Harry Potter Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial from David Occhino Design
Time: 30-45 minutes
This is a free Adobe Photoshop™ tutorial from David Occhino Design.
If you have intermediate Photoshop knowledge and some artistic skill, the Harry Potter movie titles are not hard to create. This step-by-step guide will demonstrate a few simple tricks that simulate the look of the movie titling lettering.
You can create this artwork using the Harry Potter Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial
HARRY POTTER PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL
Prerequisite Photoshop skills:
create, move, merge, rename, hide and change the opacity of layers
D) To add a lightning bolt to any capital letter, highlight the letter and change the font style to "Hocus Pocus Titles Alternate." In Figure 1, the capital "P" was altered in this manner.
Step 2: Add dimension to the text
In this step, you will apply a bevel to different text layers to add a dimensional lighting effect. This effect will create the illusion that the titling is being lit by an unknown light source near the center of the letters.
A) Rasterize the text you create in Step 1 and rename the layer "Titles Left."
B) Copy the "Titles Left" layer, rename it "Titles Right."
C) With the "Titles Left" layer active, use one of the selection tools to select the right half on the titles. In our example, we selected the entire word "Pocus." Delete the area you've selected.
D) Repeat Step C with the layer "Titles Right, but select the left half of the titles and delete that portion.
In our example, "Hocus" is on the layer "Titles Left" and "Pocus" is on the layer "Titles Right."
E) Add a layer effect (Bevel and Emboss) to the "Titles Left" layer: (see Fig. 2)
A) Merge the two layers and adjust the contrast to taste:
B) Using the Brush tool (and any other tools you desire) add scratches, pits, highlights and other distressed features that you want to. This gives the text a more realistic, weathered effect. Click here for a close-up view of the painted details.
Fig. 5- click image to enlarge
Step 4: Add a background & finishing touches
A) Create a new layer under the text, and add a desired background color or image. Your can use the custom illustration we created, or your own artwork.
Fig. 6- click image to enlarge
B) OPTIONAL: To add a colored gradient that fades in at the bottom of the lettering, select the text layer and apply a layer effect (Gradient Overlay):
Gradient: Soft Light
Gradient: Left color: 27536c, Right color: ffffff (white)
Your work file will now be similar in style to Figure 7.