Today I’ve got a little tutorial for all the Photoshop guys out there. I recently discovered something really cool while playing around with PS, and I thought you might enjoy it!
I really love the Rasterize option. It is my everything. I usually use it just for fun, or to tinker with my text and make any other teensy weensy alterations. However, I made something really interesting a while ago, and I owe it all to the existence of Rasterize.
Here’s what we’re going to be making.
This watercolor initial is made from nothing but a single letter and a seamless watercolor Photoshop pattern. You can find some of those in .pat files all over the net. Grab some of those, download this font, and let’s get started!
First things first. You will want to know that this is pretty simple, BUT it’s not as simple as it looks. Yay.
Secondly, you will have to open a new project on Photoshop, titled Watercolor Initial or something random like that. Or just leave it alone. I don’t do that very much. #rebel
The dimensions will be 2000 pixels by 200 pixels, and you can change the resolution if you want. No compulsions. I have mine at 100 pixels per inch.
Open your fresh, clean new canvas. I really like doing that. After that’s done, use the Paint Bucket tool to give yourself a black background. Yeah.
Next, using the Horizontal Type tool, type out your initial, or even a random letter, with the font Adamas (which I have linked above). Make sure it’s white in colour.
Here’s my favourite part: RASTERIZE! In Layers, right click on the layer which has your letter and click on Rasterize Type.
What Rasterize basically does is convert your text into pixels. I usually only use this to erase parts of a font when I really like it but a bit of it looks bad. I used it for my blog header. 😉
After you do that, select the Paint Bucket tool again. On the bar under the menus and things, change ‘Foreground’ to ‘Pattern’.
Once you click on Pattern, you’ll see all of the downloaded Photoshop patterns, aka the patterns in the .pat files. Search for your texture, or download one from the net.
Your paint bucket is now a pattern bucket. Congrats.
Begin to fill in the spaces. Now that your text is converted into pixels, the texture should fit into it.
Fill out all the shapes, and leave out the small spaces if they bother you much. You can later use Ctrl and + together to zoom into the screen.
When the letter is enlarged, it’ll be easier to fill in the small bits.
Your initial has been successfully textured!
If you don’t want to create a transparent background for your initial, you can stop by changing the Paint Bucket tool back to Foreground and making your background white again. The lines are already white, so you’re all set!
If you want a transparent background, though, follow the following steps:
Using the Magic Wand tool, select the white lines and click on Delete.
Now, this may vary from letter to letter, but I found some little cracks, if I may call them, on my initial. So, I did something rather queer to cover them up.
See that? I zoomed up on the cracked part and used the Eyedropper tool to select the surrounding colour. Then I used the Brush tool to cover up all the space I wanted gone.
See? Neat and clean.
It may not be the most perfect filling ever, but it looks alright on the whole.
And now the fun part! Turn off the visibility of the background layer by clicking on the little eye next to it. Ta-daa! A nice and transparent background!
Save the initial in your folder. Change the format to .jpeg or .png.
I hope you enjoyed that little tutorial. I’ll be sure to post more of these, and I hope this one was handy to all those PS users!