First, you’re going to build a texture that simulates leather. You will then emboss it with text. The final product will be a luggage tag for “Mr. Gimp Junior.”
Create a new image (Image: File > New or press ). Choose 400 × 250 as the size and RGB as the image type, and use the default background color (i.e., white).
Fill this image with hurl noise. Select Image: Filters > Noise > Hurl, which opens the dialog in Figure 4-1. Push the RANDOMIZATION slider to 60% (try using the mouse wheel to do this). Leave the REPEAT slider at its default value of 1. Click OK. You get something like Figure 4-2.
Figure 4-1. The Hurl ...