadow layer. Press Ctrl+Shift+D until the glow looks right.

Method B (More options, more confusing)

1. Open the file.
1a. If the logo comes close to the edge of the frame, increase the image and layer size using Image>Canvas Size and adding 100px to the height, centering it, and going Layer>Layer to Image Size.
2. Go to Layer>Transparency, and click on "Alpha to selection".

3. Go to Select>Grow, and change the "1px" to "3px".

4. Go to Layer>New Layer, and make it the same size as the PNG.

5. If the layers dialog isn't open, press Ctrl+L on your keyboard.

6. In the Layers dialog, drag the "New Layer" below "Background".

7. Select the Paintbucket tool. Fill the selection with white (or the color you want your glow to be).

8. On the keyboard, type Ctrl+Shift+A.

9. In the menus, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, and click OK.

It glows (:

Glass Text- GIMP

You will need this plug-in before doing this tutorial: layer-effects.scm

1. Open a new document with transparent background. Make your canvas fairly large to fit your text.
2. Set foreground color to 30abf4 (doesn't really matter because you'll colorize it later)
3. Select text tool and a nice fat font. I used Elephant at 120 pts.
4. Type and position your text where you want it on your canvas.
Cool newbie tip - cutting and pasting your text as a new layer will center it.
Merge your text down to your background.
Alpha to selection
Create a new transparent layer. On this new layer, Select>Shrink, 2 pixels.
Edit>Fill with BG color (white). Select, None.
Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur >x:2, y:2
Layer mode>Overlay
Merge down.

Now for some texture
Script-Fu>Layer Effect>Bevel and Emboss>Inner Bevel. Set lighting degree at 42, leave others at default. You should have three visible layers now - your text layer, Bevel Light and Bevel Shadow. Image>Merge Visible Layers>Expanded as Necessary
Are you back to one layer? Good.

Filters>Map>Bump Map>Set your depth to 3, leave everything else alone.

Now, Alpha to Selection again. Select>Shrink 5 pixels. Select>Feather>Feather by 5. Hit Clear (Ctl + K) twice. Select>None.

Now we need to soften it just a bit. Grab your magic wand and click anywhere outside the text. Select>Invert, Filters>Gaussian Blur>2. Select>None.

It's time to texture the edges. Filters>Map>Displace> x:2, y:2. I could stop here, but it looks kinda boring.

Layer>Colors>Curves. Drag the line all the way down to the bottom of the grid. Your text should look black. Click on the line at the midpoint of each grid square and at each vertical line. You should have a total of 9 black dots. Grab the dots in the center of the grid square and drag each one to the top of the grid.
Click okay.

Now to get rid of the red lowlights. Easiest part of the whole thing. Click Colors>Colorize. You can stop right here with the default value, or play with the settings to get a more desirable color.

Here is a possible outcome:


How to "make [the logo] so that it looks like a box and it's edges fade" in GIMP

What you need:
A logo

1. Open the logo in GIMP.
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2. Under the Filter menu, open the Decor subcategory and click on Add Bevel.
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3. In the dialog box that opens, uncheck "Work on copy" and click OK.
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4. Wasn't that easy?
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How to make userbars in GIMP


It’s not exactly part of the logo making process but user bars are becoming popular so I decided to find out how to make them myself.

I’m going to assume that you know your way around gimp 2.6. (If there are people who want an easier tutorial I will simplify it.) Before you start the tutorial you will also need this font:

Step #1

Most people have user bars with a height of 19 pixels and a length of anywhere between 300 and 400. For this tutorial I’m going to use 350.

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Step #2

I suggest zooming in so go to View>Zoom>Fit Image in Window or Shift + CTRL + E.

Next decide what you are going to use for the logo for. I’m going to do a windows logo.

There are several ways to do this step.

You can have a solid color

You can have a gradient going across

Or you can have a gradient going down

It’s up to you.

Step #3

Create a new image that is 6 by 6 pixels

Step #4

Zoom in to 1600%

Also change the brush size to 0.01

Step #5

Now using the pencil tool draw 6 squares going from the bottom right hand corner to the upper right hand corner.

They can be any color but I find that white shows up the best so I would suggest it.

Step #6

Next save the file in “C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\share\gimp\2.0\patterns”

Name the file userbar.pat

Step #7

Go back to the window in which you where making the user bar.

On your keyboard hold Shift+CTRL+P

This should bring up the patterns dialogue.

