How to create a complex text stripes in Photoshop. Pattern/stroke effect with horisontal mirroering, can create this complex pattern.
The effect was done by Mr, Zyan, in his project “36 days of type ” You should watch this amazing project here.
This article is based on a video. Watch it here, or below this page.
Allright let’s go. Start by creating a new document. (Ctrl + n). My size is 1000*1000 pixels. We will need to create multiple documents, so let’s call this document 1.
Fill that in with any colors you want – you can fill by pressing Shift + F5. I will go for this green color:
Let’s create the pattern to make the stripes. For that we need a new document. Create a new sixe of 20*1 pixels.
Here is the new document. It’s very small, so zoom ind! – Also create a new layer (Ctrl + n) and delete the background layer- because it’s not transparent!
Get the rectangular marquee tool (m) and select 4 pixels. Fill in with black.
Define this as a new pattern.
I know this is a bit strange – but don’t go back to document 1 yet. Let’s create a third document. This document needs to be bigger, because we will fill in that document with our new pattern. It’s a lot bigger and gives us more space to work with.
In the new bigger document (document 3) create a new layer, and fill that layer with the pattern!
Zoomed out, this looks a little weird. But this is how you project should look like:
Copy that. By pressing ctrl + a to select everything, then Ctrl + C. Then go to document 1 and paste that in (Ctrl + v)
Press ctrl + t (free transform), and rotate the stripes. – Press ok!
Duplicate that layer, and mirror it horizontally. Ctrl + J to duplicate, then Ctrl + T to use free transform.
Now you project should look like this:
Create a new layer abover layer 2:
Put that inside a group (Ctrl + G)
Layer 2 copy (the mirrored duplicate) use that layer to create a clipping mask above the group! Hold down alt (or right click layer 2 and press create clipping mask) and click between the group and the “Layer 2 copy” layer.
There! Notice the arrow on “layer 2 copy”.
Now get the rectangular shape tool. Set the fill as the same color as the background, and a stroke of none. Make sure your settings are set to shape! not pixels or paths.
See what happens when you create a shape! The clipping mask layer now shows itself on the shape tool. And that layer is mirrored! The result looks like this:
Now let’s create a letter. You can’t create too complex letters with this technique sadly. An O is round so that’s a now. An x is rotated so that’s no as well. But you can create all letters which arent rotated or round. So E, T, I F L N M and so on..
Use Ctrl + t to transform you r shape into the desired letter. i will create a T. Here i am rezising the letter so it matches the stripes! (With ctrl + t)
Duplicate the shape layer inside the folder. Rotate it, and re size it. The T is there!
You are done! If your letter isn’t perfectly centered in the middle, watch the video, to see how we can use document 3 to re-center our new letter.