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Master brush and layer effects for type

Step 1 Create a new document in Photoshop and import an old paper texture.

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.

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Step 2 Select a watercolor brush for the Brush Tip Shape (Window > Brush)

 

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Step 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.

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Step 4 Select Transfer to finalise the Brush specifications. Next, change the Opacity Jitter to 100% and use Pen Pressure again for the Control options.

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Step 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.

 

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Step 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 the colour.

 

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Step 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.

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Step 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 Multiply.

 

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Step 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.

 

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Step 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.

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Step 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'.

 

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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.

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Step 13 This is the effect you will have so far. You can add more elements or invert some layer orderings.

Master brush and layer effects for type

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dharaa VShah

I'm a Web-Graphic Designer, Freelance and Webmaster, blogger and more. I like to push the boundaries. I love creating unique, clean, usable design for the web and other digital sources.

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