DAT403 Task Week 1 - Photoshop Text Effects

29 October 2015
1 minute read
Matthew French

Today’s practical exercise focussed on text effects within Photoshop.

I created the following from a high contrast photo:

Text effects original image
Text effects original image
Text effects finished image
Text effects finished image

Briefly, the steps taken to create this effect are:

  • Select > Colour Range > Shadows
  • New Layer > Fill Black
  • Select Colour Range > Midtones
  • New Layer > Fill Black
  • Create two text layers and fill with text
  • With the text layer selected, load a selection from the Shadows layer
  • Add a layer mask
  • Repeat for the other text layer using the Midtones layer
  • Adjust the typeface and settings to achieve the desired look

We also looked at the six elements of design:

  1. Line
  2. Shape/form
  3. Space
  4. Texture
  5. Value
  6. Colour

And the principles of design:

  1. Balance
  2. Alignment
  3. Proximity/unity
  4. Repetition/consistency
  5. Contrast
  6. White space

We briefly looked at the Gestalt psychology principles of perception:

  1. Figure/ground (contrast/dominance)
  2. Similarity (repetition)
  3. Proximity (balance/contrast)
  4. Closure
  5. Continuation


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