Eighties coming back

The eighties are returning – their influence is felt everywhere, from fashion to music, but nowhere more than in digital art.

In this tutorial, Fabio Sasso will show you some tricks for creating text in retro and futuristic 80s. We will use the classic colors of the time – a combination of neon and dark tones, with the addition of a cosmic landscape. And, of course, the use of layout techniques layering techniques and layers of layers.
Some of the images and textures were paid by the author, but there are free alternatives – portals such as CG Textures or Stock Xchng, or your favorite collectible images.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document with permission. 1920×1200 pixels in photoshop and fill the background radial gradient from gray (#05080e) to dark blue (#182b46). Then load the concrete texture, change the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication).

Step 2. Create a new layer on top of the texture and add a filter. Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds), before this, check that the background and foreground colors are default (click “D“). Blend mode change to Color dodge (Lightening the basics).

Step 3. Now we need to create a linear effect, it is easy to do with Photoshop. Create a new document resolution 100×4 pixels, and create a black rectangle two pixels high. Select through the main menu Edit – Define Pattern (Edit – Define the pattern), name the pattern and save it. Return to the main document, create a new layer and fill it with a pattern (Shift + F5, then fill the Pattern).

Step 4. Select Eraser tool (E) (Eraser tool), the brush is large, very soft, set the Stiffness to 0, then hold down Shift, Begin to erase the pattern, making linear spaces throughout the document.

Step 5. Now let’s take a look at the text: the author used Goudy Sans, italics, size 50. There are more suitable fonts Amelia BT, Cooper, or Tango BT. You can visit the portal of free fonts dafont.com, and choose any material you like. Arrange the text as shown in the image, then use the layer style Blending Options – Gradient Overlay (Overlay options — Overlay gradient), adjust the gradient from pink to blue.

Step 6. Duplicate the text layer, change the fill to 0%. Then change Layer Style Gradient Overlay: angle – 90º, colors – black and white. Divide the gradient in half, set black at 51%. White color is located at around 50%. Add a transparency of 50%, and other markers on 0%, see the image for details. Thus, the gradient will look out from the center, and then fade away. White color comes from the middle, and black drops from the middle, which creates a very beautiful reflection.

Step 7. Select the second text layer and select Layer from the menu. – Smart Objects – Convert to Smart Objects (Layers – Smart Objects – Convert to Smart Object). Then Layer – Layer Styles (Layers – Layer Styles). On the menu Stroke (Stroke) set the size to 1 pixel, the color is white. On the menu Inner shadow (Inner shadow) – opacity 50%, angle 120º, distance 3 pixels, size 3 pixels.

Step 8. Duplicate the layer and move it 2px up and left. Repeat this 4-5 times. When you are done, select the copies and convert them into smart objects. Merge the layers and name it “Text Effect”.

Step 9. Duplicate the new “Text Effect” layer and apply a filter. Filter – Blur – Gaussian blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), radius 15 pixels, change the blending mode to Screen (Lightening).

Step 10. Duplicate “Text Effect” again, this time use Radial Blur. Filter – Blur – Radial Bur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur). Degree 100, Linear Method, Best Quality.

Step 11. Now add another texture: it should be the texture of the old paper, located on top of all layers. You can buy one from Shutterstock at tinyurl.com/nek9xh. or use your own. Paste the texture into the document, resize, change the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication).

Step 12. Creating light streaks is easy: create a new layer, select Rectangular marquee tool (M) (Rectangular Area tool) to create a rectangular selection, as shown in the image. Then select Gradient tool (G) (Gradient tool) to create a black to white gradient, then fill the selection with a gradient. Change the blending mode to Color dodge (Lightening the basics) using Eraser tool (E) (Eraser tool), the brush is soft, large, remove the corners of the glow.

Step 13. Move the strip and duplicate it, then rotate and move the strip using Transform tool (Ctrl + T) – Free transformation to create a Triangle, as shown in the picture. Create a new layer on top of all, but below the paper-textured layer, using different grunge brushes to make a sad image (choose the brushes from the links in the archive).

Step 14. The last thing to add is the stars or the cosmic background. The author used the nebula from Shutterstock, but there are still incredible images made by NASA. Paste your image on top of all layers and change the blending mode to end to Multiply (Multiplication).

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