Deke’s Techniques: Creating an Indiana Jones text effect in Photoshop

Published by | Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

If you’re craving real Photoshop adventure, then this week’s Deke’s Techniques is just what you seek. In this free-to-all video, Deke creates a classic Indiana Jones-style logo. Start with whatever phrase you like, and use Deke’s process to transform your text into the multicolored, Saturday-matinee, cliffhanger text you see here:

Example of Deke's Indiana Jones-style Photoshop text

Grab your bullwhip and hat and set out on the adventure Deke has in store for you this week by first downloading the “SF Fedora” font from Shy Foundry. Then, after a series of small alterations, you’ll load a special Deke-created “Indiana” gradient so that you have just the right mix of orange, yellow, and white traveling intrepidly down your text. (If you aren’t a member of, you can still roll your own gradient based on the info in this video.) After applying a few careful transformations and a clipping mask, you’ll find that you’ve turned your ordinary text into the stuff of treasure-seeking legend.

If you have a detailed eye, you may have noticed at the end of Deke’s free technique our created Indiana Jones text has slightly rounded corners around the altered SF Fedora font. If you’re on a search for the elusive sharp, or mitered, corners that we see in the original Indiana Jones logo and you’re a member of, this week’s exclusive Online Training Library® video, Achieving mitered corners in Photoshop, will show you how to take your logo into Illustrator, square off the corners of your type, and re-import the results into Photoshop for a pristine replication of the classic Indiana Jones movie poster effect.

And of course, for further Photoshop adventure, join us next week for another free edition of Deke’s Techniques.

Interested in more?
• The entire Deke’s Techniques collection
• Courses by Deke McClelland in the Online Training Library®
• All courses on Photoshop in the Online Training Library®

Suggested courses to watch next:
• Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery
• Photoshop for Designers: Type Essentials
Designing a CD Cover in Photoshop Hands-On Workshop
Photoshop CS5 Top 5

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6 Responses to “Deke’s Techniques: Creating an Indiana Jones text effect in Photoshop”

  1. Shabeer says:

    sooooo excited i want this tut……

  2. Vincent says:

    Video doesn’t work. Lame.

    • Chelsea Adams, managing editor says:

      Hi Vincent! The video is embedded from our YouTube page so it should work in all browsers with all platforms. What are you seeing?

      If you are unable to watch the video on our blog, you can always watch the Indiana Jones edition of Deke’s Techniques for free on

      Just check out technique number 086. Thanks for watching!

  3. petter says:

    Can i download the exesise file to this thing with outmember ?

    • Chelsea Adams, managing editor says:

      Hi Petter! You need a Premium membership to download the exercise files, but Deke does a good job of explaining exactly how you can make the Indiana Jones gradient he offers in the exercise file yourself at 6:46 in the video.

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