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Video: Type effects in Photoshop: Cosmic type

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  1. 25m 17s
    1. Type effects in Photoshop: Cosmic type NEW
      7m 22s
  2. 13m 37s
    1. Creating an oil painting effect from a photo
      5m 31s
    2. Creating a wet countertop
      8m 6s
  3. 45m 38s
    1. Rags to riches: Giving the fabric type dimension
      9m 14s
    2. Rags to riches: Gold type
      6m 41s
    3. Turning a photo into a fairy tale book cover
      10m 51s
    4. Using a photo to create a travel poster
      9m 49s
    5. Type effects in Photoshop: Candy type
      9m 3s
  4. 32m 53s
    1. Creating a sewn-on letter effect
      11m 33s
    2. Type effects in Photoshop: Chrome
      10m 57s
    3. Rags to riches: Fabric type
      10m 23s
  5. 43m 48s
    1. Blue Truck: Headlight
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    2. Blue Truck: Creating a screw
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    3. Blue Truck: Grill
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    4. Blue Truck: Rust spot
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    1. Creating a panic button
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    2. Making a cartoon car even more cartoony
      6m 29s
    3. Creating a cartoon book
      16m 54s
    4. Creating a stylized postcard
      6m 52s
  7. 29m 14s
    1. Creating letter reflections on a neon sign
      7m 45s
    2. Type effects in Photoshop: Using gradient and stroke layer styles
      7m 35s
    3. Creating a 3D chocolate candy in Photoshop
      7m 4s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Mossy 3D type
      6m 50s
  8. 43m 46s
    1. Colorizing black-and-white sketches
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    2. Making bubbles: Using the Brush tool
      7m 23s
    3. Making bubbles: Adding highlights
      5m 51s
    4. Creating a Photoshop 25th anniversary sign
      9m 59s
    5. Type effects in Photoshop: Honey
      9m 15s
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    1. Easter basket: Adding a bow and the eggs
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    2. Placing lettering on plastic
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    3. Using brushes to create a twisted pair of wires in Illustrator
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    4. Creating an Art Deco bistro sign
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    1. St. Patrick's Day card: Creating a shamrock and a pot of gold
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    2. St. Patrick's Day card: Adding the details
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    3. Creating a 3D Easter egg
      7m 38s
    4. Easter basket: Creating the basket
      9m 33s
  11. 36m 43s
    1. Making a piece of candy: Adding the jelly filling
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a Valentine's Day card
      10m 10s
    3. Turning a daytime scene into night
      8m 24s
    4. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag
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  12. 45m 43s
    1. Using the Photoshop Flame Generator
      6m 53s
    2. Creating a mountain scene
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    3. Creating reflections in water
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    4. Making a diamond-encrusted type
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    5. Making a piece of candy: Creating the chocolate base
      12m 7s
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    1. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    2. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s
    3. Making a New Year's 2015 card
      14m 21s
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    1. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    2. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    3. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
  15. 47m 25s
    1. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    2. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    3. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
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    1. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    2. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    3. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    4. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
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      9m 34s
    2. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    3. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    4. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    5. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
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    1. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    2. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    3. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
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    1. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    2. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    3. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    4. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
  20. 48m 47s
    1. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    2. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    3. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    4. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    5. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
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    1. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    2. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    3. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    4. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
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    1. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    2. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    3. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    4. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
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    1. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    2. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    3. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    4. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
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    1. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    2. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    3. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    4. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
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      7m 52s
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    1. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    2. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
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    1. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    2. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    3. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
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      12m 4s
  27. 40m 9s
    1. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    2. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    3. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    4. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
  28. 21m 8s
    1. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    2. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    3. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
  29. 42m 37s
    1. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    2. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    3. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    4. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    5. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
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    1. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    2. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    3. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    4. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
  31. 23m 36s
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s

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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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Type effects in Photoshop: Cosmic type

- This week, we're going to create a cosmic type effect. Now keep in mind it's not what I'm doing, it's how I'm doing it cause there's quite a few steps that are going to go into this. You might take those steps and apply them to something else, a little change in the mode here, or whatever, and you get a completely different effect. So it's not the what but the how. So what we're going to do is we're going to start off with the word cosmic. So I'm going to click on here. Click and type out the word cosmic. Now I'm using a very large straight type face just like that which happens to be Helvetica, and I'm going to put it in place.

I'm going to hit command, T. So I can go in there and shrink it down a little bit. Get it more like in there, like that, and center it, and maybe a little tighter. There we go. That's what I want right there. Click OK and there's my word, cosmic. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to start to play around with this guy. I'm going to do a few different effects to it. First thing I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and rasterize it. So I come up here, and I say the Type layer and I say Rasterize the Type Layer. So now it's no longer text, it's now pixels.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to turn that into a selection by command, clicking on it, and I'm going to Save the Selection. Now we're going to call this alpha channel that we're creating, we're going to call it something, and this will kind of give you an idea of what it's going to be. I called it streaks, click OK. And if we look at our Channels panel, there it is. There's the word streaks, I can deselect, command, D and it's deselected. Alright, so now what I want to do here is I want to create an effect right inside of here.

