This tutorial uses the Liquify filter in Photoshop in a very small way, but creates a great effect on the text. A good way to ‘get your feet wet’ with this Photoshop tool – you can play around with the settings with no fear of ruining your work – just undo it and start again!
Open a new file using the following settings:
Select the Type tool, Verdana font, size 120pt, foreground colour black
Type your required word
Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type
Duplicate the layer
Turn off the visibility of the original layer
Make the copy text layer active
Filter>Liquify – apply the following settings:
Place the cursor close to the left centre of the text and hold down the mouse button.
Drag a straight line through all of the text. You may need to undo and redo this action a couple of times until you are happy with the result.
Click OK to accept the effect.
Rename the layer ‘text1’
Duplicate the ‘text1’ layer twice
Turn off the visibility of the original ‘text1’ layer
With the top layer in the layers palette active, double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Color Overlay settings:
Now apply the following Color Overlay settings to the layer below:
Apply a layer mask to the top layer by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the layers palette
Select the Brush tool, size around 65px soft, round brush, foreground colour black
Mask out the bottom half of the text so you have the top half lighter blue and the bottom half darker blue
Hold down the shift key and select the dark blue layer – so you should have the top 2 layers selected.
Right click and click Merge Layers
Rename the layer ‘toptext1’
Make the ‘text1’ layer active
Select the Move tool
Using the arrow keys move the text 8 pixels up and 8 pixels to the right
Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay settings:
Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur – apply the following settings:
Reduce the layer opacity to 68%
Make your original text layer active (which will be named whatever your word is – mine is ‘LIQUIFY’)
Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Color Overlay settings:
Turn off the visibility of the background layer
Right click on any visible layer and click Merge Visible
Restore visibility to the background layer
Select the Crop tool and crop your image to the required size
Duplicate the background layer
Fill the new layer with grey #5D5C5C
Select 105mm Prime
Place the cursor at the approximate beginning of your text
You need to repeat the Lens Flare twice more, placing the light along your text as shown below – you may need to undo and redo to get the placement as required.
Reduce the layer opacity to around 85%
The finished project:
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope you took the opportunity to play with the liquify filter and learn a little about it’s capabilities.
Please leave any comments you have below.