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Old 01-26-2010, 08:12 PM   #1
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Borderlands font Tutorial

So today, I was asked by someone to make them a borderlands signature. I knew it would be pretty hard to do since there are absolutely NO tutorials on how to make the borderlands font in photoshop. I did alot of research to find a good font that is similar to the borderlands font, and I had to search through pages of textures to find a good texture for the font. I thought I'd make it easier on everybody else who is interested in making a borderlands font, by making a quick tutorial.

1.) Open Photoshop and create a new file.
The size is your choice, but I went with 500 x 120px.

2.) Download and install the compacta-icg-bold font file that I attached.

3.) Click on the text tool and create a new text layer with the font Compacta ICG, and type whatever you want in whatever size you want. I typed "BORDERLANDS". Make the font yellow. I used #fff600 for the color of the font, and 105px for the size.

4.) Right click on the BORDERLANDS text layer in the layers palette, and click on blending options.

5.) Use these settings for the drop shadow of the BORDERLANDS text layer:


Use these settings for the stroke (outline) of the BORDERLANDS text layer:


6.) Now, create a new layer and place it above the text layer. Then copy this texture and paste it into your new layer.


7.) Resize (ctrl + T) the texture so that it fits on your canvas.


8.) Next, select the text layer in the layers palette, click on the magic wand tool and select the yellow of each letter by clicking in the yellow, and holding shift for each additional letter you want to select.


9.) With the yellow of the text still selected, click on the texture layer, and then invert your selection (CTL + SHIFT + I).


10.) Now DEL the area that is selected so that it looks like this:


11.) Next, deselect the area you have selected, and then invert the colors of the texture layer. (CTL + I) or (Image > Adjustments > Invert)

12.) Set the blending mode of the texture layer to Darken and set the opacity to 65%.




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Something doesn't seem right, but here's my result. I ended up lowering it to 42% opacity cause 65% looked too dark.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:52 PM   #3
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Something doesn't seem right, but here's my result. I ended up lowering it to 42% opacity cause 65% looked too dark.
Hmm, the only thing I could think of is maybe the stroke is just a little too big on yours but I'm not sure. This is the first photoshop tutorial I have ever done, so chances are I did a few things wrong. Normally I used tutorials to learn everything on photoshop, but there was no good tut on google at the time so I had to figure it out for myself.

Nice sig btw!
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I got this @ 50% opacity

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Old 03-12-2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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I got this @ 50% opacity

Nice nice.
Let me know if anyone finds out how to improve it at all.
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Nice nice.
Let me know if anyone finds out how to improve it at all.
Well one thing is that to make it better it needs a lighter shade of yellow with a little darker lines.

Edit: I dont know if this makes it any different but let me know if it's any change. To me it's a little brighter.

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I can't get the text to stay and get rid of the white background. How can I do that? I would show my result, but I can't delete the white background and now it's pissing me off. :cursing:
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I can't get the text to stay and get rid of the white background. How can I do that? I would show my result, but I can't delete the white background and now it's pissing me off. :cursing:
Have you deleted the background layer?
Also, when you save do "Save for web and devices" and save it as png-24 so that it keeps it's transparent properties.
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Also, when you save do "Save for web and devices" and save it as png-24 so that it keeps it's transparent properties.
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I know its been a while since this was posted but I'm looking to do this for the font for my tickets for a jack and jill but can't get it to work because the photoshop images are down (ie, the instructions). Does anybody still have the instructions?
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I know its been a while since this was posted but I'm looking to do this for the font for my tickets for a jack and jill but can't get it to work because the photoshop images are down (ie, the instructions). Does anybody still have the instructions?
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