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Rock Text Effect - Photoshop Tutorial
Here is a new Photoshop tutorial from PSD Magazine: Rock text effect By Stephen Petrany. (Download the November 2010 issue of PSD Photoshop Magazine.)
Text effects have always been popular in Photoshop. In this tutorial, I will walk you through how to achieve a rocky-looking text effect. I will explore some creative techniques to round out and break up almost any font to create a rocky look.
01 Base Text
Start with a blank canvas and use the Text Tool [T] to add any text in any font using black (in this case, I’m using Myriad Pro Bold Condensed).
02 Rounded Text
The edges are too sharp. To round these out, start by flattening the image and applying the Filter>Noise>Median filter. This still needs to be rounded more; use the Filter>Blur Gaussian Blur filter to give the text a small amount of blur. Next, adjust the Levels [Ctrl]+[L] until everything looks smooth.
Since the image is still flattened, we are unable to apply any effects to just the text. To extract the text from the background, go in to the Channels panel and [Ctrl]+[Click] any of the image thumbnails to make a selection (if you are working in CMYK, then only the black channel will work). Create a new layer for the extracted text. Invert [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[I] the selection and fill with black.
The flattened image of our text is no longer needed. Replace this layer with a background for our extracted text.
The finished rock effect will require two layers, one for the rocks and one for the mortar. Make a copy of the extracted text which will be used for the rocks. Hide this layer for now. The other layer, which will be the mortar, will require the following Layer Styles to be added.
Working with the second text layer, apply Filter>Texture>Stained Glass (for this filter to work properly, make sure your Foreground Color is set to White). In the Stained Glass dialogue box, the Cell Size and Border Thickness should be exaggerated as shown. The Light Intensity should be set to 0.
07 Rock Forms
Apply the Filter>Noise>Median filter to round out the shapes. Next, extract just the black rock forms using the Channels panel. To do this, hide all layers except for the rock layer, then go in to the Channels panel (just like in step 3) and [Ctrl]+[Click] any of the thumbnails. Invert [Ctrl]+[Shift]+[I] the selection and fill with black on a new layer. The old rock layer can be deleted.
Use the Brush Tool to paint in areas of the rocks so that they break the text’s boundaries. Do this for every letter.
Open the Layer Styles and add the styles shown in order to achieve the rock effect. Feel free to tweak the settings as you see fit.
To finish the image, add some shadows to each letter to make it appear that each letter is standing on a ground plane.
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