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Graphic Design Typography Tutorials: 4 Ways To Emphasize Color

July 18, 2013 IADT General, Graphic Design 0 Comments

Emphasize Color In TypographyColor is the trend of the season.

This year, it’s all about the bright, eye-catching hues. From fashion to advertisement, you can find dramatic, neon colors. As a Graphic Design student, you’re awareness of cultural trends could allow you to create more current designs.

Practicing as a student might make you more competitive in the industry after you complete your degree program. So, we’ve made it easier for you by collecting four tutorials that help emphasize color in designs. Develop your Photoshop skillset, and learn how to create timely designs, here:

1. Color for 3D Effects 

By Wojciech Pijecki, a Poland-based digital artist and illustrator.

This tutorial teaches you how to make a simple text glow with a 3D design. Pijecki emphasizes color, insisting that these techniques take your design to the next level.

He begins by showing you how to create text reflection in a splatter design. He walks you through perfecting the reflection and making the splatter design shine, making your 3D design look more realistic.

This tutorial is detailed, carefully walking you through brush technique, blurring and shadowing. Pijecki also includes instructions on creating malleable lines for your 3D design.  

This post is part 12 of a 19-part installment on Mastering Text Effects

2. Neon Effect 

By Matheusz Sypien, a London-based designer and digital artist. Founder of Digimental Studio.

This tutorial shows you how to create 3D text with a neon glow. Though the glow effect is simple, Sypien notes that you must be familiar with 3D software to create your layers on Photoshop.

In this tutorial, you may utilize brightness and blending to give your text a shiny look – making it look like the light bulb piping on neon signs. Sypien shows you how to use multiple layers to create backlight, neon light and a wireframe.

3. Spray Paint Effect 

By Ross Aitken, owner and editor of PSDLearning.com

This tutorial is designed for beginners. Utilizing simple techniques, Aitken shows you how to create spray paint designs on Photoshop step-by-step.

He uses splatter brushes to create a paint design on a textured background. (He recommends using weathered concrete, although an image of a wall, rocks or sand might also work.) He combines these layers with other brushes and texts to create graffiti on the background. Repeating the process with more layers and brushes, he creates not only a text that looks like it has been spray painted but also the entire image: a wall with spray paint on it.

4. Watercolor Effect 

By Fabio, a Brazilian designer and co-founder of ZEE

This tutorial illustrates how you can mix vector elements and watercolor effects with text in Photoshop to create a striking design.

Fabio recommends beginning with references. In all of his projects, he first finds images that are similar – in color scheme, design or elements – to the current project. Once he feels inspired, he sketches out his idea on paper, adding his own direction and developing his concept before opening Photoshop.

He provides a step-by-step guide of the watercolor effect process, including links to downloads of backgrounds and brushes. Utilizing layers and blending modes, he creates a colorful template. After incorporating accents and additional elements, he merges the layers of text with the layers of color to transfer the watercolor onto his text.

Adding and emphasizing color in your designs is an easy way to appeal to a current trend. However, there are other trends and techniques you must be aware of. Talk to your Graphic Design program adviser about what courses you should enroll in to expand your skillset today.


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