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Video: Using paths and layer styles to create logo text

We're going to create this wiki logo, some kind of a type treatment There we go.
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Pixel Playground with Bert Monroy
8h 14m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2014

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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.

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Using paths and layer styles to create logo text

We're going to create this wiki logo, some kind of a type treatment that might be use for say, video game tittle or just about anything. It's it's the steps that are important, not exactly what I'm doing, but how I'm doing it. because, a little change here and there, and you can create your own thing. What we're going to do is we're going to start off with a title. And for that, we're going to use a font that's going to be perfect for this thing. Which I have a font called Blackmoor. Because what I'm going to type in here is the Knights of Old.

There we go. That's going to be our title. All right. So, I want to go and look at that, I might want to make it a little bigger. So we'll go in there and let's say we make it the 180 points, okay. And, that looks good. All right so, and I'm going to give it a little spacing too. So, go in there and we're going to our spacing and we'll say, let's give this 160 points in between. And that's looking good. All right. So, let's put this into position right about where we want it. Right about there. Now, we're going to do some further manipulation of this.

I want to manipulate this and make it even more striking. So, what I'd like to do is, right off the bat, I'm going to come up here and say, Type > Create Work Path, right there. And that created a path. So now when I come back over here, I could take the type and throw it away, because I, what I have is a path. Let's go and look at those paths. There they are. So, what I need to do now is I'm going to take the old and just bring it down a little bit. I'm going to take the, of, bring it over and actually make it smaller. See, so I'm just manipulating these individually here as paths.

Right there. Put it right there, make it happen. And maybe we'll bring the old in just a little bit like that. What I'm going to do now is that I'm going to take the letter O, and I'm going to go in there and make that a little bigger. So, I'm going to just stretch it up like that, bring it down. Sort of size it big like that. And the same thing for the K. Let's select the letter K, I'm going to make that much bigger, taller. And bring it in just a little like that. Now, I want to add a little more to this bottom part here, this descender here.

So I’m going to go in there and switch to my Direct Selection tool so I can go in there and say grab this little area right here. I’m going to kind of pull it out. I’m going to pull this out right about there like that. Now, let me go look at it real close and see what’s happening here. So, what I’m going to do is I'm going to select these guys right there. And I’m going to say, let’s rotate those. I’m going to set the angle of rotation. Right about here, let's grab this little rotation guy, and let's just rotate this about like that. All right, that's looking good. And I can manipulate these, because this is a direct selection.

So I can go in there and just kind of roughen these guys out, just to get them a little more like what the original font looked like. So I just grab a couple of these handles, just move them around. We have a nice little, kind of a break here, like that. See? So that starts to have a, more of the kind of look that I want. There we have, so now the, the K and the O have been accented, and that of, maybe it's still a little too big. So let's go in there and select the of and shrink it down just a little bit more. Just a little bit, there we go and there's the look of the type that we want.

All right, so now, every effect is going to be done in a layer style so I want to effect each one of these words independently. So, I'm going to go and select all of these up here. All the Knights. And I'm going to create a layer right on top here and we're going to call it K for the knights. And I'm going to go ahead and fill it. Fill it with black. Doesn't matter the color because, again, like I said, everything is going to be done in a layer style, so go ahead and fill it. Now I'm going to select the word of in a new layer. We'll say of and we'll fill it with black.

Okay. We've got the layer, there we go. Fill it with black. And finally Old in the new layer which we call o for old. We take the path and fill it. So there we go. Each one of these has now been filled. So now, let's let's get a color for the background. So, let's go and look at our background. I'm going to select some colors here. So, I'm going to reverse these and put these into a nice kind of a golden rod color like that for the foreground. And the background, I'm going to get a really deep orange or brown kind of color like that.

