Create a colorful text in Photoshop

In this lesson, the author will show you how you can manually create text in Photoshop.
Below you can see the final image.

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Materials for the lesson:

Work with Outlines.
In order to create a round Circuit (Path) and circle it Brush (Brush), for a start we use the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool).
Activate this tool and on the settings panel enable the option Contours (Path). With this option you will create a shape outline, but without it. Holding the key Shift create the perfect circle.

Now select the tool Brush (Brush), large and with hard edges. To open the brush settings window, press the F5. Install option Interval (Spacing) up to 10% and deactivate the option Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics).

Create a new layer and with the active tool. Brush(Brush) press the key combination Alt + Enter. Thanks to this action, you get a stroke of the contour, which will correspond to the settings of the brush.

Now select the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) or simply white arrow. As you can see, none of the control points on the contour is now visible, but if you click on the contour with a white arrow, the control points will appear. Click on the contour between the reference points and delete part of the contour with the key Delete.
Create a new layer, take the tool Brush (Brush), select a dark color and click Alt + Enter, to circle the path you just created.

Activate the tool Pen (Pen Tool) and add anchor points on the contour, as shown below.

Using tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) select and delete the extreme points of the contour.

Now activate the tool Brush (Brush), choose a darker color, create a new layer and press the key combination Alt + Enter, to stroke the outline.

As you can see, we simply edit the source contour, removing the control points. This allows us to carefully edit the form and create an interesting effect. This is a basic lesson technique. Always check that the new form is created on a new layer.

Another note: after deleting one anchor point, all other points will be automatically active, therefore, in order to select any other desired anchor point, you need to click the mouse outside the contour to deselect all points, and then select one of the desired points using tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool).

Step 1. Create a new document 1600 pixels wide and 1200 pixels high with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. Fill the background layer with a dark purple gradient # 392354 – # 593b70.

Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) and turn on the palette Contours (Path). Hold Shift and create a circle. Go to the contour palette and name the work contour. Base, duplicate it. You will continue to work with the copy, but leave the original for the time being.

Now we will create the letter “C” using the tool Pen (Pen Tool). Add two anchor points and then delete the nodal point between them.

Choose a tool Brush (Brush) 80 pixels. Create a new layer and click Alt + Enter, to create a contour stroke. Take care not to remove this outline, you will need it later.

On the contour panel, select the original contour. Base , duplicate it and move the copy to the right. This will be the letter “O”. Use the tool to move the contour. Selection of the contour “black arrow” (Path Selection Tool).

And now, as before, activate the brush tool, create a new layer and click Alt + Enter. Get the outline stroke for the letter O.

Duplicate the letter O.

Now create the letter “L”. Create two guides to mark the boundaries of the original contour. Base.Using the tool Pen (Pen Tool) and hold the key Shift, create an outline.

Again, as before, activate the brush tool, create a new layer and click Alt + Enter. Get the outline stroke for the letter.

Do the same to create the second part of the letter “L”.

Now organize the layers, as shown below, each letter in a separate folder.

Step 2. Now that we have all the letters, we will begin to make layered shapes inside each letter. Use Clipping mask (Clipping Mask) for each new layer. In the outline pane, select the outline of the letter “C”, duplicate it, and start editing the outline to create forms. For a contour stroke use gray tones, we will deal with concrete colors later.

Let’s start adding colors! Select the layer with the letter “C”, and in the layer styles add Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). In the overlay options, disable the option Overlay clipping layers as a group (Blend Clipped Layers as Group) and turn on the option Overlaying internal effects as a group (Blend Interior Effects as Group).
Use gradient # ff0096 – # c20049.

Apply Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) for each form, as shown below. Note the angles of the gradients.
one. # Ffd200 – # e900ba
2. # 4a6d00 – # b1d603
3. # 4a6d00 – # eaf900
four. # 00dbef – # c8db00

Take a big soft brush, set Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%. Create a new layer under each shape and paint the shadows in black.

