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Gimp Tutorial: Writing in the Sand

In this tutorial I'll show you how to fake 3d depth and mimic drawing in the sand.

Here is a photo of what the effect looks like in real life:
Drawing in the sand


  1. Can you please tell what I am doing wrong? I followed your instructions all the way to the 5 min mark when you saw to hit the delete button and take out the centers of the top 2 layers. I can't figure out what you are doing here and my picture does not look anything like it is suppose to. Any hints would be great! Thank You!


  2. Right click the second layer without the spread effect and choose "Alpha to selection." Then select the third layer, hit the delete key, and then do the same to the top layer. Then select "Select none" from the Edit menu.