And then with a radial gradient, right there, I'm going to just, right in the background, right in the center there, I'm going to throw in this big glow like that. That's starting to look good. So, now I'm going to start with the knights. So, I'm going to get in a little closer here so I can see the effects of what's going to next. In fact, let's go to 100% so we can see it. There we go. So I'm going to double click on it to bring up the layer styles. So, what am I going to do here? What I'm going to do is I'm going to go in and give it a little gradient overlay. So, it has its own little gradient overlay.

And what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into the controls for that gradient and let's change the color. First of all let's, let's put it in the right direction. So, I want to go this way. All right. And then we'll go into the colors and I'm going to say, that color, I don't want it to be a black. So, let's go in there and pick a color we want. And I'm going to want, want to nice orange like that. Nice, deep orange about like that. That looks good. Click OK. And then for the background, I want that to be a nice kind of, let's go with a almost yellow.

Right there, about, about like that. Alright, so there, now we're getting this nice light tone in there. Let's go in there and click OK. I'm going to set up this so that I get more of the gold towards the bottom, right down there like that. Okay, maybe a little more of the dark on top, and it could be good. Right there. All right, click OK. Now, I'm going to give this a little stroke. Little stroke on the outside. Make it a little bigger, let's just say we'll go with a four. Just a little thicker, and then finally we'll give it a little inner glow as well.

Little inner glow which I'm going to make this a lot stronger, nice stronger yellow. Let's go like that. All right, that's good. Make it a little bigger. And maybe choke a little more. So I get more of, of a tight edge right inside there. There we go. That's looking good. Now that we see this, well, I might want to change that gradient to overlay. So I want to get something a little more dramatic in here, so I'm going to change that color again and get this into a deeper or a nicer, brighter orange like that.

That's looking better, nice orange, there you go, that's looking more of what I wanted to get before. Alright, so that's looking good. Click OK and we got our type. Click OK on that. So, now I can just drag that little effects over to the of, holding down my Option key, and over to the O. Now, each one of them has that same effect. All right, so now we need one more dramatic touch to this type. We want some flares to come out from behind it. All right, so.

In a layer right on top of here and it strikes me, it might require a couple of steps, so let's just go in here and bring this back to black and white and put white in our foreground color. And, what I'm going to do is, let's just see, just turn off the, the logo itself and what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go in here and let's just kind of draw some big white dots in different spots. Small ones, little ones, just in different places. Kind of like that. All right? There. That's, that's looking pretty bizarre. Alright, so.

That's going to be the basis. Let's turn everything else on. Those dots are going to now become these radiance, these things shooting out at us. So I'm going to go over to my blurs. And I have one here called Radio Blur. Which automatically is set to spin but I set it to zoom, all right, and I can determine where the center of, of this is going to be but we're going to keep it right there at the center of the image and I got it all the way up to 100%. I'm going to click OK, and there you can see that it's smeared those guys out. I'm going to go up there and do it again. Hit is one more time.

Now, it's not very strong, so what I'm going to do is, I'm going to duplicate that layer. Okay, what I did is I held down my Option key, and I just dragged it up. And I'm going to keep doing a few more until I get them really strong. Just like that. So now, I'm going to hit Cmd+B a few times. It's going to merge those layers into each other. Then I'm going to hit the Cmd+F. That's going to give me that nice little gradient again. There we go, now we're starting to get all these nice little gradients. Now, with my paint brush, I'm going to make it really large. And I'm going to bring the opacity down to about a 50 and it'll just kind of hit it right here in the center to create this nice, big glow right inside there.

Right inside, right in the middle, and there we go. So now, what we have, and we pull back and go to full screen here. We see that we have this really incredible looking kind of logo with all kinds of glows and stuff. And it's just some effects. Now, the thing is, like I said before, your words, your font, everything could be different. Your colors coming out from the back can be different. It's up to you, but it's the techniques that are involved. What was involved, to go in there and modify the type, to extend it, and add a little nuance to it, here and there.

What I did to create all the effects within it, and then the effects from behind. It's all just knowing what the things in Photoshop can do

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