Create a molten letter effect in Photoshop: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011


This week’s episode of Deke’s Techniques features the creation of glowing embers of type. In under eight minutes, Deke shows you how to employ a combination of layer effects to create the burning glow, and then apply filters to create the ripples of heat coming off the incendiary text. Although the letters appear to be on the brink of destruction, they nonetheless remain completely editable underneath, so you can alter your burning message to suit you (or your client’s) whim. And if this isn’t hot enough for you, lynda.com members can watch exclusive Deke’s Techniques videos from our Online Training Library® during which Deke actually sets the letters on fire. Okay, he virtually sets them on fire, but that explains why they’re glowing.

Deke’s got something new for everyone every week, so stop back by next Tuesday for another useful technique, always brought to you in under ten minutes. Meanwhile, lynda.com members can view the entire ever-growing collection of Deke’s Techniques in the Online Training Library®, including the weekly members-only episodes. And keep the ideas coming for what you’d like to see Deke cover in future episodes.

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