Writing With Water


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Learn to make it look like your writing using water

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Writing With Water

  1. 2. Click image for larger copy for use in tutorial
  2. 3. <ul><li>Start by duplicating the image, either by right-clicking on the image and selecting Duplicate Layer, or by simply pressing Ctrl-J. </li></ul><ul><li>Your Layer Palette will look like this. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>In the Layers Palette, click the Channels tab </li></ul><ul><li>Click the new Channel Button. A new channel named Alpha 1 will appear. </li></ul>2.
  4. 5. <ul><li>Click on the Alpha 1 channel to select it. </li></ul><ul><li>With the type tool, type something, for this example I used, Write With Water. </li></ul><ul><li>Here is what my Character Palette looked like. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use any font you like, you could also use the brush tool to draw something, either the text or add something else in, I added spots that will become drops later. </li></ul><ul><li>Anything white will become the “water” anything black will be transparent. </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Right click the Alpha 1 channel and select Duplicate Channel. Make the new Alpha 1 copy channel visible. </li></ul><ul><li>With the new channel selected go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur. </li></ul><ul><li>Select a blur of about 6 pixels, then press ok. </li></ul><ul><li>Right Click on the Alpha 1 copy and select Duplicate Channel. Select a New Document, and name it whatever you want </li></ul><ul><li>Save the new document somewhere you will remember where it is, you will need it in the next step. You can then close that document. </li></ul>4. 1. 3.
  6. 7. <ul><li>Go back to the Layers Palette and select Layer 1. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to Filter>Distort>Glass </li></ul><ul><li>Go to texture and click the little arrow that points right and select load texture. </li></ul><ul><li>Find the alpha channel that you saved in the last step and click open. </li></ul><ul><li>You can use whatever settings you like, just move the sliders around till your happy with how it looks. Here’s what I used and what it looks like. </li></ul><ul><li>Its ok if you can’t really see what it says because that will come out in the next few steps. </li></ul>3.
  7. 8. <ul><li>In the Channels Palette and Ctrl+Click the Alpha 1 channel (the writing that isn’t blurry) </li></ul><ul><li>Go to your Layers Palette and select the background layer, and then insert a new blank layer just above it. Your screen should have the outline of what was on the Alpha 1 channel selected. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure Layer 2 is selected and go Edit>Fill and select Black as the fill color and press ok. </li></ul><ul><li>Right click Layer 1 and select Create Clipping mask. Your Layer Palette will look like this now. </li></ul>4. 2. 3.
  8. 9. <ul><li>Now comes the fun part. Double click on Layer 2 to open the Blending options dialog box. </li></ul><ul><li>You want to add the following styles to the layer; Drop Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, and Bevel & Emboss. </li></ul><ul><li>On the next page I have included the setting that I used for each style, but the real key here is to play around with the settings until you find some that you really like. </li></ul><ul><li>For the Drop Shadow, Inner Glow, and Outer Glow, sample colors from the wood grain to pick a color, this will make everything blend together more. </li></ul>