Learn How to Create This Very Cool Halloween-Inspired Typography in Photoshop

Learn How to Create This Very Cool Halloween-Inspired Typography in Photoshop
Learn How to Create This Very Cool Halloween-Inspired Typography in Photoshop

Inspired by Halloween, learn how to create your own Halloween-inspired typography in a few easy steps: from the drippings, splatters, shadows, highlights to the slime effect. You will also learn how to fake a 3D effect by just playing with the layers. All the drippings and splatters are made by using the brush tool + eraser.

What you'll be creating

We'll start by creating a very simple, solid color background. Then we'll proceed with the text. As for the details, we'll first start doing the drippings effect, then the highlights and lastly the shadows. You will also learn how to change the whole typography's color. You'll need Photoshop CS3 or newer to follow this tutorial.

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Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Create a New Canvas ( Ctrl + N / File > New ) at 830 x 1030 px | resolution at 200 px

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Step 2

Like always, we will be dividing the layers into groups to make the whole process a lot neater and more organized to look at. We'll start with the background. Create a New Group ( simply click on the Create A New Group Icon that is located between the New Layer and Adjustments Layers Icon at the bottom of the Layers Panel) and rename it to 'Background'.

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Now move the default Background layer to the Group we just made, you need to remove the lock (click on the lock icon | click and drag the lock icon to the bin) before doing so. Then rename the layer to 'BACKGROUND'

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Step 3

Change your Foreground Color to #181414 and using the Paintbucket Tool, fill in your canvas.

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Step 4

Now that we have our background done, time to type in our text. First, Create A New Group and rename it to 'Text'.

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Step 5

Grab the Text Tool, change your font to 'SurfingCapital' and start typing. Since we are going for a Halloween-inspired typography, I recommend using some phrases that are suited for the said holiday. I went with 'Trick or Treat' but you can obviously type in whatever phrase you like. If you don't like the font I used, I recommend replacing it other with thick, brush fonts. I think those type of fonts really suit this text effect but you are free to experiment this text effect with other fonts as well.

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I decided to divided the phrase like so to make it easier to work with:

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*LS stands for letter spacing
rick: r = 25px | i = 75 px | c = 75 px | k = 25 px
or : or = 120 px
reat : reat = 10px
TEXT COLOR: #1a9216

I wanted to make certain letters of the phrase bigger than the rest so I played with it's font size as well (size is indicated on the photo)

Step 6

Now as you can see, the text is a bit transparent we need to make it look more bolder; but before proceeding to do that, I advise you to create a new group for each text layer; rename each group as the text so it won't be too confusing to look at.

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After that, convert all the text layers into Smart Objects (Select the Text Layer> Right Click > Convert to Smart Object..).

Step 7

Now that we did all of that, we can finally proceed. Double-click the text-layer-that's-been-converted-into-a-Smart-Object's icon. Doing so would open us to a new canvas filled only with that layer. Now, duplicate the text layer two-three times, depending on how thick you want it to be. I duplicated mine three times.'

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I know that there's a Faux Bold option and we could have used that insead but when I tried using the said option it ended up lagging my laptop (that's because the font is too heavy to load) which frustrated me a lot. So beware, if you want to use the Faux Bold option instead, go for it. But it does lag your computer for a long while.

Step 8

Once you're done duplicating save the .psb file, close it and repeat with the other text layers.

Step 9

Then click fx > Gradient Overlay...

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(Change it's opacity to around 12-22%, depending on the text). Repeat with the other text layers.

Step 10

Now we can add the details and we'll start with the drippings.
Create a New Layer, place it below your Text Layer and rename it 'Drips'. Change your Foreground color to #1a9216 and start grabbing the Brush Tool (Press B | brush size at around 7-10px, hardness at 100% and spacing at 1% ).

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To make the dripping effect, start by brushing randomly around the place where you want the said effect to be. I did a mix of circles and oval shapes:

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Now grab your Eraser ( Press E | brush size at around 5-8px; must be smaller than your brush tool, hardness at 100% and spacing at 1%) and start erasing ( in a curved motion, make S shapes etc) until they start looking like drips. I recommend occasionally changing the brush size.

