Edit Movie Poster Text Using Gimp - Chronicles of Narnia

Yesterday I had a friend ask me for help editing a movie poster for Chronicles of Narnia.  This will be a long and in-depth tutorial that will focus a lot on replicating existing text.

What my friend wants me to do, is use a scan of the movie poster he bought and change the text.  The movie poster will say "For Narnia," "And For Aslan."

Here are the basic things we will be doing:
Extract existing text
Recreate text
Take out unnecessary text
Basic image adjustments

Let us begin!

Step 1 - Prep image and layers

Duplicate the layers a few times. Create one for each body of text you will be creating.  Save the image.  This is a beast of an image (over 200mb) and working with it is slow, but I would rather take the time to save often, then to have the program crash and have to start again.

Step 2 - Isolate the Narnia text

It seems that back in the day, the scissor tool in Gimp was pretty buggy (or maybe I was), but now it is one of my favorite selection tools because of how precise you can select.

Select the text.  This will take a looooong while.

There will be areas that you will have to add or subtract selections from (like inside the As).  Your CTRL and shift keys will allow you to do this when you are making the selections.

Once you have the text selected, invert the selection (CTRL+I) and press delete. Make sure to add an alpha layer to the layer first.

I like to add a white layer so I can actually see what I am working with.

Here is a close up.  Not perfect but good enough.  We will add a drop shadow later that will cover up most imperfections of the selection.

You may want to save the selection to path if you think you will be using it again (like for a drop shadow later on).

Step 3 - Recreate the text

We need to create the word "FOR."  I did a Google search, and luckily, there is a font for Chronicles of Narnia.  This will make things a bit easier.  Most really popular movies will have fonts created for them that you can download.

Select the text and add a gradient.  I used the eye dropper to get the colors I needed.

With the text still selected, you will want to go to Selection>Border

We will do a gold fill around the text.

We will do a smaller border and do a white fill for an outline.

I used the eraser tool and turned the opacity to manually erase some of the white.  This gives it a more natural look.

Copy the original text and change it to gold.  You will place this in a layer below the red text.  This will allow us to make the text 3D.

 Draw by hand some more gold to complete the sides of the text.

Next I used the spray brush tool to add some back and white paint for shadows and highlights.

Add some HSV noise.

Distorts>Emboss  Do a bumpmap

Now the text is pretty close to the original.

Flatten all the layers you used to make the text so you can do more editing.

Make a selection of text and use the iWarp plugin to warp some of the edges to make it look chipped and worn.

I used the smudge tool a bit until I got it to look like the original text.

Step 4 - Recreate the other text

We will do this text a much quicker way.  It won't be exact copy, but it will be pretty close.  We are trying to go for a chrome look.  First, find a font that looks pretty similar.

Blur the font.

Do a bumpmap    Distorts>Emboss

Tweak it until it looks pretty close.

I edited the curves and levels as well.

Step 5 - Take out existing text

One way to do this would be to select the text you want to get rid of and go to Map>Resynthesize...   Because my image was so large though, this crashed the Gimp every time.  Guess I will do it the old fashioned way...  Clone tool.

Try to keep the cloning somewhat random to give it a more natural look

Step 6 - Retouches and text placement

With all the text gone, we can adjust the levels some...  Often the scanner will cause a loss of colors and levels.

Now place the text.

Highlight the text (or use the path to selection) and add a drop shadow.

New movie poster.  You can have it say whatever you want!

About McKay Christensen

After having lived in Oregon, Alaska, and China for the past 10 years doing landscape design and English teaching, I have returned to my home state of Utah and currently work for a growing tech company.

In my free time I enjoy working on my website where I post tutorials and reviews (and anything else I think is geeky) and I also like to write songs for my Super English Kid Youtube channel.

My favorite things to do include anything with my wife and son. Hiking, camping, and photography (or anything else outdoors). Playing Ultimate Frisbee or Ping Pong. Listening to 60s, 70s, or 80s, music. 

Feel free to contact me using my contact page. I would love to hear from any of you!


  1. really awesome. Thanks a lot for this tutorial.

    Lots of Gratitude

  2. This one is fabulously looking the great tutorial. And the massive information of this post is extremely looking just fully described about it. This one is extremely one of the unique experienced post about it. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thank you for the compliment and for viewing my tutorial. Glad you like it.

  4. Really wonderful. I just tried to edit the text using GIMP. It worked pretty good. Thanks guy..You are genius :-)

  5. Hey, I know this was made forever ago, but I would just like to say, "Wow, amazing!" One thing, though; I would have brought the "AND FOR ASLAN" down a little bit, so that the dark of the cliffs would give it better contrast.

  6. Thanks for review, it was excellent and very informative.
    thank you :)


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