In this lesson you will learn how to change the parameters of the brush to fine-tune it. How to use this brush and apply layer styles and adjustment layers. With these actions, we will create a beautiful, colorful, autumn text effect.
The final result. Click on the picture to view the entire inscription in its original size.
The software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6, but you can use a version of CS3 and higher.
Materials for the lesson:
Create a new document with a size of 1125 x 864 pixels, and then place the image with asphalt on top of the background layer.
Double-click on the texture layer to apply the layer style. Color overlay (Color Overlay). Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply) and set the color to # 572306.
This will darken the texture and give it a brown color, which is better suited to our text effect.
Create a new document with a size of 500×500 pixels and install the downloaded brushes with leaves into the program. In the lesson we will use two versions of brushes from the set. Select the specified Brush (Brush, Sampled Brush # 33), which we need to create a text effect. You can of course use other brushes if you wish. After that, set the foreground color to black (# 000000).
Create a new layer on top of the background layer, which should be white, and click once to add a sheet.
Double-click on leaf layer to open layer style window and apply effect. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the gradient mode to radial, zoom in to 130%, and then click in the gradient field to open its editor and configure it.
Colors for the gradient: on the left # b3b3b3 and black (# 000000) on the right side.
This is how the brush should look now.
Go to menu Editing – Define a brush (Edit -> Define Brush) and enter a name for the new brush.
Close this document if you want to save it, and return to the original document with a brown background.
Write the text in white using the ETH font. Set the font size to 250 pt., And set Tracking (Tracking) at 130 to avoid overlapping the leaves of neighboring letters in the future.
Create three new layers and name them “Leaves 1“,”Leaves 2“and”Leaves 3“bottom up, as shown in the screenshot. Name the layers is important for the lesson.
Make the text layer invisible by clicking on the eye icon next to its thumbnail, and then right-click on the text layer and select Create work path (Create Work Path).
Open the brush settings palette in the menu Window – Brush (Window – Brush). Select the same brush as last time, and then change its settings as shown below.
Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape)
Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics)
Color dynamics (Color Dynamics).
Value Foreground and Background Fluctuations (Foreground / Background Jitter) will add color variations for the brush depending on the foreground and background color you set, while Brightness fluctuations (Brightness Jitter) will add shine to these colors. If you are using CS6 version, do not forget to enable the option Apply to tip (Apply Per Tip).
Set the primary color to # 9e0b0f, and the background color to # c78c04. Activate the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) and make sure that you have a work path created in the third step. Make the layer active Leaves 2.
Right-click on the work path and select the function Outline the contour (Stroke Path).
In the dropdown menu, select the tool. Brush(Brush) and uncheck the option Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure).
This will create a stroke around the outline with colored leaves. Do not get rid of yet the working circuit, we still need it.
Now select layer Leaves 3 and stroke again. This will add leaves on this layer. Separate layers allow you to apply layer styles for each layer separately in the future.
Open the brush settings palette, you should have the previous settings for the brush created in step 2. The brush size should be 30 pixels. All other parameters should be the same as those configured in step 4.
Select layer Leaves 1 and add a last stroke with a gradient brush.
Now is the right time to use the tool. Eraser (Eraser Tool) and get rid of any unwanted parts in any of the three layers with leaves.
Double click on the layer Leaves 3 and apply the following layer styles:
Internal shadow (Inner Shadow). Put color # 5c2e0f, Bias (Distance) to 0, The size (Size) value 2.
Internal glow (Inner Glow). Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), color on # b0ac3a, and A source (Source) from the center.
Shadow (Drop Shadow) Color # 472b0f.
This will add some depth to the leaves, making them look more voluminous.
Apply the same styles to the layer. Leaves 2. Just right-click on the layer. Leaves 3 and select item Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style) and then right-click on the layer Leaves 2 and select Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style)).
You can manually add a few more leaves, where you see fit, on any layer. Just take some time to improve the inscription.
The main effect is ready. The next step is optional, as we will only adjust the color a little.
Click on the icon for the adjustment layers at the bottom of the layers palette and select the adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter). Make sure that this layer is above all in the layers palette.
Select preset Cepia (Sepia) and change Density (Density) up to 50%.
Again, click the icon for selecting adjustment layers at the bottom of the layers palette and select the adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map).
Change the layer’s overlay mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%. Then click in the gradient field to make settings.
Use gradient colors from # 546a82 to # fdfdfd
Now add a new adjustment layer. Exposition (Exposure).
Change the exposure to 0.15. It will make brighter colors and add contrast.
Below is an image with examples before and after applying adjustment layers. If you wish, you can make your own adjustments to the correction.
The author hopes that you have enjoyed creating this beautiful, autumn text.