advanced photoshop
Oct
15

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

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Tips & Tutorials, by Anna-lisa Saywell

Create themed type in Photoshop with this frosty effect, icicles and all! Come back tomorrow for part 2

Ice type effect

Download a list of all the start files used from www.sxc.hu

Step 1

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

First of all make a new document and choose dark blue for the background. Select the Type tool and type in the word ‘FREEZE’. Now Ctrl/right-click on the text layer and select Rasterize Type. Select the first letter and cut it out, then repeat for each letter. Rotate the letters a little for interest.

Step 2

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

Now you have to cut out all kinds of ice images. You can find many different images using the links. Open an image (we started with ‘Cold as ice 2’), use the Pen tool to select some parts of the ice, then Ctrl/right-click>Make Selection. Click on the Rectangular Marquee tool, then Ctrl/right click on the selected area and select Layer via Cut. Drop the layer into the main document.

Step 3

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

Resize the image as much as needed and rotate it to the first letter ‘F’. Now make the colours more beautiful – go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness/Contrast and play a little bit with it until happy. Once you’re done, select the Eraser tool, choose a soft brush and rub away the edges of the ice, blending it to the letter ‘F’.

Step 4

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

Open ‘Icicles 4’ and, again with the Pen tool, cut out the ice elements. After that open more images and keep cutting. We know this process is fairly laborious, but you need material to build an interesting composition. Cut out as many different kinds of ice as you can.

Step 5

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

Drop the ice into the main document, adjust the colours and erase the edges. Now Ctrl/right-click on the layer and select Duplicate Layer. Go to Edit>Transform>Flip Horizontal; afterwards, rotate the layer to the letter ‘F’. Repeat these steps several times, until you can no longer see the end of the letter.

Step 6

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

Keep cutting out ice elements and dropping them onto the ‘F’, adjusting the colours, rotating them and erasing the edges of the images as required. Do this until your letter starts looking as if it completely frozen. Generally, the more ice you use the better it will look, but know when to stop too!

Step 7

Photoshop Tutorial: Design thematic type, part 1

Now you just have to do the same steps with the rest of the letters that you did with letter ‘F’. Try to be patient; you have to do the things you did this far all over again for five more times – or you could always pick a shorter word like ‘cold’! Constantly bear in mind that the aim is to make the letters look as realistic as possible.

Continue to part 2 of this tutorial…