Flame Text in Photoshop

Creating your own logo, wallpaper, theme, greeting cards, blog titles, or anything that necessitate texts or fonts is somewhat fulfilling and fun. Why? It’s because you create yourself what exactly you want. If you know already the basics and quite familiar with Photoshop, it will be easy for you to follow the steps and technique in creating various text effects. Don’t worry much if your creation don’t look so perfect because that is achieved gradually (a lot of time and practice, actually). What will matter most anyway is that if you are happy with your work and continuously striving to improve it.

Well, here, I’ll show you how to create a flame-effect text using Photoshop, step-by-step.

1. Selecting the Background and Foreground Colors.

By default, your BG/FG colors is set to black/white, and interchangeable. We’ll use this temporarily.
Or, as in this tutorial, you may use a grungy-textured background.

2. Select Font, Type Text, and Blending Options

Select a relatively big font. I use Trajan Pro, 72px.
Type the text you want to appear and work with, like “APOY” which I use here, then duplicate it. The duplicated text layer (“apoy”) will now appear as “apoy copy”.
Double-click the “apoy copy” layer in the dialog box, then proceed with the following Blending Option settings:

check Outer Glow, then click Ok.
double-click Outer Glow in the layer dialog box, click the color box, and set the color to #ffb017; click Ok.
double-click again Outer Glow in the layer dialog box, this time, click Inner Glow style, Opacity to 100, color to #ff9c00, size to 11px.

3. Setting the Flame

Select the Smudge Tool and set the following settings: Hardness=25, Strength=75, Diameter=20.
With the “apoy copy” selected, use Smudge Tool to make wisps of flames each of the typed letters (e.g., APOY).

4. Enhancing the Flames

Turn the “apoy copy” into a selection by holding down Ctrl key and clicking its layer icon in the layers dialog.
Inverse the selection by going to Select>Inverse.
Press Delete key.
Deselect by pressing Ctrl + D.
Turn the “flame copy” again into a selection by holding Ctrl key and clicking its icon in the layer dialog box.
Create a new layer by clicking the new layer icon located below the layer dialog box.
Bring up the Fill dialog window by pressing Shift + Backspace and, under Contents, select White. Click Ok.
Deselect by pressing Ctrl + D.
Set the blending mode to Overlay.

5. Optional (Type a quotation under the typed text)

Blending Options>Effects settings: (check the following)

> Drop Shadow
> Bevel and Emboss
> Color Overlay
> Satin
By the way, I added a border from one of Photoscape’s border selections. Below is the final outcome.

So, that’s it!

Image in Text – Photoshop Tutorial

Here’s one of the first text effects I’ve learned in Photoshop. I remember quite well I made one for the birthday of my friend, sort of a birthday postcard, with “Happy Birthday” inscribed on it. I posted this to his Facebook wall and he is so delighted and gave his sweetest thanks. I was so happy for it. So, here we are, I’d like to share it too!

Step 1: Open A Photo To Place Inside Your Text
First, we need the image that we’re going to place inside of our text. I’ll use this panoramic photo of Boracay (a famous tourist destination in the Philippines):

Step 2: Duplicate The Background Layer
If we look in the Layers palette, we can see that we currently have one layer, named Background. This layer contains our image. We need to duplicate this layer, and the easiest way to do that is by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J (Win) / Command+J (Mac). If we look once again in the Layers palette, we see that we now have two layers. The original Background layer is on the bottom, and a copy of the Background layer, which Photoshop automatically named “Layer 1”, is sitting above it:

Step 3: Add A New Blank Layer Between The Two Layers
Next, we need to add a new blank layer between the Background layer and “Layer 1”. Currently, “Layer 1” is the layer that’s selected in the Layers palette. We can tell which layer is selected because the selected layer is always highlighted in blue. Normally, when we add a new layer, Photoshop places the new layer directly above whichever layer is currently selected, which means that Photoshop would place the layer above “Layer 1”. That’s not what we want. We want the new layer to be placed below “Layer 1”. Here’s a useful trick. To add a new layer below the currently selected layer, hold down your Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) key and click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Holding down Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) is the trick to placing the layer below the currently selected layer:
We now have a new blank layer named “Layer 2” sitting directly between the Background layer and “Layer 1”:

