Tutorial on Text Posters by avengingthetributes
Requested by peeta-katniss-burnt-toast
Hello! This is my first tutorial, but since someone asked so nicely I thought I’d try it out! If you have any questions feel free to mail me!
So the first, and a very important thing, is size. As I’m usually trying to do a poster type look always go for around 500 x 650px, but this is just a recommendation!
The second choice is color, which again I personally think makes a huge impact on the final result. I usually go for a medium to dark-ish color as I prefer white text, but again this is all down to preference!
The next issue is text size and font type. I usually tend to use more block-y type fonts such as Ribbon, Ranger and Zzyzx (shown above), but experiment! Find fonts that fit what you are trying to do, and then think about sizing.
Another issue is quote choice. When first trying this out I recommend picking shorter quotes, as the longer ones usually take a bit of practice to learn what fonts/sizes/shapes work best.
I also always recommend using the sizing tool to make sure your lines align, especially for poster type graphics.
Once you have your quote typed out and sized, you’ll want them all in the same layer for moving and for the later shadow and glow effects. To do this select all the font layers and hold down Ctrl and E
This pushes all the text layers into one layer so it can be moved and edited as one.
Then align your text to the center of the canvas (you can use the View Grid option if you are a perfectionist.)
Then comes both the shadow and the glow effect. Find the small f symbol at the bottom of the layers pallet.
And once this menu comes up, click on Drop Shadow.
This will bring up this menu. Again, this is all about preferences, but personally I always set my Sizeand Spread to 0, the Distance to around 6 depending on the fonts, the Blend Mode to Normal andchange the color to a darker version of the background color.
Once you have got this how you want it click on the Outer Glow option on the left hand side.
This will bring up another menu, and again this is about preferences, but to get the glow effect I tend to set the Size to 250 and the Opacity to around 28 depending on background color and leave the rest of the settings how they originally come up.
Once you’ve got this how you want it, click OK.
Now to save the image as a Jpeg file, go to the Layer menu at the top and click Flatten Image.
And there you have it!
If there is anything you don’t understand please let me know and I’ll be happy to help!