Make paper text in Photoshop

Today you will learn how to create a paper text effect with curled edges in Photoshop. First we will create the background using several textures, then we will work on the text using the Pen Tool (P), layer masks and other tools such as the Dodge Tool (O), the Burn Tool (Dot). O) and Transformations.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document with a size of 1920x1200px and a resolution of 72 pixels / inch.

Step 2. Fill the background with a dark green color (# 41514c).

Step 3. To create a textural effect, I used two grunge textures. Create a new layer and turn Edit – Fill (Editing – Fill). Open the texture palette and click on the small arrow in the top corner of the window. Then click Load (Download) and select the file with the .pat extension that you downloaded. You can also use your own textures to achieve a similar result.

Select the pattern2_380_hard texture and click OK to fill it with the background.

Change the blending mode of this layer to Overlay (Overlap) with Opacity (Opacity) 50%.

Step 4. Create a new layer, this time fill it with the texture pattern_9_380_hard.

We press CTRL + I, to invert colors and SHIFT + CTRL + U, to discolor.

Set the blending mode to Screen (Lightening) with Opacity (Opacity) 70%.

Step 5. Now that the background is complete, we can do the letters. Since the process of creating each letter is no different, I decided to show it with the first example.
We need the Nevis font. Via Horizontal type tool Horizontal text) (T) write the first letter, in this case F. The font size is 260pt, but it depends on the size of your document.

We press CTRL + T, to activate Free transform (Free transform), and slightly change the slope of the letter. By applying a different angle to each letter, we can achieve a more realistic result.

Duplicate (CTRL + J) layer with the letter. Move the copy under the original and hide it. We will use this layer to create the shadow.

Step 6. Right-click on the letter layer and select Blending options (Overlay options). Apply Color overlay (Overlapping with color) (# f6f6f6).

In the next steps we will need to hide the layer styles, because later we will use the tools Dodge tool (Clarifier) ​​(O) and Burn tool (Dimmer) (O). To do this, create a new clean layer, then select it and a layer with a letter and click CTRL + E.

Step 7. Via Pen tool (Pen) (p) in mode Path (Path) create the path as shown below:

We press CTRL + ENTER, to activate the selection.

We press CTRL + J, to copy the selection to a new layer.

Step 8. Now we have to delete a small area of ​​the letter in the form of the form copied in the previous step. To do this, activate the layer with the letter, then hold down CTRL and click on the layer with a small shape to select it. Then we clamp Alt and click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. And finally press CTRL + D, to deselect.

Step 9. If you hide a layer with a small shape, you will notice a thin white outline that we need to remove.

To do this, activate mask, take a black brush and paint over the excess.

Step 10. Select a layer with a small shape. Then go Edit – Transform – Distort (Editing – Transformation – Distortion) and pull the upper left knot.

To remove the small space between the letter and the triangle, activate the mask, take a white brush and paint over the problem area.

Step 11. Now we will create the effect of curved corners. First, let’s define the light source. In my case, it is at the top right. Take Dodge tool (Clarifier) ​​(O) in mode Highlights (Light) and lighten up the little form.

Now select the main layer with the letter, take Burn tool(Dimmer) (O) and draw as shown below to create a light shadow.

Step 12. We use the method with which we created a curved corner to create another angle in the upper right part of the letter. We work as a tool Burn tool (Dimmer) (O).

Step 13. Create a shadow. Via Pen tool (Pen) (p) in mode Shape layers (Layer layer), draw a black shape, as shown below:

Apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of approximately 2 px.

Decrease Opacity (Opacity) up to 10% to soften the effect.

Step 14. Select all layers with a letter and merge them into one (CTRL + E). Remember that copy of the letter we created at the beginning (Step 5)? We use it to create a shadow. Make this layer visible and apply a layer style. Color overlay (Overlapping color) black.

Move on Edit – Transform – Distort (Edit – Transform – Distort) and stretch the shadow as shown below:

Apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of about 5 px.

And finally, reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%. We use Eraser Tool (E) or layer mask, if you need to remove something extra.

Step 15. To complete the job, we need to create a wrinkled paper effect. To do this, use the texture paper textures. Paste the texture onto the working document, adjust the size (CTRL + T) and bleach it (SHIFT + CTRL + U). If you change the blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication), then the white areas of the texture will disappear and we will see how it acts on the letter.

After that we clamp CTRL and click on the layer with the letter to load its selection and create a layer mask for the texture. If you want to enhance the effect, simply duplicate (CTRL + J) the texture layer.

Step 16. Use the above technique to create the remaining letters. Experiment with the location of the letters, their shape, the opacity of the shadows. Here is my result:

Step 17. Another final touch. Merge all layers into one (SHIFT + ALT + CTRL + E), then apply Filter – Render – Lighting Effects (Filter – Rendering – Light effects). The light source is located in the upper right corner.

Step 18. Set the layer blending mode to Color burn (Blackout basics) and decrease Opacity (Opacity) up to 60%. We are done! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.


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