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Filter out boring text with an ink stamp effect

Added on Monday 28th of February 2011 02:26 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


You never know when you’ll need to enhance a design with a stamped ink text effect, but you don’t want to wait until you need it to figure out how to create it. Coming up with a practical technique that produces desirable results takes time, but we’ll take the guesswork out of the equation by showing you how to create this sort of text effect in Photoshop.


To create an ink stamp text effect, we’ll:

     Type and format the text targeted for the effect.

     Rasterize the text, so it can be easily edited.

     Apply a series of filters that transform the text as desired.


Plain text is necessary when you have a lot of it and it needs to be legible, but everything you learned about typography can go out the window when you’re working with a small amount of text that’s purely for effect. The way a text effect looks is often more important than the way it reads. An ink stamp effect, for example, should be somewhat illegible if it’s to look realistic. We’ll show you how to create this sort of text effect. Once you’ve mastered it, you can use the effect to not only enhance a design but, as shown in Figure A, make it an integral part of your compositions.




It’s all in the technique

You’ll begin by typing some text and formatting it while it’s in its inherent vector state. Make sure you format the text just the way you want it because you won’t be able to edit its formatting after the next step, which is to rasterize the text. Rasterizing the text enables you to edit it like an image, applying filters and everything else you’ll do to create the final ink stamp effect.


To create the basic text:

1.       Create a new Photoshop document at the size and resolution you need it to be.

2.      Press D on your keyboard to reset the default foreground and background colors to black and white respectively.

3.      Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel and type the text to which you want to apply the effect.

4.      Highlight the text and format it as desired via the tool Options bar. To format the text as it’s shown in Figure B, set the formatting options as shown in Figure C and then decrease the Leading value to 48 points via the Character panel. You can access the Character panel quickly by clicking the Toggle The Character And Paragraph Panel button on the tool Options bar.

5.      Choose Layer > Rasterize > Type to convert the text layer to a raster image.

Now, let’s transform the text into something more interesting.





Filter the effect

You’ll transform your text into an ink stamp effect using a combination of ...


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