The excellent book by Michael J Hammel "The Artist's Guide to Gimp Effects" 
describes in detail the creation of "gel" text for book covers, web pages etc.  
I developed my own summary checklist following the guidance in his book. And 
it works in production. 

The bad news is his list has 37 steps. And his book was written in the days of 
Gimp 2.2, looking forward to 2.4. Today 2.6.11 is the stable version and 2.7.x 
is in use by many. So I ask the group to look over the 37 steps listed below 
and evaluate whether there are better approaches available in e.g., 2.6.11 
that can shorten the list a bit.
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1. Create canvas 420x100 at 300 dpi.
2. Select Foregorund Color and set to 0/15/222
3. Select text tool. Choose serif font & set to e.g. 180 pixels.
4. Type text
5. Move text to center of canvas.
6. Choose Layer-> Layer to Image size.
7. Choose Layer-> Transparency -> Alpha to Selection.
8. Choose Select -> Shrink 2 pixels
9. Choose Select -> Feather 2 Pixels
10. Select Foreground Color and set to 31/82/255 
11. Select Layer-> New layer. Name Bump Map.
12. Make Bump Map active layer.
13. Fill text with Foreground Layer color (drag & drop).
14. Select -> None.
15. Layer -> Duplicate. Name layer Blur.
16  Make Blur layer active layer.
17. Filters-> Blur->Gaussian Blur 10 Pixels.
18. Make Bump Layer active layer.
19. Filters -> Map -> Bump Map. Azimuth 105, Elevation 5.75,
      Depth 10, Map Type Linear, Compensate for Darkening. Apply.
20. Set Bump Map Layer mode to Addition.
21. Colors -> Curve 
22. Set Blur Layer invisible.
23. Bump Map Layer: Filters -> Light and Dark -> Lighting Effect
24. Options tab: Move blue dot.
25. Light Tab: Directional, Intensity 1.45, OK
26. Layer -> Transform -> Offset -2 -2.
27. Filters -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur -> 5 
28. Make Blur active & visible.
29. Layer-> Duplicate Layer.
30. Make Blur Duplicate Layer active.
31. Layer -> Transform ->Offset 2 2
32. Make Blur layer active
33. Layer -> Trensform -> Offset -2 -2
34. Set Blur layer mode to Addition
35. Set Blur copy layer mode to Screen
36. Make text layer active
37. Filter -> Shadows -> Drop Shadow Offset 2 pixels Blur 3
    pixels.
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-- 
John Culleton

"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
http://booklocker.com/books/4055.html
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