In this tutorial, I will show you how to create beautiful text and trendy wallpaper on your desktop in the style of cyberpunk. In this tutorial, we will apply many visual effects, adjustment layers, and also work on the text. I will tell you how to create abstract shapes, as well as how to create a pixel camouflage texture, sound wave, and more. All effects you can create yourself in Photoshop and Illustrator. Working with tools, blending modes, a bit of creativity and adventure, including an excellent result at the end of the lesson, are waiting for you on the pages of this lesson.
Stages of the lesson
In this tutorial, we will create many different effects, as well as work on the text. First we will create the background, abstract shapes in Adobe Illustrator, create the texture of pixel camouflage, including some more interesting effects. Next, we add text and work with layer masks to transform the text. Next, we will add effects to the text. In the final part, I will show you how to create a sound wave, and we will also add small details and make a small correction. This lesson is mainly built on work with effects and a creative approach to ordinary things. I hope that this lesson will be interesting for both novice users and advanced masters. To complete this tutorial, you need a set of textures that I created for you, a bit of logic, a good mood, and Photoshop, starting with the CS version.
Create a new document (press the key combination (Ctrl + N) or go to File – New (File> New))) with the following sizes: 1920 px in width and 1200 px in height. Install Resolution (resolution) 200 pixels / inch (px / inch). You can resize a working document to fit your monitor.
Create a new layer with a gradient fill, for this we go Layer – New layer -fill – Gradient(Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient) or press the button Create new corrective layer or layer-fill(Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Choose a regular black and white gradient, then for the left color checkpoint, set the color to # 182b46, and for the right control point to color # 000000, and then set Style (Style) gradient: Radial (Radial) Scale (Scale): 120%. Thus, we will create the main light spot, which will also be the focal point.
Next, we will put the cardboard texture on our working paper, for this we go File – Post (File> Place). In mode Free transformation (Free Transform) (press the key combination (Ctrl + T) or navigate Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform)) slightly increase the texture scale. Press the (Enter) key to apply the changes. Change the blending mode for the layer with this texture to Multiplication (Multiply), and decrease the value Opacity (Opacity) layer to 70%, and the value Fillings (Fill) up to 75%.
To vary the texture and add volume, I used a cloud layer. Press the “D” key to set the foreground and background color to default. Create a new layer via keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + Shift + N) or press the button Create New Layer (Create a new layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Next, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). Change the blending mode for the cloud layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge), and also reduce opacity (Opacity) layer up to 25%.
Now we will add a fine print to the background. We will create a hacker wallpaper. So select the tool Vertical text (Vertical Type Tool (T)), set the font “Arial Regular”, font size: 9 pt, font color # 00ffd8, and also select the alignment option Shutting down the text in the center (Center text). The size of the printed text should be slightly less than the volume of the working space of our document. So, the adventure begins, type any text. It will be enough to type letters, symbols or numbers. Just type in something weird, any set of different characters, as shown in the screenshot below.
Create two duplicate layers with small fonts via keyboard shortcut (Ctrl + J) or via the command Layer – create duplicate layer (Layer> Duplicate layer). Next, we add an effect to the text using duplicate layers. Change some letters in duplicate layer for a change. Try to place each letter of the duplicate layer below the letter of the previous text layer. Change the blending mode for duplicate layers to Overlap (Overlay). Group the small print layers into one group (Ctrl + G). Reduce value Opacity (Opacity) for a layer with a group of up to 40%, and the value Fillings (Fill) up to 50%.
Now we will create a pixel camo texture. I decided that this texture will give our work an interesting and stylish look. To create this texture, I used the program Adobe Illustrator CC. If you do not have Illustrator, or you don’t want to spend time on it, simply select an interesting texture with the shapes from the set and go to Step 12. For the next few steps, I will show you how to create interesting abstract shapes in Illustrator. Open Adobe Illustrator, create a new document with the following sizes. Width (Width): 1920, Height (Height): 1200, Raster effects (Raster Effects): 300 ppi.
Choose a tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (M)). For Fillings (Fill) and Strokes (Stroke) set the same color (in my case, the color is black, but you can use any color). Draw rectangles by creating an abstract shape, as shown in the screenshot below. There are no certain rules and strict restrictions. You can create your own version, which will be better than me. The main thing is the principle of creating an effect.
