Making the text from the rope

When Adobe started a company that talked about new tools that appeared in CS5, I first saw a tool called Puppet Warp. They demonstrated its capabilities by creating an absolutely natural trunk with an elephant. I will not hide, although I was amazed at the new opportunities that this tool gives us, I myself have never really used it. But, after I saw Russell Brown showing how using this tool you can create a rope from scratch, I decided to try it myself, and as a result of my efforts, this lesson appeared where we would create a cool text. based on the most common image of the rope. The lesson is designed for Photoshop CS5 version, and if it is already installed, it should not take long to complete.
Open Photoshop and create a new document with dimensions. 2560x1440. Now we find a photo with a rope. I found the photo I used on Shutterstock, and you can download it here: here.

Now we activate Puppet Warp tool (Puppet Warp tool) to create our text effect. We will work very hard, as the rope, as a result, should turn out really very long and twisted. We will also remove the background on this layer, we do not need it. After that, go to Edit> Puppet Warp (edit – puppet deformation). In the default mode there is mesh option (A loop ). To remove it, simply deselect Show Mesh option (remove the loop option):

Now let’s add intermediate points on the rope. I added one point at the beginning, and the second at the end. Now move them a little and see what happens to them.
Tip: If you hold on to it Alt, you will be able to rotate the point, at this time a small circle will appear, orient to it If you click on a point while holdingAlt you delete it.

Let’s start creating our word. Look, in my picture you can now see the letter “R”.

This work takes some time, the main thing to watch out for is that the rope does not stretch out and not become too stretched. This will deform the final image.

Another interesting feature of the tool Puppet Wrap is that you can use it to change the depth of the loops and their sequence. For example, you can determine which loop goes over which, using the icon Pin depth (Hairpin). See where this icon is located on the toolbar:

Work on the dots for a few minutes (rotate them). As a result, you should have the English word ROPE (rope). However, you can write the word in another language. The main thing is that you understand the technique of how to create such texts.

Again import the image with the rope into the document. Connect it with the initial letter R. Do this step again, only now connect the image with the final letter E:

Add a new layer above the rest, activate Brush tool (brush). Select a small soft brush, set the color to black and add shadows on the areas that I circled around the drawing:

Now merge all layers into a group and duplicate it. Leaving the duplicated group active, go to Layer> Merge Group (layer – merge the group). Change the blending mode to Overlay (overlap).

Again take the original image with the rope. Now I will show you what other effect can be done with the Puppet deformation tool.

We need to import now the image with paper texture. I found it too on Shutterstock, and you can simply download it here: here
Select all layers and group them. Then duplicate the group and, being on a layer with a duplicate, go to Filter> Convert for Smart Filters (filter – convert for smart filters)

Leave a layer Smart object (smart object) highlighted. Go to Filter> Blur> Guassian Blur(filter – blur – blur according to Gauss). Set a radius of 8 pixels.
Smart filters have one interesting feature. They behave the same way as masks. Look, near the Smart filter there is a white window resembling a layer mask. All that is white on it is a filter; what is black is a filter. And the gray areas show that there is a filter, but it is not very strong. This feature of smart filters allows us to create effects of not just shadows, but deep shadows.
Now take a soft brush (Brush tool) and black color draw area with the word ROPE. And then the rest of the image. Focus on my drawing:

Select all layers and duplicate them. Then merge all duplicated layers (merge layers). Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (filter – blur – blur according to Gauss) and set the blur radius of 15 pixels. Duplicate this layer. Now you should have two blurry layers. For the one at the top, use blending mode Screen(clarification) with a transparency of 50%. And for the lower layer – modeOverlayalso with 50% transparency.

Go to Layer> New Adjustments Layer> Hue and Saturation (Layer – Correction – Tone / Saturation). Reduce Saturation to 40.

You see, the Puppet deformation tool is absolutely indispensable for performing such work. This lesson is just one example of what you can do with it. But, believe me, I’m already working on using it for even cooler effects. Therefore, see you soon!


Author: Fabio Sasso.

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