Remember how scary it was when you were a little kid and you had to start reading books in school that didn’t have any pictures in them? Truth be told, that little kid still exists inside all of us; it’s one of the reasons why print media designs often rely on photos and illustrations rather than walls of bland text.
But text doesn’t have to be boring-after all, text is just another form of visual imagery, one that can become a beautiful work of art with the use of unique fonts or interesting Photoshop effects.
To help print designers in 2014 incorporate cool text effects into the visual identity of their designs, here are some of our top picks for the best Photoshop text tutorials.
Easy Photoshop Text Tutorials for Beginners
If you’re still learning the fundamentals of design or want some quick-and-easy text ideas to jazz up your print designs, these beginner tutorials will be a big asset. In your lessons you’ll learn how to apply texture and 3D effects, create logos, utilize masks and other simple techniques for enhancing your text.
Intermediate Photoshop Text Tutorials
These text tutorials are a little more advanced and require some basic knowledge of various Photoshop techniques-but don’t worry, each tutorial provides links to the supplementary information you’ll need to complete the design. In some cases, additional programs may be required, such as Adobe Illustrator.
24. Wood Inlay Text
30. Text In Stitches
32. Funky Stickers
Advanced Photoshop Text Tutorials
These Photoshop tutorials are for more knowledgeable designers, helping them to create beautifully complex word art and 3D special effects. Many of these tutorials will require the use of additional software, such as 3D rendering tools.
BONUS: Delicious Bagels Text Effect
Creating art with words will never die, no matter how advanced our capabilities for image rendering take us. When paper with moving images like a computer screen becomes commonplace, designers will still be using text to convey their message and create visual interest. Challenge yourself to design with stunning text and see where your creativity takes you.
We’d love to see what you come up with, so share examples of your best text effects in the comments below. And if you know of other helpful Photoshop text tutorials or you’ve created tutorials of your own, now’s your chance to share them with the world.
For more interesting Photoshop techniques, be sure to check out our list of the best free photo editing tutorials.