Jul 27

Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

Tue, 07/27/2010 - 21:54 — julie

psdfanmembersbut Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

Final Image

As always, this is the final image that we’ll be creating:

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Step 1

Create a new document (600X600px) and fill your canvas with this old paper texture:

rocktext1 Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

Step 2

Now go to image>adjustments>hue/saturation and reduce your saturation to -60 and your lightness to +50.

rocktext2 Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

Step 3

Now type out some large text in the center of your canvas. I went with Hoefler Text, 192pt, -100 kerning.

rocktext3 Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

Step 4

Now download this great image of some fingerprints:

Fingerprints Photo.

Then go to image>adjustments>desaturate to grayscale your fingerprints image.

Go to image>adjustments>levels and use the settings shown below in order to darken your fingerprints.

Then finally go to select>color range and use the settings shown below. Select the ’sampled colors’ option, and then hit OK. This should select all of your fingerprint shapes.

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Step 5

Ok, so now you have all of your fingerprint shapes selected. Copy/paste them onto a new layer, so that you can easily grab each fingerprint at will to use in your main composition.

Return to your main document, and start paste in your fingerprint shapes to the outside of your letters. Be sure to paste each fingerprint onto a layer BELOW your type layer.

If needed, resize, transform and rotate your fingerprints in order to fit better to the edges of your letters.

Once you’ve added enough fingerprints, merge down your type layer with all fingerprint layers, until you’re left with a single layer containing your newly distorted type:

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rocktext5b Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

Step 6

Now paste this image into your document, resize it to fit your canvas:

rock texture.

Then go to layer>create clipping mask. This will make your texture be masked off to fit the data on the layer beneath it (in this case our text). Then reduce your rock texture layer’s opacity to around 15%.

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Step 7

Now create a new layer called ‘clouds’. Go to filter>render>clouds.

Then change this layer’s blend mode to ‘overlay’.

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Step 8

Now paste in your original fingerprint shapes, spacing them nicely over your canvas. Reduce the opacity of each one to between 10-40%.

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Step 9

Now apply a gradient overlay adjustment layer (see settings below). Be sure to reduce the opacity of this layer to around 5% to keep the effect very subtle:

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And We’re Done!

You can view the final outcome below. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and would love to hear your feedback on the techniques and outcome:

rocktext10 Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

psdfanmembersbut Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

 Quickly and Easily Recreate a Popular Inked Typographical Style

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