You will almost be able to smell the pungent odor of motor oil as you create this highly realistic oil text.
- Crop Tool
- Channels Tab
- Gaussian Blur
- Lighting Effects Filter
- Blending Modes
Create a new image with the demensions 500x100px with a transparent background and make a new layer.
Using the Text Tool write a word or two using the font Impact ( 72 pt. ) We used "N-sane ART" as our text. Make the color of the text 50% gray or #8A8A8A. Rename the layer "Oil Text"
While pressing the Ctrl key, left click the "Oil Text" layer.
Without deselecting, go to the Channels Tab and click on the little button on the bottom that says "Save selection as channel" when highlighted.
Your channels tab should have a new channel called "Alpha 1." Select channel "Alpha 1"
You should still have your text selected from step 3. Do the following
Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) Radius: 5 pixels
Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) Radius: 2.5 pixels
Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) Radius: 1 pixels
Deselect the text.
If you have an image like the one to the left, congratulations! You have come a long way! You just passed the hard part so the rest is easy. You could stop right now and have metal text but you came to get Oil Text so don’t give up now!
Right click the "Oil Text" layer in the layer palette and "Duplicate Layer"
Change "Oil Text Copy" layer's blending mode to Difference.
Select the "Oil Text Copy" layer and use the Gaussian Filter ( Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) with a Radius of 5 pt.