Using tool Allotment (Selection Tool (V)), select all the drawn rectangles, then right-click on the selected rectangles and in the window that appears, select the option Group (Group) or go Object – Group (Object> Group). Next, we will create a brush from the created shape. Go to the panel Brushes (Brush), Window – Brushes (Window> Brushes) and click the icon at the bottom of the panel. In the window that appears, select the option Object brush (Art Brush) and click OK. Now we need to adjust the brush.
In the settings window, set the following values for the new brush – Settings scaling brushes(Brush Scale Options): Stretch by the length strokes(Stretch to Fit Stroke Length), Direction(Direction): Stroke left right(Stroke From Left to Right), Coloring(Colorization): Shades, (Tints) Overlap(Overlap): Align the corners and bends to avoid overlap, and then click OK to apply the settings.
Remove the abstract shape, draw a rectangle with the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (M)) with the following dimensions: 514.378 pt in width and 315.584 pt in height. Select a rectangle, apply a brush (just click on the rectangle with our created brush). Experiment with the size of the rectangle and the brush. In the same way, you can create an abstract high-tech figure from abstract circles (as you might have guessed, using the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool (L)). You can also create more brushes, giving each brush a new shape.
As soon as you are satisfied with the result, and you decide to use the created abstract figure in your photo manipulation, just copy the shape (Ctrl + C) or go Editing – Copy (Edit> Copy). Then open the Photoshop program, paste the copied shape onto our working paper (to do this, go Editing – Paste (Edit> Paste) or press the keys (Ctrl + V)).
To correct the color and size of the shape, I advise you to glue the shape as Layer (Shape Layer). Using tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool) (to select a tool, press (Ctrl + T) or go to Editing – Free Transformation (Edit> Free Transform)), play with the size and position to find an interesting location (personally, I just slightly increased the size). Do not forget to set the color Fillings (Fill) and Strokes (Stroke) to black color (you can correct the shape with the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool (U))). If you are using a shape from my set, do not forget to add Stroke (Stroke), otherwise, you will get a slightly different shape.
Convert the layer with the shape into a Smart Object, to do this, right-click on the layer and in the appeared window select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object) or go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object), and also change the blending mode for the layer with the shape to Soft light (Soft Light), Opacity (Opacity) Layer: 50%, Fill (Fill): 50%.
Now, let’s play with the filters. First we transform an abstract figure into pixel camouflage. Having a little experimented, I chose the following technique that fits the atmosphere of our picture. So let’s go Filter – Stylization – Splitting(Filter> Stylize> Tiles). Install amount fragments(Number Of Tiles) 10, Maximum bias(Maximum Offset) 10%, Use for filling intervals(Fill Empty Area With): Inverse picture(Inverse Image). You can continue to experiment with filters to find an interesting look.
Next, apply another filter. I decided to add a small texture. Let’s go Filter – Stylization – Wind (Filter> Style> Wind). Install Method (Method) Wind (Wind), and Direction (Direction) On right (From the Right). In my work I use this filter, because it recreates the effect of digital artifacts or something like that. The result will be excellent if you try to apply the filter to the place :).
Next, we will create a new layer with a pattern fill, for this we go Layer – New layer -fill – Pattern(Layer> New Fill Layer> Pattern) or press the button Create new corrective layer or layer-fill(Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Choose a pattern with horizontal lines, Scale (Scale): 100%. Change the blending mode for this filled layer to Overlap (Overlay). If you do not have this pattern, then select a similar pattern from the standard set of Photoshop patterns, to do this, click on the pattern and in the appeared window select the pattern “Web Patterns”.
If you do not have this pattern, then you can simply create it. Create a new document with the following dimensions: 10 px wide and 500 px high, resolution (resolution) 200 pixels / inch (px / inch). (If you need vertical lines, then change the proportions of the sides). Using tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)), select about half of the work area, and then fill the selected area with black Editing – Fill – Color (Edit> Fill> Color) or first press the “D” key (to set the default colors), and then press (Ctrl + Del) or (Shift + F5). Next, go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern). We return to the previous step, but now we decrease Scale (Scale) up to 1%.
Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)), set a soft round brush, brush size: 100 px, brush opacity: 50%, brush color is black. Draw straight horizontal lines on the mask of the adjustment layer (while working with the brush, hold down the “Shift” key so that the lines are strictly straight). I like this effect, reminiscent of a noise signal on an old monitor or camera.
