A plea for help

The raging headache I’m experiencing could be a result of my social conversion therapy or perhaps it’s a result of the design assignment I’m currently working on.

I’m trying to make a vintage postcard.  I’ve been following this tutorial on Youtube, and it’s been helpful for the most part:

I’m having zero luck filling “the village” with the rover image you see in the video below.

So far I’ve tried the method described in the handy tutorial and my video above (selection to alpha > shrink (optional, I think) > invert > cut.

I also tried these easy steps and come out with this:

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 6.01.31 PMThe outline of the font has the rover image, but not the inside of the font.  What am I missing?

Hmmm…  Maybe it’s a poor font choice as I just followed the easy steps and came out with this:

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 6.05.38 PMOK…. Maybe I answered my own question and need to go on another font hunt.  So….


6 thoughts on “A plea for help

  1. Isn’t that always the way – when you set i t up to ask for help something works!

    Looking forward to the final product. and also now curious on the possibility of replicating!!

  2. Not much knowledge about GIMP here either, but Bill mentioned he had trouble with the Village font in GIMP, and was making text in word and pasting it in. I *think* I may have had a message when installing the font…

    Perhaps flattening the text layer into a bitmap might help?

  3. Well, I think that an outline font is a one where it has an outline for the letter with a space in the middle. So if you make the letter red, the outline is red. But the space is just paper colour. It is a kind from the olden days when computers didn’t do drop shadows or other stuff.

    So choose a big honking font that is a regular one we can see through.

    If you make font letters into a shape like John says, then you could make the ants go around that shape and then use that ants shape to cut out part of a rover picture to paste on top. But I would make a drop shadow or an outline on that ants-shaped-rover-paste to make it look nicer. Plus, if letters have holes in them like A, B, D, O, P, Q, R don’t forget to make ants go in the hole.

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