Create text from balloons in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create text from balloons in Photoshop. First we will create the text using the original font, and then convert the text into a vector shape. We use reference points to create a unique text design. In conclusion, we will add light highlights to the text to enhance the 3D effect, and also add a string effect to decorate our text. Let’s get started!

The final result:

Step 1

Create a new document 600 x 400 px, then go View – Show – Grid (View> Show> Grid) to activate the grid, and then go Preview – Snap To – Grid Lines (View> Snap To> Grid) to snap to the grid. Press the keys (Ctrl + K) to bring up the window Installations (Preferences), then select the setting Guides, mesh, etc. (Guides, Grid Slices) and set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below. Throughout the lesson, I will turn off the grid visibility (Ctrl + ‘) so that you can see better. The grid will facilitate your work when creating shapes.

Step 2

Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool), install the Insaniburger font.

Type the letter “F”, font size 220 px, font color # D85151.

Step 3

Being in the layers palette panel, right-click on the layer with the letter “F” and in the appeared window select the option Convert to curves (Convert to Shape).

Make sure that the layer with the vector shape “F” is active, then select the tool Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool).

Now, add anchor points to the letter “F”, as shown in the following screenshots below.

Tip: to zoom out on the image, hold down the (Ctrl) key + press the (-) key, and to zoom in, hold down the (Ctrl) key + press the (+) key. To return to the default scale, use the keys (Ctrl) and (0).

Step 4

Choose a tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), now focus on the top of the letter “F”. First, select only the first three reference points that you added in the previous step (these points are highlighted in the first screenshot below).

Press the left arrow key once to move the selected control points 1 px to the left.

Next, from these three points, select only the middle anchor point and press the left arrow key three times to shift the point 3 px to the left. In the end, the result should be as in the second screenshot below.

Step 5

Now we focus on the bottom of the letter “F”. First, select the anchor point on the left, which is highlighted in the screenshot below, move the selected point by 5 px to the right. Now select the anchor point on the right, which is highlighted in the screenshot, and in the same way, move this point just to the left. In the end, the result should be as in the second screenshot below.

Step 6

Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool), font size 220 px, font color # D85151.

Type the letter “L” by placing the letter as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 7

From the panel of the layers palette, right-click on the layer with the letter “L” and in the appeared window select the option Convert to curves (Convert to Shape).

Make sure that the layer with the vector shape “L” is active, then select the tool Add anchor point (Add Anchor Point Tool).

Now, add anchor points to the letter “L”, as shown in the following screenshots below.

Step 8

Choose a tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), now focus on the top of the letter “L”. First, select the three reference points that are highlighted in the first screenshot below, and then shift them 2 px to the left. Now make sure that only the middle point is highlighted, move this point 3 px to the left.

Step 9

Now we focus on the middle part of the letter “L”. First, select the anchor point on the left, which is highlighted in the screenshot below, move the selected point by 5 px to the right. Now select the anchor point on the right, which is highlighted in the screenshot, and in the same way, move this point 5x just to the left. In the end, the result should be as in the second screenshot below.

Step 10

Now, type the letter “Y” using the same font size and color, and then apply the previous technique we applied to the letters “F” and “L”.

Step 11

Next, apply layer styles to one of the letter layers. Set the settings that are shown in the screenshots below. Now, right-click on the layer to which you have applied layer styles, and in the window that appears, select the option Copy layer styles (Copy Layer Style). Go to the other two layers, right-click on the layer and in the window that appears this time select the option Paste layer styles (Paste Layer Style).

Step 12

Next, select all three layers with letters to duplicate the selected layers (Ctrl + J). Select duplicate selected layers, right-click on selected layers and select the option in the window that appears. Combine figures (Merge Shapes). On a merged layer with a text shape, apply a layer style. Shadow (Drop Shadow), while canceling the current layer style settings. Set the settings for this layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below. Make sure that the merged layer with the text shape is active, then decrease the value Fillings (Fill) for this combined layer to 0%.

Step 13

Hold down (Ctrl) + click on the thumbnail of the merged text layer to load the active selection.

Let’s go Selection – Modification – Compress (Select> Modify> Contract). Set the value Compression (Contract) at 15 px.

