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Putting some interest into your custom font outlines with Gimp 2.10

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skinnyhouse
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Putting some interest into your custom font outlines with Gimp 2.10

Post#1 by skinnyhouse » 30 Jun 2019, 08:43


Borders with CF Tools.pdf
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Alan on GimpLearn has produced loads of excellent custom fonts many of which have beautiful outlines or borders. I thought that I would make a small guide to creating custom fonts using a suitable image and the following custom font tools:
CF Outlines Only
CF Lighting Effects GT Style
CF Face Maker

I used a metallic image downloaded from wallpapercave which I scaled down to 800 px in height...
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... and a curvaceous custom font white base taken from a 100% free font called Carrington.
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Assuming that you have a custom font or custom font base loaded up in Gimp call up Custom Fonts Outlines Only from Filters>>Custom Font Tools>>Custom Font Outlines Only.
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Set the outline width to the thickness of the border you require and the ‘Outline only layers’ option to ‘Yes’ (my filter dialog settings can be seen here) and click on OK.
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If you wish you can always run the filter a second time with the outline width set to say half of the previously selected size.
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Whichever you opt for, save your newly created border custom font to use later.

Now copy your image and use Edit>>Paste as>>New Layer in Place to paste it into the border custom font layer stack (I am only using three characters for this demonstration).
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Call up the Lighting Effects GT Style filter from:

Filters>>Custom Font Tools>>Custom Font Lighting Effects GT Style and use your favourite lighting settings. Mine can be seen in the dialog screenshot below:
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Whatever other options you use, keep the random positions option set to ‘No’ so that the filter can later apply the same values to the filled version of the characters.

Single outline version:
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Double outline version:
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If you wish you could also apply any of the Effects Only filters at this point to your border custom font.

When you are ready, open up your plain custom font version and add the image as a new layer – just like you did with the border version. Call up the Lighting Effects GT Style filter again; use the same options but increase the amount of blur to use with the character bumpmap, to heighten the effect. I used a value of 15.0.
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You could always make more of a contrast by changing the colour of the image layer before running the Lighting Effects filter.
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To combine the two custom fonts, the border and the filled face, you will need to call up Custom Font Face maker from the filled font layers:

Filters>>Custom Font Tools>> Custom Font Face maker
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Set the ‘Combine the current character’ option to ‘Yes’ and click on the .xcf custom font file to locate the border file you created earlier and choose the mode you want to use with your two fonts. Set all other options to ‘No’ and click on OK.

All you need to do now is to save the newly created font with a suitable name.

If you want to try out the various mode effects before using CF Face Maker you can always do this:

Copy one of your border characters and paste it into the filled characters layer stack directly above the character of the same name – Gimp will kindly rename the new layer for you. Make sure both layers are visible and hover your mouse over the mode name area (highlighted here with a red outline). Scroll your mouse wheel to cycle through the effects of different modes.
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The mode you use will depend on your personal preference as well as the combinations of colours and light and shade.

Below are some example results produced with the two custom font files.
Normal Mode:
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Merge Mode:
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Split Mode:
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Lighten only Mode:
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Screen Mode:
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Addition Mode:
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skinnyhouse
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Post#2 by skinnyhouse » 30 Jun 2019, 08:47


Darken only Mode:
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Multiply Mode:
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Linear Burn Mode:
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LCh Color Mode:
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And a couple of examples using a darker border style.
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Tom
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Post#3 by Tom » 01 Jul 2019, 16:51


Thanks skinnyhouse, it worked like a charm !
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Pat625
Tutorial Creator

Post#4 by Pat625 » 01 Jul 2019, 23:57


Skinnyhouse, I love this effect!

Tom, I love what you did with it!
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