A garland of letters in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll use Photoshop’s layer and brush styles to create a nice glossy text effect with garland elements.

Final result:

1) Software used in this tutorial Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
2) The size of the final image is 1024 x 768 px (pixels)
3) You can visit this useful page and familiarize yourself with some shortcuts.


Step 1

Set the foreground color to # 990050 and background color (Background) on # 6e0023. Activate the tool Gradient (Gradient). Set the gradient type to Radial (Radial). Drag the gradient line from the center of the document to one of its corners.

Set the base and background colors to black and white. Create a new layer (on top of the background layer) and name it “BG Texture”, then go to Filter> Rendering> Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds).

Let’s go to Filter> Imitation> Oil Painting (Filter> Artistic> Daubs Paint), and set the values ​​as shown below:

We get just such a beautiful texture.

Next, go to Filter> Rendering> Lighting Effect (Filter> Render> Lighting Effects), change the values ​​as shown below:

Set the blending mode (beside mod) of the “BG Texture” layer to Multiplication (Multiply).

Now, create your text using white color; font – Xpressive; size – 250 px (pixels). We need to change the spacing between the letters. To do this, go to the bookmark Window> Symbol (Window> Character). Set the values ​​as shown in the figure below:

Step 2

Create a new document 100 x100 pixels. Create a keyhole shape. Use tools for this. Rectangular area(Ractangular Marquee Tool) and Oval area (Elliptical Marquee Tool). Fill the selection with black. The second option to create a shape – just use the tools Rectangle (Rectangle) and Elips (Ellipse Tool) to draw a black shape.

This figure will be our new brush. Switch to Editing> Define Brush (Edit> Define Brush Preset) and enter a name for the brush.

Open the brush panel Window> Brush (Window> Brush) and in the parameter Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), change Size fluctuation (Size jitter) on 40%. This will make the size of the brush different with each click.

Return to the original document, create a new layer on top of all layers and name it Brush. Set the foreground color to white and start adding garlands around the letters.

In order to rotate the garland element, you need to change the angle value (ångle) of the brush. To do this, go to the settings of the brush and in the settings Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape) set the desired angle.

As soon as you finish adding the garland, duplicate the text layer and make the source text invisible (by clicking on the eye icon next to it).

Select the Brush layer and duplicate the text layer. Then go to Layer> Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers), or click Ctrl + E. Rename the merged layer to Text (Text), change its parameter value Fill (Fill) on 0%.

Step 3

Double-click on the Text layer to apply the following styles:

Shadow (Drop Shadow):
offset \ distance = 0;
size \ size = 18;

Internal glow (Inner Glow):
blending mode \ in modem = linear light \ linear light;
source \ source = from the center \ to center;
method \ technique = exact \ write;
size \ size = 27

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):
depth \ depth = 123;
size \ size = 10;
gloss contour \ gloss contour = slope \ rolling slope;
check Smoothing \ Anti-aliased;
backlight mode \ highlight mode = overlap \ overlay;
shadow mode \ shadow mode, color = # 6a6a6a.

If you do not have a contour palette, go to this picture (for acquaintance how to load a contour palette).

Circuit (Contour):
contour \ contour = slope \ rolling slope;
check Smoothing \ Anti-aliased;

After applying the styles, our letters look like glass tubes:

Step 4

Create a new layer under the “Text” layer and name it “Tips”. Take a soft round brush with a size of 10 px (pixels). Set the primary color # ff0078, and add dots to the rounded part of the garland.

After you have drawn the dots, double-click on the “Garlands” layer to add the following layer styles:

External glow (Outer Glow):
just change the color to # ffbad5;

Internal glow (Inner Glow):
change the blending mode (in the long mode) to Bright light (Vivid Light), and set the color # ffbad5.

The application of these styles should add shine to the garlands.

Step 5

Create a new layer below the “Garland” layer and name it “Light”. Increase the brush size to 30 px (pixels) and add light points around the points with the garland.

Now our garlands are lit:

You can play with the brush size and color, it will add variety to your image.

Step 6

Add light reflections on the letters. Adjust the brush settings. Once again, set the brush size to 10 px, and also change the spacing to 25%.

In the parameter Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), change Size fluctuation (Size jitter) on 40%. Choose from the drop down menu Control (Control) tab Transition (Fade), and set its value to 70.

Right-click on the original text layer and select the command Create work path (Create Work Path).

Create a new layer below the Light layer and name it Stroke, and then change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).

Set the primary color # ffe0f3, right-click on the path of the work path to bring up the Direct Selection Tool, from which select Perform a stroke (Stroke Path)

Select a brush and check the box. Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure).

So we added some light to the letters:

Step 7

Activate the tool Elips(Ellipse tool) and click icon Contours (Paths) at the top of the options bar. Draw circles around the garlands. Then create a new layer on top of the Stroke layer and name it Sparkles.

Circle the circles using the Spark brush (as we did in step # 6). Then change the blending mode of the Glitter layer to Bright light (Vivid Light).

Create a new layer under the “Stroke” layer and name it “Highlight”, then change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay). Take a large soft round brush; set the foreground color to # ffe0f3. Add bright dots around the text.

Create a new layer on top of all the other layers and name it “Sparkles-2”, and then change the layer’s blending mode to Overlap (Overlay). Take the big brush from the Star set.

Use this brush to add light accents.

This is the final step of the lesson. We are done!

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