Tutorial01: Logo Text

Using selections in Photoshop 5.5.

1

  • Open a new document that is 300 pixels wide and 80 pixels high.

2

  • Click and hold down the Text tool and choose the 'type mask tool'.
  • Type some text as an outline. Use arial black, 60 point, italic, auto kerning, smooth, fractional widths, leading = 0.1, baseline = 0, tracking = -50.
  • Save the selection. (Select->Save Selection) Name it 'text outline'.

3

  • Make a new layer.
  • Load the selection on the new layer.
  • Set the foreground color to a light gray (195, 195, 195).
  • Set the background color to a medium gray (135, 135, 135).
  • Use the gradient tool and give it a radial gradient (foreground to background).
  • Start in the middle of the text and drag to the last letter.
  • Deselect the selection.
  • Name this layer 'base color'.

4

  • Create a new layer below the base color layer.
  • Load the text outline selection again.
  • Set the foreground color to black.
  • Stroke the selection. Set the width to 5 and set to center.
  • Deselect the selection.
  • Name this layer 'outline'.

5

  • Make a new layer above the base color layer.
  • Set the foreground color to white.
  • Load the text outline selection again.
  • Fill the selection with the foreground color (white).
  • Deselect the selection.
  • Set the layer to soft light.
  • Nudge the layer up 1 and left 1 (CTRL + uparrow, CTRL + leftarrow).
  • Name this layer 'shadowmaker'.

6

  • Make a new layer above the base color layer.
  • Set the foreground to 50% gray.
  • Load the text outline selection again.
  • Fill the selection with the foreground color (50% gray).
  • Deselect the selection.
  • Set the layer to multiply.
  • Set the layer opacity to 50%.
  • Nudge the layer down 1 and right 1 (CTRL + downarrow, CTRL + rightarrow).
  • Name this layer 'highlight maker'.

7

  • Duplicate the 'outline' layer and rename it 'drop shadow'.
  • Move the layer below 'outline'.
  • Use a Gaussian Blur set to 2 pixels.
  • Set the layer opacity to 50%.
  • Nudge the layer down 2 and right 1.

8

  • Give the background layer a color.
  • DONE.

  • If you want to go nuts, try colorizing the base color layer (CTRL + U).
  • Or change the tracking on the text to an even smaller numer (try -125) so the letters run together.
  • Oh the excitement.

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