Step 4: Fill The New Layer With White
At the moment, our new layer is completely blank. Let’s fill it with white so it will appear as a white background after we’ve placed our image inside the text. Go up to the Edit menu at the top of the screen and choose Fill. This will bring up Photoshop’s Fill dialog box. Select White for the Contents option at the top of the dialog box, then click OK to exit out of the dialog box

Nothing will appear to have happened in the document window, since the image on “Layer 1” is blocking “Layer 2” from view, but if we look at the layer preview thumbnail for “Layer 2” in the Layers palette, we can see that sure enough, the layer is now filled with solid white:

Step 5: Select “Layer 1” In The Layers Palette
It’s time to add our text, but in order to see the text when we add it, we’ll need to have the text appear above “Layer 1”, otherwise the image on “Layer 1” will block the text from view. To make sure we can see our text, click on “Layer 1” in the Layers palette to select it. This way, as soon as we begin typing, Photoshop will create a new type layer for us and place the type layer directly above “Layer 1”:

Step 6: Select The Type Tool
To add the text, we’ll need Photoshop’s Type Tool, so select the Type Tool (that big T) from the Tools palette. You can also quickly select the Type Tool by pressing the letter T on your keyboard:

Step 7: Choose A Font In The Options Bar
With the Type Tool selected, go up to the Options Bar at the top of the screen and choose whichever font you want to use for the effect. Generally, fonts with thick letters work best. I’m going to choose Arial Black. Don’t worry about the font size for now:

Step 8: Set White As Your Foreground Color
This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but to help me see my text, I’m going to use white for my text color. The color you choose for your text doesn’t really matter since we’ll be filling the text with an image in a moment, but it still helps to be able to see the text when we’re adding it. To set the text color to white, all we need to do is set Photoshop’s Foreground color to white. First, press the letter D on your keyboard, which will reset the Foreground and Background colors to their defaults. Black is the default color for the Foreground color and white is the default color for the Background color. To swap them so white becomes the Foreground color, press the letter X on your keyboard. If you look at the Foreground and Background color swatches near the bottom of the Tools palette, you’ll see that white is now the Foreground color (the left swatch):

Step 9: Add Your Text
With the Type Tool selected, your font chosen and white as your Foreground color, click inside your document window and add your text. I’m going to type the word “EASYTWEAKS”, obviously the name of my blog:

When you’re done, click on the checkmark (located at the top) up in the Options Bar to accept the text.

Step 10: Resize and Reposition The Text With The Free Transform Command
You’ll probably need to resize and reposition your text at this point, and we can do both of those things using Photoshop’s Free Transform command. Press Ctrl+T (Win) / Command+T (Mac) on your keyboard to bring up the Free Transform box and handles around your text, then drag any of the handles to resize the text. If you want to resize the text without distorting the look of it, hold down your Shift key and drag any of the four corner handles. You can also resize the text from its center by holding down the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key as you drag. Finally, to move the text, click anywhere inside the Free Transform box and drag your mouse to move the text around inside the document window:

Press Enter (Win) / Return (Mac) when you’re done to accept the transformation and exit out of the Free Transform command.

Step 11: Drag The Text Layer Below “Layer 1”
Now that we have our text the way we want it, we need to move the type layer below the text in the Layers palette. Click on the text layer, then simply drag it down below “Layer 1”. You’ll see a thick black line appear between “Layer 1” and “Layer 2”:

Release your mouse button when the black line appears to drop the type layer into place between “Layer 1” and “Layer 2”.

Step 12: Select “Layer 1” Again
Click once again on “Layer 1” in the Layers palette to select it:

The text will temporarily disappear inside the document window now that the image on “Layer 1” is blocking it from view.

Step 13: Create A Clipping Mask
To create the illusion that the photo is inside the text, we need to use a clipping mask. This will “clip” the photo on “Layer 1” to the text on the layer directly below it. Any areas of the photo that appear directly above the letters will remain visible in the document. The rest of the photo will disappear from view.

