Create text for comics in Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create a dramatic effect with text for a comic book! You will get to know the different styles of the layer. First, we will create the background using halftone brushes, and then we will create the text. Finally, we will add a stamping effect with a stroke.

This text was created to imitate a font that is used in comics, but only in 3D. Today, you will learn how to create this 3D effect using duplicate layers, including the halftone effect, to give the image the look that is used in comics magazines. This lesson was created using Photoshop CC.

The final result:

Step 1

Open Photoshop. Create a new document (Ctrl + N) or go File – New (File> New) with the following sizes: 2000 px in width and 2000 px in height (Resolution (resolution) does not play a special role, since we use pixels). I called the new document “Text for a book with comics”.

Step 2

So, it’s time to add a gradient to the background. Double click on the background layer to apply layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below.

Step 3

Create a new layer. Fill this layer with any color shade, and then decrease the value Fillings (fill) to 0%. Double click on this layer to display the layer style window. Apply the following pattern.

Step 4

Create a new layer. Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool (B)), set the brush size to 1957 px. You can use any color shade at your discretion. Now add a semitone in the center of the image, as shown in the screenshot below. Also, change the blending mode for this layer to Glow (Luminosity), and also reduce the value Fillings (Fill) up to 16%.

Step 5

Create a new layer. Choose a tool Pen (Pen tool (P)), draw a shape as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

Go to the bookmark Contours (Paths), double click on the contour we just created and select the option Create selection (Make Selection). Click ‘OK’.

Step 7

Fill the selected area with any color shade at your discretion. Next, double-click on the shape layer to apply the following layer styles. Color overlay (Color Overlay) and Shadow (Drop Shadow).

Step 8

Add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow)

Step 9

Create a new layer. Create an active selection by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ + key and click on the thumbnail of the layer with the shape you drew in the previous step. Select the halftone brush again, apply the brush as shown in the screenshot below. You can use any color shade at your discretion.

Step 10

Double click on the new layer to apply the layer style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Do not forget to reduce the value Fillings (Fill) to 0%.

Step 11

Create a new layer. Next, with the tool Pen (pen tool), create an outline around the shape we created. Create a selection, and then fill the selected area with the color shade # 000000. Place this layer below the shape layer.

Step 12

Choose a tool Horizontal text (type tool), I will write the word “POW!” as in this example, but you can type any word at your discretion. I used the font Komika Axis, font size 125.5 pt.

Step 13

Duplicate the layer with the letter “P”, place the duplicate layer below the original layer with the letter “P”. We use a duplicate layer later. On the original “P” layer, add the following layer styles.

Step 14

Add a layer style Circuit (Contour)

Step 15

Add a layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow)

Step 16

Add a layer style Gloss (Satin)

Step 17

The letter “P” should look like in the screenshot below.

Step 18

Remember, we duplicated the layer with the letter “P”, now go to the duplicate of this layer. Use the arrow direction keys, press the right arrow key 5 times, and also press the down arrow key 5 times. When offsetting a duplicate layer, the tool must be active. Move (Move tool).

Step 19

Once on the duplicate of the layer that you just shifted, duplicate it again (shift the duplicate layer 5 times to the right and 5 times down). Repeat the previous steps, creating three more layers with the letter “P”. Thus, in general, you should have 6 layers with the letter “P”, including the original layer with the letter “P”.

Step 20

Group the 5 duplicate layers with the letter “P” into one group, and then apply the following layer styles.

Step 21

Add a layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow)

Step 22

Add a layer style Gloss (Satin)

Step 23

Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay)

Step 24

Add a layer style External glow (Outer Glow)

Step 25

Your letter “P” should look like in the screenshot below.

Step 26

Next, we apply the halftone brush to the created letter “P”. Go to the original layer with the letter “P”, create an active selection around this letter. Create a new layer, select the tool. Brush ( Brush tool). I used the color shade # 000000. Using a halftone brush, add a halftone to the letter, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 27

Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay).

Step 28

Repeat the same steps for the letters ‘O’, ’W’, including the exclamation mark.

Step 29

Create a new layer, make an active selection of all the letters from the first to the last letter (P, O, W, including the exclamation mark) by pressing and holding the ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Shift’ keys. Fill the selected area with black.

Step 30

To the created layer, apply the layer style. Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

Step 31

Decrease Fill (Fill) for this layer to 0%.

Step 32

Next, we will repeat Step 29 to add a stroke. Create a new layer by placing it below all the layers with text. Create an active selection of all letters from the first to the last letter (P, O, W, including the exclamation mark) by pressing and holding Ctrl ’and‘ Shift ’. Fill this layer with black. To this layer, add a black stroke.

Step 33

Convert this layer into a smart object by right-clicking on the layer and selecting the option in the window that appears Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object). Add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow).

And we have completed the lesson! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new today.

The final result:

PSD lesson

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