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Introduction
I love doing type treatments. Out of all the designs Ive created so far, its typographic illustrations that
have always taught me a lot, mainly because Ive usually tried to make the most of Photoshop and
Illustrators tools. You are practically forced to create most of it from scratch, so how much you polish
your design determines how good it will be.
In this tutorial, I went for a decorative look, by firstly choosing a typeface: Ayosmonika. Ive used it
before, and this time I wanted to go for a more flat look. The font seems very organic to me, so I sought
and found a good online resource, the ornate pattern freebie. Its got lots of rich detail, so its enough for
what we want.
My initial colors were violet and yellow, but they seemed out of place. I later decided to go with a wood
texture, and bronze shades (new and aged) for the decorative elements. These colors would give me an
old-world look, so even though its not how it began, it is how it ended.

Step 1
The first thing well do is create a very large wooden texture. Getting the same result may be difficult, so
just try to obtain something that looks like a wood texture. Start up Photoshop and create a new
document. Make it big; somewhere around 6000 px by 6000 px (300 ppi).
Select a dark brown (#48403a) as the foreground color and a lighter version (#ac9f92) as the
background color. Fill the documents background with the foreground color (#48403a) and go to Filter >
Render > Fibers. Change the settings (Variance of 12.0 and Strength of 34.0) and randomize it until you
get something similar. Playing around with the settings can help.
OR: If youre a Graphic River user, you can download a similar texture from my Wood Texture Pack.

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Step 2
Well now give the fibers more depth and a darker color. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient
Map. Once you created it, change its layer Blending Mode to Overlay and Opacity to 50%.

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Step 3
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Now create a new blank layer and fill it with the color #633a1c. Set the layers Blending Mode to Multiply.

Step 4
And finally, select the Gradient Tool (G). Choose white as the foreground color, and create a white to
transparent white gradient from top to bottom. Change the layer Opacity to somewhere around 10%.
Select the entire canvas (Command + A) and copy the merged file (Command + Shift + C).

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Step 5
Create a new Photoshop document using a landscape A4 canvas (29,7 x 21 cm at 300 ppi). I created
mine in CMYK format, so if you want the colors to make any sense, make sure you select CMYK, not
RGB.
Now add the type to this new document. Download this free font and type in each letter on a separate
layer. The color doesnt matter, as it will be replaced by a texture. I chose different shades of green just
to show the layer order.

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Step 6
Now double-click on the letter T layer and add these effects. Here are the color codes for each of
them: Drop Shadow set to #000000; Outer Glow set to #476454; Bevel and Emboss Highlight set to
#f09629 and Shadow set to #45293c, and Stroke set to #466454.

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Altogether, your effects should look like the image below.

Step 7
Copy the layer style (right-click on layer and go to Copy Layer Style) and paste it over the rest. Also,
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create a large ampersand behind all the letters.

Step 8
Create a new blank layer above the letter T and make it a clipping mask. Place the wooden texture
inside.

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Step 9
Create another blank layer as a clipping mask above the texture. Make a selection of the T layer
(Command + Click on the layer icon) and contract it by seven pixels (Select > Modify > Contract).

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Step 10
Fill it with white and blur it slightly (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur).

Step 11
Change the Layers opacity to 40% and select the eraser tool (E). Make it about 80% soft and erase the
bottom part.

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Step 12
Get this and this screw. Cut them out with the pen tool and desaturate them (Command + Shift + U).
Well use the first one for large screws and the second for smaller ones. Place one of the large ones in
the middle of the T and apply the effects shown below.

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It will now look like its holding the T in place.

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Step 13
Do the same to create the smaller one and place these screws on all the letters.

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Step 14
Now youll need this free ornate pattern. Open it in Illustrator and double-click on the flourish detail (not
the pattern). Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to select a white part of the detail. Change its color to
#486554, Copy it (Command + C) and paste it (Command + V) into the Photoshop file as a Smart
Object.

Step 15
Now add this layer style shown below.

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It looks odd now, but it will be better once we add the second color.

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Create a new blank layer as a clipping mask and paint (#74cdd8) with a soft brush the tips of the flourish
detail.

Step 17
Group the layers (Command + G) and duplicate the group, then position it accordingly.

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Step 18
Place a large one on the bottom.

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Add a few smaller ones that appear to come out of the large one underneath. Try to keep an orientation
that feels natural and organic.

Step 20
Add the final ones too.

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Step 21
As usual, well adjust the colors and contrast of the document with good ol Adjustment Layers. Add the
first one by going to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

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Now add a Selective Color Adjustment Layer and use the Colors drop down menu to get to Blacks.

Step 23
I thought the composition needed a touch of another color, so lets add some orange. Duplicate one of
the floral patterns and make it smaller. Delete the bright cyan and paint with this color instead: #f7db58.

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Step 24
Add a few more.

Step 25
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Now, make a selection of each letter and paint with the same color.

Step 26
Go back to the Go Media Illustrator file and double-click the ornate pattern this time. Select the white
part, and make it black. Copy it and go to Photoshop. Create a new document and keep the Clipboard
size. Paste the pattern into the new document that should be an exact fit. Make the Background layer
invisible and go to Edit > Define Pattern.

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Step 27
Create a new blank layer above the wood texture background in our illustration. Select the Bucket Tool,
and click on the drop down menu to paint a pattern. Select the newly created one and create one in the
blank layer. Add the layer styles shown below.

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This is what you should see at 100%.

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Step 28
Create a new layer, make it a clipping mask and paint with a very large, soft shadow a few white glows
near the center. Keep the Opacity low so that they dont become too obvious.

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Step 29
Use the same orange to paint a few subtle glows in a few places, just like in the previous layer.

Conclusion
Finding the right resources can be a great way to eventually create your own typographic illustrations.
Its like learning from others before you do everything by yourself. In time, youll be able to create details
that are not only of the same or even better quality, but also something that reflects your style. And
hopefully, Ill be able to write a tutorial about that some day! You can view the final image below. Be sure
to view the larger format, as there are details you miss at small sizes.

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