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Monday, April 16, 2012

Create Gothic Bloody Text in Photoshop

If you are into that Gothic and Vampire type theme in your designs, then this tutorial is for you. Below are the detailed and quick steps into creating a gothic and bloody type text using Adobe Photoshop. This will help you effectively design halloweed themed posters and gothic-styled postcards. So just run through the steps below and see if you can do this.

  1. Firstly, setup your new document. To maintain the high quality of your text effect, even when this is printed in posters and flyers, it is a must to use a value of 300ppi or higher in the resolution field of the new document window. Of course, set your dimensions as needed for your Photoshop Document.

  2. Now, using the text tool, type in the text for your title. Of course, since we are going for a gothic theme here, we are using Gothic styled fonts. There should be plenty of free ones on the Internet so just research. For our example, we are using the gothic font style “Bastrada-K”.

  3. Then, go to your layers view. Hold down the CTRL key and then click on the text thumbnail of your text layer. This should cause the text area of your text to be selected.

  4. Afterward, press CTRL+SHIFT+N to create a new layer. Make sure that you have not deselected our text layer though while you do this.

  5. Now, with the new layer activated, and your text area selected, use a WHITE brush tool to paint some white daubs into the text area. Make sure you use a brush that has a hardness value of 100%. This will be where our “blood” will flow down from. So you will want to place these on the bottom of the text.

  6. Press CTRL+D to deselect our text area. Now go to Image -> Image Rotation -> 90CW. This will rotate our image to the right. Once there, go to Filter -> Stylize -> Wind. In the window that opens, set the Method to WIND and the Direction from the right. Then press ok. AFTERWARDS, press CTRL+F again to apply more wind effects. (Do not worry, you will see this soon enough).

  7. Now, before we turn things bloody red and right side up again, first click on the LOCK Transparent Pixels option in the layers view.

  8. Finally, edit the fill of your layer. Just go to Edit -> Fill… In the window that opens, select Use: Color… and then use the blood red color #660000

  9. Afterwards, go to Image -> Image Rotation -> 90CCW to turn your text right side up.

  10. Now, go back and select our original black text layer. Double click on it to go to the layer styles. First click on the Bevel and Emboss options and then apply these values. a. Technique: Chisel Hard b. Depth: 307 c. Size: 5 d. Rest use default.

  11. Then, click on the gradient overlay option and then select a black and dark grey color as the gradient. Leave the rest to defaults.

  12. Once, done, you should have a great looking, gothic, bloody text. Congratulations!

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  2. Nice tutorial design i like this! thanks for shearing!

  3. Excellent tutorial! Very easy to understand and incorporate.

  4. Great useful tutorial. Your post is very much helpful for the designer. Very easy to follow step by step. I like your post very much. Thanks a lot for sharing !!


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