tutorial #3 down: photoshop waveform text effect plus marvin quote

Andrei Marks · August 14, 2010

I was bored, so I did a photoshop tutorial. This one was on Adobe Tutorials, called Wave's Text Effect and written by ART-D. Here was his final image:

wave's text effect original image

I learned a lot with this tutorial:

  • Gradients: there was a lot of work with gradients and gradient overlays.
  • Filters:
    • Wave distortions played a prominent role in creating the background, and were very fun to do. I think I'll have to look up some basic physics on waveforms to refresh my memory on waves and get a better grasp at how photoshop is actually distorting things.
    • The text texture was made using two opaque noise layers distorted with the motion blur function, that was pretty neat.
  • Text: Oddly enough, one of my favorite parts of the tutorial was the creation of the text's little inner border by using the Stroke and Inner Glow layer styles, it's a nice touch, I think.
  • Curves Layer Adjustment--Huh?Curves: At one point I used a curve adjustment layer to mess with the contrast, and I'm not really sure what was going on. I'll have to read up on photoshop mechanics to figure out what I was actually doing.

In any case, for my version I used different colors and used the following Marvin the Robot quote (see Douglas Adams, for the uninitiated):

"Life," said Marvin dolefully, "loathe it or ignore it, you can’t like it."

However, I'm not sure which book it's sourced from. I'll find out!

Anyway, here it is, with a link to the high-res version, enjoy!

marvin loathe it or ignore it wave background

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