On Sunday 01 November 2009 09:30:17 pm vr wrote:
> I'm working with scratchy looking fonts trying to give them something to
> stand out.
> I create a transparent canvas about 348x67 then pick a font, select white
> for the color, and set the font at around 34. Then using the scale tool I
> stretch the text to fill more of the canvas space. Then I right click the
> text layer and "alpha to selection". Then I select -> grow selection by 3.
> Then I use the bucket tool to fill the 3 pixel region with black.
> My end result is a choppy unpleasant looking white logo with a black
> border.

i'm not sure where your text gets choppy; i followed the instructions you 
outlined, and got a decent looking outlined text. of course, before using 
the bucket filler, i inserted a new layer underneath the text layer.

yesterday i came across an article that describes how to produce nice 
looking glossy text; perhaps you find that useful: 

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