With “Layer 1” selected in the Layers palette, go up to the Layer menu at the top of the screen and choose Create Clipping Mask:

The result above will appear at once when the Ok button is clicked on the dialog box. In the layer dialog box, you can also see the change in the icon of the active layer (e.g., only the text with image in it appears, and the background is nowhere to be seen).

Step 14: Add A Drop Shadow (Optional)
To complete my effect, I’m going to add a drop shadow to the letters. If you want to follow along, first select the type layer in the Layers palette, then click on the Layer Styles icon (fx) at the bottom of the Layers palette:

Select Drop Shadow from the list of layer styles that appears:

This brings up Photoshop’s Layer Style dialog box set to the Drop Shadow options in the middle column. I’m going to leave most of the options alone, but I’ll lower the Opacity of the drop shadow down to about 75% so it’s not quite so intense, and I’ll set the Angle of the drop shadow to 30°:

Click OK when you’re done to apply the drop shadow an exit out of the Layer Style dialog box. Here is my final “image in text” effect:

And there we have it!

Transparent, Pressed Text Effect in Photoshop

A 2-3 minutes tutorial on how to create a transparent, pressed-in text effect in Photoshop is our topic this time. It’s an easy-to-do, few clicks and you’re done!

1. Create a new layer (File>New). Choose a regular frame size, say, 5×3 inches or bigger. Hit Ok.

2. Double-click that layer (usually “Background” layer by default) you just made in the layer dialog box to open it, ready for any editing work. This layer will then be changed automatically as “Layer 0”.

3. Fill the layer with a light color of your choice and clicking the Bucket icon in Tools onto the screen image. I selected a light blue here.

4. Choose a font (black or any dark color, bold with sharp edges preferable, like Impact) and type the text you want. To do this, go to Tools box and click the text icon (the letter T), then choose the font you want located on the top left of your screen. After that, type your text. I typed “pressed” here using the Impact font.

5. Resize and reposition the text you typed (Edit>Free Transform).

6. Go to your layer dialog box and Right-Click the text layer (the current layer you just made which is highlighted by default), click Blending Options…
With Blending Options box in view, check Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow and Inner Glow. Hit Ok… and you’re done!!

And here’s the final result:

Multi-colored Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial is one of the easiest to do with amazing effects. It gives life and colour to your dull photos in just a few steps.

1. Open up your Photoshop, then select a photo from your gallery or from the internet. After that, go to File Menu>Open to open your selected photo.

2. At the bottom of your layer dialog box, click the Fill/Adjustment icon (that small, half-shaded circle), then select Hue/Saturation. Set the saturation value to about -50 to -70.

We’re desaturating the image to have a better contrast to what we’re planning to do next – make a rainbow color over the whole image! And, of course, without noticing the brush strokes and giving the illusion that all is natural.

3. Make a new layer by clicking the New Layer button at the bottom of the dialog box. In every unique step you’ll do, it’s a good habit to always make a new layer to have easier access and getting rid of deleting important task or layer you want to edit in the process whenever you want it to do so.

4. Select the brush from your Toolbox, a big size is preferable (about 40-50 pixels). Set it to hard. I bet you don’t want to spend hours just painting a small image using a small brush eh? 🙂

5. Paint over the photo with bright, solid colors in layers, either in diagonal, horizontal, vertical direction, or whatever you like. Set the blend mode to Soft Light or Overlay. There’s not much difference between the two in this subject.

6. Go to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur… Set blur radius to about 50-70.

Note that the lesser the radius, the more the color is transparent. Set then the radius value where the effect is best (i.e., in this case, the colors should be visible but not to the point that the brush strokes are noticed). Freely slide the adjuster to get the desired effect. Click Ok when done.

7. Finally, go to Layers>Flatten Image.

Flatten Image or Merging Visible Layers means merging all layers into a single, final copy which you could then save. This is always what you do if you are already finished with your work.


Here’s the sample: (that’s Janis Joplin)