Creative Text using Filters
By Michelle Bradshaw
Step 1- create a new blank document. File > New> Blank File. In this example it is 3600 pixels wide and 1600 pixels tall with a 300 resolution. For ease of viewing, the background is filled with black. Select a bold font [I chose Copperplate Gothic Bold] and type the word you wish to work with in white.
Step 2 – Create a new layer Layer>New>Layer and call it “Stroke”. In the layers palette ctrl +click [cmd ona a mac] on the text layer thumbnail. The marching ants will appear. With the stroke layer still active,
Edit> stroke > 8 pixels on the inside, and click ok. Depending on the size of your text, the pixel stroke may need to be adjusted.
Step 3- In the layers palette close off the text eyeball so only the stroke is visible.
Step 4- Duplicate the Stroke layer, ctrl+J [cmd on mac], and name it ‘blast’. Then close off the eyeball of the stroke layer.
Step 5- From the menu- Filter Stylize>Wind and choose the settings Method: Blast Direction: From the Right then click on OK.
To increase the effect, apply the filter again.
To see other effects with this same filter, duplicate the stroke layer again, and this time make the direction come from the left.
There are many ways to get creative using this filter.
I duplicated my burst event and moved the layers so I had a longer trail to ‘represent’ speed coming just from one side. Then filled some back in. Experiment and have fun.
Here is a layout I created using supplies from the current March Mix A Kit [MAK].
Credits: Dude-a- tude by Down This Road Designs [elements, papers], Frolic by Litabells [papers, elements], Put a Bird on It by Clever Monkey Graphics [plain papers, elements , alpha plus extras, Gimme Layers Lite Vol 14 by Cluster Queen Creations
Photos-Michelle Bradshaw [remote release]