Published on December 17th, 2012 | by Adrien de Broglio2
Create a Watercolor Logo in Photoshop
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Create a Watercolor Logo, using different watercolor and paper textures learning different techniques on brushes and layer mask.
Step 1 – New Document
Open Photoshop and create a new document with a white background, mine is 1680x1050px so it fits my screen resolution.
Step 2 – Logo
Create a new layer and select the Text Tool (T), I used the Bifurk font; I already used it in a previous tutorial. Write your text; use a different layer for each letter so you can work on each one separately, I just used two layers with a D and a rotate G to represent a C for drawing clouds. Put each layer with a letter in a folder for each one of them. Rasterize both letters layers by doing right click – Rasterize.
Step 3 – Gradient and Rotation
I’m going to explain how to give a nice effect on the D. You’ll just have to repeat the same process for the other letters.
Duplicate the D layer twice, Use the Free Transform Tool Ctrl+T and rotate the two duplicated layer with about 6,5° for the first one and -6,5° for the other one. Name the duplicated layer d_01 and d_02
Add a Gradient Overlay layer style to those 2 layers. You can play with the angle and the colours.
Change the opacity of both layers to 50% and place them under the original D layer, Repeat the same process for the other letters.
Step 4 – Blur
Select the 2 gradient layers we just created before and press Ctrl+Alt+E, this will create a new layer, place it under the d_02 layer and apply a Gaussian Blur to it, Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur with 3px, name this layer d Blur and change the opacity to 50%.
Do the same for the other letters, when you’re done select the entire letter folders but make sure the black letters layers are hidden, Ctrl+Atl+E and apply a 30px Gaussian Blur, place this layer under all the folders and name it Logo Blur, Change the opacity to 40%.
Step 5 – Watercolor Texture
I’ve used two watercolor textures from sadmonkeydesign-res’s deviant art gallery for this step, you can find them Here and Here, when you’ve downloaded both textures files, just open them in Photoshop. Drag the orange/pink texture into your document, resize and place it on top of the logo layers, make a selection of the D layer by doing Ctrl+Left click on the little thumbnail preview in the D layer, then with the selection still active, press Ctrl+Shift+left click on the G layer preview thumbnail in the layer panel, finally go back on the texture layer and create a layer mask, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection and change the opacity to 80%.
Drag the other texture and place the layer under the first texture. Make a selection of the d_01, d_02, c_01 and c_02 with the same process we used for the previous texture and create a layer mask on the blue texture, then change the blending mode of the layer to Overlay. When you’re finished hide the two original letters layers.
Step 6 – Background Textures
We’re not done with textures; we’re going to do the background now. You’ve got to download 2 more textures, download the 10 old paper texture by `Bleeding-Dragon pick one of those textures, I choose the paper2 one and drag it in your document, rotate it 90°, Edit – Transform – Rotation 90°. Place the texture layer in front of the background layer.
Next download a texture from ShadyMedusa-stock’s deviantArt gallery , resize and rotate it with the Free Transform Tool and place the layer in front of the first texture layer, change the opacity to 30%.
Step 7 – Lines
Create a new layer, select the Rectangle Tool and create a white thin stripe, duplicate this layer 3 times, each time move the new layer a little bit to the right, so you’ve got 4 stripes with the same spacing. Merge the 4 stripes layer and then duplicate the merge layer, place the new stripes under the original ones, you should have something like this.
Step 8 – Texture on lines
Select both stripes layers and use the Free Transform Tool Ctrl+T to rotate them, place them like on the image, then download an other watercolor texture Here, open it in photoshop and drag it into the document, place it on top of the first stripe layer, rotate and resize it with the Free Transform Tool, and create a Clipping Mask, Right click – Create a Clipping Mask, this will mask all the watercolor parts out of the stripes shape.
Step 9 – Layer Mask
Make a selection of all the D layers, D, d_01 and d_02 and invert the selection then create a layer mask on both stripes layers with this selection.
Step 10 – Paint Splat on Logo
Download some photoshop paint splat brushes, you can find some on deviantART Brush Library, to load them in photoshop, just double click on the .abr file you’ve downloaded or go on the brush library and click on load brushes. I used a new layer for every splatter and used the colours from the textures. When you’re done with the splatters, just create a new folder, name it Paint Splat, place all the splat layers in it and place it in front of the stripes.
Step 11 – Background Paint Splats
Create a new layer, name it Paint Brushes and place it just in front of the textures. Select the Brush Tool (B) and paint some more splat on all the canvas, when you’re done duplicate the watercolor texture layer in the stripes folder and place the layer in front of the Paint Brushes layer, Right click on it and select Create a Clipping Mask.
I hope you liked this Tutorial, contact me for any questions and send me a link to your creations, I really appreciate seeing what people learn in my tutorials. You can download the PSD source file:
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