Add another texture “04” from the “Wireframes” folder, for this we go File – Post (File> Place). Rotate the texture 90 degrees clockwise, zoom in to the edges of the stage. Position the texture so that both figures are symmetrically arranged. Change the blending mode for this texture layer to Separation (Divide), do not worry if the texture has disappeared. It’s all right, it’s just hard to see.
Black lines turned into white lines. Apply adjustment layer Levels (Levels), let’s go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Levels) to enhance the lines on the texture. Set the black slider at 187, and then convert this adjustment layer to a clipping mask for the texture layer. If you want the texture to be more visible, increase the value for darker shades.
A little more effects and we move on to the text :). Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) or click the button Create New Layer (Create a new layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Choose a tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool (L)), and then use this tool to create a selection that looks like a half circle, while the base of the circle will be perfectly smooth. To draw a straight straight line, hold down the “Shift” key. Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)), set a soft round brush, brush size: 250 px, brush opacity: 100%, brush color: # 3da09f. Now, using the edge of the brush, draw a small glow along the smooth base of the circle. Next, with the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool (E)), pre-setting the eraser on a soft round brush, soften the glow at the edges.
Draw lots of lines throughout the image. Change the blending mode for the layer with lines to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Next, add a layer mask to this layer (or click the button Add layer mask (Add a layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel, either go Layer – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal All). Next, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). So we add a soft texture to the line.
I try to tell you not only about creating beautiful wallpapers, but also trying to tell you about effects. To use them or not, it’s up to you. So, we come to the creation of the text! Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool (T)), install the font “Ebrima Bold” (this font should be included in the standard font set of the program Photoshop), font size: 62.34 pt, font color is white. In the font settings window Symbol (Character) (if this tab is not visible in the layers palette, then go Window – Symbol (Window> Character)), set the mode All caps (All Caps). Type in any words. In my case, I wrote the word “cyberwarfare”. Place the word in the center of the image between two abstract metal frames.
You can go back to Steps 7 – 11 and draw a new shape, or use a ready-made abstract shape from the set. So, using the tool Arbitrary shape (Custom Shape Tool (U)), draw a shape as shown in the screenshot below (I used the shape “Shape 2?”), Position the shape so that the text is readable, and the letters are legible. Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the thumbnail of the shape layer to load the active selection.
Add an inverted mask to the text layer, to do this, hold down the “Alt” key + click the button Add layer mask (Add a layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel or go to Layer – Mask Layer – Hide Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection). Once again, create an active selection, but this time click on the thumbnail of the text layer, then add a layer mask to the figure layer, for this we go Layer – Mask Layer – Show Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection).
Load the active text selection (hold down the “Ctrl” key + click on the thumbnail of the text layer), then invert the active selection (Ctrl + Shift + I) or go to Selection – Inversion (Select> Inverse). Go to the layer mask of the layer with the shape and using a hard round brush (opacity (Opacity) brushes: 100%, brush color: black) remove all unnecessary parts of the shape, except fragments matching the text. Also delete the lines within the outline of the text (again, invert the active selection). Here the main thing to show creativity. Try to get creative in creating this effect :). To cancel the active selection, go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect) or press keys (Ctrl + D).
Now, select both layers, duplicate them (to do this, press (Ctrl + J) or go to Layer – Create a duplicate layer … (layer> Duplicate layer …)), and then merge duplicate layers into one layer. For this we go Layer – Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers …) or press the key combination (Ctrl + E). Transform the merged layer into a Smart Object, go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object). Next, go Filter – Stylization – Wind (Filter> Stylize> Wind). Install Method (Method) Wind (Wind), and Direction (Direction) On right (From the Right). Next, once again apply the same filter (Ctrl + F) or go Filter – Stylization – Wind (Filter> Stylize> Wind). Now move the merged layer down, placing it below the two layers with text and shape. Group the resulting three layers (Ctrl + G) or press the button To create a group (Create a group) at the bottom of the layers panel. Reduce Holive tree (Fill) to 0%.
Now we move on to adding effects to the text. Double click on the layer with the group (or click the button Add layer style (Add a layer style) or go Layer – Layer Style – Stroke (Layer> Layer Style> Stroke) and in the window that appears, select the layer style Stroke (Stroke)). In the settings window of this layer style, set The size (Size): 2 px, Opacity (Opacity): 50%, Stroke Type (Fill Type): Gradient (Gradient), set the black and white gradient, Style (style) Mirror (Reflected), Angle (Angle): 90 degrees.
