Added: 16 August, 2007
Group: Photoshop
Web 2.0 Style Text Tutorial
Author: Larry
page: 1

Web 2.0 Style Text Tutorial

Did you always ask your self "how to create that web 2.0 style text". Here I give you the instructions how it's made.


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Note: This tutorial works for Photoshop 7 + up, including Photoshop CS3 (the latest version of Photoshop). In fact, this tutorial was done on a Photoshop CS3 but I have started using Photoshop since Photoshop 7.

Also, note that the blue colored regions are to attract your attention to what I am talking about.

Terms
Layer thumbnail:

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Step 1. Create a new document. File > New.

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(RGB Color & 8 bit, Transparent, and choose an appropriate size)

Step 2-1. Type text using a font that is not too small (the lines can be thin but if the lines are very close to each other, this effect won’t work as well). Also, once we get on to Step 3, there is no turning back – once you type now will be what you get in the end.

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This font is “Century Gothic”, which is a font I use a lot for title and such, but its not an ideal font for text in paragraphs.

Note: this font is slightly to skinny so we will be doing an optional Step 2-2.

Step 2-2. We will be using a technique to thicken up our text. This requires us to “Rasterize Type” – to do this, right-click on the layer which contains your text. In other versions of Photoshop (all versions below Photoshop CS3) it may be listed slightly different.

Rasterize type:

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It should change from being like this:

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To this:

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Next, while holding down the “Ctrl” key, click on the layer thumbnail:

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Go up to the “Select” menu and under “Modify”, click on “Expand…” (Select > Modify). In the following dialog box, enter 1-2 pixels. Then press the “D” key on your keyboard (which sets the foreground and background to black and white respectively. Finally, press “Alt” + “Backspace” in order to fill the selection with the foreground (black).

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1 pixel was used in this example, and this thickness is just good. Making the text too thick can be just as bad as making it too thin.

Step 3 (finally :P). Duplicate the layer and place above the original layer. Then “Ctrl” + click on the layer thumbnail. Press “D” key (on your keyboard, which sets the foreground and background to black and white respectively) and then press the “X” key (which switches your foreground to your background and vice versa). Finally, press “Alt” + “Backspace” in order to fill the selection with the foreground (white).

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Now set the opacity of the duplicated layer (which is the white text above the black) to 50%.

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And then using the “Elliptical Marquee Tool”
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Then “Del” this part of the duplicated layer.

Step 4. Right-click on your original layer then select “Blending options…”, click on “Stroke”, set your “Size” to “2”, and click on the red box to switch it to white. Then click “OK”.

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Step 5. Choose your color! While having the original layer selected, press “Ctrl” + “U” or go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation…. Click on the “Colorize” checkbox, then first set your “Lightness” to “+40” and your “Saturation” to “50”. Then, play around with the “Hue” until you have the color text you like.

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Final:

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