Learning how to create an artistic text effect may seem intimidating (much like other Adobe Photoshop work) but you shouldn’t let it get the best of you. See, creating the perfect artistic text effect takes a little time and practice but it’s well worth the effort once you see the end result. Now, are you still not convinced? Read on.
The artistic text effect tutorial below is very basic and easy to understand. Again, you may have to run through it a few times before you perfect it but as long as you take your time (and put in the time), you should have no trouble creating an artistic text effect just as good, if not better, than the example that we’ve used below. Now, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and scroll down, enjoy the tutorial below, and get ready to be amazed!
Artistic Text Effect Preview
- Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3
- Skill: Semi Advance
- Time: 1/2 – 1hr
Image : Source
STEP 1: Open Image
Open an image in Photoshop and go to color range in select menu as below:
STEP 2: Modify Color Range
In Color Range window, choose shadows option in select as below and click ok.
STEP 3: Shadow
Copy and paste (Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V) shadow information in a new layer named Shadows as shown below.
STEP 4: Color Range
Again open Color Range window from Select Menu for Layer 1 but this time choose Midtones and click ok.
STEP 5: Midtones
Copy and Paste Midtones information like Step 3 to a New Layer named Midtones as shown below
STEP 6: Shadow Fill
Go to Shadows layer by hiding all other layers and go to Fill Effect through Edit Menu.
STEP 7: Black Fill
Choose Black option in Fill Window as below.
STEP 8: Final Shadow
Your Shadows Layer should look like as shown here
STEP 9: 50% Gray Fill
Like shadows, open Fill Window for Midtones but unlike shadows this time choose 50% Gray option.
STEP 10: Final Midtones
Your Midtones should look like image shown below:
STEP 11: Merge Layers
Now Merge both Shadows and Midtones layers by right clicking on them.
STEP 12: Font Style
Choose Text Tool and choose Font Style of your choice, like I have chosen below:
STEP 13: Text
Write some text or you can copy paste some text in a new layer.
STEP 14: Brush Preset
With that Text Layer selected choose define Brush Preset to use that Text as a Brush in Photoshop
STEP 15: Paint
In a new Layer Paint that text with the Brush Tool as below:
STEP 16: Copy Tones
Make a new layer below text painted layer and fill that layer with white color but hide all layers except midtones layer and ctrl+click midtones.
STEP 17: Layer Mask
Add Vector Mask to text painted layer by hiding all other layers.
STEP 18: Paint Face
Click on the layer 2 and Paint the face with the Soft Brush with low opacity as shown below
STEP 19: Layer Style
Apply Gradient Overlay Layer Style to layer 2 as shown below:
STEP 20: Text Paint
For some extra effects, Paint Text in a new layer named paint with the text brush selected which we had made earlier, after doing some changes in brush settings as shown below.
STEP 21: Final Output
Finally make a copy of the white layer above all and decrease it’s opacity as shown below:
Artistic Text Effect Final Result