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Cool Dots Text Effect


This Photoshop tutorial explains how to design a three-dimensional text, which consists of dots and a blurred extension.

Final Image Preview

Cool Dots Text Effect


Step 1

Create a new document, 1600px for the width and 1000px for the height. Set the Foreground color to #8a5a01, and the Background color to #ba9145, then drag a Linear Gradient from left to right. You can choose your own colors as well, or add an adjustment layer to change the colors as shown in the end of this tutorial.

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Open the Brush panel (Window -> Brush), and modify the Brush Tip Shape settings as shown below:

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Create the text using the font BorisBlackBloxx, and the Size of 400 pt.

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Use the Pen Tool, and make sure to click the Paths icon in the Options bar, to draw a curve in the middle of the first letter. Add the main anchor points, you can modify them later.

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If you think that the curve needs more anchor (control) points, you can always add ones using the Add Anchor Point Tool.

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Then, you can use the Direct Selection Tool to click and drag the curve’s anchor points or the direction lines.

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Step 2

Create a new layer on top of of all layers, and with the Pen Tool still active, right click on the path and choose Stroke Path.

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Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu and make sure that the Simulate Pressure box is un-checked.

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This will stroke the path with the modified brush. Hit Enter to get rid of the path.

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Create a new path near the inner edge of the letter, and stroke the path on a new layer.

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Do the same for the outer edge as well. You will end up having three layers, one for each stroke.

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Repeat the same process for the remaining letters. You can use custom shapes instead of drawing the curves when possible (like using the Ellipse Tool, with the Paths icon in the Options bar clicked, for the O letter).

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Remeber to stroke the path on a separate layer each time.

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You can duplicate any layers for the same letters.

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Once you’re done, each letter will have 3 layers covering it with dots.

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Step 3

Make the original text layer invisible (by clicking the eye icon next to it), because we don’t need it.

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Select all the Dots layers, then go to Layer -> Merge Layers (Ctrl + E) to merge them in one layer, and call it “Merged Dots”.

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Use the Erase Tool to get rid of any dots that are not aligned with the others.

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Make sure that the “Merged Dots” layer is active (selected), then go to Select -> Load Selection. Choose the “Merged Dots Transperancy” Channel. This will select the layer’s contents (the dots).

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Pick the Gradient Tool, and choose the Spectrum Gradient. Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “Gradient”, then fill the selection with the gradient.

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Make the “Merged Dots” Layer invisible.

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Step 4

Go to Edit -> Transform -> Perspective, and move the corners as shown below. You can transform the text as you like for now, and you can do that again anytime you think the text needs more perspective later on. Once you’re done hit Enter.

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Pick the Lasso Tool, and create a selection around the first letter, then press Ctrl + J to duplicate it in a separate layer. Rename that layer to the letter it contains.

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Repeat the same for the other letters. Once you have a layer for each letter, make the “Gradient” layer invisible.

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Step 5

Duplicate the first letter’s layer.

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Go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur, and set the values as shown below:

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Make four duplicates of the copy layer.

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Merge the “copy” layers, and move them below the original letter’s layer.

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Go to Edit -> Trasform -> Perspective, and transform the merged “copy” layer to make the blurred part look like an extension of the original letter.

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Erase the blurred parts to the left.

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This is what you should get. You can make the other letters layers invisible if you like.

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Pick the Blur Tool, and change the Options bar settings as shown below, then blur the lateral part of the extension.

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Use a soft brush with an Opacity value of 30% to slightly erase the end of the extension, so that it looks feathered out.

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Repeat the same steps for each letter.

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Step 6

Merge the original letters layers in one layer and rename it to whatever text you have.

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Duplicate each one of the extension layers to make them more vivid.

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Duplicate the merged letters’ layer (cool), and drag the copy layer below the original one.

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Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur, and enter 2.5 for the Raduis.

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Step 7

Create a new layer right on top of the Background layer and call it “Shadow”. Set the Foreground color to #634016, and use a soft round brush (500 px) to paint a shadow below the text.

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Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and enter 20 for the Raduis.

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Change the “Shadow” layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 70%.

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If you want you can select all the visible layers (except for the Background), then go to Edit -> Transform -> Perspective, and rotate the text even more.

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Step 8

If you’d like to change the Background colors to add more contrast, then select the Background layer, and click the Create new fill or adjustment layer down the Layers panel, then choose “Hue/Saturation”.

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Change the Values as shown below:

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Once again, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer, but choose “Levels” this time. Change the values as shown below:

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Finally, select the “Shadow” layer once again, then go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation, and change the Saturation value to to -100 (to match the new Background colors).

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Final Image

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  • JK

    Thanks you have some nice tutorials.

  • rodenbach

    This most beautiful design i very like this image

  • Fintan

    Hi, can you please tell me what version of Photoshop you are using? I am using Elements 7 and I cannot find the Pen Tool, also how do I merge selected layers (as you discribe in the Ice Planet tutorial)without merging all the layers? Thanks for the tutorials they are really great and helpful.

  • adam

    What a great blog post, i really found this useful in my project as i have been searching how to do this type of effect for a while now, the tutorial is very detailed and easy to follow. This is a really great tutorial i would definitely recommend following this tutorial and trying this out as the results at the end are well worth the 15 minutes spent.

  • ana

    tnx .. its help me lot

  • Susan

    Hi, thanks for this great tutorial. It worked so well! Learned a lot doing it. Thanks!

  • sarah Lee

    Thank you~ It is literally, ‘cool!’

  • john

    looks very nice!

  • jimmy buffet

    Very cool!

  • bingGo

    simple but cool

  • Aungthan

    Thank You

  • eliza

    good tutorial!!

  • Farzad Hayatbakhsh

    Thank you very good