Next, select a layer style. Internal glow (Inner Glow). In the settings window of this layer style, set Opacity (Opacity): 100%, Noise (Noise): 10%, color # ff7878, Tightening (Choke): 0%, The size (Size): 7 px. This layer style will add depth and make light highlights better.
Next, add a layer style. Gloss(Satin), color # 212121, Opacity(Opacity): 63%, Bias(Distance): 12 px, The size(Size): 19 px. The gloss on the text will add volume as well as color.
A gradient can create a base text color just like a gloss. Set the gradient to # 000000> # 73c1ff> # 840000> # ab0000> # d20000> # ff8383. Style (Style) gradient: Mirror (Reflected), Angle (Angle): 90 degrees, Scale (Scale): 31%, Opacity (Opacity): 100%.
Next, add a light texture. Select a diagonal pattern. If you do not have this pattern, then you can create this pattern yourself or use the pattern from Step 16 or add “Web Patterns” patterns to the standard set of Photoshop patterns (go to the pattern selection palette, click the small icon and select patterns in the window that appears “Web Patterns”). Set the blending mode Separation (Divide) degree Opacity (Opacity) 100% and go ahead.
To enhance the brightness of the text, I used the layer style. External glow (Outer Glow). In the settings window of this layer style, set Opacity (Opacity): 35%, Noise (Noise): 20%, color: # 73c1ff, Swipe (Spread): 0%, The size (Size): 250 px. Also set the outline, the same as in the screenshot below.
Next, duplicate the group with the text (Ctrl + J) or go to Layer – create duplicate layer (layer> Duplicate layer …). Next, in the layer style External glow (Outer Glow) change the color to # ff1e1e, and also reduce the value Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%. In the screenshot below, you can see what happened after editing the layer style. The most important thing is to reduce the value. Fillings (Fill) for a group up to 0% and do not use Opacity (Opacity), otherwise, it will affect the layer style.
Next, we will create sound waves using text. Duplicate any text layer (Ctrl + J) or go to Layer – create duplicate layer (layer> Duplicate layer). Increase the value Fillings (Fill) up to 100%, and also delete layer styles (just hold down the “Fx” icon + drag it to the trash). Transform this layer into a smart object, for this we go Layer – Smart Object – Convert to Smart Object (Layer> Smart Objects> Convert to Smart Object). Change the blending mode for the created layer to Overlap (Overlay). Next, go Filter – Distortion – Wave (Filter> Distort> Wave). In the settings window of this filter, set Number of generators (Number of Generators): 217 for Wavelengths (Wavelength) minimum (min): 1, maximum (max): 64, Amplitude (Amplitude) minimally (min): 5, as much as possible (max): 35, Scale (Scale): 100% for both values, and also specify Type of (Type): Sinusoid (Sine), check the box Repeat boundary pixels (Repeat Edge Pixels).
Duplicate the created layer twice (Ctrl + J) or go to Layer – create duplicate layer (layer> Duplicate layer). For the first duplicate layer, set the value Fillings (Fill): 50%, and for the second duplicate layer, change the settings for the filter Wave (Wave). Install Number of generators (Number of Generators): 28, Wavelength (Wavelength) minimally (min): 1, as much as possible (max): 25, leave everything else unchanged. This wave will be slightly shorter than previous waves.
Remained last detail. In the final part, we will add light highlights and a vignette. First we will add light highlights. Add a highlight “05” from the “Flares” set, for this we go File – Post (File> Place), placing the flare below the layers with the waves. Apply scaling to the highlight to fit the size of the working document. Change the blending mode for the layer with the glare on Lightening (Screen).
Add two more highlights, as shown in the screenshot below. The set with highlights is not so big, so you can try other highlights. Change the blending mode for both layers with highlights on Lightening (Screen). You can change the color of the highlights with corrective layers. Color Balance (Color Balance) or Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation).
The final layer is a layer with a gradient fill. Let’s go Layer – New Layer – Fill – Gradient (Layer> New Fill Layer> Gradient) or press the button Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. In the gradient editor window set the black and white gradient, then move the white slider to Position (Location): 50 – 60% for gradient density. Next, in the gradient settings window, set Scale (Scale) about 120%, Angle (Angle): 90, Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected). Now, to see the effect of this layer, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and also reduce the value Fillings (Fill) up to 40%.
Do not be afraid to experiment, try something new. In the screenshots below, you can see a few more options on a given topic.
And we have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new today.