Create text from islands in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create text from islands in Adobe Photoshop using the font as a base.

Download the archive with materials for the lesson

Final result:

Step 1

Create a new document 1000 x 700 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. During the whole lesson, I will turn off the grid visibility (Ctrl + ‘) so that you can see better. The grid will make it easier for you to create / edit shapes.

Step 2

In the layers palette, select the layer with Background (Background layer), then click on the lock icon to unlock the layer.

Go to the toolbar, set the foreground color to # 2F82B6. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) to fill the canvas with the selected shade.

Step 3

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

Add text ‘ISLE (ISLAND), font size 230 px, font color # 2E1E0C.

Step 4

On the text layer, right-click and select the option in the window that appears. Rastrirovat text (Rasterize Type).

Choose a tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), focus on the letter “S”. Create a selection as shown in the first screenshot below.

Next, select the tool Move (Move Tool) to shift the selection area 14 px down using the direction keys.

Step 5

Now, using the technique described in the previous step, using tools Lasso (Lasso Tool) and Move (Move Tool), apply the effect to the other letters as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

On the text layer, right-click and select the option in the window that appears. Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object).

Next, go Filter – Distortion – Ocean Waves (Filter> Disort> Ripple). Set the settings that are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 7

Apply layer styles to the text layer. Set the settings for the layer styles shown in the screenshots below.

Step 8

We will now prepare the pattern for the next step.

Open the Grass texture in Photoshop, and then save this texture as a pattern, for this we go Editing – Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern). Click ‘OK’.

Step 9

Go back to our working paper, make sure that you are on a layer with a smart object, duplicate it by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J).

On the duplicate layer, right-click on it and select the window that appears. Clear layer style (Clear Layer Style) and then decrease the value. Fillings (Fill) to 0%.

To duplicate the layer, apply the following layer styles and settings, which are shown in the screenshot below. For layer style Overlapping pattern (Pattern Overlay) use the pattern we created in the previous step.

Step 10

Go to the very top layer with the text to duplicate it (Ctrl + J). On the duplicate layer, right-click on it and select the window that appears. Clear style layer (Clear Layer Style).

Now move this duplicate layer down in the layers palette by pressing the keys twice (Ctrl + [‘), and then shift the text itself 12 px down using the direction key with the down arrow.

Step 11

Change the foreground color to # 2E1E0C, select the tool Pen (Pen Tool). In the settings of this tool, set the mode to Layer layer (Layer-Shape).

Go to the text, focus on the areas where the green text is not perfectly connected with the brown text, here we will create a vector shape that will cover the space between these two texts, as shown in the first screenshot below.

In the layers palette, select all layers with vector shapes created in this step, including layers with brown text, then right-click on the selected layers and in the appeared window select the option Merge layers (Merge Layers).

Make sure this merged layer is located below the green text layer (Ctrl + ’[‘).

Step 12

Now apply the following layer styles to the brown text layer with the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Step 13

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

Next, go to the bookmark Contours (Paths), let’s go Window – Outlines (Window> Paths). Click on the small icon in the upper right corner and select the option in the menu that appears. Form a work path (Make Work Path), install Tolerance (Tolerance) 1 px, and then press ‘OK’.

Step 14

Set the foreground color to # 8BAB1B and the foreground color to # 456204.

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the brush size to 8 px. In the standard brush set, select a brush. Sedge (Dune Grass). Let’s go Window – Brush (Window> Brush), apply the settings for the brush, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 15

At the bottom of the layers panel, click the icon Create New Layer (Create a new layer).

Make sure that the new layer is active in the layers palette, then go to the tab Contours (Paths). Being on a layer Work path (Work Path), right-click on this layer and in the appeared window select the option Outline the contour (Stroke Path), then in the drop-down menu, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool), and then press ‘OK’.

Step 16

Set foreground color to # 442B13, select tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool), in the settings of this tool set Radius (Radius) 1 px.

Go to the canvas and create a vector shape 3 x 12 px. Next, to the created shape, apply the layer styles as well as the settings shown in the screenshots below.

Step 17

Change the foreground color to # 202F11, create a new layer, and then go to the new layer.

Open the brush set window, select the standard brush. Grass (Grass) set the size (Size) brush 10 px, and then in the settings of the brush, apply the settings that are shown in the screenshots below.

Step 18

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), make sure that the layer you created in the previous step is active. Focus on the brown vector shape, click + drag with a brush to create the top of the tree, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 19

Next, select all the layers that include all fragments of the tree, right-click on the selected layers and in the appeared window select the option Combine layers (Merge Layers).

Duplicate the merged layer (Ctrl + J), while on the duplicate layer, go Image – Correction – Discolor (Image> Adjustments> Desaturate), and then reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 60%.

Next, press the keys (Ctrl + T), rotate the duplicate layer -135 degrees. The result should be as in the second screenshot below.

Now, just duplicate all the layers to create several trees. Arrange the created trees over the entire text, as shown in the last screenshot below.

Step 20

In this step, we will cut out the silhouette of the seabird, and then move the selected image to our working paper.

Open the original seabird image in Photoshop, select the tool Magic wand (Magic Wand Tool), click inside the bird’s silhouette to create a selection around the silhouette, and then press (Ctrl + C) to copy the selected image.

Step 21

We return to our working paper and press the keys (Ctrl + V) to paste the silhouette of the bird onto our working paper.

Make sure the bird silhouette layer is active, press the keys (Ctrl + T) to scale the image to an approximate size of 15x 15 px.

Now, duplicate (Ctrl + J) the image with the bird as many times as you like, randomly rotate the image of the birds using the tool Free transformation (Free Transform Tool (Ctrl + T)), and then position the bird images above the text, as shown in the last screenshot below.

Step 22

Finally, we will add a cloud effect to the text.

Change the foreground color to white #FFFFFF, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool), install the size (Size) brush 1000 px, select brush Clouds 20 (Clouds 20) in a set of brushes Clouds.

Create a new layer, click once on the workspace, and then reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer with clouds up to 20%.

Step 23

Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), install Linear gradient (Linear Gradient). Set the settings for this gradient, which are shown in the first screenshot below.

While on a cloud layer, add a layer mask by pressing the button Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask) at the bottom of the layers panel.

Next, drag the gradient from top to bottom, as shown in the second screenshot below.

We have completed the lesson. I hope you enjoyed this lesson and it was easy for you. Thank you for your attention and good luck!

The final result:

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