Create a “Aquaman” text effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use layer styles, textures, brushes, various tools and adjustment layers to create a given effect for text. The inspiration for its creation served as a poster for the film “Aquaman”. Let’s start!

This effect we get when using different styles, which are also available on the website GraphicRiver.

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.

1. Create a background

Step 1

Create a new 3000 x 2071 pixel document, click on the icon. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient (Gradient).

Make a gradient fill using the color # 297f82 on the left side and # 1a3344 in the middle and # 0d1018 on the right.

Change style to Radial (Radial) and then drag the center of the gradient to place it at the top of the document.

Increase the scale value to 200 and check the box Dithering (Dither)

Step 2

Go to menu File> Post Related (File> Place Linked), open the “Under water” image, then select Image> New adjustment layer> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation) and change the value Saturation (Saturation) at -100.

Step 3

Change the blending mode of this layer to Lightening basics (Color Dodge).

Step 4

Go to Editing> Transform> Warp (Edit> Transform> Warp), set the type of deformation Arc (Arc) on the top parameters panel and, holding the left mouse button, drag the control point until you get the desired result.

Step 5

Press Enter to apply the warp changes, and then click the icon. Add layer mask (Add layer mask), which is located at the bottom of the layers panel.

Step 6

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), set the foreground color to white, and make the background color black, select the gradient fill From main to background (Foreground to Background) and install Radial gradient (Radial Gradient) on the top options bar.

Select a layer mask thumbnail and use the mouse to create a gradient direction from top to bottom.

2. Add rays of light

Step 1

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), create a new layer and name it “Light Rays”.

Change the layer’s overlay mode to Overlap (Overlay) and lower its opacity to 50%.

Step 2

Hold down the Alt / Option key, click the thumbnail of the layer mask with a gradient and drag it to the “Light Rays” layer to duplicate it.

Step 3

Disable a bunch of layers by clicking on the “chain” icon between the layer thumbnail and its mask.

Select the layer thumbnail and paint the rays using the Light Rays brush set. Then, press Command-T and, using free transform, rotate and resize the rays.

3. Add a bubble texture

Step 1

Open the “Phineas F. Texture” image and go to Image> Calculations (Image> Calculations).

Change both channel values ​​to red, overlay mode Overlap (Overlay) and Result (Result) on Allotment (Selection). Click OK and go to Editing> Copy (Edit> Copy).

Step 2

Let’s go back to our work and go to Editing> Paste (Edit> Paste), rename this layer to “Top Fizz” and change the value Fillings (Fill) at 0%.

Place the texture at the top and resize as needed.

Double click the thumbnail of the “Top Fizz” layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 3

Add a Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) with these settings:

  • The size (Size): 2
  • Uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 122
  • Height (Altitude): 42
  • Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): Ring
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Linear light (Linear Light)
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%

Step 4

Add a Circuit (Contour) with these settings:

  • Circuit (Contour): Double ring (Ring-Double)
  • Tick ​​on Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 5

Reduce the opacity to 50%.

Step 6

Combine all layers except the background into a group and name it “Background”.

4. Create a text layer as a smart object.

Step 1

Create text in capital letters using the font “Lato Heavy”. Set the size to 250 pt and Tracking (Tracking) to 645.

Step 2

Name the text layer in “Text”, right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object).

5. Write down a simple Extrusion action.

Step 1

Open the panel Operations (Actions) click on the icon Create a new set (Create new set) at the bottom of the panel, enter “Extrusion” in the field Name (Name) and click OK.

Step 2

Click Create a new operation (Create new action) at the bottom of the panel, enter “Action” in the name field and click Record (Record).

Step 3

Press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer.

Step 4

Press the key combination Ctrl + T to switch to the free transform mode.

On the parameters panel, click on the icon Keep proportions (Maintain aspect ratio), which is between the vertical and horizontal fields (W and H) and also set their values ​​to 99.9%.

Press Enter to apply the transformation. In the Operations pane, all steps that you have created should be displayed.

Step 5

Click on the icon Stop recording (Stop recording) at the bottom of the Operations panel.

6. Create Extrusion

Step 1

Click ten times on the icon. Perform active operation (Play selection), which is at the bottom of the panel Operations (Actions) to create ten copies.

Step 2

Select all text layers and go to Layers> Sort> Invert (Layer> Arrange> Reverse). So we will rearrange the selected layers on the contrary, and the original will be on top of all layers, and copies will be lower.

Step 3

Put the layers with the text, except the original and the tenth copy, into the group and name it “Center”.

