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Gimp Flaming Text Effects Tutorial Using Filters

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Gimp Flaming Text Effects

In this tutorial, learn a cheap and easy way to add fire and flames to your text in Gimp 2.8 using just filter effects. All you need to do is print text on a black background, and apply a Wind filter. Then a Gaussian Blur, and an Unsharp Mask filter. All that’s left is to color the flames with Color Balance, and add color to the text with a white 2-pixel stroke. Easy Peasy.

You can also spend more time with the Smudge tool and IWarp to make the flames more realistic. But I left that out to make the tutorial short. It’s your turn to experiment.

Create 2 layers below. One a text layer and fill the background layer with black. Make a backup of the text layer and put it at the bottom of the layer stack. Then Merge two layers.



Now go to Image – Transform – Rotate 90 degrees.

Apply a wind filter effect with Filters – Distorts – Wind. Be sure to activate the text layer. Make the settings like you see below.


Apply the wind filter one more time. Rotate the image counter-clockwise to start editing.

Go to Blur – Gaussian Blur.  Make the Blur Radius 6 on both vertical and horizontal.


Go back to the menu: Filters > Enhance > Unsharp Mask. Play around with the settings here, but you can use the ones below.


Here is what it should look like.


Now to add a fiery color to the flames. Go to Colors > Color Balance. Adjust the shadowsmid-tones, and highlights. Make them all have the same settings of: 100, 0, -100.


Put the original text layer on top of the layer stack and change the color of the text from white to something like red or orange.

Right click the text layer and click Text to Path. Go to the menu and choose Edit > Stoke Path at 2 pixel white.

A little more tweaking like adding one or two more fire text layers with varying levels of fire, and I have a decent finish below:


Animated Flaming Text

To make the text flame animated is pretty straight forward. Just create additional text flames with varying amounts of flame. At least 4 or more frames should do it.

Remember to merge the text and flame layers together for each frame like below.

Here is a simple flaming text GIF animation.


24 Tutorials on Designing Photoshop Animations

The following are 24 good tutorials on animation with Adobe Photoshop. Whether beginner or advanced, or somewhere in between, this list will give you something your looking for in 2D and 3D animation.  Photoshop is a powerful tool to design impressive animations for websites, games, video, or business.

This is not a complete list, but  more than enough for you to chew on, as you learn animation. Some tutorials are for beginners, and some cover more advanced topics.

If you have no experience in GIFs, Video Timeline or Frame Animation, then carefully go through the list below and you will find one that is easy to start with.

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Blog & Website Image Optimization Tools & Tips

One of the most common things that webmasters, bloggers, and online marketing professionals need to do when working on their websites is to optimize images and pictures. Since images can affect load time for the page, it has become necessary to reduce the file size. This may involve converting the image to a JPEG, or 256 color PNG, or resizing to a smaller image, and most importantly … compressing images to a small file size.

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24 FREE Text Effects Tutorials for Gimp

Welcome to this awesome list of FREE GIMP text effect tutorials. All these tutorials have been painstakingly compiled for you the aspiring GIMP artist. We have tried to make the list as diverse as possible, so you will find something you really like.

In this list we include both tutorial posts and videos. You will learn to use a lot of tools, techniques, tricks, and methods in the process of designing cool text effects. GIMP is easy to use, and text effects is especially easy once you start on the tutorials below.

So start take a look at the links below and if you really like what you see, make a comment, and share with your friends. 🙂

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24 3ds Max Modeling Tutorials Especially for the Beginner

Welcome to our 24 tutorials on beginner modeling in 3ds Max round up. These free tutorials were carefully selected for the beginner in mind, but a few of the tutorials will be a challenge even for intermediate and advanced 3ds Max users.

Some tutorials are short and to the point, well others are very detailed and will take some time to go through. We have included written as well as video tutorials. Some of the videos are a bit lengthy, but oh so worth it 😉

Well this is not the definitive guide to beginner modeling, it will give you, the aspiring 3D artist, a lot of modeling experience. As well, as learning how to render some models with color materials.

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Setting up WordPress (.org) with a Shared Hosted Provider

So you want to start a website or Blog? There are so many solutions out there. CMS’s (Content Management Systems), and lots of simpler website builders.

In this tutorial I will show you how to easily set-up a genuine WordPress site (on a host server), with access to all the thousands of plug-ins and themes that make it so famous.

WordPress sites offer excellent flexibility and control that many first timers seem to overlook. Wikipedia, reports that over 60 million websites and Blogs use WordPress (.com and .org). That astounding number seems to confirm that WordPress is number one.

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Migrate your Office 365 Public Website to a Shared Hosted WordPress site

If you have not heard yet, Office 365 is ending its support for a Public Website feature. So now you have an Office 365 Public Website, and less than two years before Microsoft shuts it down. What to do. What to do.

Well you could migrate to the suggested GoDaddy or solutions, but I chose WordPress. Why? According to Wikipedia, WordPress has some 60 million website / blog users big and small.

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Gimp Text Effect Logo Tutorial

In this Gimp Text tutorial learn how I made my Logo for this website in Gimp 2.8. I show you how to create a text cut-out with a punched-in effect into a wood texture. To achieve this you will learn how to convert your text to a Path. A Path is needed for a smooth cut. Also, to get the text effects of Bevel and Emboss, Inner Shadow, and Drop Shadow, you will learn how to use Layer Effects for high quality results.

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Text Effects in Gimp

Only one plug-in is required, actually a script you put into the scripts folder. This script is called layerfx.scm and you can download this at the gimp-repository here.

If you have trouble with the installation of the script or how to use it, then check this video for step by step installation instructions, with a short tutorial on how to use Layer Effects in Gimp.

In this tutorial, all you need is a background texture image like wood, concrete, or metal as a few examples. There are tons of sites on the internet to download free textures, just Google a search. Here’s what you will learn in this Gimp text effect tutorial:

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How to Fix Error 404 on Google Webmaster Tools

How to fix 404 errors:

It is probably safe to assume that the first time you took a look at the crawl errors displayed on your Google Webmaster Tools, you felt like throwing up your hands in despair. That sinking feeling is familiar to many website owners and webmasters, so there is no need to panic as yet.

Admittedly, it can take a significant amount of patience to eradicate all the errors, but it is not an insurmountable task. Before we look at how you can fix those errors, let’s define these errors specifically:

The major HTTP status error codes reported back by web browsers are:

  1. 404 Not Found
  2. Soft 404 Not Found
  3. 410 Gone

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