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Incorporate rugged text to create a powerful impression

Added on Saturday 22nd of January 2005 03:34 am EST


Adobe Photoshop 7/CS

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Unique text effects are a great way to create a specific feel within a design. Using Photoshop, you can virtually manipulate any font into something new and exciting for your designs. In this article, we’ll show you how to create rough and rugged text, as displayed in Figure A, so the next time you’re looking for a bold typeface and don’t want to settle for a pre-existing font you can make your own.


Figure A:

Using Photoshop, you can create custom text for any design you’re working on.


Breaking it down

In order to create rugged text, we’ll begin by opening a new document with a black background. Then, we’ll enter the text that we’ll manipulate. From there, we’ll paint over portions of the text using a Natural brush to create a worn look. Next, we’ll streak the text using the Polygonal Lasso tool. Once that’s done, we’ll use the Dodge and Burn tools to add highlights and shadows to the text. To finish up, we’ll apply an Outer Bevel to the text, making it pop off the page.


Setting the type

Open a new RGB image in Photoshop that’s approximately 5 inches wide by 3 inches tall at 200 ppi. Now, choose Edit > Fill and in the resulting dialog box, select Black from the Use pop-up menu and click OK to fill your background with black. Next, select the Horizontal Type tool Horizontal Type and choose a nice thick font for your original text from the Font pop-up menu in the tool options bar. Also, select a bright color for your type, such as orange or lime green. Enter your text and size it so it fills the canvas. For our example, shown in Figure B, we used Stencil at 72 pt in orange.


Figure B:

Using a large, bold font, set your text on a black background.


Wearing out your text

Now, it’s time to paint over your text to create a worn-out look. So, go to the Layers palette and click the Create A New Layer button NEWLAYER at the base of the palette to make a new layer on which to paint. Name the layer Paint. Next, select the Brush tool Brush from the Toolbox and go to the Brushes palette (if the palette is hidden, choose Window > Brushes). Open the Brushes palette’s options menu and choose Natural Brushes 2. In the resulting dialog box, click Append to add the new brushes to your palette. Now, select the Wet Brush 60 pixels from the Brush Preset list, as shown in Figure C.



Figure C:

Load Photoshop’s Natural Brushes 2 to access the Wet Brush 60 pixels from the Brushes palette.


Before you start painting, you have to select your text. So, go to the Layers palette and [command]-click ([Ctrl]-click in Windows) on your text layer to make an automatic selection of the text. Now, set your Foreground color to black and click over your text using your new brush, as we did in Figure D. It works best if you paint small areas at a time rather than dragging the brush up and down.


Figure D:

Paint over your text to give it a worn-out appearance.


Removing some of the wear and tear



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