Step 4

Name the top layer “Front” and the last “Back”.

Step 5

Duplicate the “Front” layer twice.

Step 6

Move the “Front” layer to the “Center” group and place it on top of all layers within the group.

7. Add style to front text layers.

Double click the left mouse button on the “Front copy 2” layer and apply the layer style as shown below:

Step 1

Add a Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) with these settings:

  • Style: Embossing (Stroke Emboss)
  • Depth (Depth): 300
  • The size (Size): 5
  • Uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): -176
  • Height (Altitude): 21
  • Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): According to Gauss
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 2

Next, add Circuit (Contour) with these settings:

  • Circuit (Contour): Asymmetrical cone (Cone – Asymmetrical)
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add style Perform a stroke (Stroke) with these settings:

  • The size (Size): 3
  • Position (Position): Inside (Inside)
  • Stroke Type (Fill Type): Gradient (Gradient)
  • Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected)
  • Create a gradient using the color # 7e662e on the left and on the right the color # cfb765 and set its value Positions (Location) about 86%.

Step 4

Change value Fillings (Fill) at 0%.

Step 5

Convert the layers to smart object (Smart Object).

Step 6

Double click on the “Front copy” layer to apply Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay) with these settings:

  • Sample (Pattern): 1.jpg (Open the image that is in the archive “Metal seamless texture“And go to Editing> Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern) to add it to the preset)
  • Scale (Scale): 50%

So we added the front text style.

8. Adding extrusion style.

Double click on the “Front” layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) with these settings:

  • Style (Style): Embossing (Stroke Emboss)
  • Depth (Depth): 230
  • The size (Size): 5
  • Uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): -90
  • Height (Altitude): 50
  • Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): Deep groove (Cove – Deep)
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 2

Next, add Circuit (Contour) with these settings:

  • Circuit (Contour): Wavybias (Rolling Slope – Descending)
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add style Perform a stroke (Stroke) with these settings:

  • The size (Size): 3
  • Position (Position): From the center (Center)
  • Stroke Type (Fill Type): Gradient (Gradient)
  • Style (Style): Linear (Linear)
  • Create a gradient using color # 7e662e on the left and right, and # d4c591 in the middle.

Step 4

Change value Fillings (Fill) the “Front” layer to 0%, right-click on the thumbnail of this layer and select Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style).

Step 5

Select the remaining layers inside the “Center” group, then right-click on any of them and select Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style).

9. Add style to the back of the text layer.

Double click on the “Back” layer and apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) with these settings:

  • Style (Style): Embossing (Stroke Emboss)
  • The size (Size): 4
  • Uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): -164
  • Height (Altitude): 53
  • Glossy contour: According to Gauss
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 2

Next, add Circuit (Contour) with these settings:

  • Circuit (Contour): Asymmetrical cone (Cone – Asymmetrical)
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add style Perform a stroke (Stroke) with these settings:

  • The size (Size): 2
  • Position (Position): Outside (Outside)
  • Stroke Type (Fill Type): Gradient (Gradient)
  • Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected)
  • Create a gradient using color # 7e662e left and right, and # fdcb1c in the middle.

Step 4

Change value Fillings (Fill) to 0%.

Step 5

Double click on the “Center” group and apply layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) with these settings:

  • Tick ​​the box Dithering (Dither)
  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Darkening basics (Color burn)
  • Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected)
  • Use the gradient “Silver 30”.

So, we have completed the styling of the text.

10. Create a simple texture using filters.

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all layers, fill it with black color and name it “Extrusion Texture” and convert it into a Smart Object.

Step 2

Set the foreground colors to black and the background to white and go to Filter> Rendering> Fibers (Filter> Render> Fibers).

Change value Mismatch (Variance) to 20 and Intensity (Strength) to 5.

Step 3

Go to Filter> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) and set Angle (Angle) at 90 and Distance (Distance) to 25.

Step 4

Using the selection tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool) select any small area of ​​texture.

Step 5

Press the Command-J key combination to copy the selected area to a new layer, then hide the “Extrusion Texture” layer.

11. Add an extrusion texture.

Step 1

Move the duplicated texture layer over the “Center” group, then right-click and select Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask).

Step 2

Place the trimmed texture on top of the letter to which you want to apply the texture. Next, press the key combination Command-T and use free transformation to rotate it so that it matches the part of the letter you want to cover.

Step 3

You can add a layer mask and use a black brush to erase areas that you don’t like.

Step 4

Once you’re done, change the blend mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 5

For rounded parts of the letter you can use the mode Deformations (Warp) to round out the texture layer.

