We will create plasma text effects in this tutorial using some basic and some advance Photoshop tools and layering effects. This is very easy tutorial and you will be able to make this text effect 10-20 minutes.
Daily Archives: July 30, 2011
(from Everyday Elements)
I remember when I was first trying to learn Photoshop Elements and I wanted to make a vignette. I hunted high and low in Scott Kelby’s book, looked online, tried to follow various tutorials and was left just wanting to cry. I finally found a tutorial in Kelby’s book that was what I wanted (but he didn’t have it listed in the Index as vignette).
A vignette is typically a darkening of the edges of a photo, to bring emphasis to the subject. There are different ways to create vignettes, but with this tutorial I only show three:
- Multiply layer, inverted and vignette brushed on edges of photo
- Dodge/Burn layer, using a black brush to darken edges of photo
- Radial Gradient, B&W, set to soft light
With each technique, I lowered the layer opacity way down. This is important…you do not want a heavy vignette on all your images. Yes, sometimes a heavy, obvious vignette makes a photo, but usually that is for artistic reasons and it is definitely not the norm.
Below is a video tutorial showing the three ways (really I show a fourth, kind of), and I used my Photoshop CS5 for the video. Elements users, do not turn away thinking this is not for you, IT IS. 100% of this tutorial can be done in PSE. I purposely used my CS5 to show you that many tutorials out there can be followed in PSE.