Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects

with Nigel French

Video: Welcome

Describes various approaches to illustrating concepts with type, translating them into digital techniques in Photoshop and Illustrator.
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 31m 35s
    1. Illustrating a concept with shape layers and layer masks
      5m 38s
    2. Illustrating a concept with a clipping mask
      1m 27s
    3. Modifying letterforms
      4m 30s
    4. Replacing letters with pictures
      9m 52s
    5. Combining type with simple imagery
      2m 47s
    6. Creating a Halftone Text Effect NEW
      2m 18s
    7. Create a Sliced Text Effect NEW
      5m 3s
  3. 10m 13s
    1. Illustrating a concept using transparency
      2m 2s
    2. Creating a type poster
      4m 52s
    3. Illustrating a concept using blurred text
      3m 19s
  4. 38m 25s
    1. Combining type and shape
      5m 50s
    2. Using a displacement map
      5m 46s
    3. Creating chocolate text
      8m 26s
    4. Putting a picture inside type
      2m 59s
    5. Putting type in a picture
      12m 49s
    6. Creating torn type
      2m 35s
  5. 24m 54s
    1. Creating smoky type
      8m 13s
    2. Creating fiery type
      5m 8s
    3. Creating entwined type
      5m 50s
    4. Create a Shattered Text Effect NEW
      5m 43s
  6. 31m 10s
    1. Creating scattered leaves type
      8m 42s
    2. Creating coffee bean type
      7m 22s
    3. Creating sand grain type
      4m 4s
    4. Stroking a type path
      6m 52s
    5. Create Rain-damaged Type NEW
      4m 10s
  7. 1h 4m
    1. Creating a nostalgic logo: part one
      9m 39s
    2. Creating a nostalgic logo: part two
      4m 59s
    3. Creating a nostalgic logo: part three
      9m 59s
    4. Warping type
      13m 33s
    5. Create Psychedelic Type part 1 NEW
      4m 23s
    6. Create Psychedelic Type part 2 NEW
      2m 55s
    7. Create Circus Type, part 1 NEW
      6m 55s
    8. Create Circus Type, part 2 NEW
      3m 17s
    9. Create Circus Type, part 3 NEW
      6m 3s
    10. Create Circus Type, part 4 NEW
      3m 14s
  8. 20m 44s
    1. Warping text for dramatic perspective
      12m 2s
    2. Using a Vanishing Point grid
      3m 31s
    3. Combining Illustrator perspective grids
      5m 11s
  9. 17m 23s
    1. Creating a basic 3D type design
      6m 35s
    2. Illustrating a concept with 3D
      5m 39s
    3. Using a Vanishing Point grid with 3D type
      5m 9s
  10. 19m 2s
    1. Creating a simple letterpress effect
      5m 19s
    2. Creating a letterpress wood type effect
      5m 49s
    3. Creating a distressed wood type effect
      7m 54s
  11. 24m 50s
    1. Using Liquify to create type patterns
      5m 27s
    2. Creating a typographic wallpaper
      9m 56s
    3. Making abstract patterns from letterforms
      3m 27s
    4. Working with repetition and pattern
      2m 1s
    5. Create Type Patterns with Symmetry Fill NEW
      3m 59s
  12. 17m 12s
    1. Working with multi-layered type
      5m 10s
    2. Layering type on a spiral
      9m 18s
    3. Creating a book cover with multi-layered type
      2m 44s
  13. 29m 36s
    1. Creating a type portrait with multiple layers
      3m 29s
    2. Creating a type portrait with hand-drawn type
      3m 30s
    3. Creating a typographic map
      7m 57s
    4. Creating an environmental alphabet
      6m 59s
    5. Create a type-only Portrait NEW
      4m 34s
    6. Use a Clipping Mask to create a Simple Type Portrait NEW
      3m 7s
  14. 29s
    1. Goodbye

please wait ...
Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects
Video duration: 0s 5h 31m Intermediate Updated Dec 21, 2015


This installment of Photoshop for Designers explains how to create beautiful typographic effects and challenges designers to expand their creative mindset with type. Author Nigel French describes how to combine letters and imagery and how to illustrate ideas with type, often with just a few simple tweaks to the letterforms themselves. The final chapter contains a few creative projects, such as fashioning portraits and maps comprised entirely of type.

Topics include:
  • Illustrating with shape layers, layer masks, and clipping masks
  • Modifying letterforms
  • Using a displacement map
  • Illustrating words
  • Creating effects such as smoky or fiery type
  • Working with brushes and type
  • Warping text
  • Using a Vanishing Point grid
  • Incorporating repetition and pattern
  • Layering type


Welcome to Photoshop for Designers, Type Effects. I'm Nigel French. In this course, we'll be drawing on a range of Photoshop skills; warping, masking, drawing paths and vectors shapes, working with 3D type, creating custom brushes, painting with textures, and applying filters like displacement, vanishing point, and liquify. Most importantly however, we'll be working with ideas. For all the firepower that Photoshop can bring to your Type treatments, there's no substitute for working with a strong concept.

In terms of working through this course while I start out with some simple techniques, beyond that, there's no progression from easy to hard. If you're an intermediate Photoshop user, you're probably already familiar with the techniques, but may not have considered them in the context of working with Type. If you're a beginning Photoshop user, then hopefully, you'll enjoy the challenge. So, with that in mind, let's get started with Photoshop for Designers, Type Effects.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects .

Expand all | Collapse all
please wait ...
Q: This course was updated on 12/21/2015. What changed?
A: We updated 13 movies to cover changes to Photoshop CC 2015 and the extended range of type effects.





Don't show this message again
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.

Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.

Mark all as unwatched Cancel


You have completed Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


Upgrade to View Courses Offline


With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a Member and Create Custom Playlists

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of online learning video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Log in

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

You started this assessment previously and didn’t complete it.

You can pick up where you left off, or start over.

Resume Start over

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from

Sign up and receive emails about and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.