Create a new document of 600x600 px in RGB color mode
at 72 dpi (File > New...).
the Type Tool (T), draw a rectangle large enough to fit a letter. Then
type a letter of your choice. If you want a longer text, just create a
larger document in STEP 1 (e.g. 1608x1050 px).
Set it to Minion
Pro, 370 px and Sharp. For color, set it to #e5e5e5 - a light gray tone.
the Layers palette (F7) and set Fill to 0%. Select the Type layer (the
thumb with a "T" in the center) and click the "fx" button. Select
this window, check the boxes shown below. It will look nasty at the
moment, but don't worry. We'll fix it.
on each line and use the settings below. To see better what your
results look like, select the "Background" layer, grab the Paint Bucket
Tool (G) and fill it with a dark gray.
to Layer > Duplicate Layer (CTRL+J). Select the original layer and
right-click on the effects list in the Layers palette. Select "Create
layers". Hit OK on the popup window.
the Layers palette, select all the layers resulting from STEP 6
(SHIFT+click), except "D's Outer Stroke", then click on the "Delete
Layer" button - the one looking like a trash can.
the Layers palette, CTRL+click the "D copy" layer to load a selection
(it will appear like a marching ants contour), select the "D's Outer
Stroke" layer and hit Delete.
to Layers palette, set Fill to 0% and open the Blending Options like in
STEP 3. Use the settings below.
Simply place it over an image and if you like, add some
adjustment layers to give it a nice tint.
Here are a few examples.