Step 1 Create a new document in Photoshop and import an old paper
Using a serif font
with some vector frills and vector birds I created this composition in
Illustrator. Place the vector-text-elements.ai (available from the
Download Zone) in the centre of the document.
2 Select a watercolor brush for the Brush Tip Shape (Window
3 In the Brush tab, select Shape Dynamics, change the Size
Jitter to 100% and the Control to Pen Pressure if you are using a tablet
- I highly recommend using one for this tutorial. Change the Minimum
Diameter to 0% and the Angle Jitter to 100%. Then select Flip X Jitter
and Flip Y Jitter.
4 Select Transfer to finalise the Brush specifications. Next,
change the Opacity Jitter to 100% and use Pen Pressure again for the
5 With the Brush tool (B), add a
new layer and start painting with black over the text. Change the sizes
of the Brush using the [ and ] keys.
6 Add another layer on top of the previous layer and, using
the Brush tool (B) with the brush we
created, change the colour to orange and the opacity to 40%. Start
painting over the text again and then repeat the process using pink for
7 Group all these layers used for watercolor type
effect. Select the folder in the layer palette and go to Layer
> Layer Mask > Reveal All. Select the layer
mask and with the Brush tool (B)
set to black, begin painting over the mask. You will have to increase the brush size
for this. You can also try working with different opacities, so try a
few out until you're happy with the results.
8 Import another texture - this time I'm using a natural linen
striped stained texture from Shutterstock.
This layer will be on top of the others. Then change its Blend Mode to
9 If you don't like the brownish result you will have,
select the paper texture layer and go to Image >
Adjustment > Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation
until you get a whiter effect. You can also increase the lightness a
9 If you don't like the brownish result you will have, select
the paper texture layer and go to Image > Adjustment
> Hue and Saturation. Reduce the Saturation until you
get a whiter effect. You can also increase the lightness a little bit.
11 Next, go to Layer > Layer Styles >
Stroke. Use 3 pixels for the Size, Color Burn for the
Blend Mode and 70% for the Opacity. Change the Fill Opacity on the
Blending Options to 1%. If you like you can add another layer, and with
the Brush tool (B) and a normal rounded
brush, you can draw some elements like I did on the d of 'today's' and
the m of 'dream'.
Step 12 Duplicate
the vector text and elements layer again and put the new copy on top of
the other layers once again. Then, choose Layer
> Layer Styles. Selecting each in turn, set the
parameters for (clockwise from top right) Blending Options, Drop Shadow,
Bevel and Emboss and Color Overlay to match the settings shown above.
13 This is the effect you will have so far. You can add more
elements or invert some layer orderings.