Making Shiny Calligraphy

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In this photoshop tutorial we’ll use shapes, gradient, and some layer styles to create a sparkling and shiny Arabic calligraphy. You know what’s calligraphy?

Calligraphy (from Greek ?????? kallos “beauty” + ??af? graph? “writing”) is a type of visual art. It is often called the art of fancy lettering (Mediavilla 1996: 17). A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner” (Mediavilla 1996: 18). The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed(s) and materials limitations of a person, time and place (Diringer 1968: 441). A style of writing is described as a script, hand or alphabet (Fraser and Kwiatkowski 2006; Johnston 1909: Plate 6).

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Final Image Preview

Take a look at the image we’ll be creating. You can view the final image preview below or a larger version here.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

Step 1

First create a new document by choosing File > New, enter 1400 px 1200 px as high and as wide. Now we create a background for our calligraphy. Here, I use red with a gradient consisting of 3 color # 410 101, # 980 303, and # cd3f00. We will get pictures as follow.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

Step 2

Time to choose calligraphy will be used. Here I use this calligraphy, you can also use the other. Open the image with photoshop, press Ctrl + A to select all sections, press Ctrl + C to copy, go to our document and press Ctrl + V to paste, name this layer ‘calligraphy’. Then press Ctrl + T and set the size and position of calligraphy to fit into place.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

Step 3

In step 3 we’ll add some Layer Effect on layer calligraphy.

  • Drop Sahadow
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Inner Sahadow
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Outer Glow
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Inner Glow
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Bevel end Emboss
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Color Overlay
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Satin
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy
  • Stroke
photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

For more details about Layer Effects can be seen in the PSD file provided below. Then change the fill layer of calligraphy to 17%.

Step 4

Now we will give a white gradient to our calligraphy. Press Ctrl and click on the calligraphy layer thumbnail to create a new selection.Create a new layer and name it gradient, select the Linear Gradient from white to transparent gradient and drag from lower left to upper right in a state of active selection. Then change the Blending Mode of this new layer to Overlay. We get the following picture.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

Step 5

Create a new layer and name it ‘highlight’. Make a selection like the previous step select the Linear Gradient from white to transparent and drag the gradient from top to bottom.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

Step 6

With the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M) create a elliptical selection like the following picture.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

then click the ‘Add Layer Mask’ at the bottom of the layer palette and change the Opacity to 40%.

Step 7

Now we add the sparkle in calligraphy. Create a new layer named ‘sparkle’. Make sure your foreground color white # FFFFFF. Select the Polygon Tool and change the settings as follows. Add some sparkle on the edges of the calligraphy.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

The Final Result

Until here we have made a sparkle and shiny calligraphy using Photoshop. I hope you enjoy this tutorial, please subscribe to Grafisia RSS feed or simply share this tutorial to your friends.

photoshop tutorial creating sparkling and shiny arabic calligraphy

Download PSD file

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