Learn Image Manipulation & Create a Glassy Wallpaper on GIMP


Some Effects

Now when the text logo is complete we can add some other effects. I have some ideas about these.

  1. Use the “Tube Red” Gradient make the blend mode to radial and blend in a separate layer. and then feather delete needed partition to only keep a halo. Then you can use Color -> Colorify to color it. (I used #006cff for halo).
  2. For the green halo of the “i”, select the “Flare Radial 102” Gradient , make a new transparent layer and then make a glow spot on the i. Then colorify it to any color (i used #33ff33).
  3. And make reflections of both of them, as done with the “glass_text” and “glass_text_sparkle” layers. There is another good idea to color only one letter to stick it out of the others etc.

Finally, we have finished the picture. My friends complain that this is black and white and they want more colors, but this is the way I like these types of logos with all black and white with a touch of color. There are a lot more to add in this logo like a spot light and shadows, which can be easily done by selecting feathered ellipses and flood filling with white or black. The thing to be noted is that the font selection is very important not all fonts make the same smooth edges. I have used Bitwise font for the text.

Here are a few wallpapers that I have created, using similar styles.

Basic Picture
Basic Picture
Effect One
Effect One
Effect Two
Effect Two
Wallpaper created for my friend's CounterStrike Clan
Wallpaper created for my friend’s CounterStrike Clan
A Wallpaper for my desktop
A Wallpaper for my desktop



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  3. Looks great. My opinion is to adjust the glow and the intensity of the glassy text by curves. Else the easiest easy is to copy the glassy text layer 3 to 4 times and merge all the copy layers into one , which will result in a brighter one.

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