Photoshop Madness for the Fonts Festival

by Fred Showker

Photoshop Madness, Fred Showker surfs the web in search of good Photoshop stuff

PHOTOSHOP VIDEO TUTORIAL MADNESS Here's a special edition of PHOTOSHOP MADNESS specifically for text, type, typography and fonts techniques. You'll find 1,100,000 tutorials on the web for text effects, all claiming to be the 'best' Photoshop text effects. In reality there are only a few hundred, because the vast array of several thousand replicator sites have picked up the same tutorials and lay claim to them but redirect you to another site. Some are really good, others really, really suck, like those loaded with screen spam, stalker links and pop-ups that take over your system and won't let you go!

These tutorials have been tested to be pretty good -- and you note we actually give credit to the original site, listing the site name. There are a lot more we'll be sending out over the weeks to come :
* Create a Shiny, Gold, Old World Text Effect in Photoshop
* Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment
* Place An Image In Text With Photoshop
* Great Gooey Photoshop Text Tutorial
* Delicious Bagels Text Effect
... and MORE

Place An Image In Text With Photoshop

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This is one of the oldest techniques in the book, and goes back to Photoshop 1. There are four of these in the Photoshop Tips & Tricks site, dating back as far as 1993. But times change and the newer versions of Photoshop offer newer ways of doing things.
      In this Text Effects tutorial, you'll learn how to place an image in text, a very popular effect to create in Photoshop, and one that also happens to be very easy to do thanks to the power of clipping masks, as we’re about to see!
click forKindle Edition See the full image at work.

Great Gooey Photoshop Text Tutorial

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CAREFUL ... the Photoshop Lady is back and she ripped off this tutorial into HER site, when it actually belongs to "The Youth Designer" . . . who actually ripped it off someone else.
      Create great looking, 3-Dimensional, gooey looking text . This technique does require minimal drawing skills but is definitely suitable for beginners. . . . Supposedly authored by a person named Cadence (whoever that is.)
READ THIS REPORT Full story : The Youth Designers
click for more See another view

Create a Steam Powered Typographic Treatment – Part I

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Photoshop Lady also tried to rip this one off, but we knew better . . . this one is from, written by Alex Beltechi. It's huge, multi pages, over 48 illustrations in part one alone! Alex writes :
      Whether or not you’re a Steampunk fan, this two part tutorial is sure to test your knowledge on Illustrator, Cinema 4D and Photoshop. In the first half, we’re going to customize a Blackletter font and create 3D text with vector shapes. There’s lots to do, so let’s start with the first part of this two-part series!
click for more See one of the 3D screens

Delicious Bagels Text Effect

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Just about everyone loves bagels -- specially when they are amazingly well baked and shiny!
      This tutorial will show you how to use the powerful Layer Styles’ capabilities in Photoshop, along with a couple of brushes and filters to create some delicious-looking bagels.
click for more See a superb close-up

Create a Shiny, Gold, Old World Text Effect in Photoshop

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Here's another gold effect. This tutorial gives good results but it's written and produced very poorly. Some of these authors just show the screens of styles and layer effects but never really teach anything.
      In this quick tip tutorial we will show you how to create a shiny, gold, old world text effect using layer styles in Photoshop. Jan Stverak is survivor on Graphicriver
click for more See several of the layer style screens for this image


YES... there's more to go . . . watch for next week!

Searching for good Photoshop images and tutorials amongst all the total madness out on the web Don't let Photoshop Madness get you down!

There are always lots of spectacular Photoshop images and visuals out there! Share them! We'll be back shortly with MORE Photoshop Madness ... and please -- BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU SURF ... but when you do find a great Photoshop practitioner, or a good Photoshop tutorial, please share it with us! If you create Photoshop Tutorials yourself, please post your info here so you can be considered for a Photoshop Fave!

Of course, some of our favorite editions of Photoshop Madness can be found in the legacy Photoshop Tips & Tricks web site!
See the last edition of Photoshop Madness

GO Photoshop (Designing Women) Madness

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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