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Text with Depth from Distance

Ok guys I have looked for this ability in the forum but can't find it.. I may be duplicating this but don't know..

What I'm trying to do is create a one line text that has the depth to is that looks like it is coming in from a distance. Like the 20th Century Fox logo but say from any angle (say coming in from the bottom). I even think I saw this effect on a superman title once.. like on a comic book cover where the actual text was at the top but the depth of body of the text looks like is was coming from the WAY back distance. If this is still not clear I'll try to post a picture to show what I mean but will have to find something to reflect that.. but for now.. if you were to take the FOX in 20th Century Fox log and just make it come up from the bottom instead of the side, that is what I'm looking to do but have yet to find a way to do it.

Thanks in Advance,


Created using G'MIC Extrusion. You can increase the depth further by using the perspective tool in GIMP.

Yes Sir/Mame ;)

maybe having the text more flat facing you but have the depth like what you have, only the left depth of 2 and right depth of 'h' closer together like it is really coming from VERY far away... Make sense? but that is very close to what I'm looking to do..

Sorry for the late reply but my week has been booked about 14 hours every day...

Can you give me steps on how to re-create what you did? Much appreciated..


I used G'MIC's 3D Extrusion under "Rendering". G'MIC found here:

In order to get a perspective "vanishing point" you have to fake it, as G'MIC or GIMP's Perspective tool does not work favorably in creating that effect, entirely. The tip for creating a vanishing point is to duplicate the original extruded text layer several times, and rescale each layer by half.

Layer 1 = original size of 400 x 400 (for example)
Layer 2 = rescale to 200 x 200
Layer 3 = rescale to 100 x 100
Layer 4 = rescale to 50 x 50

Move the smaller scaled images UNDER the original layer and then using the Move tool, align the layers.

Example of 4 smaller layers stacked end to end:

I did ask the creator of G'MIC if a vanishing point could be added to the 3D Extrusion render and he replied it would not be an easy task to accomplish. The script Rod offered you would require you fiddling with the Perspective tool in GIMP, but it will not likely be suitable results because of warping effects.

There is one other script that was edited by RobA that would do something close to what you ask, but I am not sure it will be as effective as you would like. You can grab that script here:

The result of the Rob A script:

so it gives you 100 layers (steps) instead of just a maximum of 20. :)

Here is how i did it.
download Rob A's script.
open it in Notepad ++ look for line #130
SF-ADJUSTMENT "Numbers of steps" '(10 2 100 1 1 0 0)

Notice i changed the 20 to 100 - that fixes the script.
Now start Gimp and create a new doc, and a new text layer. Size for mine was 610x377
Right click the layer and do layer to image size
Go to Filters>Step Resize Keeping Layers
(divide by 2 your image width 3 times)

Put in these values
(your sum for your division) - mine was 76.25 (round this out to 76)
Number of steps - 100 (you can change this to however many you want in the script like i showed you)
The more steps the smoother the result.
100 seems to work fine though.

Hope that helps.


simply using the 3-dscript found here

Then use the toolbox perspective tool to arrange the text fly out. :)
These are the settings for the dialog.

If you increase the depth you should get the results you want.

Thank you very much for the information and the plugin, it is a really cool plugin... but is there a way to leave the initial text you created (un-transformed per-say) and have the all the subsequent layers below depth and transform just that? So the TEXT needs to be unmodified but the depth need some come in from distance and meet your first text layer you started with... Make Sense?

Thanks again in advance,

Simple method: just use the Perspective tool on the text layer. More complex method: once the text is entered, strike "Path from text" in the text tool, then apply the perspective on the path, the create a selection from the path and fill it. The big advantage of this method is that the text remains sharp:



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