T1Ex Text Tutorial

Greetings! Let's get to it.

1. Make a Photoshop document according to the settings shown below:

Be sure not to use inches, it'll choke your compy! Also, please note the formatting of the document name - USE IT!!!

Be sure not to use inches, it'll choke your compy! Also, please note the formatting of the document name - USE IT!!!

2. Create text using the Cooper Std Black font and type the word "Thanksgiving" (it's a holiday, ya know!). I started with a font size of 36 pt, oh! and make the text color black, black as night, my friends!

3. Once you've typed the text, choose the move tool (v) and hit Command (crtl) T to activate the transform tool. Re-size the text so it looks like the example below (just eye-ball it, no worries about perfection here, folks):

Once you've got the size you want be sure to hit enter to finish the transform.

Once you've got the size you want be sure to hit enter to finish the transform.

4. Now let's get down to some Blending Options, shall we? Simply double click on the text layer in the layers palate or right click on the layer and choose Blending Options all the way at the top. For yoks and giggles, choose Color Overlay as the first stop in our visit to Text Style Land - choo, choo! Here's the settings for that:

The hex code for the color overlay is: a06c08.

The hex code for the color overlay is: a06c08.

5. Now let's add a sprinkling of Inner Glow. Here's those settings:

The nice yellow color I selected for this is: f7df17.

The nice yellow color I selected for this is: f7df17.

6. Bevel and Emboss is our next destination, there's two groups of settings for this: one for the actual Bevel and Emboss and the other for the Contour.

Here's the B&E settings:

The Shadow Mode color is 890808.

The Shadow Mode color is 890808.

And here's the contour settings:

The contour I chose is among the presets that come with PS - you'll see it.

The contour I chose is among the presets that come with PS - you'll see it.

7. Drop Shadow, next stop... All aboard!!!

The Drop Shadow hex color code for this is: 946b08. Perhaps you'd like to know why I chose that code...because I liked how it looked - that's how all these tutorials come about, don't you know?

The Drop Shadow hex color code for this is: 946b08. Perhaps you'd like to know why I chose that code...because I liked how it looked - that's how all these tutorials come about, don't you know?

8. Time to add a stroke - this one's subtle but effective:

The gradient used for this stroke is also a PS packaged preset, pal - it's called 'Copper'. 

The gradient used for this stroke is also a PS packaged preset, pal - it's called 'Copper'. 

9. Time for an outer glow:

The glow color is: 60460e

The glow color is: 60460e

10. And lastly, a gradient overlay shall finish our text style:

The gradient that is used here is called "Orange, Yellow, Orange". Again, a preset that comes with PS.

The gradient that is used here is called "Orange, Yellow, Orange". Again, a preset that comes with PS.

11. With the text tool chosen, click and drag to highlight the word "Thanksgiving". Quick tip: you'll know that your cursor is ready to highlight existing text when the dotted box around the cursor disappears - otherwise, when you click, PS will make a new text layer instead - naughty Photoshop!

12. With the text highlighted, click on the icon that looks like a distorted 'T' (third from the right) in the Options Bar (the group of settings that run just under the menu bar.) The setting we're looking for is called "create warped text".

Once you've chosen that tool, choose the following settings:

13. Now your text looks truly spectacular if I may so myself.

Two more bits, first let's duplicate the image from the graphic called 'Eat Beef.psd' into our document and transform it so it looks like this:

14. Give it an outer glow with these settings:

The outer glow color is: eff129.

The outer glow color is: eff129.

15. And lastly (finally!) open up the image called 'Steak.jpg' and duplicate it into our project and make it the bottom layer - you should hopefully end up with something that looks like this:

That's it, now go get a good Filet Mignon and call it a holiday!   Cheers!

That's it, now go get a good Filet Mignon and call it a holiday!

 

Cheers!