Today I would like to share with you how to make a simple, 3D, beautiful, and clean Text Graphic with Gradient in the background, just like the one in the top right corner of this tutorial article. For this Text and Background Gradient Tutorial I will be using Adobe® Photoshop® CS3 Extended. I love Photoshop®, actually I love all of the Adobe® Products because they are extremely useful, unique, fun, advanced, and at the same time simple. It seems to me like it’s just impossible to completely know Photoshop® and all of its tricks, hints, ideas, and possibilities. The more you practice the better you get. Well, lets begin our Photoshop® Tutorial on Gradients.
- Open up your Adobe® Photoshop® Software.
– In the top left corner click on File menu option, then on New…
- A Box will open up where you will be able to enter your desired dimensions for your New Project.
– In that box lets Enter 250 Pixels for Width and 250 Pixels for Height. Make sure that the Resolution is at 72 Pixels/inch. Color Mode is RGB Color at 8 bits. And the Background Contents are set to White. Then you can click OK for this Box to disappear and for the new and clean project to appear.
– If you want to Save your progress as you go, then go ahead and Save it. To Save it, click on File menu option again, then on Save As… Then name it anything you like in the File name text box, and in the Format text box make sure that it says Photoshop (*.PSD;*.PDD). Now you can click the Save button.
- Make sure that your Layers Palette is visible, if not then click on Window menu option, then on Layers.
– On the bottom of Layers Palette click on a “Create a New Layer” icon that is to the left of the trash can icon. The creates a new Layer on top of the default Background Layer.
- Now, do you see where your new Layer has the name “Layer 1″, double-click on that name, now you are able to rename it into another name that is more descriptive than just “Layer 1″, rename it to “Gradient”. It’s a good habit for designers to name their Layers accordingly.
- Lets prepare the colors for our gradient. On the left side of your whole screen you should be able to see Tools Palette, if it’s not there, then click on Window menu option, and then on Tools.
– Closer to the bottom of the Tools Palette you should be able to see the Black box over the White box section. By default the Black Box is the Foreground Color and the White Box is the Background Color. Click on the Black Box (the Foreground Color). After clicking on it, the Color Picker should pop up. In the very bottom you should see a text box with six zero’s in it and with # sign in front of it. Delete those zero’s and enter these numbers 224d84 just as they are into that box, and click OK after entering the color value.
– Now Click on the White Box (the Background Color). After clicking on it, the Color Picker should pop up. In the very bottom you should see a text box with six f’s in it and with # sign in front of it. Delete those f’s and enter these numbers 4285d7 just as they are into that box, and click OK after entering the color value.
- Now click on the Gradient Tool in the Tool’s Palette, if it’s not visible, then click on the Paint Bucket Tool and the option will appear between Gradient and Paint Bucket Tools, make sure to choose the Gradient Tool. On the top of your screen, under the menu options, there is a Gradient Picker drop-down menu. Click on the arrow that points down and choose the very top left choice which is the Foreground to Background Gradient Choice. And to the right of this drop-down menu make sure that the Linear Gradient is clicked. And to the right of that the Mode should be Normal, Opacity 100%, Uncheck Reverse, Check Dither, and Check Transparency.
– Make sure the Gradient Layer is selected. Now, click and drag from the very bottom right corner and to the very top left corner, and then let go. Ta Da! :) Here you got your simple background colors ready. Lets Save our work by clicking on File menu option and then on the Save.
– Okay, remember where your Black and White (Foreground and Background) color boxes were? Well, lets reset their color values to these ones instead. Reset the Dark Blue one to this color value d5e0ef, and the Light Blue one to this color value ffffff.
– Click on the Text Tool in the Tools Palette, make sure the Horizontal Type Tool is selected.
– Click in the middle of your project and type Ps (capital P and small s), then click on the Move Tool in the Tool’s Palette. If you look in your Layers Palette, you will see that the Text Tool created a New Layer for itself and by itself. Click on that Layer to make sure that it is selected.
– With the Move Tool still selected, click and drag the new text that you typed into the middle of your project just in case it wasn’t all visible.
- Now, click on Window menu option, and then on the Character. The Character Palette should open up, make sure that your palette matches this one on the image. In other words it’s should be Tahoma Font Family, Regular Font Style, 170 pt Font Size, Stretched or Scaled up and down to 120%, Anti-Aliasing should be Sharp, and the Faux Bold Button should be clicked.
– Using the Move Tool Reposition your Text just in case it moved out of the center.
- Double-click on your text Layer that is called Ps, but make sure that you double-click it away to the right of the Layer’s Name. The Layer Style Options should show up. With these options and styles you can do some really unique and extreme graphics. On the left side under the Styles options, click on the Gradient Overlay Name, not just the check box, but on the name, that will move you down to the Gradient Overlay Settings. In the middle of the Gradient Overlay Settings, set the Gradient Picker Drop Down menu to Foreground to Background Gradient. And set the Angle to 120 Degrees instead of 90 Degrees. Then click OK. Was that simple or what, and at the same time very beautiful. Remember to Save your Work.
- Now, lets add the “TUTORIAL” text under the “Ps” text. Click on Horizontal Text Tool, and then click in the middle of your project but under the “Ps” text, and type “Tutorial”. Then in the Character Palette make sure that you have the same settings as mine, which is Tahoma Font Family, Regular Font Style, 16 pt Font Size, Tracking Set to 50, Anti-Aliasing should be Crisp, and The All Caps and the Faux Bold Buttons should be clicked. Also, make sure that the color is set to white (ffffff).
- And finally you can click on the Move Tool again and reposition your Tutorial text to where you want it. If you want to get your image ready for the internet, then click on File menu option, then click on Save For Web & Devices…
– The Save For Web & Devices window will open up and in the top right corner you can set the same settings as I did here and then click Save and choose in which folder you would like to save your finished project at. Colorful images like this one I usually save as JPEG with Very High Quality of 80. Well, that is all there is to this Tutorial. As you can see there is infinite possibilities in improving or adjusting the settings for your unique Graphic needs, and Photoshop® is an awesome Software for this kind of a job. Some people choose other programs for their graphic editing, but I really love playing around with Photoshop® because I’m use to it and it does what I need it to do.