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Photoshop Text Techniques: Transformers

This text effect will be used to duplicate the Transformers-type text.

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By: Thelonius Funk
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November 22, 2011
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Photoshop Text Techniques: Transformers
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For that "More than meets the eye" look, itís going to be important that you have the right font. Now there are several fonts that duplicate that font, such as Transformers (natch) and SF Transbotics. Make sure that when you download the fonts that you install them before you start, and donít have any software that uses text open. Once youíve installed the font and then open Photoshop, you should see the newly installed font appear on your font list.

Step 1

Now you need to open a new blank document. Letís start with these specs: 540◊300 at 72ppi (pixels per inch). Press the D key to reset the foreground and background colors to black and white respectively, and then press Option-Delete (PC: Alt-Backspace) to fill the background layer with black. Iím having you do this so that that weíll be working with white text on a background.

So switch the foreground to white by pressing X to switch the foreground and background colors, and then select the Text tool from the Tools bar by pressing the T key. Type out your text in a nice large size. And one final thing: make sure that you shift your text to Centered in the character palette. 

Step 2

We need to rasterize the text by right-clicking on the text layer; Mac users should Control-Click in the layers palette. Choose Rasterize Type.
Step 3

Next, we need to create a cool 3-D effect on the text by adding a Bevel and Emboss on the text. Weíre going to accomplish this by first duplicating the text and nudging the text layers several times.

First, weíve got to create a layer style on the text. Double click to the right of the layer name in the layers palette to bring up the Layer Style dialog. Mac users can shortcut this by Control-Clicking on the layer and choosing Blending Options to bring up the Layer Style dialog box. Click Bevel and Emboss in the column at the left of the Layer Styles dialog box. and then apply the following settings, then click OK.
Step 4

By adding the Bevel and Emboss layer style we have created the edge shading that will be visible in our next step. 
Step 5

Creating the illusion of 3-D text isnít as hard as you might think it is. Most of the time itís simply a matter of duplicating your text layer multiple times, edging them over and over again one by one, and then shifting the text one tick up and to the right.

To duplicate the selected layer, simply press Command-J (PC: Ctrl-J) or select Layer>Duplicate Layer from the main toolbar. The new layer will automatically be placed above your selected layer. Now to shift the text layer, make sure you have the move tool selected by pressing the V key, and then use the arrow keys to shift the layer up, and then to the right once. Now it's just a matter of Duplicate and Repeat until you have five layers copied. 

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