How to create a Realistic Scorching Fire text effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic scorching fire text effect in Photoshop using very simple and effective techniques. We will play with some layer styles and filters to create our text and finally some stock images and textures to polish our design, the steps are much easier to follow, this tutorial requires no user expertise, even a first timer in Photoshop can create fiery text effects based on this. Warning: The following content is highly inflammable and easily catch fire, so please handle with care, LOL!

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Materials Needed:

Step 1:New Document

Create a new document of size 1600 by 1200 px with white as the background color.

Fill the background color with black.

Step 2: Add Text

Now add some text of any bold and crisp font, i am using the font Nevis which can be downloaded from UrbanFonts, about the size of 450px of any color. Position the text in the center of the document , aligning both the horizontal and vertical centers with respect to the background layer.

Step 3: Layer Styles for the text

Now add the following layer styles to the text layer.

Satin

Gradient Overlay

The gradient colors are from #febf04 to #ffd65e.

Now this is the effect so far with our text.

Step 4: Distorting the text

Now we are going to distort our text to have a little realistic fire structure, i.e. to have some distorted borders and appearance, there are many ways to achieve this kind of effect, you can play with the Smudge tool on your text randomly, or you can also use the Liquify filter to distort manually around the text. In this tutorial, we are going to apply a simple and basic distortion effect called the “Ripple” effect using the standard distortion filters available in Photoshop.

Before applying the Ripple effect we are going to rasterize our text layer along with the layer effects, in order to do that, first duplicate our text layer and name it something like “base_text”, hide the original text layer, create a new layer above the “base_text” layer, select both the new layers and the duplicated text layer, merge them using Layers -> Merge Layers or simply press Ctrl + E (Cmd + E for Mac users). Don’t forget to rename the merged layer as the original “base_text”. Now our text is ready to be distorted.

Go to Filter -> Distort -> Ripple, give 100% to Amount and select Large as the size and apply Ok.

Step 5: Add Stroke

Now we are going to add a little stroke to our text to give some depth, for that duplicate the “base_text” layer and set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Add the following layer styles to the text.

We are adding a stroke of about 3px outside and Fill Type as Gradient. The gradient colors are the same as we applied to our text in Step 3 which are nothing but #febf04 to #ffd65e.

Step 6: Blur and Distort the text

Duplicate the “base_text” layer and move it to the top of the Layers Panel. Apply a Guassian Blur of about 30px.

Now distort the blurred text, using the wave filter from Filter -> Distort -> Wave with the following settings. This will put an uneven smoke texture around the text to add another level of realism to the fire effect.

Step 7: Apply Texture

Now our text is almost ready for the final touches, one thing that is lacking is that the text is still looking real flat and no particle effects on the surface such as the one present in a burning log of wood. To achieve that kind of look, we are going to overlay a texture of some rough concrete or wooden surface on to the image. Grab the Urban Textures from FudgeGraphics, unzip the file , pick the texture file name “urbantexture_by_fugegraphics_03.jpg”, import it into our document and resize the same to fit the size of the image.

Change the blending mode of the texture layer to Overlay.

Duplicate the blurred version of the base_text layer and arrange it above the texture layer, and adjust the opacity to about 50%. This will remove the sharp contrast that was added to the effect after the texture is applied.

Tip:

Before applying your textures, make sure they are desaturated using Image -> Adjustments -> Desaturate (Ctrl + Shift + U) , so that the output does not have some sharp contrast or unnecessary color overlays applied from the texture.

This is the effect so far we have achieved.

Step 8: Adding Flames

Now our text is great and stunning with textures and smoke, now its time to add some flames to the text. Get the Fire stocks from sxc.hu. We are very grateful to huibidos for providing us some wonderful stock images. Open the stock image, import it into our document, transform it , resize it to fit exactly above the letters.

Change the blending mode of the fire stock layer to Screen. Now add a layer mask to mask out the unwanted portions from the fire image, take a soft round brush of about 150px in size, 0% hardness and black color, just paint over the image on where you want to mask in the masking layer of the fire stock, and finally adjust the layer opacity to about 50-60 % based on your preference.

This is the effect with one of the letters in the image.

Repeat the above step for the other letters in the text, be careful with your masks, only remove the portions subtly and adjust the opacity and hardness settings for your brush size used for masking.

This is how our final output will look like, please also take a look at how the layers are stacked against each other and arrange the same in the order given below for good looking final result.

Finally here is our final image with awesome looking Fire text effect. There are certain things i want to mention here, please be liberal with the use of stock images, different sizes, different textures, having a wide variety of stocks used will improve the quality of the output, and also experiment with the settings while applying filters to get accurate and effective results.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!

