Finished Page: “Personalia for the Main Character”

Made the first page for my upcoming Pat webcomic. It’s supposed to introduce the main character, Pat. Pretty happy with the faded look on the typography.

P.S.: If you have Beckett’s Murphy in your bookshelves, open it to chapter two. Yup, I just gave you an obscure Pat reference for free.

Personalia for the Main Character

Tools used: Wacom Cintiq 21UX, Photoshop.

The faded typography was achieved this way:

You need Photoshop, a font and some kind of background. I used a free paper texture from

  1. Type in the text you want. Use any font you’d like, but it works best with the bold sans serif-ones. Play around with the kerning if you want a more random, “shoddy” look.
  2. Use Edit > Transform > Rotate if you want. I’ve misaligned some of the text, to make it more organic. Rasterize the layer when you’re done (right click on the layer).
  3. Apply gaussian blur on the text layer. Radius: 4 pixels or so.
  4. Apply smart sharpen on the same layer. Amount: 386%. Radius: 44,3 pixels. Remove: Gaussian blur. This effect sharpens and “removes” the blur you just added, making the lettering “bleed” into the page.
  5. Now comes the tricky part. You’ll have to get hold of some kind of textured brush. I used “Pencil Shading”, one of the brushes from Chris Wahl‘s excellent set. Use the brush to erase parts of the typography, but try not to overdo it.
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