Create in Tetris style text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a text Tetris effect in Adobe Photoshop. You start by creating a background, and then go to the tetris fragments. Finally, you will learn how you can easily change the colors of Tetris fragments, as well as how to use the font as a model to create such a text effect.

Let’s start!

What will you create:

  • Download the archive with materials for the lesson
  • Download PSD file

Step 1

To begin with we will prepare a background pattern. Create a 16 by 16 pixel document, then click View> Show> Grid (View> Show> Grid) to enable grid visibility. Next, click View> Snap To> Grid (View> Snap To> Grid Lines). Press Ctrl + K to open the window. Preferences (Settings), go to Guides, Grid Slices (Guides, grid and fragments) and enter the settings from the next screenshot. During the lesson, I turned off the grid visibility (Ctrl + ‘) so that you can better see the result. The grid will allow you to easily create shapes.

Step 2

Focus on the toolbar, change the foreground color to # 283239 and select the tool Rectangle (Rectangle).

Go to the canvas, and create a 14 by 2 pixel vector rectangle, and then place it as shown below.

Step 3

With the same color and using the same tool, create a 16 by 2 pixel vector shape, and then position the shape as shown in the image below.

Step 4

Change the base color to # 323E45, and check to make the tool Rectangle (Rectangle) was still selected. Go to the canvas and create a 14 by 14 pixel vector shape. Arrange it as shown in the image below.

Step 5

Change the base color to # 414F58 and create a vector rectangle measuring 14 by 1 pixel. You can see its location below.

Click Edit> Define Pattern (Edit> Define Pattern), select a name for the pattern and click OK.

Step 6

Press Ctrl + N to create a new document sized 578 by 402 pixels.

Concentrate on the layers panel: select the background layer and click on the lock icon to the right of it.

Step 7

We continue to work on the layers panel. Double click on a layer to open a window with layer styles. Activate the section Pattern overlay (Pattern overlay) and enter the parameters shown in the image below. Use the previously created pattern – just click and drag on the canvas so that the corners of the pattern perfectly match the corners of the canvas.

Step 8

Change the base color to # D1A423 and select the tool. Rectangle (Rectangle). On the canvas, create a square measuring 14 by 14 pixels, and place it as shown below.

Step 9

Open the layer style window for the layer with the yellow square and change the settings as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 10

Change the foreground color to # 7F7F7F and create a 14 by 7 pixel shape, positioning it in the same way as in the image below.

Choose a tool Direct selection (Direct selection), select the lower manipulators one by one, and then drag them by moving 7 pixels to the center. Go to the layers panel and change the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft light).

Step 11

Open the layer style window for the layer created in the previous step and change the settings as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 12

Next, work with the layers panel: check that the triangle layer is selected, and then duplicate it by pressing Ctrl + J on the keyboard. Right click on the copy layer, select Clear layer style (Clear layer style) and then change its blending mode to Soft light (Soft light). Make sure the copy is still selected, and click

Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertically). Change the existing fill color to black (# 000000) and drag the shape down, as shown in the image.

Step 13

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the previous shape and change the copy color to # 353535. Press Ctrl + T to rotate the triangle -90 degrees, then press Enter and position the shape as shown in the image below.

Tip: hold down the Shift key when you rotate the shape – this way you can easily turn it exactly -90 degrees.

Step 14

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the previous shape, press

Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontal (Edit> Transform> Flip Horizontally) and place it as shown in the image below.

Step 15

Change the base color to # C1C1C1 and select the tool Rectangle (Rectangle). On a canvas, create an 8 by 8 pixel square, and place it as shown below.

Go to the layers panel and change the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft light), and lower the opacity to 70%.

Step 16

Select the vector shapes from which the Tetris fragment came out and press Ctrl + G to group them. In the layers panel, change the group name to Yellow(Yellow).

Duplicate the group several times and arrange copies approximately as shown below. And now, in order to change the color of the fragments, just click on the thumbnail of the layer with the yellow square and change the existing color to the ones shown below.

Step 17

Let’s create the first Tetris block. Select the yellow group and check that it is clearly aligned with the background pattern, as shown in the first image. Now, duplicate the group and arrange the copies as shown in the image below.

Step 18

Here are the blocks you can create. They can consist of squares of one or more colors, you decide.

Step 19

Choose a tool Horizontal type (Horizontal text) and use the font indicated in the lesson materials at the very beginning. On the canvas, create a text of 200 pixels white and then change it. Opacity (opacity) by 15%.

Step 20

Now let’s make up our first letter from Tetris fragments. The text you just created will serve you as a template. Duplicate a tetris fragment and distribute them by the letter “C”. Be sure to check that the fragments are perfectly aligned on the canvas.

Step 21

Go to the next letter and do not forget to check that the fragments were perfectly aligned on the canvas.

Step 22

Now do the same with the letter “B”, using the technique described earlier.

Step 23

Well, finally take care of the letter “E”. Once everything is ready, delete the layer with the text on the layers panel.

Final result:

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