How to create a delicious and yummy Chocolate dripping text effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a realistic Chocolate dripping text effect in Photoshop using very simple and effective techniques. We will play with some layer styles and filters to create our text, the steps are much easier to follow, this tutorial requires no user expertise, even a first timer in Photoshop can create mouth-watering text effects based on this. So feeling hungry, let’s get ready for a treat!

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Step 1: New document

Create a new document of size 1600 by 1200 px with white as the background color.

Now we will prepare our background for the text, so unlock the default background layer by double clicking on it in the Layers Panel, and give it any appropriate name, the background layer is now ready for the layer styles. Apply a Gradient Overlay style for the layer using the following settings.

The Gradient color starts from #d0c9c8 to #ece3ce.

Step 2: Add Text

Now add some text using any smooth rounded font, i am using the standard “Arial Rounded” with the size of about 350 pt of any color, since we are going to add gradient overlays to the text , the color doesn’t matter.

Step 3: Layer Styles for the Text

Apply the following layer styles for the text we just added.

Drop Shadow

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

The Gradient colors are from #cccccc to #eeeeee.

This is the effect we so far obtained.

Step 4: Add the Chocolate dripping

Now comes the important part of the tutorial, the chocolate dripping effect. There are many ways you can achieve this kind of effect, using the Liquify filter to create a dripping like effect, or using the Smudge tool or even using the Pen tool to directly draw this effect above the text and apply the layer styles later on. But these ways require great skills and patience to achieve the effect, since this tutorial’s sole purpose is to teach some new techniques and experimenting with the filters and layer styles, i decided to go on with a new approach.

The approach starts with this, first we create a new rectangle structure about half the size of the text, place it directly above the text layer and apply some distort filters like the Wave Filter to the structure, and nudge it a little to get the dripping effects on the text and later mask it on by the text itself. Finally we apply the layer styles to finish this effect. Sounds easy, okay lets go on.

Grab the Custom Shapes (U) tool, draw a rectangle about half the size of the text. The rectangle should be wide enough and tall enough to cover the upper half of the text completely.

Now go to Filter -> Distort -> Wave. Apply the wave filter using the following settings. The Wave type must be selected as the Sine, the important thing to be noted here is you cannot get the same effect as mine everytime, since they are randomly generated at wavelengths, so be sure to play around with the settings.

Once you applied your effect , nudge the wave structure along horizontally about 4-5 pixels, right or left, using the Move(V) tool, till you feel satisfied that the drippings are appropriately placed over the text. This is the effect so far.

Now we have to mask our wave layer using the text layer, first select the pixels of the text layer, by Ctrl + Clicking (Cmd for Mac) on the layer thumbnail in the Layers Panel, then select the wave layer, click on the Add Layer Mask in the bottom of the Layers Panel. This is the text with the wave layer masked out.

Layer Styles for the dripping effect

Apply the following layer styles on the wave layer.

Drop Shadow

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

The Gradient colors are from #5f4246 to #422d2e

We now come to the final part of the tutorial, our chocolate text is ready now for the finishing touches, so prepare our final outcome by reducing the noise and sharpen the image. Before that flatten our image using Layer -> Flatten Image to merge all the layers.

Reduce Noise

Apply the reduce noise filter by Filter -> Noise -> Reduce Noise using the following settings.

Smart Sharpen

Apply the Smart sharpen filter by Filter -> Sharpen -> Smart Sharpen with these options.

That’s it! Here is now our mouth-watering, delicious and yummy chocolate dripping text, i am feeling a little tired, so i am gonna munch some chocolates for refreshment. Bon Appetit!

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!

How to create a vibrant and shiny text effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a vibrant colorful bright and shiny text effect in Photoshop. We will be using a freely available font for our design and apply some dramatic layer styles, color overlays and motion blurs to get a nice looking type effect, and finally some finishing touches to polish the effects. Let’s get started!

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Step 1:New document

Create a new document in Photoshop with the size 1280 x 800 px with black as the background color.

Step 2: Adding Text

Now our background is ready. Its time to add the text. The font we are going to use for our design is ConductingPaths by wsc which is a freely available one , you can download it from DaFont. Set the size to 300 of any color.

Align the text to the center of the background, by selecting both the text and the background layers and align them by pressing the Align to Horizontal center and Align to Vertical center.

Step 3: Layer Styles for the text

Apply the following layer styles to the text layer.

Inner Glow

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

Now our text will look like this after applying the layer styles.

