A cool effect in Photoshop you can create is
a rune effect. There is absolutely nothing like the creepy,
glowing text on a piece of rock that can be used better
suited to adorn some artwork.
The following image
represents what you will have created after completing this
Steps to Create Effect
The following steps will help you to create the image effect
you see above:
Fire up Photoshop and create a new image. Mine is
500x500px and transparent. Once that's done you will need
a rock texture. Naturally, one is provided for those who
don't wish to make it. Credit to phong.com for the rock
Alright. To turn this rock into a tablet, take the marquee
(selection) tool (press M) and make a selection about the
same size as you want your final tablet to be. Once that's
done, go into the channels panel and create a new channel
Press alt+backspace to fill the selection
with white (the foreground colour) and then go
filters | blur | gaussian blur by about 4 pixels.
Press ctrl+d to deselect and then press
ctrl+f to repeat the
last command (gaussian blur). Finally, go image |
adjust | levels and move the sliders around
(close together) until you get a nice smooth, crisp edge.
ctrl+click on the channel "Alpha 1" and
go back to the layers tab to bring up the selection. Press
Q to enter QuickMask mode. Go
filters | pixelate | crystallize for the
crystallize filter. Press Q again to
leave quick mask, then ctrl+shift+i to
invert the selection and press delete.
[ how your
pattern's edges should look ]
You should note that all of
the screenshots in this tutorial have been scaled down in
size to maintain clarity and cohesiveness.
Cool. Now you have something that looks like a paper
tablet. It needs depth. This part is pretty easy. Double
click on the layer with the tablet-to-be and use the
Outer Glow - Blend
Noise: 0 Solid Red
Spread: 4, Size:
(The one like an "S")
Bevel And Emboss -
Style: Inner Bevel
Ring - Double (two waves)
Screen (white, #FFFFFF) 75
Multiply (Black, #000000) 7
Contour - Contour:
Half Round (outward/upward curve) 50.
Your picture should look
like the following:
with a glow effect ]
Great! You've now got a spooky glowing 3Dish rock. But
that's kinda boring. I added text to mine using the font
levitated.net called "Levitated Rune".
This font supports only lowercase letters, sadly. Anyway,
type your text over the area, leaving a bit of a border
(5-15px should suffice).
with text ]
Ok - engraving time. ctrl+click on the
text layer, and then press ctrl+shift+i
to invert the selection. Press ctrl+alt+d
to bring up the feather box, and feather by 5px. Then,
create a new layer, reset your colours (press D),
and press ctrl+backspace to fill with the
background colour (white). Now, ctrl+click
on the text layer, and nudge the selection right and down
5 px (the same distance you feathered by), then press
ctrl+shift+i and delete.
Repeat step 7, except fill with black (alt+backspace)
and nudge the selection up and left instead of down and
[ zoomed in
portion to highlight the engraving effect ]
Finally, drag the text layer above the two "engraving"
layers, and the tablet below all the layers. Now, to
finish off apply the following to the text layer:
- Outer Glow
- Opacity: 60, Noise: 0, Solid Red(#FF0000), Technique:
softer, spread: 1, size 40, Contour: Half round
(outward/upward curve), Range: 100, Jitter 0.
- Inner Glow -
Opacity: 24, Noise: 0, Solid Red(#FF0000), Technique:
softer, Source: edge, Choke: 0, Size 3, Contour: Half
round (outward/upward curve), Range: 8, Jitter 0.
- Bevel And Emboss
- Style: Pillow Emboss, Technique: Chisel Hard, Depth:
100, Direction: up, Size: 3, Soften: 0, Angle: 135,
Altitude: 51, Gloss Contour: Linear (plain), Highlight
mode: Screen (light grey, #B2AFAF) 75, Shadow Mode:
Multiply (Dark Grey, #1C1C1C) 75.
- Contour -
Contour: Linear (plain) 100.
- Texture - Bubbly
Texture, Scale: 100, Depth: +100. Satin - Blend Mode:
Multiply (black, #000000), Opacity: 50, Angle: 19,
Distance: 11, Size: 14, Contour: Gaussian (The one like
an "S") Inverted. Colour Overlay - Blend Mode: Normal
(Dark Grey #1B1A1A) Opacity: 100.
There you have it - a brilliant rune
effect. If you need any help, please post in the
Drawing and Design forums.