Why settle for plain-old text when you can jazz it up? Photoshop is NOT just for editing photos. Make your text stand out from the crowd (even if you use a common font) by adding watercolor, texture, or a photo.
Logos are a great example of a time you may want to use one of these features rather than leaving the font a solid color.
I have two tutorials for you today. Each will highlight one way you can add some pizzazz to your favorite fonts.
Tom Chalky (over at tomchalky.com) is a text, texture, and Photoshop brush designer, among other great talents. He has some fantastic tutorials on his website. One of my favorites is “Add Awesome Texture to Type in Photoshop Using Free Watercolor Brushes.” While his tutorials are great, he doesn’t have an accompanying video. Watch below to see the tutorial in action, or click HERE for Tom’s written directions. It is worth adding that he adds a couple extra steps in his tutorial to fine-tune his final font, but I don’t go that in-depth in my video.
If you want to try your hand at creating your own watercolor brushes, check out Tom’s tutorial “How to Create Your Own Watercolor Brushes in Photoshop” or snag some of his brushes for free HERE. I used those same free brushes in my tutorial. The font I used in this tutorial (and the one below!) is called Petal and you can find it HERE.
Textured and Photo Font
Next up I’d like to talk textures and photos. I’ve put these both in the same tutorial because the textures I’m using are photo files.
You are basically creating a clipping mask of your texture/photo over your text. You are going to be amazed how easy this is!
These are two ways you can add some “oomph” to your font using Photoshop. What do you do when you want to make your font something special?
Thanks and good luck!