This tutorial utilizes one of my favorite tools in GIMP: the Displace Map filter. Using this tool can add so much depth and realism to your work; however, it's probably one of the most underutilized tools. It's not just for text, however. It can be used to map textures to landscapes, make tattoos look more realistic, photomanipulations, etc. etc. The list is really endless.
So, try out this tutorial, learn a new trick to add to your arsenal, and make your graphics stand out above the rest! Sounds like an infomercial, doesn't it?! LOL! If you download this tutorial within the next 5 minutes, I'll throw in a free rebate coupon for your next download of GIMP! WOW!
Sorry for the quality of images I used in this thing. I really threw the tutorial together awhile ago and never changed them. Just not enough time in the day.
It's a pdf. So download and view at your leisure.