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Smilies Text Effect

This tutorial will explain one of the ways of creating a pattern, and using it to create a nice text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:30

Resources

Step 1

We will begin by creating the pattern that we will use later on to create the text effect. So create a new 200 x 200 px document with a White background.

Set the Foreground color to #ffee2e, and pick the Ellipse Tool.

Smile Pattern step 1

Create a small circle in the middle of the document, and hold the Shift key to get a perfect circle.

Smile Pattern step 1

Change the Foreground color to Black, then draw two ellipses for the eyes.

Smile Pattern step 1

Click on the Custom Shape Tool, then, choose the Circle Thin Frame shape from the pop-up menu. Draw the frame so that you create a ‘smile’.

Smile Pattern step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool, and click the Subtract From Shape Area icon to remove the upper part of the Thin Frame.

Smile Pattern step 1

Step 2

Double click on the yellow circle’s layer to apply the following Layer Styles:

– Drop Shadow

  • Opacity : 50%
  • Distance : 2
  • Size : 3
Smile Pattern step 2

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 4
  • Gloss Contour : Gaussian
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #a39a38
Smile Pattern step 2

Group all the smileys’ layers and call the group Smiley.

Smile Pattern step 2

Duplicate the group, press Ctrl/Cmd + T, then rotate and move the new group.

Smile Pattern step 2

Repeat the previous step until you feel the pattern is good. Leave some empty spaces between the faces, this will give a nice effect when the pattern is used later on.

Smile Pattern step 2

Step 3

Select the top group, then press Shift and click the last one, then place all the groups in one final group called Smilies_Faces.

It’s always good to keep a copy of the original shapes so that you can modify them easily if needed later on. So duplicate the group you’ve just created, and remove the eye icon next to it to make it invisible.

Right click the copy, and choose Merge Group.

Smile Pattern step 3

Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and create a rectangle that covers approximately 1/4 or 1/5 of the pattern. Press Ctrl/Cmd + X to cut that part, then Ctrl/Cmd + V to paste it in a separate layer.

Smile Pattern step 3

Move the original (Smilies_Faces copy) layer’s content to the left until it touches the edge of the document, and the part you’ve just pasted (Layer 1) to the right until it looks like a part of the pattern.

Smile Pattern step 3

Select Layer 1 then press Ctrl/Cmd + E to merge it with the Smilies_Faces copy.

Then pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool again, but this time, create the selection at the bottom part of the layer. Press Ctrl/Cmd + X to cut it, then Ctrl/Cmd + V to paste it in a separate layer.

(You can make the Background layer invisible if you prefer a transparent background).

Smile Pattern step 3

Move the content of Smilies_Faces copy downwards until it reaches the bottom edge, and the Layer 1 upwards until you think it looks good with the pattern.

Merge both layers when done.

Smile Pattern step 3

Next, we need to get rid of the extra parts around the pattern, make sure that the background is transparent (make anything else invisible), and go to Image > Trim. Choose Transparent Pixels, and check all the boxes under Trim Away so that no transparent pixels are left.

Smile Pattern step 3

Step 4

Go to Image > Adjustment > Levels, and change the Shadows value to 50. This will make the pattern more vibrant.

Smile Pattern step 4

Finally, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type in a name for the pattern.

Smile Pattern step 4

Step 5

Now, it’s time to create the text. So go ahead and open the Background image provided at the Resources section at the beginning of this tutorial, or simply create a new 1024 x 768 px document, and fill the background with a red color or gradient, or whatever other color you like.

Create the text using the font Futurama Bold Font, the Size 175 px, and the color #ffee2e.

Duplicate the text layer, then change the Fill value for both layers to 0.

Smile TE step 1

Double click the original text layer, and add a Pattern Overlay using the pattern you’ve just created, which will be available in the pop-up menu.

Smile Pattern step 2

That’s it for this layer.

Step 6

Double click the copy layer, and apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

Use the default values.

Smile Pattern step 3

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 330
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 50
  • Altitude : 30
  • Gloss Contour : Steps
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #a39a38
Smile Pattern step 3

And that’s it!


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