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Photoshop Text Tutorial: Creating Indy Text

This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to create the "Indy" text from the popular Indiana Jones film franchise.

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By: Thelonius Funk
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September 15, 2011

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This Photoshop tutorial will teach you how to create the "Indy" text from the popular Indiana Jones film franchise.

This is, admittedly, one of the easier and more recognizable movie font styles you can create - the unmistakable Indiana Jones movie title. Now this is a re-creation, so that being said, allow yourself some variance in the final piece. It’ll look good enough to fool your friends, that’s for sure. So grab your fedoras and let’s get started.

We need to start by creating a new document. For the document that we’ll be making our text in, we should use a relatively large document size. I used 1600 x 1200 pixels, with the default resolution. You can always resize it smaller later on when you want to copy it over to another document.

You can find a pretty close facsimile to the Indiana Jones font (SF Fedora) online. After you’ve downloaded the font, install it and make sure that it appears in your font list before you begin this tutorial. Select the Type Tool and write your text on the canvas, using a large enough font size to take up most of the width of the document; I used a font size of 200 pt. To get a result as similar as possible to the original text, you should capitalize the first letters of each of your words.

Now you just need to distort it a little bit to give it that old fashioned warped comic book look. Near the top of Photoshop, you’ll see an icon that has a T and a curved path underneath it, located next to the font settings. The Warp Text tool allows you to mess with the setting until you get something to your liking.


That should do for the warping of the text, you can even rotate the text slightly to the left if you’d like to increase the angle some. Now onto the cool stuff - styling your text. All you need to do to add some life to your text is the following: Start by right-clicking the text layer and going into the Blending Options, then click and apply the following layer styles/settings:

Drop Shadow


Gradient Overlay



You may need to fool around with these settings if you decided to use a different font or font size than the one I used. So feel free to do that if it looks a little off.
Here’s what the final font style will look like once you’re done applying these layer styles:

I think we’re pretty much done for the text now, now we just need to make a nice background for the text to go on! For that, just do a Google search for an old map to give it the authentic Indy Jones look.

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