Tutorial #1

Please let me know if something is confusing!

For this, you need:

  1. Photoshop (CS5 is what I use.)
  2. A decent amount of fonts to choose from.

You can download fonts anywhere. A place I usually download from is dafont.com. Also, the blog fontsource is really nice. There are literally dozens of sites in which you can download fonts.

step 1) Start by opening Photoshop. Click File>New and make the width 500px and the height 700px.

step 2) Choose a nice color and choose the paint bucket from the left side panel. Fill the entire canvas.

you should have a nice little colored block by now.

step 3) Open a texture of any sort. Lots of people make textures, you can also just google for them. A texture is just a picture that has a texturized feeling to it. I would say it depends on the words you’re planning on putting on the picture and what sort of feel it should have. Once the texture is open, hit CTRL+A then CTRL+C. That’s: select all, and copy. Go back to your block of color and hit CTRL+V, which is paste. You will see that your texture completely covers the block of color. To change this, set the blending mode to Lighten, Screen, Color Dodge, or Linear Dodge.

As of now, mine is set to screen because you can see the texture a little better. You can also play with the opacity right next to it.

step 4)Click the little Text icon on the left panel. (it’s just a T). Click anywhere on the canvas and type “I always”. Highlight the text and navigate yourself to the the top panel. Change the color to whatever works nicely with your background. I have white. Change the size so it fits like the above on the canvas. Every font is different in size. Mine is 60pt. Change the font to any of your choice. In my case, I have Broadway. My top panel looks like this.

Now move the layer to your desired spot.

step 5) Continue to repeat step 4 with the other lines. The fonts I used are as followed.

Keep in mind that I did not use 60pt for each font. I resized them to fit nicely. To make it easier, you can hit CTRL+T and you can resize it without having to choose a number.

You may have also noticed that there are dots around ‘in the face”’. To do this, I just created a new type layer, (again, just click anywhere) and type “….”. I changed the font and size so it looked okay around the text. I did the exact same with the “~”.

step 6) There is a sort of shadow type thing behind a few of the lines. (I always, when you’re, subtext) To do this, right click on the text layer you want to give the shadow-y thing. Click Duplicate layer. Now, make the copy invisible by clicking the little eye.

You should have this. Of course, you will have a lot more text layers than this, though.

Now change the color of the VISIBLE one to the color you want your shadow to be. Just highlight like before and change the color at the top panel. Mine is a sea green color.

Make your copy visible again. Since it is on top of the layer that is going to be the shadow, you won’t see the sea green one. To change this, click the green one in the layers panel (the layers panel is the panel shown in the photo above) and hit CTRL+T. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move it up, down, left, right, where ever you want the shadow to be. Mine is five clicks to the right.

If you ever need to move the both the top layer and the shadow: Have one selected, then shift+click the other one. Make sure they are consecutive in the layers panel, or else you’ll be selecting a ton of other layers in between ‘em.

step 7) Once you are happy with how everything looks, hit CTRL+shift+E. This will merge all layers. Now File>Save as… and save your new wonderful graphic!

(Source: baskervillles)

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