Folding Text Effect with Photoshop
Typography is the art which has its own flavor. Many creations that can be generated by playing the letters, arrange or provide a particular effect. This time I will show you how to create a very cool folding effect to apply on your typography using photoshop. Check it out!
First open Photoshop and create a new document with size up to you with a resolution of 300 ppi. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the area with the color #e9e3d5. Type the text that we will give the effect of folding. For the font used in this tutorial up to you, because here I just explain the trick. I here use the font Helvetica CE.
Duplicate the text layer by pressing Ctrl + J and change the text color to #55514e. On layer palette, right click the duplicate layer and then select Rasterize Type.
Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to select parts of the letter that we will create folds.
Cut the part that existed at the selection area by pressing Ctrl + X and then paste it by pressing Ctrl + V. By pasting means we get a new layer, rename this new layer with a ‘fold’.
Change the color of the letters that folds into a gray by clicking Image > Adjustment > Hue / Saturation (Ctrl + U). Set Saturation to -100 and Lightness to +60.
Then we have to Edit Transform Rotate and make sure we rotate the folded area exactly on the angle we want, make sure you place it right where it’s folding as you can see on the image.
Hide the black M by clicking the eye image on the layer palette. Press Ctrl and click the layer thumbnail from the crease to make the selection. After that create a smooth gradient from black to transparent.
Now we create the shadow of the letters are folded but we did not use the Drop Shadow. Use the Pen Tool to create a path like the screenshot below.
Add a new layer behind the ‘fold’ and we call this layer with ‘shadow’. Create a selection using the path above, then fill selection area with black using Paint Bucket Tool (G). Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, we use 5px for radius.
The last step, change the opacity of the ‘shadow’ layer to 70%.
We Use this Trick to Create a Wallpaper
This quick Photoshop tips can be used to create a cool wallpaper that contains the words with each letter folded. Like the example below is a wallpaper for muslim.or.id which contained the slogan for the website. Click to view in larger size. Try it with your own creativity and don’t forget to subscribe to Grafisia RSS Feed.