Create abstract text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create interesting abstract text using a topographic map. We apply a plastic filter, blending options, adjustment layers, and standard brushes. So let’s try!

Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CС – so some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in this version of Photoshop CS6 or higher.

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 800 px * 1132 px, background color is black. Open the original image with a topographic map in Photoshop. Select the entire map image, and then copy / paste the selected map image onto our working document. We use this card as a background for our text.

Invert the map, for this we go Image – Correction – Inversion (Image> Adjustments> Invert) or press keys (Ctrl + I):

Using tool Eraser (eraser), in the settings, set a soft brush, create a shading on separate parts of the map, as shown in the screenshot below:

For the topographic map layer, apply the following adjustment layers:

Black-white (Black and White)

Now go to the adjustment layer mask Black and white (Black and White) and using a soft black brush, hide the correction of this adjustment layer, as shown in the screenshot below:

Levels (Levels)

The result of the current lesson:

Step 2

In this step we will work on the text. Use any font at your discretion. Type the letter in the center of the canvas:

To the created letter, apply the filter Plastics (Liquify):

Click the “OK” button to rasterize the letter layer:

Play with the plastic filter, with the tool Deformation (warp), create an effect that you like:

Step 3

Now we will add a small fragment of the topographic map texture to our letter.

Once again, open the original image with a topographic map in Photoshop. Select a fragment of the map image.

Copy / paste (Copy / Paste) highlighted part of the map image on our working paper. Place the map fragment on top of the letter layer. Transform a layer with a map fragment into a clipping mask to a letter layer.

Change the blending mode for the layer with the topographic map fragment to Multiplication (Multiply):

Next, create a new layer on top of the layer with the topographic map fragment, transform this layer into a clipping mask and using a hard brush. opacity (opacity) 50% and by pushing (flow) 100%, add black brush strokes over the map texture. The effect should look like in the screenshot below:

With the help of the brush Watercolor spots, paint watercolor patterns in the background:

The result of the current lesson:

Step 4

We have almost completed the lesson! As final touches, create a merged layer from all visible layers, then duplicate the new merge layer, and then go Filter – Imitation – Applique (Filter> Artistic> Cut Out). Apply the following settings for this filter, which are shown in the screenshot below:

Hide individual areas on the duplicate layer mask of the merged layer:

Using filter Application (Cut Out), we added some geometric shapes to our picture:

If you are satisfied with the letter that you created, then you can stop here.

In addition, I made a small text color correction using a pair of corrective layers: Selective color correction (selective color) and Hue / Saturation (hue / saturation).

So, we have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it was useful for you. See you, have a nice day!

The final result:

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