Create a Sparkling Diamond and Gold Text Effect Using Filter Forge and Photoshop [Part -1]



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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating DownloadSOURCE FILES In this tutorial, we will explain how to use Filter Forge and Photoshop to create a glamorous, sparkling, diamond and gold text effect. Let’s get started!   Tutorial Assets The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial. CORPOREA Font. Crystal by Anna Klishina. Gradient-shapes for Photoshop by ilnanny. Sparklies Photoshop […]

Posted January 17, 2013 by Bandish Patel

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Final Product What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we will explain how to use Filter Forge and Photoshop to create a glamorous, sparkling, diamond and gold text effect. Let’s get started!


Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.

Downloading Filter Forge and the Filters used

First, you need to download Filter Forge from the plugin’s website. Once you download it, run the installation package, and that’s it! It will be added inside Photoshop under the Filter menu. Super easy to install.

To launch the plugin and start adding some filters, go to Filter > Filter Forge > Filter Forge 3. You’ll find a couple of already existing filters under a number of categories. You’ll also find a “Filter Library: Download more filters” link to the top right side of the plugin’s window. Click the link to start downloading filters.

The link will take you to the Filters page on the plugin’s website.

You can search for almost any filter among the amazing 9000+ filters available. Just type the keywords you want to find filters for, and click the Search button.

Once you get your search results, click the filter’s name.

This will open the filter’s page. Click the “Open this filter in Filter Forge” button to install the filter. If you get a message asking you to confirm, just click Yes or OK. The Filter will then be added to the other filters you have.

You can search for the downloaded filters by typing their names or a related keyword in the plugin’s search box.

Make sure to download all the filters in the Tutorial Assets section before you continue with the tutorial.

Loading Contours

You might need to load the Contours used in some of the Layer Styles below. To do so, go to Edit > Preset Manager, and choose Contours from the Preset Type drop down menu.

Click the small arrow in the top right corner, and choose Contours.

Click Append to add the new contours to the existing ones.

Step 1

Create a new 1152 x 864 px document, set the Foreground color to #151515 and the Background color to #070707. Pick the Gradient Tool and click the Radial Gradient icon in the Options bar. Then, click from the center of the document and drag to one of the corners to create the gradient.

Create the text in white using the font Corporea and the font size 315 pt. In the Character panel (Window > Character), set the Tracking value to 75 to increase the space between the letters.

Duplicate the text layer twice, and change the copy’s Fill value to 0 each time. So now you should have three text layers: The original, copy, and copy 2.

Step 2

Create a new 30 x 30 px document.

Pick the Polygon Tool. In the Options bar, choose Shape, set the number of Sides to 6, and make sure that neither the Smooth Corners nor the Star boxes are checked. And set the Foreground color to black.

Create a hexagon inside the document. Make sure that the edges are on the right and left sides of the document (not top and bottom).

Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset, and type “Hexagonal Brush” then click OK.

Save the document if you like, then Close it (File > Close), and go back to the original document. Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), choose the Hexagonal Brush, and modify its Brush Tip Shape settings as below.

Step 3

Pick the Pen Tool, choose Path and check the Auto Add/Delete box in the Options bar. We’ll start creating work paths inside the curved letters. To add anchor points click once, and to add ones that create a curve click and drag.

Don’t worry about perfecting the work path, just try to capture the main shape. Once you’re done press the Command/Ctrl key then click anywhere outside the path.

Now, you can pick the Direct Selection Tool, click the work path once, then click the anchor points to modify them. Once an anchor point is selected, you can go ahead and move it around. You can also click its Direction Points at the end of the two Direction Handles. Moving the Direction Points around will change the orientation of the curve, while dragging them outwards and inwards will make the curve wider or narrower.

You can also use the Add Anchor Point and Delete Anchor Point tools to add or remove anchor points on the work path.

Step 4

Create a new layer on top of the original text layer and call it “Hexagonal Brush”, then set the Foreground color to #acacac and pick the Direct Selection Tool.

Right click the path and choose Stroke Path.

Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu and click OK.

This will stroke the path with the Hexagonal Brush. Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the work path.

Step 5

For the straight parts of the letters, use the Brush Tool, click once, and before you release the mouse button, press the Shift key, and drag to fill the line with the brush, then release everything. Remember to click first then press the Shift key, or else, all the lines will get connected together messily.

This works for the horizontal and vertical parts of the letters.

Step 6

As for the diagonal parts, use the Pen Tool to create a work path inside them, and remember to click once for each anchor point without dragging.

Then stroke those paths just like you did before, and hit Enter/Return to get rid of the work path afterwards.

If there are empty spaces left, you can just use the Brush Tool to click and add some hexagons where needed.

Step 7

Continue stroking the inner part of the text using these three methods: Curved paths, straight paths, and clicking and dragging.

Keep in mind that you can always undo and recreate any parts you don’t like.

Step 8

Once you’re done, Command/Ctrl + click a text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

Go to Select > Inverse (Shift + Command/Ctrl + I) to invert the selection, then hit the Delete key on the keyboard to get rid of the extra parts of the hexagons.

Go to Select > Deselect (Command/Ctrl + D) to get rid of the selection. Then, duplicate the “Hexagonal Brush” layer, and change the copy’s Fill value to 0.

Step 9

Create a new 500 x 500 px document.

Open Filter Forge (Filter > Filter Forge > Filter Forge 3). Under Stone, choose the Crystal filter, then choose the last preset available in the Presets tab.

In the Settings tab, just check the “Seamless Tiling” box, then click the Apply button to the bottom right corner.

Once you get the texture, go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

After that, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type the name “Crystal Pattern.” Close this document (save it if you like), then go back to the original one. Next, it’s time to apply some Layer Styles to the layers we have.

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