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Simple Masking Tape Text Effect

This tutorial will show you a super easy way to create a masking tape – inspired text effect using basic Layer Styles and an Eraser Brush.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CC
  • Time : 0:15 – 0:30

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Step 1

Create a new 1475 x 950 px document, place the Cardboard texture stock image on top of the Background layer, and resize it as you like. Then go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, change the Hue to 3 and the Saturation to -7.

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Create the text using the font Intro, the font Size 525 pt, and the color #efebca. You can use any other Size you like depending on the text you’re going to create.

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Right click the text layer and choose Create Work Path.

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Duplicate the text layer and make it invisible by clicking the eye icon next to it. Then, right click the copy and choose Rasterize Type.

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Step 2

Pick the Eraser Tool and open the Brush panel (Window > Brush). Choose the Chalk 23 pixels tip and modify its Settings as below:

Brush Tip Shape

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Shape Dynamics

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Pick the Direct Selection Tool, right click the work path you created earlier, and choose Stroke Path. Then, choose Eraser from the Tool drop down menu and click OK.

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This will feather out the edges a little bit so that they’re not as straight and sharp. Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the work path.

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Step 3

Change the rasterized text layer’s Blend Mode to Hard Light, then change its Fill value to one you like. Here, it is 60%.

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Double click the layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Inner Glow

  • Opacity : 65%
  • Size : 3
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– Drop Shadow

  • Opacity : 17%
  • Distance : 1
  • Size : 5
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This will style the text.

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Step 4

Pick the Eraser Tool again, and use the same exact brush you modified earlier, but change its Size to 20, to erase the letters’ torn ends.

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Just erase those parts randomly creating jagged areas that go in and out.

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Select the styled text layer and the cardboard texture layer, duplicate them, then merge the copies (Layer > Merge Layers), and rename the merged layer to Lighting.

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Step 5

Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects. Choose a Spot Light and play around with it to get a lighting effect you like. You can click and drag the ellipses and/or their handles to move them around.

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You can also change the Settings in the Properties panel to the right. Once you’re done, click the OK button at the top.

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The lighting adds a neat final touch to the effect.

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And you’re done!

Really quick and simple! Hope you enjoyed it and found it helpful :)