In this lesson you will learn how to create electrified text in Photoshop. We use the image of the electronic circuit as a background, and also add electrical charges to create the final effect. We will correct the image, and also apply the brush. Let’s try!
This lesson is of medium difficulty, some steps may be difficult.
Note: This lesson is done in Photoshop CS6 – therefore, some screenshots may differ slightly from previous versions of the program. Some brushes are only available in this version of Photoshop CS6.
OK. Let’s get started!
Create a new document 1400px * 780px. Background color is black. Next, create a new layer, reduce the opacity of this layer to about 8%. Using a grunge brush, draw an abstract pattern on a new layer. We use this layer as a background:
Choose a font that can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of this lesson. Type black text so that it is barely visible:
Next, we will add a metal texture on top of our text. Create an active selection around the text, as shown in the screenshot below:
Load the metal texture in Photoshop, move the text onto the document with the metal texture so that the text is active over the texture.
Copy / paste the selected metal texture over our black text, as shown in the screenshot below:
To the text layer with a metallic texture, apply the layer style parameter Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):
Choose a tool Eraser (eraser), set a small-sized hard brush and with an eraser, process the edges around the metallic text as shown in the screenshot below:
For a text layer with a metallic texture, apply adjustment layers as clipping masks:
Black-white(Black and White)
Result at the moment:
In this step, we will add an electric charge to our text. Download the stock image of the electric charge in Photoshop. Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), select a part of the image. Set the value feathering (feather) 40px:
Copy / paste the selected part of the image onto our working paper. Reduce the size of the image, placing it at the edge of the text, where we processed the text with an eraser:
Repeat the whole process, adding more electric charges to our text:
You can apply filter Contour sharpness (Unsharp Mask) to the layer with electric charges to add a bit of sharpness to the texture of the electric charge:
Create a new layer below the text layer and using the Spatter / Particles brush, paint particles around the text.
Next, we add an electronic circuit to our design. Download the image of the electronic scheme in Photoshop. Highlight part of the image:
Copy / paste the selected part of the electronic circuit image onto our working paper. Change the blending mode for this layer with electronic circuit to Hard light (Hard Light):
And with the help of a soft eraser, process the edges of the image of the electronic circuit, placing the circuit in the right part of the text:
Repeat the process described above. Add more electronic circuits to our design:
In the final step, we will add light effects to our text. Returning to the stock image Electric charge and using the tool Lasso ( Lasso Tool), select a part of the image. Copy / paste the selected part of the image onto our working paper, placing it on top of our text, as shown in the screenshot below: (Reduce the opacity of this layer so that the letters are visible)
Experiment with different blending modes, for example, Hard light (Hard Light), Soft light (Soft Light), Lightening (Screen), and also apply additional lighting effects, as shown in the screenshot below:
Add 2 adjustment layers on top of all layers to correct the color and contrast of the entire image:
And we have completed the lesson. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.