A simple effect that can look great and will take only minutes to make!
Suitable for any Logo!
Begin by opening up Gimp –> make a 1600 x 1200 with 300 DPI page and transparency.
Now grab the paint bucket and fill it black:
Use the Eclipse Tool with “Fixed Aspect Ratio”
Then grab the Create a new Layer “Circle”
Then draw your circle like below:
Use the Paint Bucket With a Gray/White
Fill the Circle:
Now go, Select –> Shrink
Around 50 pixels will do!
Fill that with a darkish Blue:
Again go, Select –> Shrink
And Fill that White/Gray again:
Now add your text! Keep the same colour as the ring
Choose I used Bauhaus 93. Increase the size until blending in with the ring!
Now on the “Circle” Layer go, Layer –> Transparency –> Alpha to Selection:
Once Selected use the “Free Select Tool” and set to “Intersect Selection”!
Draw what is below or similar:
Fill the Selection White/Gray:
Use the Rotate Tool and rotate it 180 degrees:
Using the “Move Tool” position it like below, along side the cut edge:
There may be some “left-overs”, just delete that with the “Free Select Tool”:
Now on the “Transformation” Layer go, Layer –> Transparency –> Alpha to Selection:
Use the “Gradient Tool”, with settings: FG only: Black (May have to Flip direction), Opacity: ~75%. Apply the Gradient as shown below:
Now go, Filters –> Light and Shadow –> Drop Shadow:
Use the following settings: -6, 15, 42, Black, 90%
You should now have a shadow, that makes it look more realistic:
Merge all layers down into “Circle” Layer:
Still on “Circle” Layer go, Layer –> Transparency –> Alpha to Selection:
Use the “Eclipse Tool” with “Fixed Ratio” and set to “Subtract”, draw like below:
With that Selection, grab the “Gradient Tool” with settings: FG only: White(Flip if necessary), Opacity: ~48%:
Apply Gradient like below (to zoom out: Ctrl + Mouse Scroll):
It gives a little bit of depth to the image =), you can do the same for the “Background Layer”!