Scroll to the bottom of the layers palette. Press the button Create New Layer (Create a new layer).

Set foreground color to #FFFFFF, select tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) to fill the selection.

Once you have done this, press the keys (Ctrl + D) to cancel the active selection.

Step 14

Rename the layer you created in the previous step, name it “Light Glare”. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for this layer to 0%.

Double-click on the “Highlight” layer to open the layer style window. Choose a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay), set the settings for this layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 15

Make sure the “Highlights” layer is active. Duplicate this layer (Ctrl + J).

Next, being on the duplicate of the “Light highlights” layer, open the layer styles window and in the layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) just swipe the angle.

Step 16

Next, right-click on the “Light highlights” layer and in the appeared window select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object).

Make sure the smart object layer is active. Now, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer to 80%, and then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Apply a blur radius of 5 px, click OK.

Step 17

Next, convert a duplicate of the “Highlight” layer to a smart object.

Make sure that the duplicate layer with the smart object is active. Now, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer to 50%, and then go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Apply a blur radius of 5 px, click OK.

Step 18

Set the foreground color to # C33333, select the tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), click on the working document to display the settings window for this tool. Apply the settings shown in the screenshot below, and then click OK.

Translator’s Note: 1. In the settings of this tool, select the mode Layer layer (Layer-Shape) 2. do not forget to draw a rectangle.

Make sure that there is an active layer with a drawn rectangle, then select the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool).

First select the left upper control point, and then press the up arrow twice, then select the lower left point, and then press the down arrow twice.

Step 19

Duplicate the rectangle shape layer that we created in the previous step. Arrange the figures as shown in the screenshot below.

For layers with created shapes, apply layer styles. Set the settings for each layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 20

Duplicate the layer with the rectangle figurine, rotate the figurine (Ctrl + T) by –90 degrees. Place a duplicate figure, as shown in the screenshot below. Open the layer style window for the duplicate rectangle shape to change the current settings. Set the settings for each layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 21

In this step, you will learn how to create a pattern.

First, press the keys (Ctrl + N). Create a new document with the following dimensions 6 x 6 px.

Set foreground color to # 000000, select tool Line (Line Tool), set the line thickness to 2 px. Draw a shape as shown in the screenshot below.

Once you have created a shape, save the shape, just go. Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern). Choose a name for your pattern, click OK.

Step 22

We return to our working paper. Set foreground color to # 97712E, select tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), in the settings set Radius (Radius) 2 px.

Draw a shape with the following dimensions 4×10 px.

Next, rotate the drawn shape by 30 degrees (Ctrl + T).

Step 23

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the shape you drew in the previous step seven times. Place duplicate figures as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 24

Choose a tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), install Radius (Radius) 4 px. Now create two 8 x10 px figures, arranging them as shown in the screenshot below.

Select all the brown figures, right-click on the selected layers and in the window that appears, select the option Combine shapes (Merge Shapes).

Step 25

To the combined brown figure layer, apply the layer styles. Apply the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Make sure that the merged layer with the brown figure is active, then duplicate this layer twice (Ctrl + J). Arrange all the figures as shown in the first screenshot below.

Step 26

Next, select the three layers with brown figures to duplicate them (Ctrl + J). Select duplicates of created layers, then right-click on selected layers and in the appeared window select the option Combine shapes (Merge Shapes). On a merged layer with a shape, apply a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow), while canceling the existing layer style settings. Set the settings for this layer style, which are shown in the screenshot below. Make sure that the combined layer with the figure is active, then decrease the value Fillings (Fill) for this combined layer to 0%.

Step 27

Now, select all the layers you created to group them into one group (Ctrl + G).

To the created group, apply the layer style with the settings shown in the screenshot below.

Step 28

Go to layer with Background (Background). Click the padlock icon to unlock the layer.

Set the foreground color to #CDCDCD or # A3D49C, and using the tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool), fill the working canvas with the selected color shade.

Now, on the layer you unblocked, apply the layer style with the settings shown in the following screenshots below.

We have completed the lesson! I hope you liked this lesson, and you can use this technique in your future projects. Thank you for being with me!

The final result:

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