Step 4: Color overlay

The text is now ready, its time to add some colors to make it vibrant enough for the design, for that create a new layer above all the layers , name it as “color overlay”.

Now grab the Brush tool (B) , choose a soft brush of about 150px diameter and 0% hardness with 100% opacity.

Pick red (#ff0000) as the foreground color and paint some dabs here and there on the text as shown below.

Now pick the yellow color and paint some more.

Now it’s turn to pick the Cyan

Change the blending mode of the layer to Overlay. Now our text will look like this.

Step 5: Applying Motion Blur

Duplicate the text layer using Layer -> Duplicate Layer or by selecting the layer in the Layers panel and press Ctrl + J (Cmd + J for Mac)

Now we need to rasterize the duplicated text layer along with the layer effects before applying the Motion blur effect. In order to do that, create a new layer above the duplicated layer, select both the new layer and the duplicated layer, and merge them using Layer -> Merge Layers or Ctrl + E

The layer now gets rasterized along with the effects we applied previously. Now apply motion blur by Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur using the following settings.

This is the effect we obtained so far.

It’s now time to remove the unwanted blur effects from the text. We are going to remove them using Layer Masks. Select the layer , go to Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal All or by simply clicking on the Add Vector Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel.

Set our foreground color to black or default colors by pressing “D”.

Grab the Rectangular Marquee tool (M) and set the Feather option to about 10px, we are going to smoothly cut out certain parts of the blur, that is why we are using the Feather option.

Draw a portion above the first letter as show below with Marquee tool and with the Layer Mask selected fill the selection with black color to hide out the selected portion from the blur.

Do the same with other letters by removing certain portions from the blur, you can use the image below for your reference, the red portions should be masked out.

This is how the image will look like after masking our the portions from the motion blur layer.

Step 6: Creating the Rivets

Create a new layer called “rivets” above all the layers. This will be holding the small rivet like structures in the rounded gaps within the text.

Grab the Custom Shapes Tool (U) and select the Ellipse option and draw a small circle just about the size of the gap in the text , use the image below for reference.

Step 7: Layer styles for the rivet

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

Now just copy the rivet to all the other gaps in the letter and also all the letters in the text. You can just click and drag the rivets to all the places while holding the Alt key , you original rivet will be duplicated all over once you release the mouse button. Group them all in a folder.

This is the effect so far for our design.

Final Touches

The design is almost ready now , you can still polish it by removing the noise and sharpening the image using the standard filters, which will help our final design to have a clear and crispy look. Before that, you need to flatten your image using Layer -> Flatten Image, also you can make a duplicate copy before flattening using Image -> Duplicate, this way you can retain your original PSD for further modifications in the future.

Reduce Noise

Go to Filter -> Noise -> Reduce Noise with the default settings.

Smart Sharpen

Go to Filter -> Sharpen -> Smart Sharpen , apply it with the default options.

We come to the end of the tutorial, this is the final output of our text looking vibrant and shiny, you can experiment with different color overlays and layer styles if you want.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!

How to create Kungfu Panda text effect in Photoshop

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In this following tutorial, we are going to create an awesome text effect that is similar to the Kungfu Panda 2 movie title using layer effects and some stock references. This tutorial requires some intermediate level skills like working with the pen tools, selections and such things, but a beginner can also follow the tutorial since the techniques are well explained throughout. So let’s prepare for the tutorial of awesomeness…

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Materials Needed:

Step 1:New Document

Create a new document with the size 1280 x 1024 with White as the background color. Fill the background with Black color.

Step 2: Add Text

Now add the text “2” with the font as Molot which is a freely available one and can be downloaded here. Set the font size to 1000 points so that is big enough to fill the background and center it along the canvas , also set the font color to White. The color is not so important at this moment, its just serving as a guide for editing.

Step 3: Converting the text to path

The font needs a little editing , since the front face of the text looks a little flat, we need to correct the same using path editing tools like the pen tool. Before that we should convert the text to path, for this right-click (Cmd-Click on Mac) on the text layer, and select Create Work Path

Step 4: Editing the path

Once the text is converted into a path, now it is time to work on the path , so grab the Pen tool or press P in your keyboard.

Tips for working with the Pen tool

Moving the anchor points

In order to move an anchor point using the Pen tool, press the Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) without releasing the key, you will see that the pointer will change into the Direct Selection Tool now move the pointer while holding the Ctrl key, and click and drag on an anchor point to move it along the canvas.

Delete the anchor points

To delete an existing anchor point using the Pen tool, move the pen tool over an anchor point , the pointer will now change into a pointer with the “-“ symbol , this indicates that the existing pointer will be deleted once you click on it.