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I also added drips around the text. And to make it look 3D, select the drip, fx > Bevel and Emboss:

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Once you're done, repeat with the other text layers. Take your time doing this step; don't just erase randomly. I zoomed in the whole canvas to around 300-400% and had a Navigator tab open so I can see how the whole canvas looks like while I was working. * Right click > Copy Layer Effect | Right Click > Paste Layer Effect is really useful.

Step 11

Now time for the Highlights.
Select the Text layer, duplicate it, place it below the 'Drips' layer and rename it to ' Highlights'.

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fx > Color Overlay: #6aaf05

(Hide the Gradient Overlay layer text effect)

Move this layer to the left side (try nudging it a couple of times). Remove parts of the highlights that might contrast with the drippings using the Layer Mask (located between the fx and Adjustments Layer Icon at the bottom of the Layers Panel).

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Repeat with the other text layers. * Right click > Copy Layer Effect | Right Click > Paste Layer Effect is really useful.

Step 12

Shadows.
Duplicate the text layer once again, place it below the Highlights layer and rename it to 'Shadows'.

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fx > Color Overlay: #147a11

fx > Drop Shadow:

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(Hide the Gradient Overlay layer text effect)

Move this layer more to the right side and like with the highlights, remove parts of it that might contrast with the drippings effect; use the layer mask to do so as we are working with Smart Objects.

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Repeat with the other text layers. * Right click > Copy Layer Effect | Right Click > Paste Layer Effect is really useful.

Step 13

Slime.
Create a New Layer and place it above all the groups you made for each text layer. Rename it to 'Slime'. Change the layer's Opacity to 80% | Fill to 0%

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fx > Drop Shadow:

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fx > Inner Shadow:

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Grab the brush tool and repeat the steps we did to make the drippings, but this time use a slightly bigger brush size (around 10-13px) and create the effect inside the text to give the impression of slimes dripping.

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Step 14

Almost done. Create a New Group place it above all your groups and rename it to 'Overlay'. Open the texture pack ( I used 5, 4, 3) and place it like so:

Texture 4: Opacity 25% | Fill 30% | Blend Mode Multiply

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Texture 5: Opacity 25% | Fill 30% | Blend Mode Multiply

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Texture 3: Opacity 25% | Fill 75% | Blend Mode Darken

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If you're not fond of the texture pack used for this tutorial, you can always replace it with watercolor/ink splatter brushes (there are some here @PhotoshopTutorials.ws) or other textures. I think grain textures would be good too.

Step 15

[OPTIONAL : OTHER COLORS]
If you don't like the color green that was used for this tutorial, here are some easy ways to change it to other colors.

First, Create a New Group and place it below the 'Overlay' group, you can rename it however you want. I renamed it 'OTHER COLORS'. Duplicate the Text group and then merge it.(I recommend duplicating it first so you can make certain changes to the text). Rename it to 'MERGED TEXT' and place it on the group we just made.

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Step 16

If you want a Blue color, click on the Adjustments Layer Icon > Hue/Saturation... :

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*After that, select the adjustment layer we just made, right click > Create Clipping Mask.

Step 17

If you want a Mustard color, Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon > Gradient Map:

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Click on the Adjustments Layer Icon > Curves:

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Step 18

If you want a Blood-like color, click on the Adjustments Layer Icon > Solid Color: #a8090d. Change it's Blend Mode to : Color.

Then use the Curves Adjustment we just made to create the Mustard color.

*Only use the Curves Adjustment with the Yellow and Red color.

Step 19

If you want to add Cracks, use the cracks brush pack (use the same color as the background) and place it like so:

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Final Results

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Download the PSD

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Tutorial by x--tenshii

And we are done! If you we’re able to create the final result of the tutorial without any problems then Good Job! Give yourself a pat on the back or something. Feel free to message me if you weren’t able to understand some of the steps.

- x–tenshii

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