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Create an Ancient Typography with Dry Soil Texture and Floral Brushset in Photoshop

psdvault Text Effects May 06, 2009

Let's get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Font
Dry Soil
Floral Brushes
Cloud Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1000x800 px with white background. Create a new layer called "radial gradient" and grab the Gradient Tool (G) and select the radial gradient fill option, fill this layer as shown below:

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Step 2

On top of the "Radial Gradient" layer, use the font we have just downloaded, type some text onto it. ( I only typed a letter "A" however you may type whatever text you want)

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Apply the following layer blending option to this layer:

Drop Shadow

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Inner Glow

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Bevel and Emboss

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Color Overlay

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Gradient Overlay

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And you will have the following effect:

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Step 3

Load the selection of the text layer by holding down the Ctrl key and left-click the layer thumbnail image on the layer palette:

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Hit Ctrl + Alt + R and bring up the Refine Edge Tool, apply the following settings:

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Load the "Dry Soil" texture into Photoshop and drag the selection of the text layer (To do this, select the Rectangular Marquee Tool, move your mouse over the selection, left-click and hold to drag):

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Copy and paste the selection back to our document, you will have the following effect:

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Name this newly-created layer as "dry soil texture" and change its blending mode to "Hard Light" and you will have the following effect:

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Step 4

On top of the "dry soil texture" layer, add the following adjustment layers with the respective settings (make sure you tick the "use previous layer as clipping mask" option for all adjustment layers)

Curves

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Levels

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Color Balance

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Bright and Contrast

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Black and white

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And you will have the following effect:

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Step 5

Now I would like to show you an interesting method to add  light stripes to the text. Create a new layer on top of all previous layers, grab the rectangular marquee tool to draw a selection as below:

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Then grab a big soft brush with white colour (I used 800px) and do a few clicks in the following postition, while maintaining the selection:

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Then resize, rotate the selection until it reaches the effect as shown below:

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Name this layer as "light strips" and duplicate it  a couple of times, move the duplicated layers as shown below:

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Merge the duplicated layers and again make several duplication of the merged layer, move them around to the desired position:

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When you're happy with the position, merge all those light strips layers and use the Eraser Tool with a soft round brush to erase the bit where covers the text:

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Step 6

To add some more decoration to the text, we can use the two brushsets we downloaded and simply do some painting :)

Create a new layer just above the "Radial Light" layer, use the Cloud Brushes to paint some clouds on the bottom part of the canvas:

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Create another layer on top of the cloud layer, use the Floral Brushes to add some nice floral swirls around the text:

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Step 7

To add some final touches, add two more adjustment layers on top of all other layers: (Don't tick "use previous layer as clipping mask" this time)

Curves

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Use the following vector musk on Curves Adjusment layer:

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Levels

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Use the following vector musk on Levels Adjusment layer:

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Colour Balance

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Use the following vector musk on Color Balance Adjusment layer:

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And you will have the following final effect:

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Ok that's it for this tutorial! Of course you can further enhance this image by adding some more effect, textures and filters.

Here is my final version for this tutorial: (Added some radial blur, adjusted contrast):

Create an Ancient Typography with Dry Soil Texture and Floral Brushset in Photoshop

Hope you enjoy this tutorial. Cheers and have a nice day!

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