Shocking Text

July 30, 2010


Shocking Text

by Jim Beam

Step 1 – Preparing the Text

These tutorials are donated to N-sane Art by generous members of the Photoshop community. We at N-sane Art edit the text and images these tutorials for clarity only when necessary in order to preserve as much of the original tutorial as possible.

Create a new image 400x400px with a “transparent” background. Rename the only existing layer “back“.

Fill ( Edit > Fill ) layer “back” with black ( Hext #000000 ).

Using the Horizontal Type Tool, write some large text in white ( Hex #FFFFFF ). For this tutorial, I wrote “N-sane” in 80 pt with the font Impact.

Rasterize the text ( Layer > Rasterize > Text ). Rename the layer that has the now rasterized text “Text“.

Step 2 – Vertical Wind

Duplicate layer “Text” and rename the new layer “Text 2“. Hide layer “Text 2” by clicking on the eye to the left of it on the Layer Palette.

Activate layer “Text” on the Layer Palette and merge all visible layers ( Layer > Merge Visible ).

Transform the image 90 degrees clockwise ( Edit > Transform > 90 degrees CW )

Apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) with the method “Wind” and the DirectionFrom the Right“. Repeat ( Ctrl-f ) this filter.

Now, apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) again except this time, use the Direction “From the Left“. Repeat ( Ctrl-f ) this filter.

Step 3 – Horizontal Wind

Transform the image 90 degrees counter-clockwise ( Edit > Transform > 90 degrees CCW ). We are now going to apply the Wind filter again except this time, only once in each direction.

Apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) with the method “Wind” and the DirectionFrom the Right“.

Now, apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) again except this time, use the Direction “From the Left“.

Apply the Ripple Filter ( Filter > Distort > Ripple ) to make the light wavy. Open the Hue/Saturation window ( Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation ) and press Ok with the default values.

Step 4 – Final Touches

Unhide layer “Text 2” and activate it on the Layer Palette.

Select the text on the layer by pressing Ctrl then clicking on the thumbnail of the layer on the Layer Palette.

Contract ( Select > Contract ) the selection by 2 pixels. Now Fill ( Edit > Fill ) in the selection with black ( Hex #000000 ).

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