How to add REALISTIC TEXT to a PHOTO – Photoshop tutorial

How to add REALISTIC TEXT to a PHOTO – Photoshop tutorial

How to Add Realistic Text to Photo Hey Cafe Crew, it's Colin Smith here and thisweek, I'm going to show you how to add some text to this barrel that make it look realisticlike it was kind of engraved in there.

So I'm just going to take advantage of someBlending Modes and some different things inside of Photoshop.

So the first thing I'm going to do is I'mgoing to create a– open up my Layers panel, grab the Type Tool and let's select a color.

So what I'm going to do is grab the kind ofthe darker color there, so what I'm doing there is let's find it.

So notice what I did is I selected the ColorPicker there and then I just went in there and I'm just using the Eyedropper to sample,maybe, the darker wood on that barrel there.

All right, so we've got kind of a dark browncolor and I'm just going to click and now I'm using a condensed font, it's Bernard MTCondensed.

And I'm going to type in PS CAFE, you know,just for PHOTOSHOP CAFE.

I would just do PHOTOSHOP CAFE.

Okay, so there we go, we got PHOTOSHOP CAFEthere, and let me just drag it into position.

I'm going to put it about there.

And now I want to scale it up to fit and thequickest way to do that is to hit Ctrl T, that would be Command T on Mac, move to thecorner, hold down the Shift key to constrain it and then we're just going to drag it outin proportion and we're going to fill up that barrel.

I'm just going to hit Enter now to apply it.

Okay, so we've kind of positioned it up.

There's two things we need to do.

One, we kind of want to make it wrap arounda little bit and number two, we really want to kind of make it look like it's not juststuck on there, but it's actually part of the texture so it's actually textured in there,so, why don't we do that right now.

The first thing I'm going to do is I'm goingto right click on it.

In the Layers panel, right click on the Typeand then choose Rasterize Type.

And what it's going to do is it's just goingto convert it now to pixels so that we can adjust it and change it.

So we now want to distort these pixels, sowe're going to hit Ctrl T; that would be Command T, for Transform.

This brings up the Free Transform.

And you probably noticed I use that all thetime and I love doing, and then we can right click in here and you're going to see there'ssome options.

The first one I'm going to start with is Warpbecause what this Warp does is it enables us to kind of match curves and it works nicelyon rounded surfaces, so if we're working on a sphere, even for example if this would work,so I'm just kind of notice as I can just pull down, see how it just kind of causes thattext to warp.

Now we don't have to rasterize it to do this,but some of the other things we are going to do, we will.

So what I'm going to do is I'm just goingto grab the middle part and I'm just going to kind of pull it down a little bit, so it'sjust kind of bulging a little bit more in the middle, and maybe just give it a littlebit, and the edges here, I'm just going to kind of pull these down a little bit.

There we go.

And what we're trying to do is make it looklike it's kind of following the contour there.

We could zoom in a little bit–there we go–sowe could see better.

And let me just make it follow that contour.

So notice with this Warp Tool, you can justkind of click on the points or you can actually just click inside these different areas themselvesto make this work.

So, I'm just going to kind of pull that downa little down a little bit, just kind of following the curvature.

You'll also notice there's some little armshere that you can use if you wanted to do it that way.

I personally like to just kind of click anddrag a little bit.

So we're just kind of following the curvaturethere and maybe in the middle, I'm just going to pull this down just a little bit becauseit kind of feels like I just wanted it to go like that.

All right, so let's apply it.

We're just going to hit Enter to apply itand that's not looking too bad.

Now the other thing you can do is you canhit Ctrl T, that's Command T, for Free Transform, right click and then we get to choose theDistort.

So if you wanted to just kind of move thosecorners around, you could also do that, but it's just going to move the corners by themselves,see that? So, there's only four points.

We're now actually going to curve it likewe did before with the Distortion Tool, but you could do that to kind of fine-tune ita little bit.

All right, so the next thing we want to dois we want to kind of make it blend in a little bit, so we're going to change the Blend Mode.

So we could try something like maybe the OverlayBlend Mode.

That's working pretty good.

You can see that overlay.

Now we can start to see the texture and everythingkind of come through there a little bit and that's looking kind of nice.

Now we could roughen it up a little bit.

If we wanted to do that, we could just graba brush.

So what we're going to do is we're going tocreate a Layer Mask right there, and then we're going to choose black as a foreground.

Make sure that we grab a brush.

We can hit the B key or just choose the BrushTool.

Make sure Opacity is all the way to 100 andBlend Mode is in Normal.

So what we're going to do now is we're justgoing to find a rough brush and you'll see some of these brushes too.

You can load this in.

If you actually go up there, you can loadin different types of brushers in here.

You'll see, you know, dry medium brushes anddifferent things like that.

We could load those in.

Let me just append them so you can see themand you can see these kind of brushes.

You can kind of come in here and you can usethose.

So just kind of get in those edges, let'sgrab this one, for example, kind of, see that? You just kind of eating out of that a littlebit, just kind of gives it a little bit more real; so I'm just going to use my Wacom tablethere for a second and just kind of just get a few little bits here and there.

Now you can download brushes from places likeBrusheezy or DeviantArt and stuff like that, and you could find some custom brushes thatwould actually do a much better job of this.

I'm just using the default brushes right now.

In case you don't have these, you know, youhaven't downloaded it in yet, but you know, you can see these different types of brushes.

These are just the default Photoshop onesI'm just kind of using.

And we're just going to grab those and maybejust kind of just kind of nibbling at those edges a little bit to create a little bitmore of a kind of a distressed look.

And this is also what you would do if youwanted to just create basic distressed type.

Now I'm not going to get too carried awaybecause I don't want it to be too beaten up and distressed, but you get the general idearight there and maybe just one there just for fun.

All right, so you can see how that's going.

All right, we could almost call that a day,but there's another thing we can do to make it look like, maybe it was seared in therea little bit and it's got a little bit of a depth, like maybe they used something likea brand or something like that.

So what we can do is with the Blend Modes,we can go under here and we can use what is known as an Inner Shadow.

And if we choose the Inner Shadow here, I'lljust turn the Opacity all the way up to 100 and give it a little bit of Distance and seehow that gives it that kind of chiseled in look.

Of course, right now, we got the wrong angle,so we change the angle and if we do it there, you can see it starts to look like it's chiseledinto the wood, see that? And you'll see you'll get a little bit morerealism there.

So, anyway, that's a really simple littletutorial there on how to add Type and make it look a lot more realistic.

Now notice that the Blending Modes play abig part in making this look realistic and there's a ton of things you can do with LayerBlending Modes.

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