advanced photoshop
Jun
5

How I Made: Hype

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Find out how Brandon Kocher built this bold typographic piece using the Pen tool and blending modes

How I Made: Hype

How I Made: Hype

Brandon Kocher is a self-taught student at Florida Gulf Coast University, focusing on graphic design, photomanipulation, vexel illustrations and 3D typography.

This personal typography piece was created so that Brandon could experiment with new techniques to make his typography more expressive by using abstract shapes and patterns.Created in Photoshop CC it uses the Pen as the main tool to create the bold shapes and structure of the piece.

“The image started with the flat text of the word Hype,” he explains. “Each letter is the filled with Pen tool shapes that each have a shadow and highlight around the edge for depth. the other blue effects around were added with soft brushing set to Linear Dodge or Screen around the edges of empty Pen tool shapes.”

Brandon explains his steps further

How I Made: Hype

  1. “Since it is one short word Iknow it’s going to have a lot of tedious layers within each letter, [so] I made each letter a separate layer andspaced them to my liking.”
  2. “Each letter was [coloured] with gradient-filled Pen tool shapes, with added highlights and shadows to give them form. I alsoadded extra shapes around the letters and stroked Pen tool lines set to Linear Dodge to start adding in flow to the text itself.”
  3. “To finish the piece,I added the flowing blue shapes. They were made by making a selection with the Pen tool and adding layers of low opacity, white and blue soft brushing around the edges set the Linear Dodge or Screen.”