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Ok, you will need the shrek text plugin if you don't have it already. Okay, here is the link to the plugin you will need. Follow this link http://registry.gimp.org/plugin?id=4705 When you get to the page right click on the link that says download (instead of just left clicking on it. Choose Save Target As in Internet Explorer or Save Link As in Mozilla Firefox. Save this in your GIMP program files. Go to Program Files/GIMP 2.0/share/gimp/2.0/scripts and save it in the scripts folder.
Then, go to your Gimp program. We will be looking for the script fu section, except this one is in a different spot than the other lessons I posted. (I haven't quite figured out why they have two script fu sections, but anyway I have screen shots so you know where to find this one.)
Go to the main window where the tools are all at. Go to Xtns > Script Fu > Logos > Shrek Text.
Then when the window pops up for it type your text in the spot where it says text. You can click on the font to change the font as well as the color to change the color. You can also change the size. Then click okay. That's it.
Your text should look something like this.
If you'd like it with a stroke then select the top text layer in the layer palette, right click on it and choose Merge Down to merge the two layer together. Then add a stroke (and drop shadow if desired) as you usually do.
Eek, I have no idea. You could try shutting down Gimp and trying again. The other thing is you could try using the Eye Candy Plugin. It makes pretty neat Gel/glass text too. There's a link on how to do that in the siggy school FAQs thread.