In this tutorial we are going to learn how to make a poster inspired by WWF creative posters. With a couple of images, we will create a beautiful realistic typography with natural theme. We will learn how to blend these images together to make them become a nice one. This tutorial is full of tricks and tips to manage layers and your images.
Preview of Final Results
Download the PSD
Nature Text Effect Poster Photoshop Tutorial
- Grass – Alegion-stock
- Splash – Best-stock
- Lotus Flower – AJK-orginal-stock
- Floral Frames – free sources
- Water Fall – free sources
We start with Sketch Up Pro – a free 3d software of Google – to make a 3d typography. Of course you can use any other 3d software to do this.
In Sketch Up window. Choose Tools>3D Text
A new window appears! Now simply type your text in. I typed “PRO” here. You could choose any font you want to as long as it’s beautiful :). Please set Height and Extruded like the image. Then just click Place or press ENTER.
And your 3D text appears.
You can handle your camera easily by middle mouse click and drag to orbit; and scroll mouse to zoom in / zoom out
You can move your text by press “M” then click in your text and just drag it.
Repeat step 2 to make “TEC” text and “TOR” text ; then move it like this:
Click Rotate tool or just press R while still selecting 3 texts
Then click your rotate tool on the side of the text ; then click and drag to rotate it ( on blue axis ) to make the texts “stand up” like this.
Now select one of your texts – then press S – ( this is Scale tool ) – then click and drag your text like this to make it thicker.
Repeat step 7 for all your texts to have this:
click on PRO to choose it. Then double click to open it. Then double click again to select all of it. If your text is covered with blue dots like this then it’s fully selected!
While selecting the text. Click this button ( in the image ) to use the plugin (Round Corner) . Then setting like below. And press ENTER to execute
Just wait a few second and the plugin will make nice round corner for your text!. Do it again for “TEC” and “TOR” to have this. Then use the ROTATE TOOL again to adjust “TEC” a little on red axis to make dynamic feeling.
Press “M” or click this icon to access Material dialogue. Then choose this nice cyan color ( or any light color you like for your text ) ; then you just click the text to fill material. Do it again for all 3 texts. I just want a little color for the best render image ( maybe white is just ok – but I prefer a little hue )
Now adjust your camera to this nice view. We will render this view.
You will need Vray for Sketchup – a well-known render engine – . We don’t have to setting much because the default setting of Vray is already nice enough. I just need to adjust a little about image size.
Click Option Icon like in image. Then choose Output tab. And choose your size. I’m choose 1280×960 here. It’s nice to have bigger size but please remember that the larger size , the longer time you have to wait.
After that. Press this “R” button to start render. And go have a cup of tea. But I think this don’t take long.
After the render finished, Press save icon and save your image.
Please note that Vray will save 2 jpg files for you. One is the rendered picture, and one is alpha channel of this picture. It’s cool and you can easily handle this in Photoshop.
Now we done with Sketchup. Back to our Photoshop!
Open “Waterfall in the mountain 02” in camera raw to make some adjustments. Setting as below.
You can open your image in camera raw by right click it from Adobe Bridge > open image in camera raw.
Or do it directly by access in Photoshop Edit>Preferences>File Handling / Then tick “Prefer camera raw for jpeg file” > OK.
Open image in Photoshop. Maybe you want to make your back up for the image. Just Press Ctrl + J to duplicate the image, then hide the one below.
Next, open 2 rendered files. Double click on the layer name and name it PROTECTCOLOR and PROTECTCOLOR.Alpha
Now we can take advantage of the alpha channel. Select PROTECTCOLOR.Alpha layer, use Magic wand ( or press W ) to select the white space
Then click on PROTECTCOLOR layer , and click on Add vector mask icon at the bottom.
And this is it! We have nice 3d typography without background. Now you can hide or just delete PROTECTCOLOR.Alpha layer.
Use Ctrl+T to scale and move your typography like this. Try to make the typography like standing on the mountain. I named the typography layer PROTECT, then duplicate it ( CTRL + J ). Set blending option of PROTECT layer ( below ) is Screen ; and the duplicated layer is Multiply. This setting will blend your text into the background.
Make a new layer below PROTECT and name it SHADOW_TEXT. Change blending option to Multiply.