How to make your own 3D Minecraft font logo in GIMP
So I was doing this Minecraft-themed side project and wanted to make a custom Minecraft logo. I learnt the basics from Chris Voith's video, but it was a bit simplistic so I tweaked it until I was happy with the result. Since text-based tutorials on this topic are scarce, I've written one up for your convenience. (Beware: fiddly content ahead.)
(Web devs / modders / server admins - remember to read the Minecraft Brand Guidelines.)
- Create a new file in GIMP.
- Change your foreground colour to light grey
#a9a09dand your background colour to white
#ffffff. Add dark grey
#29282ato your colour palette (I grabbed these HEX codes from the official logo; you can make up your own if you like).
Tto activate the 'text' tool, set your font to Minecraft z2font, your colour to light grey and write out your text in CAPITAL LETTERS (you won't get the cool cracked effect with lowercase).
Shift+Pto activate the 'perspective' tool. Drag the two upper corners of the text inward. The official logo slants inward by about 30°.
- Duplicate this layer and place the copy (FOOBAR #1) under the original (FOOBAR). (To do this, click on the 'duplicate' button, then the 'lower' button in the 'layers' sidebar.) Still on the new layer, press
Mfor the 'move' tool, click on the text, and press
↓(down arrow). This makes the copy 1 pixel lower than the original.
- Duplicated this layer (FOOBAR #1) and place the copy (FOOBAR #2) underneath. Press
M, click on text, press
↓(down arrow) then
→(right arrow). Press
Shift+Tto bring up the 'scale' tool. Make sure the little chain icon is linked, then click in the 'width' box and press
↓(down arrow) twice. What this step does is make a centred layer that is exactly 1 pixel lower and 2 pixels narrower than the previous one.
- Repeat step 4 20~25 times until the thickness of the text looks about right. Yeah, this is the fiddly part.
- Go up the layer list and click on the 'eye' button to turn off the first layer (FOOBAR). Click on the second layer (FOOBAR #1), press
Shift+Oto activate the 'select by colour' tool, then click on the text to select all the grey parts. Press
Ctrl+.to fill this layer with your background colour, white. This layer makes the finished logo look more 3D by adding highlights.
- Turn off the first two layers (FOOBAR, FOOBAR #1) and the background layer, then press
Ctrl+Mto merge all visible layers. Change your foreground colour to dark grey. Press
Shift+O, select text, then press
Ctrl+,to fill the layer with dark grey.
- Turn on the first three layers (FOOBAR, FOOBAR #1, FOOBAR #20) and press
Ctrl+Mto merge all visible layers. You should now have just one text layer and one background layer.
Uto activate the 'fuzzy select' tool, click on an empty space right next to the text, then press
Ctrl+Ito invert selection. With the text selected, click on Edit > Stroke Selection, set line width to 2 pixels, and click 'Stroke'.
- Click on Image > Autocrop Image to shave off the excess, press
Shift+Ctrl+Eto export to PNG, and Steve's your uncle!
Ok, now someone do a pure CSS tutorial.