Kicking off headless - A simple engraving tutorial

Hello headless! I am starting off the year with a tutorial on faking a wood engraving! Please try and contain your excitement.

This is a very simple tutorial. I got the wood from Deviantart here: http://blank77.deviantart.com/art/Wood-Grain-24243045

Deviantart has excellent stock images, just make sure you check the creative commons license (or the creator’s comments on the image)

I am presenting at a conference next month and wanted a background for my Prezi. I thought a simple woodgrain with a touch of UMW would work nicely, so here’s how to do it yourself with any image or text. This would also work on any background šŸ™‚

1. Begin with your background, then create a new layer.
2. Paste the content you would like engraved into the new layer.
3. Right click on the new layer, then select Transparency > Alpha to Selection
4. Make sure your background layer is the active layer, then go to Filters > Map > Bump Map
5. Your settings should look like the following:

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Deselect, and then you’re done! Hopefully this tutorial will inspire you to play with some of the filters in GIMP

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Kicking off headless – A simple engraving tutorial

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3 thoughts on “Kicking off headless – A simple engraving tutorial

  1. Very, very cool–thank you! Will have to try this on different kinds of backgrounds.

    I have always wondered: what is “alpha,” and so what is “alpha to selection” here? I’ve used GIMP a lot already, and still don’t know what this means!

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