Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to make this mysterious, overlapping shadow text and add a reflection.
Create a new document by pressing Ctrl + N on Windows or Cmd +N on a Mac.
I’ll make its size 1550 by 870 pixels with a resolution of 150 pixels per inch. I want the Background
Contents to be black and since black is my background color, I’ll click Background Color
and click OK. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and pick a thick, heavy font. I’m using a
font called, “Baby Teeth”. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link in the video description
or project files. I’ll choose a size of 175 points. You may want to choose a larger or
smaller point size depending on the amount of characters in your word. Choose Sharp…Center
Alignment…and White for the color. Go to View and make sure “Snap” is not checked.
Go the the right, middle of your screen and type the first letter of your word. We’ll
make copies of the character. The amount of copies depends on the number of characters
in your word. For example, the word I’ll be using is “Shadow”. There are six letters in
Shadow and since the first letter is already typed out, I’ll make 5 copies for a total
of 6 layers. I’ll click the “T” and press Ctrl or Cmd +J, five times. Click the “T” of
the bottom text layer to make it active, go to the character and press and hold “Shift”
as you drag it all the way to the left. Pressing “Shift” keeps it aligned to the other characters.
Click on the next layer above it, go to the character on the right and as before, press
and hold Shift as you drag it across. Repeat these steps for each layer. Double-click on the name of the top layer and type in the last character of your word. Double-click on the second layer and type in the second to the last character. Continue to re-name
each layer, so your word is spelled in reverse. Click on the “T” of the bottom text layer
to make the layer active. Click on the “fx” icon and click “Gradient Overlay”. The Blend
Mode is “Normal”…the Opacity is 100%…and the Style is “Linear”. Click the Gradient
bar and click the Black-to-White thumbnail. Then, click OK. Make the Angle, 180 degrees and click OK.
To duplicate the effect to the other characters, press and hold Alt on Windows or Option on
a Mac as you drag the “fx” icon to each layer. Double-click on the “T” of the top layer to
highlight the character and type the last character or letter of your word. Double-click
on the “T” of the next character and type in the second to the last character of your
word. Continue to double-click on each layer and type in its corresponding character. Next,
we’ll adjust the spacing or the “kerning” of the characters. Make sure your second character
is active and open your Move Tool. Press your Left arrow key on your keyboard to slide it
to the left. We’ll slide the third character to the left by making its layer active and
pressing the Left arrow key. Continue to kern each one until your happy with the overlap.
Next, we’ll add a reflection. First, let’s group all the text layers into a folder. To
do this, scroll down and Shift-click on the bottom text layer to highlight it and all
the layers above it. Then, press Ctrl or Cmd +G. Now, drag your text to the center of your
document. Make a copy of the folder and drag it below the original folder. Name it, “Reflection”
and name the top layer, “Text”. Make the Reflection folder active. Go to Edit, Transform and Flip
Vertical. Press and hold Shift as you drag the copy down until the edges touch. Reduce
the opacity to 25%. Click on the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the Reflection
folder. Make sure your Gradient icon is on and your Linear Gradient is chosen.
Click the Gradient bar and the lower, left “Stop”. Click the Color box and type in 333
to pick a 20% grey. Then, click OK on both windows. Go the the bottom of the shadow and
press and hold Shift as you drag up the Gradient line to the top of the shadow. Next, we’ll
add another word in a different, but complimentary font. Make the top layer active. Open your
Horizontal Type Tool and choose a font. I’m using an ultra-thin, condensed font called,
“Nova Light Ultra SSi”. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link, as well. I’ll make
the size, 53 points. Type out your text. To center it over your other word, click on your
Move Tool and press Ctrl or Cmd + A and then, press the Align Horizontal Centers icon. To
delete the selection, press Ctrl or Cmd +D. I’d like to slide the word down a bit, so
I’ll press the Down arrow on my keyboard. The last step is to add a Linear gradient
to the word. Click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the top word. Press
“G” on your keyboard to open the Gradient Tool and press and hold Shift as you drag
up the gradient line to the top of the word. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!