Design Your Own Company T-shirt (Part Two of Three)

In Part Two of Three of the article on Design Your own Company T-shirt we will begin to do the fun activity to bring our logo to life. This is the exciting part where we will put color to our logo while actually designing it. So, we probably already have an ideal on the color. If not, we may want to take a few minutes to decide what that may be.

Choosing Your Colors

Since this is about a faith and connecting into areas of life. Then it would only be natural to look for colors that can be related to the best interest of living a life of faith. When looking at it this way I remembered the fringe of a garment was to be blue for a specific reason.

“Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:”. Num 15:38 “That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.”. Num 15:40

Upon refreshing my memory with scripture the color blue was chosen for the first letter, A. And blue represents freedom, inspiration, trust, loyalty, faith, depth and stability. For a good read for this color go to Also, to help be a reminder of the ten commandments as God wrote with his finger upon stone.

Now the second letter, P, should be related to a color of scripture as well. Again, refreshing the memory by scripture the color of purple was what the solders put on Jesus while mocking him before they crucified him. “And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,”. Mk 15:17

Now the color of purple represents royalty, power, peace and independence. For more read on purple ( May be a reminder of what Jesus went through for us and did for us as the Prince of Peace and that we might receive the power as He promised to be independent of that which binds us.

That leaves the third letter and the letters to finish the text. Here the thought of scarlet arose. I wanted to know more about the color and found it to be between red and orange. There is scripture significance with scarlet, for sure. Though it seems to carry much of the same meaning as purple that is wealth and power.

Which, brought me to think of the colors it fell between. Hence, the meaning of the word connection in the company, for we are trying to connect everything in our life toward our faith. To keep bringing Jesus into every part of our life to share the truth of the everlasting gospel. Which, also connecting the truth of Protestantism into a network we call A Protestant Connection.

Get it! So, I looked at red and orange. And though orange is not in the scripture, per se, it is significant in making scarlet. Plus it represents action. Which, for a protestant is a must. For we are to take action to come to Jesus and there are actions to fulfill the freedom from sin by following Him.

And it represents joy, encouragement, determination and creativity along with passion. Now that brought it all together in a way of connecting to scripture as a reason to utilize orange for this text. For more read on the color visit (

For as a Protestant we may recognize this connection. As joy being a part of the fruit of the Spirit as seen in scripture, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, Longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Gal 5:22-23.

We are encouraged and strengthened by the word and His power. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and Longsuffering with joyfulness;”.

So, yes, it was determined the color for C and “onnection” should be orange. Ok, since it is understood now how and why the colors came about. Let us get back to the making of the A Protestant Connection logo.

Alright, in part one we decided on our logo, slogan and arrangement. In this section we will decide on and actually use the color we decided on as well. Also, in the previous article we turned our blank canvas into a filled black canvas. Saw how to switch between foreground and background colors. Remember this. I found it helpful.


Adding Text

Now we will add text, Click Toolbox >Text, this will provide a Tool Options dialog window to set the font and pixels. As well as the color of the text. Ours is set at Batang Fonts and 550 pixels with a white color, as we will see shortly. Then click Tools >Text, drag from upper left corner to lower right corner. Here’s what we have to this point.

If needed you can click the squares at the corners and drag to resize text area. Now all we do is add text by, Click canvas, and begin to type text. In this particular case, we will be doing one letter at a time for now. So, here we type

Notice in the Layers dialog a new layer has been added called C. Notice also the Tool Options dialog, where it shows Fonts-Batang: Size-550 pixels: and Color shows white in the rectangle.

Create a new layer. At top Layer >New Visible Layer. In the layer palette dialog we now see three layers.


Giving a Blur

The one just created is called Visible. If, we were to click on Visible we would see a white border around it which indicates this is the layer we are working with. It is important to pay attention to what layer is active. This is what it looks like

Now, we will blur the visible. Filters >Blur >Gaussian Blur. Set to preference, here we used 7.

As we go along with the three letters we will decrease this number by 1.

Bump Mapping to add Color

This is coming along nicely! It is time to add color to this layer. Layer >New Layer. In dialog window, set it on White(Opacity). We now have a new palette in the Layers dialog.

To fill it with color we click the “Layer” palette in Layers dialog, then click foreground/background windows in bottom of Toolbox Dialog, choose color in “Change Foreground Color” dialog window. We will choose an Orange shade here for this project. Click Bucket Fill in toolbox dialog and Click on canvas to fill. Notice the canvas now looks this way.


Now comes some fun stuff! We will do something called Bump Mapping. Basically, this will bring the text, in our case the letter C, thru this layer giving it this color. Filter >Map >Bump Map.

Here is the trick! We are working with the orange layer but we want to bring the visible layer thru it, somewhat. So, in the Bump Map window we must point it to the visible layer. To do this, here in the Bump Map dialog where it says in the spinner Bump Map: Untitled-1/Layer-30, we change it to Untitled-1/Visible-6. Here it’s not so much the number after “Layer or Visible”. But, that you have pointed in the spinner to the right “Visible-?” to be “Bump Mapped”. The only other change was the Depth to 33.


Here is a veiw of a “Bump Map” dialog from a similar project.

Yes, notice it is not the numbers we are paying attention to in the spinner but the proper palette we are to bump map. In this case the one labeled “Visible”.

Isolating with a Mask Layer

Alright, we want to now isolate the Bump Map. To isolate the bump map text we mask it. In Layers dialog Right click on “Layer” >Add Layer Mask. In the Add Layer Mask window we leave it at the White(full opacity) and click Add. The Layers dialog now looks this way.


Anchoring a Copy

Now we will work to paste the visible onto the masked layer. Click the “Visible” palette in the Layers dialog, to activate it. Go to Edit >Copy.(this is at top left of program toolbar.) Then, click on masked “Layer” in Layer dialog. Be sure the mask on the right side is activated. Edit >Paste

Notice the Floating Selection in the Layers dialog to the right. We will need to anchor this by Clicking the Floating layer and then the “anchor” at the bottom of dialog window. Second from the right icon. This anchors the floater to the mask layer.

Now the dialog window looks like this. Also, notice the difference in the Layer.

Ok, that was fun!! But we are not done yet.

Let’s Review!

In Part one we covered

1. Deciding on your logo and slogan for the image you want to portray.

2. Decide the arrangement they will be portrayed in.

3. A free program for download Gimp 2 (

4. Blank canvas and how to fill the canvas with color.

5. Using the arrows to switch between foreground and background colors.

In Part two we added

6. Understanding and choosing the proper colors for your logo.

7. Adding and using the Gaussian Blur for chosen text.

8. Coloring text using a Bump Mapping technique of the chosen text.

9. Adding a Mask Layer to isolate the Bump Mapped text.

10. Copying the Visible to create a Floating selection and Anchoring it to the Mask Layer.


By now, we have an understanding also of the different dialog windows and how to navigate through them to perform certain duties. Awesome, the way this coming along!

On to Part Three of Design Your Own Company T-shirt!()

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