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Welcome to Gimp Chat, Tip57.
I haven't looked at your attachment yet but I doubt the opposite of the layers is your problem. Mine always get added to the top - I think it is a windows thing. If I remember correctly GnuTux used Linux.
About the bump map...Only thing i can think of is if you have tried it more than once you will get a different number for each one you do. The Bump map you are doing at the time should have the number next to it in the layers dialogue as well as the drop down list. You will have to wait for another answer if it still doesn't turn up.
I did one where you had to click on the 'transparent' background while adding light - that was still ticked next time and I had to make sure it was un-ticked be able to get bump maps at all.
Can't find the red EV I d/l ages ago so did a gold one. I used 2.8.18 to do this one.
Thanks for your help Sallyanne, I've worked out why I wasn't creating BumpMaps - wahey!
I'd noticed on the tut that I always seemed to have an extra layer - when I make the original GIMP text layer, it creates two layers: a transparent background and a text layer. On the tut there was only ever one GIMP layer at the beginning. I'd noticed it but ignored it - what difference can a transparent background have? (Duh). Then re-noticed it when Isabella sent her screenshots - she was only treating one layer from the beginning too. So I merged my original text layer and - tada! - I was able to make a lovely bumpmap. Can't tell you how good that felt.
I feel very foolish now. Should I always be merging those two layers by default? (is there a default setting I should tinker with?) or was that just a step I'll now, with more experience, know to do in future because there'll be times I need those two layers separate?
Sorry for all the questions, but thank you for your kind help. I'm bumping like mad here now!