Type effects are a good way to turn a headline into a visual element. One popular type trend, known as liquid or “aqua” lettering, is easy to reproduce in Photoshop using the steps below:
- Create a 300dpi image in Photoshop, with dimensions that are large enough to fit your entire headline text.
- Set the foreground color to R=0 G=51 B=222. This will provide the color for your text.
- Select the type tool and choose a serif font, such as Garamond or Times New Roman.
- Set the font size at 72px, and type the text you want to use in the headline.
- Control-click (Mac: Command-click) inside the type layer to select the shape of the letters.
- Reduce the selection by seven pixels, by choosing Modify > Contract from the Select menu at the top of the screen.
- Create a new layer (with your selection still in place), and change the foreground color to R=31 G=82 B=255.
- Using the fill tool, color your selected area with this new color.
- Once that’s set, deselect the selected area, and duplicate the layer you just created, so you now have two copies of it.
- Name the first of these layers “Color1” and the second “Color2.”
With all your layers in place, you’ll now need to make the following adjustments:
Color1 — Set the Blend Mode to Multiply
- Double-click the “Color1” layer on the layers palette to bring up the Layer Style dialog box.
- Set the Blend Mode to Multiply, and hit OK.
Color2 — Add a Gaussian Blur
- Highlight “Color2” on the layers palette, and choose Blur > Gaussian Blur from the Filter menu at the top of the screen.
- A dialog box will appear. Set the radius to 5px and hit OK.
Color2 — Add an Emboss Effect
- Double-click the “Color2” layer on the layers palette to bring up the Layer Style dialog box.
- Highlight and select the Bevel and Emboss style.
- For the Style setting, choose Emboss.
- Change the Depth to 441% and the Size to 10px.
- Set the Highlight Mode to Normal, with an Opacity of 100%, and the Shadow Mode to Color Dodge, with an opacity of 40%.
- Press OK to continue.
Color2 — Adjust the Curves
- With the “Color2” layer still highlighted on the layers palette, choose Adjustments > Curves from the Image menu at the top of the screen.
- Another dialog box will appear.
- Insert stop points at the following coordinates (input/output): 50/160, 200/90, and 233/180.
- Once you have these coordinates in place, click OK.
- Text Layer — Add a Drop Shadow
- Right-click (Mac: Option-click) on the text layer in the layers palette.
- Select Blending Options from the dropdown menu that appears.
- Highlight and select Drop Shadow in the Layer Style dialog box.
- Set the color (the swatch next to Blend Mode) to R=0 G=32 B=186 and the Opacity to 75%.
- Choose a Distance of 5px, a Spread of 0%, and a Size of 9px.
The effect is now complete.
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