Step 6

Make the “Extrusion Texture” layer visible again, then select the new area and repeat the previous steps to add the texture to the remaining letters.

Once you are done, place the “Center” group and all the texture layers in the new group and name it “Center + Textures”.

12. Add highlights and color texture.

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all the layers inside the “Center + Textures” group and name it “Highlights”, then apply it as a clipping mask.

Change the blending mode of the “Highlights” layer to Linear light (Linear Light) and reduce its opacity to 30%.

Set the foreground color to # b5aa98 and use a soft round brush to draw a few highlights on bright extrusion areas.

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the “Front copy 2” layer and name it “Stroke Highlights”, change the blending mode of this layer to Bright light (Vivid Light).

Apply the “Stroke Highlights” layer as a clipping mask for the “Front copy 2” layer and add a few highlights to the stroke.

Step 3

Place the image with the texture on top of the “Front copy” layer and resize it as needed. Rename this layer to “Color Texture” and change the blending mode to Chromaticity (Color).

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the “Front copy” layer thumbnail to select text.

Step 4

Click on the icon Create layer mask (Add layer mask).

Step 5

Put all the front layers in a group and name it “Front.”

13. How to apply a texture

Step 1

Place the image with the texture that is in the “Grunge-Backgrounds” archive on top of the “Front” group, apply it as a clipping mask to this group and change the layer’s blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), and also resize it as needed.

Step 2

Go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation) and change the value Saturation (Saturation) at -100.

Step 3

If you like to apply a small texture, you can create multiple copies to cover all the text, rather than enlarging the entire image with the texture on top of the text.

Step 4

Add the following Ur gravel texture over the grunge-background layers. Next, go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels).

Change Input value (Input Levels) at 50, and Output values ​​at 150.

Step 5

Also apply this layer as a clipping mask for the “Front” group, then change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and resize the texture to cover the first letter.

Step 6

Duplicate this layer to add texture to the rest of the letters, then place the “Front” group and all its texture layers in a new group and name it “Front + Texture”.

14. Add highlights

Step 1

Place the image with the highlight “Lens Flare 02”, which is in the archive “30 Awesome Lens Flare”, on top of all layers. Next, go to Editing> Transform> Rotate 90 ° clockwise (Edit> Transform> Rotate 90 ° Clockwise).

Step 2

Double click on the thumbnail of the layer with the flare to open the source file separately. Create a new layer under the flare layer and fill it with black.

Step 3

Select both layers and press the key combination Command-E to merge them into one layer, then save and close the file.

Step 4

Change the blending mode of this layer to Screen (Screen) and reduce its opacity to 70%. Place a highlight on top of one of the letters in the center of the text and resize as needed.

Step 5

Go to Image> Correction> Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation), check the box Toning (Colorize) and change Color tone (Hue) at 180, and Saturation (Saturation) at 50.

Step 6

Go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels) and change the value of the center slider to 0.61.

15. Add water spray

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of the highlight layer and name it “Water Splash 01”, change the value Fillings (Fill) at 0%.

Double-click on the “Water Splash 01” layer thumbnail and apply the following layer style:

Step 2

Add a Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) with these settings:

  • The size (Size): 3
  • Uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): -48
  • Height (Altitude): 21
  • Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): Ring
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Linear light (Linear Light)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode): Multiply (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 20%

Step 3

Add a Circuit (Contour) with these settings:

  • Circuit (Contour): Double ring (Ring – Double)
  • Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 4

Use the “Free Water Splash Photoshop Brushes” and “Water Splash Brushes Packs’” brush set to add water splashes.

Make each splash on a separate layer to get the desired result, then copy the layer style and apply it to all copies with splashes.

Step 5

You can also add splashes behind the text.

16. Making the final adjustment

Step 1

Place the “Rough 5” concrete texture on top of all layers and rename the layer to “Overlay Texture”, then change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce opacity (Opacity) up to 10%.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Photo filter (Photo Filter) on top of all layers and leave its default values.

Step 3

Save our work as an image, then open it and select Image> Image Size (Image> Image Size) and resize to 1500 x 1063 pixels.

Step 4

You can also use the tool Cropping (Crop Tool) to even adjust the final size.

Congratulations! All is ready!

In this tutorial, we made a simple background and created a text layer as a smart object. After that, we recorded the action to create extrusion and worked all parts of the text.

Then we created and added different textures, highlights and adjustment layers to the text. Finally, we added a few splashes of water to complete our effect.

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