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 Post subject: strangely warped looking text effect
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:04 am  (#1) 
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today i recreated an old cover from 1997 and because he4rty asked me a related question about blurring and sharpening, i decided to make it into a tutorial
http://s.pixogs.com/image/R-7094-1289824524.jpeg

1. create your canvas, i used 600x450px and applied a gradient
2. type your text - i used Arial Bold 119, Spacing -7
3. align (center) your text

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4. apply Gaussian Blur: i used 18

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5. now comes the tricky part: go to 'Colours' open 'Curves', and set the channel to alpha (this is essential !)

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6. drag the curves into an angular shaped S-curve
what you want is not jaggy looking edges, but not too blurry too
so find the sweet spot, by experimenting a bit
and when you're happy, hit OK

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and thats it, a quick way of making weird text
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and a variation with a "shadow" made with 'Motion Blur' - Angle: 17
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 Post subject: Re: strangely warped looking text effect
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:47 am  (#2) 
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Nice results Esper, it reminds me of either Ice melting or hot molten metal.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:03 pm  (#3) 
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I'm going to need a Esper RSS feed to keep up with all your new tutorials recently :hehe

Strangely Warped looking Text Effect (2013-02-10) Esper
Inner Glow [Text Effect](PDF) (2013-02-08) Esper
Tune your Text Effect (2013-02-05) Esper
Make a Perforated Background with the help of G'MIC (PDF) (2013-02-05) Esper

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:07 pm  (#4) 
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dont worry Odbc, im going to work again next week
and thats the end then of this tutorial epidemic :coolguy


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 Post subject: Re: strangely warped looking text effect
PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:25 pm  (#5) 
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esper: i used to do this a lot before, i love the irregularities you get when you blur a lot and then use a curve on it. looks nice with the motion blur too, that's definitely something to play around with when i find the time.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:23 pm  (#6) 
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i had an old xcf from a header i made when i kept a blog and where i have used almost this method - not as elegantly, because i didn't know how to use curves on an alpha channel, so my text was black on white first, then blurred, sharpened with value curve and cut out from background, but still it's practically the same thing, you get the same nice little distortions in the text. i used that old xcf, added some radial motion blur and an outer glow to follow the text. looks cool, now i just wish i hadn't cut the background in that shape or that i at least knew where i have the background pattern saved so i could make a new one.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:38 pm  (#7) 
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blast and confound :hehe

nice peacock background ! (or is it a dragon ?)


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:14 pm  (#8) 
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That was fun!!!

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 Post subject: Re: strangely warped looking text effect
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:34 pm  (#9) 
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I like the individuality it can give text with one simple setting :yes

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 Post subject: Re: strangely warped looking text effect
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:59 pm  (#10) 
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thought I'd wind it up a bit

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I like subtle changes to text

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