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Old 07-11-2013, 04:36 PM   #2931
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Good point. The rattletrap printer I'm working with is nothing like top-end either, so the prints come out a lot more pixellated than it looks on the screen.


Ugh, tell me about it. 'S a pain in me arse working on this at home, every time I shift position I have to tilt the screen.


Yeah, I think that's the way to go. I found a how-to on outlining text with the Paths tool, but the only hitch is that it will only outline it in black. Which works fine for this, since I think black outlining red would look better than vice-versa.

Lightened up the red in the name, outlined it in black, kept some drop shadow and brightened up the whole thing. I kinda like it. I have a more current version of GIMP on my laptop at home, when I get back I'll try the 'Oilify' filter on the name text so it looks painted. The version I have on this computer just makes things look blurry and messy.

Still not certain I'm going to use this pic, I have a handful of potential candidates.
I use GIMP a lot. The easy way to do outlining for text is to use the select by color tool. It looks like a finger pointing at a blue, red and green strip. With your text layer selected, use the select by color tool, and select any of the text. Then, create a new layer (full size, transparent), position it underneath the text layer (using the layer dialog), then in the select menu, click grow. Grow it by however many pixels looks good (usually between 1 and 3), then use the paint bucket to fill it in. Make sure to select "Fill whole selection" for the bucket tool options. It may sound hard or like a lot of work, but it only takes a few seconds. Way easier than trying to mess with paths. Afterwards, you can merge the text layer down, and then autocrop layer (both in the layer menu at the top) to move it around if you want. I'm not sure how you got the glowy white stuff behind the font, but you can also use the same method to do that. All you have to do is grow it out more, then use the feather tool under the select menu. Play around with what you feel looks good.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:27 PM   #2932
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Cool, thanks. I'll give it a try when I get home. Got tomorrow off too, so plenty time to waste mucking about on the laptop with BeerSmith and GIMP.
The glowy stuff underneath is a drop shadow, about 30px wide colored light grey. To my colorblind eyes it's light grey, anyway.

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Old 07-13-2013, 12:08 AM   #2933
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From a graphic design stance, i think you need to give the text alittle texture and drop the outer glow and drop shadow... I think the text needs to fit into the style of the background to really make it look professional

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Old 07-13-2013, 06:42 PM   #2934
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IDK. What do y'all think? I'll probably wax it, too. Orange, methinks.

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Old 07-13-2013, 07:55 PM   #2935
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Here's another. What do you guys think?

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Okay ... so here is a panorama of all the labels I've done so far

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I made a chocolate stout from a midwest supplies irish stout kit and as I'm going with all fireworks related themes... Burnt Ash Chocolate Stout...

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Old 07-15-2013, 06:59 PM   #2938
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Good point. The rattletrap printer I'm working with is nothing like top-end either, so the prints come out a lot more pixellated than it looks on the screen.
I've never used GIMP, but also make sure that you have a good resolution to start with - minimum 300 DPI. Otherwise it'll be pixelated on ANYTHING you print.

That last version looks much better - you can still get rid of the white "halo" around the text and replace the black border with a lighter border - that would make it stand out as well.

However, the version you have now works fine as well.
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I've never used GIMP, but also make sure that you have a good resolution to start with - minimum 300 DPI. Otherwise it'll be pixelated on ANYTHING you print.

That last version looks much better - you can still get rid of the white "halo" around the text and replace the black border with a lighter border - that would make it stand out as well.

However, the version you have now works fine as well.
GIMP is good, given a bit of time to get antiquated with it.
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GIMP is good, given a bit of time to get antiquated with it.
Given that I'm relatively handy with Photoshop (though I'm using an older version of it) is there much benefit to going through the learning curve with GIMP?
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