Add an anchor point

To add a new anchor point on the existing path using the Pen tool, move the pen tool over the path, the pointer will show you a “+” symbol telling you that you can add an anchor point on the path once you click on the spot.

Dragging the handles of the anchor point

In order to make the corners at the anchor points smooth we need to work on the handles by dragging them across while holding down the Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) key using the Pen tool.

Step 5: Working on the path

Now it’s time to edit the path, please refer to the following images for your reference. Don’t worry if you are not able to get the accurate result as in the pictures, working with the pen tool and getting to know it requires a lot of time and practice, so just try to get some approximate results, otherwise you can completely ignore this step if you are not familiar with the Pen tool.

Step 6: New layer for the fill

Now the editing is complete, so create a new layer for filling the path and name it something like “text”.

Now turn the visibility off for the existing text layer since we won’t be needing it anymore, by clicking on the “eye” icon of the layer in the layers panel. We can now see our edited path clearly on the canvas.

Switch to the “Paths” tab in the Layers panel, and right-click (Cmd-click on Mac) on the path and select Make Selection to turn the path into a selection.

The Make Selection dialog box will appear , press OK accepting the default settings with feather set as 0.

The path will now be turned into a selection.

Fill the selection with white color (#ffffff). Leave the selection as it is since we will be requiring it for creating the stroke in the next step.

Step 7: Creating Stroke

It’s now time to create the stroke for the text, before that we need to create a new layer “stroke”.

With the selection still on, now go to Select -> Modify -> Expand.

Expand the selection by 20 pixels for the stroke.

Now you can see the selection is enlarged by 20 pixels.

Fill the selection with the yellow color #f8f400.

Now we want only the 20 pixel border of the selection for the stroke and not the whole thing, to get rid of the unnecessary fill , Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) click on the text fill layer to select the pixels we dont want, and then click on the stroke layer and press Delete to remove the fill areas.

The stroke layer is ready now.

Step 8: Layer style for the text

Apply a gradient overlay style for the text layer using the following options.

For gradient, the colors are #cd0000 and #ff1a00.

Step 9: Layer styles for the stoke layer

Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings.

Apply Bevel and Emboss with the options given below.

Step 10: Dragon Tattoo

Import the dragon tattoo vector which can be downloaded from Freevectors. Open the file in Photoshop and press OK for the dialog box which will ask you for the size preferences accepting the default ones.

Now we are going to cut the tattoo from the file, we need only the dark parts from the tattoo for that, Go to Select -> Color Range.

Select Shadows from the drop-down list for selecting only the darker areas from the image.

You will see only the darker areas from the image will be selected.

Now copy and paste the selection into our original document in a new layer between the “stroke” layer and the “text” layer. Name the new layer as dragon_tattoo.

Delete the unwanted parts from the tattoo like the Chinese inscriptions at the bottom using the Magic wand tool or press “W” from the keyboard. Click on the areas to select them and press delete to remove.

Step 11: Editing the Tattoo

The tattoo barely fits into the text , so we need to stretch it to fill the text approximately. For that using the Transform tool , and switch to Warp mode by Edit -> Transform -> Warp or pressing Ctrl+ T (Cmd + T for Mac) and turning on the Warp mode on the top right side of the toolbar.

Now Stetch the tattoo to fill the text layer approximately, don’t worry if some parts of the tattoo scales beyond the text , we will get rid of it by masking it with the text layer. Use the image below for your reference.

No mask the tattoo layer using the text layer. For this, Ctrl + Click (Cmd + Click) on the text layer in the Layers Panel to select the pixels, and now select the “dragon_tattoo” layer and go to Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal selection. Or you can simply press the Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. The tattoo now is perfectly masked with the text layer and you wont see anything that goes beyond the text.

Step 12: Layer styles for the tattoo

Apply the following layer styles for the “dragon_tattoo” layer.

The layer styles now applied to the tattoo layer.

Step 13: Light Overlay

The image looks really good now, but it lacks some depth and lighting on the text, for that we need to paint some few white spots and overlay it for better lighting effects. Create a new layer called light overlay

Grab the Brush tool (B) from the toolbox. Select a soft round brush of size about 125px , with White as the color and paint some few dabs here and there on the text but only inside the stroke.

Change the blending mode of the layer to Overlay

Step 14: Add some text

Now we are almost done, now add some text at the bottom and apply the following layer styles to the bottom text.

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

The Gradient overlay settings are the same applied above to the text layer in Step 8.

Stroke

Finally here is our final image with awesome looking Kungfu Panda title like text effect.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!