csm725 Posted June 13, 2010 Share Posted June 13, 2010 This tutorial is available as a PDF. Click here to view or download it Astounded by the lack of cool text effect tutorials, I set out to make one myself. Today I shall instruct you on how to make some text that looks like this: Pretty cool, right? Plug-ins necessary to complete this tutorial: AA's Assistant (dpy) - dpy's pack Bevel Selection (BoltBait) - BB's pack Trail (pyrochild) - pyro's pack Alpha Mask Import (illnab1024) - [link] Align Object (moc426) - [link] Additional resources: fontsquirrel, dafont (font sites - all free-of-charge and virus-free - tested) Step one: Open a 500x150 canvas (no need to worry about anti-aliasing). Step two: Add a new layer, name it TextMask. Step three: Choose a font (preferably serif) and type up some text. By the way, I used Garamond Bold for this. If you are wondering, in the 'csm725' image, I put the numbers at a smaller size so that they would be as tall as the letters. Just letting you know. Step four: Align to the Middle Center using Align Object. Step five: Make a new layer between Background and TextMask, call it TextColor. Step six: Select an area that covers up one letter, like so: Step seven: Fill each letter-selection with a different color, make sure that the colors don't clash: Step eight: Invert the colors of the TextMask layer so it is white. Make a new layer under it and fill it with black. Merge TextMask onto the black layer, select all, and copy. You can then delete the layer: Step nine: Load Alpha Mask with the following settings (onto the TextColor layer): Step ten: Duplicate the TextColor layer and name the bottom one text shine. Step eleven: Open up trail at the following settings: Step twelve: Apply AA's Assistant at default settings to both the TextColor and TextShine layers. Step thirteen: Magic Wand at 31% tolerance, shift-select any transparent area on the TextShine layer, invert selection. You should have all the text selected. Step fourteen: Bevel Selection at the following settings: Step fifteen: Adjustments > Curves (Ctrl-Shift-M) at the following approx. settings: Step sixteen: Repeat AA's Assistant on the TextShine layer. Step seventeen: Set TextColor's opacity to 63: Step eighteen: Merge TextColor onto TextShine. You should now have two layers. Step nineteen: Duplicate TextShine and Layers > Flip Vertical. Step twenty: Drag the flipped duplicate and drag it until the 'top' of the flipped letters meet with the bottom of the actual layers. Step twenty-one: Do a transparent gradient (linear) like so: Step twenty-two: Make a new layer above everything, call it Glints. Step twenty-three: Go to the brush tool with white and draw some dots on the letters, this is where your glint-spots are going to be. Step twenty-four: Gaussian Blur these spots at 3-10, depending on your taste. It should look something like this: Step twenty-five: Delete the background layer, flatten, and save. Enjoy! #tut725 1 2 Quote My deviantART | Sig Battles | My Tutorials | csm725.com Click to enter or vote in the official Paint.NET competitions! COMPETITIONS: LOGO OF THE WEEK Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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