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.
The faded typography was achieved this way:
You need Photoshop, a font and some kind of background. I used a free paper texture from cgtextures.com.
- 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.
- 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).
- Apply gaussian blur on the text layer. Radius: 4 pixels or so.
- 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.
- 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.