Retro text

In this tutorial, we’ll create bright retro text.
Here is what we should get in the end:


Step 1. Create a new document with the size of 1200×1200 pixels.
Using Pen tool (Pen) (P) in the shape layers mode, create the abstract shape you see in the image below. Change the shape color by double clicking on the layer thumbnail to blue # 017eff.

Step 2. Duplicate layer form (CTRL + J).
Change the color of the copy to yellow # ffd801.
Via Free transform (Free Transform) (CTRL + T) reduce the shape. Hold down the SHIFT key to maintain the proportions of the shape.

Step 3. Repeat Step 2 two more times. For the first form, use white color #ffffff, for the second – pink color # fe0096. Each shape must be inside the larger one. To adjust their position, use the tool. Move Tool (Move) (V).

Step 4. Now create a stroke around each shape. Click on the button Add a layer style (Add style-layer) at the bottom of the layers panel. Go to the menu Stroke (Stroke), choose black color and 2px size. Repeat these steps for each form.

Step 5. Holding the key CTRL, select all layers with forms, go Layer – New – Group from Layers (Layer – New – Group of layers). We call the group “Form 1”. Duplicate it and rename the copy to “Form 2”.

Step 6. Activate the group “Form 2” and apply Free transform (CTRL + T). We turn and position the shape as you see in the figure below.
We continue to duplicate and move the shapes until we fill the entire background.
Change the background color to blue # 017eff.

Step 7. Now let’s give the background an old and faded look. For this we will use Paper Texture.
Lay the texture layer above all the previous ones. Adjust the size (CTRL + T) and reduce the opacity to 40%.

Step 8. Next, create one from all layers. To do this, click on the button that you see in the screenshot below and select Flatten image (Merge layers). As a result, all layers merged into one locked. To unblock it, double click on it with the mouse and in the appeared window click OK.
Now we will add white text. I used the font Bodoni Poster.

Step 9. Move the text layer under the layer with the abstract background we created. Activate the last and go Layer – Create Clipping Mask (Layer – Create Clipping Mask). Thanks to this layer acts only on the text.

Step 9. Create a new layer and place it under the text. Call it “Background” and fill it with blue # 003547.

Step 10. Activate the text layer and click on the button. Add a layer style (Add layer style) at the bottom of the layers panel. Go to Drop shadows (Shadow). We set the parameters as shown below. This will give our text more depth.

Step 11. Now go to Bevel Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss). Because of this, we will give the text a 3D effect.

Step 12. Further Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap). Use a white to black gradient. This will make the text realistic.

Step 13. Add Stroke (Stroke) to make text less blend into the background.

Step 14. Work on the background. To begin, darken the edges by adding shadows.
Create a new layer (CTRL + SHIFT + N) and place it under the text.
Activate Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular selection) (M) and expose Feather (Feather) at 100px. Create a selection around the perimeter of the canvas and invert it with CTRL + SHIFT + I.
Fill the layer with black.
Reduce the opacity to 30%.
We get:

Step 15. Activate the background layer and go to Add a layer style (Add layer style). Choose Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap). Use a white to transparent gradient.

Step 16. Now we will age the background. For this we will use several textures.
First, take Collage Texture.
Via Free transform (CTRL + T) adjust the size of the texture (in the process hold SHIFT).
Place the layer over the background and change the blending mode (mode) to Multiply (Multiply).
Reduce the opacity to 50%.

Step 17. The next texture we will use is Stained Paper Texture.
We place it on our document and adjust the size.
Change blending mode (overlay mode) on Multiply (Multiplication).
Apply the settings Curves (Curves) (CTRL + M).

Step 18. Add some noise. Create a new layer and fill it with white.
Apply Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) with parameters amount (quantity) of 103%, Uniform distribution (Uniform distribution), Monochromatic (Monochrome) active.

Step 19. Change the blending mode (overlay mode) layer with noise on Multiply (Multiplication).
Apply Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) with a radius of 1.0px.
Reduce the opacity to 40%.

Step 20. Now create the crease.
Using Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular selection) (M) with Feather (Feather) 0px, create a selection at the top of the canvas. Activate Gradient tool (Gradient) and gradient from black to transparent fill the selection.

Step 21 We press CTRL + SHIFT + I, to invert the selection.
Create a new layer and a gradient from white to transparent fill the selection.

Step 22 We reduce the opacity (opacity) of the black gradient to 50%, and the white to 20%.

Step 23 If you want the folds on the right side to disappear, as it were at my work, do the following. Merge two gradient layers together. Add a layer mask (button Add layer mask (Add a layer mask at the bottom of the layer panel). Black brush with hardness (hardness) 0% and opacity (opacity) 20% slowly erase the right side of the fold.

We completed the creation of the text in the style of the 70s. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
That’s all!

Author: Tyler Denis

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