Do in Photoshop titles from the film format VHS

We all like the 80s, especially they were remembered for us by the old films of the VHS format, which we reviewed many times, from which the videotape became “hackneyed.” Therefore, we have an excellent Photoshop tutorial that will show how to create a picture in a VHS styling format.

Step 1. Open Photoshop and create a new document with RGB color mode. Fill the background with a dark gray color (for example, you can take the color # 141414).

Step 2. Using any retro font (like this one), write something in white.

Now duplicate the text layer three times, then rasterize them.

Step 3. Select the first duplicated layer and bring up the Levels menu with the command Ctrl + L or through the menu Image – Adjustment – Levels (Image – Correction – Levels). Select the Red channel and move the slider Output levels (Output value) to 0. Do the same with the Green Channel, click OK. The layer has now become blue because it is the only color that remains. Then, do the same with the next duplicate layer, remove the Red and Blue channels. Remove Green and Blue from the last layer.

You should now have three layers of blue, green and red.

Step 4. Move the white layer to the foreground and select the blending mode Blending mode – Overlay (Blend Mode – Overlap). For copies, select Blending mode – Exclusion (Blend Mode – Exception). Now you need to move the copies a little in different directions.

For each duplicated layer, select Filter – Blur – Gaussian blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur), with a radius of 2 pixels.

Translator’s note: the author then begins to work with the TV-Scanlines layer (previously not mentioned, and without designating where it was taken from), resembling the effect of scanning lines on a TV. I can offer you two options for how to get this effect for yourself. First through the micro lesson: create a document with a size of 1×2 pixels, the background is transparent. Make the maximum magnification. Choose a tool Pencil tool (B) (Pencil Tool), 1 pixel in size, fill the bottom pixel with black. Now you need to create a pattern Edit – Define Pattern (Edit – Define the pattern), give it a specific name. Open the document with which we work, create a new layer on top of all, fill it with any color, then remove the Fill layer to 0%. Open the Layer Style window and in the menu Pattern overlay (Pattern overlapping) select a new pattern. The second option is of course simpler: google (find on the Internet) the word TV-Scanlines and select a texture. Save the picture on your computer, open it in Photoshop and paste it into a working document.

Step 5. Select the TV-Scanlines layer and drag it to the very top, on top of all layers. Select blend mode Blending mode – Overlay (Blend mode – Overlap), opacity 15%. Create a new layer and fill it with 50% gray, Edit – Fill (Edit – Run Fill).

Then go to menu Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise). Amount 16%, Gaussian distribution, uncheck “Monochrome”. Drag the layer above the background.

Step 6. Write the word “START” and apply the following settings. Blending Options – Outer Glow (Overlay options – Outer Glow) for the layer.

Step 7. Now we make a line of interference. Create a new layer and stretch the entire length of the layer with the tool. Rectangular marquee tool (M) (Rectangular Area Tool) small line. Fill with 50% gray Edit – Fill (Edit – Run Fill). Then add a monochrome, 20% noise: Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise).

Click OK, blur a little with Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Blur in motion), radius 2 pixels. After that, change the layer blending mode to Hard light (Hard light). Duplicate the layer and make even less a line with noise, make as many copies as you see fit.

Step 8. Let’s do a clever trick. Select all the layers of the word “Arcadia” and merge them into one layer. Using tool Rectangular marquee tool (M) (Rectangular Area Tool) make a selection of half the text.

Right-click on the selection and select the context menu item. Layer via Cut (Cut to a new layer). Now you have a second text layer. Select the layer with the half, which is the bottom of the text. Now, through the menu Filter – Distort – Shear (Filter – Distortion – Warp) change the direction of the text. See settings below. Control the settings until you get a curved line.

Step 9. Choose a tool Line tool (U) (Line tool) and draw a horizontal line of 1 pixel, in gray, change the blending mode to Lighten (Replacing light). Reduce the Opacity of both text layers to 89% and you are finished.


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Author: Andreas Fuchs

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