Summer Holiday Text Effect Tutorial

This tutorial uses two stock photos, a free gradient set and a free brush set. Using these resources along with Photoshop’s built-in tools, create this text effect with the feel of summer.

Summer Holiday Text Effect

Resources:

Beach image from sxc.hu

Horse image from sxc.hu

Summer Gradients by ~cazcastalla from deviantart.com

Water Brushes from Obsidian Dawn


Step 1

Open a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Step 2

Open the Beach image

Image>Image Size – apply the following settings:

Beach Image Resize Settings

Select>All

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Using the Move tool, move the image to the top of the canvas

Rename the layer ‘sky’

Step 3

Open the Horse image

Image>Image Size – apply the following settings:

Horse Image Resize Settings

Select>All

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Reduce the height of the image so the sea and sand take up about half of the height of the canvas

Rename the layer ‘beach’

Step 3

Add a layer mask to the beach layer

Select the Brush tool and load the Square Brushes

Set black as the foreground colour

Using a square brush, mask out all of the sky from the horizon

Move the sea layer so the horizon line is approximately 280 pixels down from the top of the canvas

Merge the beach and sky layers together – keep the layer named ‘beach’

Step 4

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool

Drag out a rectangle encompassing all of the sand, almost up to the foam of the waves

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Apply a layer mask to this new layer, with black as the foreground colour, using a large, soft round brush, mask out the top of the image to blend with the layer below – you should be able to see all of the foam of the waves and just a small amount of ‘wash’ on the sand as shown below:

Shoreline

Merge this layer with the beach layer – make sure the layer is still named ‘beach’

Step 5

Select the Type tool, Blackoak Standard font, size 120pt, foreground colour black

Type the first word of your text with each letter on a separate layer

Using the Move tool, align the letters very close together

Select all the layers that make up your text

Right click on the selection and click Rasterize Type

Right click the section again and click Merge Layers

Rename the layer ‘text1’

Create your other words in the same way, but for each line of text reduce the size by 20pt, ie: first line = 120pt, second line – 100pt, etc.

Step 6

Make sure your text layers are set into place exactly as you want them

Crop the image to the required size

Make the beach layer active

Ctrl + A to select all

Select the Move tool

Select each text layer in turn and click on the Align Horizontal Centers icon at the top of the screen:

Align Horizontal Centers

Step 7

Create a new layer at the top of the layers palette

Select the Line tool, foreground colour white

Set the line width to 16px

Hold down the Shift key to keep the line straight, and draw a line across the top of the longest word of your text (in this case, SUN) – make sure the length of the line exceeds the width of the text

Create a new layer

Set the line width to 14px and draw another line in the same way

Select the Move tool

Using the arrow keys move the new line right up next to the previous line so there are no pixels showing between the two (you need to be viewing your project at 100% for this to work properly)

Now, using the down arrow key, move the line down 9px

Create all the lines in this way, using the following line widths and spaces:

Lines

You should now have a set of lines that more than covers the word

Select all the line layers and merge them together

Rename the layer ‘lines1’

Duplicate the layer twice, name the duplicates ‘lines2’ and ‘lines3’ – turn of the visibility of both duplicates

Step 8

Drag the lines1 layer to above the text1 layer in the layers palette

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the text1 layer to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 1px, click OK

Make the beach layer active

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make the text1 layer active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Duplicate the layer

Drag the duplicate layer above the lines1 layer

Step 9

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail in the layers palette of one of those new layers you have just created

Select>Inverse

Make the lines1 layer active

Hit the Delete key

Make the layer1 copy layer active

Reduce the layer opacity to 44%

Step 10

Double Click on the layer1 copy layer to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay settings:

Gradient Overlay Settings

Merge together the 4 layers that make up the first word of text (text1, lines1, layer1, layer1 copy) – make sure the merged layer is called ‘text1’

Step 11

Repeat from Step 8 for the other words of your project, using lines2 and lines3 respectively, and keeping the resulting layers named ‘text2’ and ‘text3’

Step 12

Double click on any of the text layers to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel and Emboss settings:

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Copy and paste the layer style to the other text layers

Reduce the layer opacity of each text layer as follows (or however you prefer):

  • text1 – 34%
  • text2 – 60%
  • text3 – 70%

Step 13

Create a new layer above the text2 layer

Merge the new empty layer and text2 layers together to rasterise the effects

Make sure the layer is still named ‘text2’

Duplicate the layer

Step 14

With either of the text2 layers active

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Drag out a vertical guide and position it in the centre of the image (indicated by the target circle in the transform box)

Set the rotation as shown below:

Rotation Setting

Hit the Enter key to accept the transformation

Step 15

Repeat step 15 for the other text2 layer

Set the rotation to 19 (not -19)

Step 16

With either of the text2 layers active

Add a layer mask by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette

With black as the foreground colour mask out from the centre guide the part of the word that is below the horizon line

TIP: I found the best way to do this is with the Pen tool, make a selection then fill with foreground colour

Repeat this step for the other text2 layer

NOTE: This does not have to be absolutely precise as the splash will cover most of the centre of the word.

Step 17

Still working on the layer masks for the two text2 layers

Select a soft, round brush and mask out part of the bottom of the text as shown below:

Masked Text

Merge the two text2 layers together

Step 18

Create a new layer

Select the Brush tool, SS Water brushes, Waterfall6 brush, foreground colour white

Place the bottom of the brush along the bottom line of the text and click once

Add a layer mask and mask out everything except the ‘froth’ at the bottom

Step 19

Create a new layer

Using the same brush set, select Splash1 brush, place the shape on the centre of the text and click once

Create a new layer

Select Splash2 brush, reduce the size to around 350px, place the shape on the centre of the text and click once

Step 20

Double click on any of the splash layers to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel and Emboss settings:

Splash Bevel & Emboss Settings

Copy and paste the layer style to the other splash layers

Merge the three splash layers together

Reduce the opacity of the merged layer to 90%

You’re done – here is the finished project:

Summer Holiday Text Effect


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial – even better if you leant something new from it!

If you had any problems, or if you have created something different based on this tutorial, please share with us through the comments section below.

Carol

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