Step #7

Click on the refresh button to refresh the patterns.

Step #8

Find the pattern that you made.

The white one will look like this:

And the black one will look like this:

Step #9

Create a new layer (CTRL+Shift+N) and then drag the pattern onto the image.

It should look like this:

Step #10

Open the layers box (CTRL +L) and change the opacity to 50%. If you want it darker or lighter adjust the opacity accordingly.

Step #11

Take the image that you want on your user bar and center it on the left hand side of the bar.

Step #12

Now for the words.

Create a new layer (CTRL + Shift + N)

Then find the font that you installed at the beginning of this tutorial. It should be called Unlearned 2 BRK

Change the preferences to the image below. (Turn off hinting and Antialiasing)

Step #13

Now create a new text bubble and type in your text. I like my word big so I went with size 16 but this is optional.

Try to center it in the middle of the right side.

Step #14

Now let’s change our font so it’s white.

Use the paint bucket and fill in the inside of the font.

Step #15

We’re almost there…

Use CTRL + M to merge all the visible layers.

Then duplicate the current layer. To do this right click on the background layer and click duplicate.

Step #16

On your keyboard type CTRL +A, CTRL + X, and then CTRL + V.

It should now look like this:

Step #17

Use the elliptical select tool to make the gloss.

Step #18

Use the bucket tool to fill it with white. Change the threshold to 255% and then fill in the ellipse.

Step #19

Now change the transparency to 20%

Step #20

Merge the layers by using CTRL +M

Step #21

Save the image and your done!

Make your own logo with Reflection - GIMP

Making Logos - Web 2.0 Style

Tutorial by Swordfish. From: Link. ____________________________ Below is a video swordfish made on how to make Web 2.0 Logos with the GIMP.

Manipulating existing logos - GIMP

A list of misc stuff to think about when using Gimp:

To get a logo from a site in Firefox:
Go to "Tools" and click on "Page Info".
Click on the "Media" tab.
In the list of pictures, look at each one until you found the logo (this one is Youtube).
Right click the location, and click "copy".

In the URL bar in Firefox, right click and click "paste".

Right click the image, and click "save".
Open it in GIMP.


Make a GIF (no alpha transparency) into a PNG:
Open the image. Press (Ctrl+A). Then press (Ctrl+Shift+V).
Save it as a PNG file.


Crop a logo to just the logo (ex., Youtube's logo):
With the select tool, select the logo.

Under "Image", click "Crop to selection".


To increase working size:
First increase the image size (under "Image") [:

Then, go to "Layer", and click on "Layer to image size".


Make a logo transparent:
In progress! Here is what I have so far:

Of course you start off with your alpha-enabled logo.
Using any kind of select tool, select the areas that are reflections, any non-logo part (that should still be there), etc.

Next, go to "Layers>Transparency>Color to Alpha".
Select the most common color (usually white).
Click OK.


Change the background on an existing, transparent logo:
My suggestion is to keep them transparent. But if you are sure you want a bg color:
To change the background on an existing, transparent logo simply click on the background (The white one: ).
Select the color of your choice.
Then, go to "Layers>Transparency>Remove Alpha".

Reflections- GIMP

Making reflections in GIMP
What you need:

  • A transparent logo
  • GIMP

1. Open the file.

2. Duplicate the layer.

A layer should appear in the Layers dialog:

3. Using the Move tool, move the new layer below the old one.

4. Flip the layer horizontally.

5. Rotate the layer 180 degrees.

6. Create a layer mask.

It should be all white.

7. Select the gradient tool, with the gradient as a White>Black.

8. Drag a gradient from the top of the lower logo to about the middle.

It should look like this:

9. Apply the layer mask.

10. Merge the layer down.

11. There should be one layer left. Save the file as a .PNG.

Make sure to rate!

Resizing logos to 36x36 for Blackberry using The GIMP


Resizing logos to 36x36 for Blackberry using The GIMP

First, open up your image in GIMP, going File > Open then navigating to the image:

You should get something like this:

Find Image > Scale Image then select the following settings:

Then, find Image > Canvas Size and select the following settings:

Make sure that the 'link' is broken and that you select 'center'

Then go File > Save As. Choose the location and file name and hit save, making sure it is saved as a .png

Select OK to the PNG settings page.

And you're done.

