In this lesson, we will make plastic text using new samples. “Contours” (“contours”) at Layer style (Layer Styles).
Step 1. Opening a new document
Create a new document. (Ctrl +N).
You can choose any size, the author chose 640×480 pixels.
Fill the document with black. (D, Alt + backspace)
Step 2. Add text
Choose a tool “Text” (Type tool (T)), on the toolbar.
Go to tool settings (Options bar) and select a font.
The author used Helvetica Rounded Black, You can choose any other.
The result will look better on large and thick fonts.
* I chose CyrillicCopper Medium with such parameters *
Choose white color (we’ll add another color to the text using the Layer Style).
Write the word “plastic” (or any other word).
Resize text with Free Transformation (Free transform (Ctrl +T)).
Holding the key Shift, drag the transformation frame to the desired size.
While holding the key Alt, the frame will stretch in equal directions relative to the center. Click Enter, to apply the transformation.
Step 3. Select a color for the text using Layer Style.
After you have written your text, we will begin to give it the effect of plastic.
The first thing we need to do is change the text color.
Click on the text layer twice to bring up the window Layer Style (Layer Styles), or click on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette.
In the Layer Style window, select Color overlay.
Click the color swatch to the right of Blend Mode (Blend Mode), to change the color of your text.
The author chose a light blue tint, you can choose any other, but it is desirable to choose lighter shades of color.
Step 4. Adding Inner Shadow using Inner Glow in Layer Style
In order to give our text a volume, we need to add an internal shadow. There is already ready layer style – Inner Shadow), but we will not use it, as it is limited in possibilities and suggests adding only a shadow directed from one side. We need the text to be surrounded by a shadow on all sides. So instead of using the Inner Shadow, we’ll use Inner Glow.
While on a layer with text, call the Layer Style window, select in it Inner Glow.
Now, in order to turn the glow into a shadow, we just need to change Blend mode (Blend Mode) with Lightening (Screen) on Multiplication (Multiply) and change the color from Yellow to Dark Blue.
Lower Opacity shadows up 50%. Make sure that Source selected – Edge and increase Size (Edge) shadow to about to 13px
Step 5. Embossing
Select in the box Emboss layer style (Bevel and Emboss).
The first thing we do is add new Gloss Contour.
Go to the Emboss window and go down to the Shading field. Click on the arrow pointing down, near the contour thumbnail.
Then, in the window that appears, click on the arrow in the upper right corner.
In the window that appears, select the tab Contours, to add Paths that are not available to us by default.
Photoshop will ask you: “Replace the current contours contained in the contours”, click on Append.
Now the contours are much larger. In order to be better seen, put – Large miniatures and Names (Large List) (in the same place where you added the contours).
Now we can see well the miniatures themselves and their names. Scroll down until you reach the thumbnail. “Triple Ring” (Ring-Triple), Double click on it to select it.
Now we change the settings in Embossing (Bevel and Emboss):
* You may have to change the settings a bit, depending on the font you use and its size. *
Step 6. Contour
In Layer Style, go to tab Contour.
We are going to use one of the new loaded contours. Click on the down arrow near the contour thumbnail.
This time we select the contour. “Shallow slope – valley” (Shallow Slope-Valley).
You can customize Range At its discretion, the author stopped at 87%.
Click Yes, in the Layer Style dialog box.
Step 7. Duplicate the text layer
Duplicate the text layer. (Ctrl +J). Now we have two layers with text.
Select the original text layer. Once again we are working on the layer with the original text, and not on its copy.
Step 8. Add a stroke to the text.
Turning to the first layer with the text, call again the Layer Style and select in it Stroke (Stroke).
In the window Stroke (Stroke)., set The size (Size) 6 px.
And select the color by pointing the cursor at one of the letters and clicking somewhere between the lightest and darkest part of the letter.
Step 9. Apply Stamping to Stroke
Click on the Emboss tab.
Now we will apply the Stamp to the Stroke, to do this, change in the Structure (Structure) Style (Style) to Stroke Emboss.
Go down to Gloss Contours (Gloss Contour) and select “Gentle slope – valley” (Shallow slope valley).
The remaining settings are set as in the screenshot:
Here is the text we should get as a result:
I hope you enjoyed the lesson. I wish you good luck in execution.