Select again the contour with the letter “C” using the tool Selection of the contour “black arrow” (Path Selection Tool) and using the keyboard shortcut CTRL + T make it smaller. In the settings of the brush, put a size of 40 pixels., Rigidity (Hardness) 100%. Now, on the new layer, make a contour stroke. Alt + Enter.
Add a gradient to this shape. fb3a7e – # 442b5d and place it under the top form.

Repeat the previous steps to create another small shape. Gradient for this shape add in layer styles – # e80079 – # ff6481.

Place the first created small shape in the layers palette under the second large shape, and just created, under the topmost one (see screenshot) For these two shapes in the layer styles add Shadow (Drop Shadow). Use the settings in the screenshot below.
We ended up with the letter “C”, but we still have 3 left!

Step 3. Now repeat the same steps for other letters. You can experiment with contours and create different shapes. Use the same gradients that we used for the letter “C” to keep a single color composition. You can follow the author’s steps in the screenshot.

After the author finished with the first letter O, he did not like the small dark figure below and he deleted it.

The process of creating the second letter O.

Now the letter L. It is created very simply.

Step 4. Finally, we have all 4 letters, and we can place them in a beautiful round composition. Use Free transformation (Free Transform Tool – Ctrl + T) to rotate and arrange each letter.

Let’s add letters to the glare. To do this, create a small outline and circle it, adjusting the brush size of 15 pixels. with hard edges. And also click once with a brush to leave a white dot nearby.

In this way, add highlights to all letters, as shown in the screenshot below. For some highlights set the blending mode. Overlap (Overlay) and apply different Opacity (Opacity).

Step 5. Create several shapes around the letters. Give them the same gradients as the letters. Easy way to do this, right-click on the configured layer and select the option Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style). Then make active the desired shape layer, and also, by right-clicking, select the option Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style).

Step 6. Now select the tool Polygon (Polygon Tool), make sure it is in mode Layer shape (Shape). Set in the settings the number of sides is equal to three, and also activate the option Smooth exterior corners (Smooth Corners).

Set foreground color to # 754a9a, and create several triangles with different sizes around the letters.

Activate the tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool), set the foreground color to white, and also create different circles around the letters.

Paint them with different gradients that you used for the letters. Apply a layer style to some circles. Stroke (Stroke), removing this layer with a circle in the layers palette Fill (Fill). The screenshot below shows these settings. Select a few more circles, go to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur), and in the settings, set a radius of about 2.6 pixels.

Step 7. Now take care of the background. Create a new layer above the background layer and paint with this big soft brush. # ff02ea.

Set this blending mode to this layer. Soft light (Soft Light).

Reduce the brush size and paint the shadows in black.

Layer with shadows also set the blending mode Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 8. Create a new layer on top of all other layers, press the key D to set the foreground color and background color to default, that is, black and white. Go to menu Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter-Render-Clouds).

Now go to the menu Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter-Noise- Add Noise). In the filter settings window, check the options: Uniform (Uniform) and Monochrome (Monochromatic). Set the value Effect (Amount) about 26%.

Go back to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur), and in the settings, set a radius of about 0.5 pixels.

Set this layer overlay mode. Darkening basics (Color Burn) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 20%.

Step 9. Activate the tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) hold down the Shift key and create a black square. Rotate it 45 degrees. Using the tool Selection of the contour “black arrow” (Path Selection Tool) while holding the keys Alt + Shift, move the square. So you create a copy of the form. Duplicate the squares, fill the entire background.

Step 10. Now add some images with colors. The author found them on the Deviantart resource, they are transparent PNG files, so all you have to do is just drag and drop them into your main document. Add each flower in layer styles. Shadow (Drop Shadow). The author also washed one of the flowers with a filter.

Step 11.Finishing touch. Create a new layer on top of all layers. Set the base color to black. Activate the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool). Choose a gradient from black to transparent, radial, and set the option on the tool settings panel Inversion (Reverse). Draw a gradient from the middle of the document to the edges.

Set the blending mode to this layer. Soft light (Soft Light).

Now work on the lesson is ready and you can see the final result.

Author: Miriam Moshinsky

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