So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go ahead and invert this, command, I, to invert it. So now it looks exactly like what it was in its original state, right? But here, what I'm going to do is I'm going to start to apply some filters. The fist one I'm going to do is do a little Gaussian Blur. Now I've got it set to 7. You can make it much more, nope, that's going to be a little too much. Let's go with that 7 that we had a second ago. Your particular radius will be determined by the resolution that you're working at.

I'm working at 72 DPI, so 7 is quite a bit. 7 might not be much if you're working at 300 DPI. That is yours to decide and you get a visual, so you can figure out what it is you want. And I'm going to click OK. So I have that. So now that I have this blurry type, now you see why I inverted it. I'm going to come up here and apply another filter. And see, I'm applying that to the alpha channel, you'll notice. I'm going to come over here and say Stylize, Solarize. Click OK and there you can see what happened.

It gave me these nice little streaks or edges to my type. Nice and soft. Okay, so we're getting there. So now what's going to happen is, I'm going to go in here and I'm going to go to my levels. And I'm just going to make them a little brighter so I get some nice tonality going on there. Nice and bright, click OK. They're really nice and strong whites. So what I need to do now is going to be applied at an angle. Alright, so first thing we're going to do is give it one more filter.

I'm going to come over here and under Distort, I have a little thing called Polar Coordinates. So I'm going to say Polar to Rectangle. Click OK and you can see what it did. It just twisted everything up into that angle there. Now the next filter I'm going to apply, which is going to give me the effect I want, only works from left to right. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take the entire image and rotate it 90 degrees clockwise. There it is, and here comes that filter.

Filter, Stylize, Wind. There's some really weird stuff under that Stylize menu. You should play with those. So I'm going to say right here, you can see what it's doing. It's creating these little streaks, and I'm going to click OK and it created those streaks. I'm going to hit the command, F to apply that filter one more time. There it is. So now what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into my levels and start to lighten those up again, and make them nice and strong. Get those mid-tones down. And get those lights up.

See, so I'm getting a little more differentiation in there. Right in there like that, okay, click OK. And I'm going to apply the filter one more time by hitting command, F. Alright, so now we have that. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to send it back to the way it should be. Image, Rotation, 90 degrees counter-clockwise to bring me back to my original state. Okay, so now that I'm here, I'm going to go in and go apply a filter again. That same Polar Coordinates, but this time, I'm going to go Rectangular to Polar.

And you can see what's happening. Click OK and look at that. We have some nice streaks. Now they are in an alpha channel, so we can play with those, so I'm going to go back to my RGB over here and let's look at our type. And I'm going to go and take out Type and blur it a little bit just like we did with the other stuff. Now let's go in there and we'll apply a little Gaussian Blur and not that much this time. Let's go a little less, about a let's say 4. Just to soften those edges. Click OK. Now I'm going to take my background here and I'm going to invert it, command, I.

Okay, and take the word cosmic and I'm going to lock the transparency for it. I lock the transparency. So now I'm going to pick some colors that I want. So let me get a light blue. I like this, a nice light blue for the foreground. And for the background, let me get a nice bright red. Click OK and I'm going to get my gradient tool. And I'm going to choose right there, the reflected gradient. And I'm in my Type, alright, and if we want to see the Type, there it is. So I'm going to and start from the center. Hold down my shift key to constrain and go straight down and click.

So there, now we see that we have the word cosmic. So in the layer behind cosmic, and in front of background, create a new layer here, and we're going to call this streaks. So now you see where those are going, right? So I'm going to go back over to my channels here and I'm going to command, click on this to load it. Now it looks a little strange there, and if those things bother you, you can come over here and just say Show, Selection Edges, click that off. So now it's selected but you don't see all those little marching ants. Make sure we're in the right layer.

Yes we are. So I'm going to go in here and pick another set of colors. So I'm going to get a nice bright yellow like that perhaps, or maybe we'll pick kind of an orangey color like that. In fact that will be good for the background. So let's switch these two, and I'm going to go in here and pick a bright yellow for the foreground color, and with that same reflected gradient tool, I'm going to click right inside here. Remember we're going through that selection and there you can see what we've got, this nice effect.

For our final touch, I'm going to go into my cosmic, double click on it, and give it a little outer glow. Little bit of an outer glow, just like that. And we'll make it a nice bright yellow like that, and make it a little bigger, and a little bit of a spread, and a little bigger there like that. Oops, make that there. Click OK and there you can see that we have our nice little cosmic type that's just glowing and doing all kinds of cool stuff.

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