There are so many effects we can get with text..
this is but a few..
After you open a new image with white background..
Click your text tool and in the 'create as' set it on
VECTOR ,... then type your text ... go to EFFECTS/ 3D EFFECTS/Drop Shadow
Drag and drop this arrow to keep up with where you are in
Make sure you have it checked to have the shadow
on separate layer. On the layer palette HIDE the text and highlight
the SHADOW layer
While the TEXT layer is hid , highlight the shadow
layer and click on your deformation tool
grab the middle node on
the deformation around the shadow and put it down through its self.
Making the shadow look like a reflection of the text, see example
below. The shadow should look like a mirror reflection of the text.
Hold down your shift key and put the same middle
node to the left to skewer the shadow.. to make it look like the
light source is coming from behind and to the right.
Move the shadow right to the bottom of the text..
On the layer palette adjust the opacity of the
shadow layer to where you like how it looks.. I have mine set on
Here is another way to do Text... I first made the
red text then the blue. off setting the blue to the right a little..
making the text look dimensional.
This is a cool effect on text by using the Mesh
Warp tool under the deform raster layer tool. it puts a grid over
the canvas and all you have to do is put a node one way or another.
As I've done here in the sample below.
Here it is finished.. with a 3D shadow on it.. I
also SHARPENED once after I used the mesh tool.. it tends to blur it
some. **That's a good rule of thumb any time
you RESIZE, WARP, use DEFORM in any way you always always have to
If you ever wondered what Anti-Alias is.. this
sample shows you what Text looks like with and without it... its a
smoothing of the edges.. I ALWAYS have my Anti-Alias on Smooth...
but some presets are done with it set on sharp. .Smooth makes the
edges smooth *makes sense :)* As you can see the Anti-Alias off and
sharp. the edges are kind of jagged..
Here are samples of different preset stoke lines..
we normally use just the plain solid line but there are others to
choose from and when you adjust the size of the line you can get
many different looks.
You can align your text horizontal or vertical
This is something you hardly EVER think of
adjusting.. but the
Kerning adjustment.. comes in handy sometimes...
if you set the number in the minus numbers the letters are closer
together... if its in the plus numbers they're farther apart..
The text below is aligned Vertically
This is like a water reflection... Put your text
on a separate layer.. then ADD a new layer and type the text word
again as shown below
On the reflection text layer, highlight it
on the layers palette, and click the deform raster layer tool
Grab the middle top
node and pull down over the reflection text. Till its the right look
and size. Move it up under the top text.. touching the bottom.
To skewer the reflection , grab the middle
node now on bottom and hold down your SHIFT key down and move to the
left , as I did below.
On the layers palette lower the opacity on the
reflection layer to 30 or so.
To make it look like a water reflection.. use your
EFFECTS/ Distortion/WAVE effect with the settings below.. I have
another tutorial on how to ANIMATE this reflection.. you might want
to check that out
This is text on a belzer curve.. I have an
extensive tutorial on this for PSP 7.. PSP 9 pretty much works the
same way.. just WHERE the tool is, is different..
Click your PEN tool,
have the MODE set to point
to point belzer curve. * have your FOREGROUND color turned on.. and
background OFF for this..
on the left side first *I'm left handed :-)* click
one time it will put a node there... then lift up on mouse button
and go straight across from first node and click mouse button DO NOT
lift up on the mouse button.. while holding the mouse button down
you drag and pull down.. as in the sample below.. you can see where
my mouse cross hairs is OFF the canvas over to bottom right... this
is correct.. to get the correct radius for the curve.. this might
take you couple of attempts to get this little movement done right
or to get the radius for your text like you want it... if you do it
wrong.. the UNDO and do again.. Remembering your going to be putting
text on the top part of this radius curve. when it looks right to
Now click your TEXT TOOL and put your mouse
over that curved line till your cursor turns in to an XA with a
rocker under it.. like below , click once. then type your text.
Depending on WHERE you clicked on the curve line..
is where the text will be when you start typing.. as you see
here.. mine is off to the left side.. I correct it by putting spaces
in front of the text in the text box..
Bringing it to the middle of the arch.
Once it where you want it...As you look on the
layer palette you will see what looks like a Vector 1 layer it will
have a PLUS + sign next to it... click that and that layer will open
and you will see 2 New
Path layers X the top new path layer out.. this will get right
of the belzer curve line that's on your canvas. don't want the line
showing.. do we :)
Here the line is hid.. now click on the Vector 1
layer right click and promote to raster layer. Now you can add inner
bevel, 3D shadow, how ever you want the text to look
When you get a certain TEXT set like you want it..
using what ever font you use.. you can go over to presets on left..
where the arrow is below and SAVE you that preset... it will save
this text setting so you can go back to it each time.. it even
remembers the font you used...Comes in handy if you use the same
font and setting a lot.
Just save the preset and name it...
Well that's it for this tutorial... Hope working
with your text is some clearer now
Till the next tutorial.. TOODLES :)