Web 2.0 logo tutorial in GIMP | Урок создания Web2.0-лого в GIMP

Hello. Now I will write my tutorial for GIMP. On two languages: English and Russian. Line by line.
Привет. Сейчас я собираюсь написать свой урок по гимпу. На двух языках: Английском и Русском. Строку за строкой.

Я поделюсь своей технологией рисования логотипов стиля Web2.0 в гимпе.
I will share my technology painting Web2.0 style logos in GIMP.

1. Инструментом "Текст" напишите "GTranslate" в центре холста.
1. With "Text" tool write "GTranslate" in the center of the canvas.

2. Выделите текст по контуру (Правой кнопкой мыши по слою, пункт "Текст в выделение")
2. Select the text around the contour (Right-click on the layer, paragraph "The text in the selection")

3. Создайте новый слой (прозрачный), а слой с чёрным текстом текстом удалите.
3. Create new transparent layer. Delete layer with black text.

4. Инструментом "Заливка" закрасьте буквы по порядку: синий-красный-жёлтый-зелёный.
4. With "Fill" tool fill letters Order: blue-red-yellow-green.

5. Фильтры -> Свет и Тень -> Отбрасываемая тень.
5. Filters -> Light and Shadow -> Drop shadow.

Set up:

6. Создайте новый слой (прозрачный, в размер холста) и переместите его выше слоя с текстом.
6. Create a new layer (a transparent, the size of the canvas) and move it higher layer with the text.

7. Если у Вас ещё нет пака "130 вебдванольных градиентов", то скачайте его и поставьте.
7. If you do not have pack "130 vebdvanolnyh gradients", download it and install.

8. Выберите градиент "Grey Gloss#2"
8. Select the gradient "Grey Gloss#2"

9. Правой кнопкой по слою с текстом, "Альфа-канал -> Выделенная область".
9. Right-click on the text layer, "Alpha-channel -> selected area."

10. Создаём снова новый слой и закрашиваем градиентом выделенную область.
10. Create a new layer again and fill with gradient selected area.

11. Измените непрозрачность нового слоя на 71%.
11. Change the opacity of a new layer to 71%.

12. Правой кнопкой по любому слою, пункт меню "Объединить видимые слои". Ничего не меняя, жмите [Объединить].
12. Right-click on any layer, the menu item "Uniting the visible layers." Nothing is changing, press [Merge].

13. Слой -> Автокадрировать слой
13. The layer -> Crop layer

14. Создайте копию получившегося слоя.
14. Copy the resulting layer.

15. Инструментом "Перемещение" с помощью стрелок переместите слой (далее - "отражение") аккурат под оригинальный.
15. With "Move Tool" using arrows move layer (hereafter - "reflection") under the original.

16. Слой -> Преобразования -> Отразить по вертикали
16. The layer -> Transformation -> Flip Vertical

17. Подвиньте отражение ещё ближе
17. Move closer reflection

18. Поместите отражение в меню слоёв под оригинальный.
18. Put into layers under the original menu.

19. Правой кнопкой на слой, "Добавить маску слоя..."
Ничего не меняя, жмите [Добавить].
19. Right-click on the layer, "Add layer mask ..."
Nothing is changing, press [Add].

20. Инструментом "Градиент" (Из чёрного в белый) закрасьте маску слоя так, чтобы отражение уходило в полную прозрачность.
20. Tool "Gradient" (From the black to white) fill mask layer so that the reflection leaves in full transparency.

21. Щелкните по пиктограмме слоя, чтобы выбрать рисунок слоя, а не его маску.
21. Click on the layer icon to select a picture layer, not his mask.

22. Фильтры -> Размывание -> Гауссово размывание
22. Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur

Установите радиус размывания так, чтобы отражение достаточно хорошо узнавалось, но и не было слишком чётким. Для такого маленького рисунка достаточно и 5, однако будь он побольше, понадобилось бы что-то около 9.
Set the blur radius so that reflected well enough to know but were not too clear. For such a small figure 5, but whether it is more, that would be needed something like 9.

23. Вот и всё, логотип готов.
23. That's all logo is ready.

UPD: Amend paragraphs 2 and 3. Advanced paragraph 24 was deleted.
ОБН: Изменены пункты 2 и 3, дополнительный пункт 24 удалён.

plugin for GIMP

I found a cool plug-in in the plug in registry.

Anyone who wants to copy the "mac screen shot" effect will like it.