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

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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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