Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects
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Working with repetition and pattern


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Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects

with Nigel French

Video: Working with repetition and pattern

Sometimes, Repetition and Pattern can be very effective. All I have here is a question mark and an exclamation point. Together, they make an interabang. I have set the Opacity of the question mark to be 60%, so that we get some interaction where the two characters overlap. I'm now going to group them as one by selecting both layers and pressing Cmd+ or Ctrl+G. To get multiples of them, I'm going to duplicate the Layer Group, Cmd+ or Ctrl+J. I'm going to do that six times.
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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      21s
  2. 24m 14s
    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
  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. 19m 11s
    1. Creating smoky type
      8m 13s
    2. Creating fiery type
      5m 8s
    3. Creating entwined type
      5m 50s
  6. 27m 0s
    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
  7. 38m 10s
    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
  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. 20m 51s
    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
  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. 21m 55s
    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
  14. 29s
    1. Goodbye
      29s

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Watch the Online Video Course Photoshop for Designers: Type Effects
4h 36m Intermediate Jul 18, 2012

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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
Subject:
Design
Software:
Photoshop
Author:
Nigel French

Working with repetition and pattern

Sometimes, Repetition and Pattern can be very effective. All I have here is a question mark and an exclamation point. Together, they make an interabang. I have set the Opacity of the question mark to be 60%, so that we get some interaction where the two characters overlap. I'm now going to group them as one by selecting both layers and pressing Cmd+ or Ctrl+G. To get multiples of them, I'm going to duplicate the Layer Group, Cmd+ or Ctrl+J. I'm going to do that six times.

So, I now have a total of seven. Then, with the top-most group selected, I'm going to hold down the Shift key, so that I can only move along the horizontal plane, and move that out to the right-hand edge of my canvas. Then, I will select all of those groups, and come to my Distribute Icons. I want to distribute Horizontal Centers and I'll get that result. Now, I want to, one-by-one, go to each of the question marks and fill this with a pattern.

So, I'm going to double-click to the right of the Layer Name, come to my Pattern Overlay. I'm going to choose a pattern from my Pattern dropdown and if I don't see any here that I like, I can come to load some more, I'm going to use Nature Patterns. Of course, you can make your own patterns, you see me do that in a number of the movies in this title. I'm going to append the Nature Patterns to what we already have, and I'm just going to use these. Okay.

That's all there is to it. I won't carry on, the rest is all repetition. Here is that end result. Despite being very simple, I think it's effective.

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