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Scrabble Tiles Text Effect

You’ve probably seen a couple of quotes written using the scrabble tiles somewhere on the Internet, like those on Tumblr and Pinterest. They’re really nice and different, but it’s not always easy to create them.

This tutorial will show you how to create your own scrabble tiles set from scratch, so that you can use them anytime with any background you like. It’s really simple and fun, so let’s get started.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:35 – 1:00

Resources

You can download the PSD source file for this tutorial, with a full set of tiles for $3 only. Click here for more details.

Step 1

Create a new document with the dimensions you need (depending on the text you want to create), here, the dimentions are 1152 x 864 px. Then, Fill the Background with one of the patterns in the Floral Fabric Patterns set, the one used in the tutorial is called Textures-WhiteFlorals-01_inspyretash-stock.jpg.

Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 1

Place the texture D image on top of the Background layer, then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Set the Foreground color to #ead89f, pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, and make sure that the Radius value in the Options bar is set to 5. Then, create the tile in whatever size you like. Here it is 65 x 75 px.

Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 2

Double click the Shape Layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #3f2823
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 147
  • Distance : 13
  • Spread : 15
  • Size : 13
Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 2

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 3
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 140
  • Altitude : 21
  • Highlight Mode – Color : #fdf8e8
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #dcd5bf
Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 2

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 2

    – Gradient Overlay

    • Blend Mode : Soft Light
    • Opacity : 10%
    • Angle : 0
    • Check the Reverse box

    Use the default Black to White Gradient.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 2

    This is how the tile should look like.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 2

    Step 3

    Now, add the letter you want inside the tile. Use the color Black and any font you like. The font used here is Code Bold Code Free Font, and the Size is 50 pt.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 3

    Double click the text layer to apply a simple Drop Shadow effect:

    – Drop Shadow

    • Blend Mode : Normal
    • Color : #e9dfc0
    • Opacity : 100%
    • Distance : 2
    • Size : 0
    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 3

    This will make the text look like it’s engraved in the tile, which will make it look more realistic. Once you’re done, group the tile and the letter, and rename the group to whichever letter it contains.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 3

    Duplicate the group and type in a new letter, then rename the group to the new letter. After that, select the group and press the Move Tool (V) then move the tile around and place it in the document as needed.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 3

    Continue duplicating and placing the tiles until you write the whole word. You can also create a full set of tiles (with all the alphabet letters and numbers as well) and save them in a separate PSD file so that you can use them anytime you want.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 3

    Step 4

    Duplicate the tile group one more time, and delete the text layer. Pick the Custom Shape Tool and set the Foreground color to #d5593d.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 4

    Choose the Heart shape, and draw the heart on top of the empty tile, inside the same group. Then apply the same text Layer Style to the shape layer (Right click any text layer, choose Copy Layer Style, then right click the shape layer, and choose Paste Layer Style).

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 4

    Step 5

    Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon down the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 5

    Change the Adjustment Layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply, and its Opacity to 40%. Then click the Gradient box to open the Gradient Editor.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 5

    Create the Gradient using the colors #b7a781 and #f9f2ea.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 5

    Select all the layers you have, including the Background layer, and duplicate them. Then go to Layer -> Merge Layers to merge the duplicated (copy) layers. Change the merged layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light, and its Opacity to 30%.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 5

    Go to Filter -> Other -> High Pass and set the Radius to 8.0, then click OK. This will intensify the edges a little bit to make them look more defined.

    Scrabble Tiles Text Effect step 5

    And that’s it! Now you have your own “Photoshop Scrabble Tiles” that you can use easily to create any text you want in a couple of minutes. Hope you liked it.