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Create stylish two tone text with Photofiltre!

In this tutorial I will show readers how to create two styles of two tone text using the free version of Photofiltre.

Two toned text created with Photofiltre


Two toned text with curve created using Photofiltre

Step 1.

Open up a new blank page on Photofiltre, 800 x 600, white background.

Use the pipette tool to select a suitable colour. In this example I’ve selected #567B9B, which is an attractive blue/grey. Note that when you select the pipette tool, a dialogue box appears at the bottom so that you can type the colour number directly in.

Photofiltre pipette tool

 Step 2.

Use the Rectangle Tool to draw an arbitrary box and fill it using the Paint Tool from the colour selected above using the pipette. In this example I will only use one colour for simplicity.

Draw rectangle and fill with paint

 Step 3.

Drag the top line of the selection and move it up… and then drag the bottom line of the selection up as well but just slightly below the top of the solid blue colour as shown.

Move selection lines up to make the top gradient

 Step 4.

Select the Gradient Tool from the lower tool bar.

Gradient tool location on tool bar

From the gradient dialogue box, select:

  • Monochromatic Style
  • Direction: Top to bottom
  • Color(the same one using the pipette)
  • Opacity 100%.

Gradient dialogue box

Click OK.


Two tone section 

Step 5.

Select the Text Tool. In the this example I’ve used the Garamond font, bold at size 100.

Type in your text and select Transform to Selection.

Text dialogue box

Step 6.

The outline of the text will appear…position the text transformation outline over the two tones mid way, the solid part on the bottom and the gradient towards the top.

Positioning ofTransform selection

Right click the mouse, and select Copy.

Copy text selection

Right click and select Paste, either on spare white section or in a new window. Done.

Step 7. Adding extra effects.

Once the basic two tone text has been created further enhancements can be made to make it look more interesting using Photofiltre’s various filters and adjustments.

Select the Text tool again, and click on Transform to Selection again. Position the Transform outline over the two tone text so that the selection sits perfectly over it.

Position transform over text

From here, you can choose many effects such as progressive contour, Scan Lines and various texture effects. Use these in combination with the sharpen, reinforce, soften, gamma, color controls to further enhance the effects.


Progressive contour +  Paint fill on outside.Two tone text with enhancements

Texture > Sandstone + sharpen

 Two tone text with added enhancement

Part 2. Two tone text with curved horizon.

The principle is the same as before, but instead of creating the two tone in a straight line, the idea is to have a stylish curve on the inside.

Step 1.

Open a 800 x 600, white background page.

Use the Ellipse Tool and draw a large arbitrary flattened oval shape.

Draw the elipse

Step 2. Fill in the ellipse.

This time instead of using the paint tool to fill the ellipse, I’ve used the Gradient Tool to fill it. However, a solid colour could have also been used :-)

Step 3. Draw the second ellipse.

With the first ellipse still selected, drag the top of the ellipse and then the bottom part to a higher position forming the outline of the second ellipse as shown.

Step 4. Fill second ellipse.

Now fill the second ellipse with the Gradient Tool as well.

Fill second elipse with gradient.

 Step 5.

 Use the the Text Tool to create the required text and then press Transform to Selection.

Transform to selection on curved gradients

Step 6.

Position the the transformed selection over the two tone gradient. I’ve offset it a little towards the right so the curve not centred. When it’s in the right position, right click the mouse and select Copy.

Step 7. Paste.

Right click the mouse and select paste to paste the two tone text to either a new page or on the same page in a blank area.

The basic two tone text with curved horizon:

Two tone text with inside horizon curve

Further enhancements.

As before, you can add further effects to the two tone text by using the Transform to Selection in the Text Tool then selecting various filters and other adjustments.


Extra colour and sharpen

Two tone text with extra colour and sharpen


Two tone with pointillize, sharpen and colour revive

Two tone with pointillize, sharpen and colour revive

White scanlines, colour+, sharpen

Two tone text with scanlines

Fissure and sharpen

Two tone text with fissure and sharpen


9 Responses to “How to create two tone text using Photofiltre”

  1. Bengbeng says:

    very informative. this kind of website is great for a formal site offering tips and info to the casual visitor.

  2. Neo says:

    Nice tips, the 2-tone text looks so much nicer than the standard ones.

  3. you are a great teacher.. you have allot of patience, you really showed me something that I had no idea I could ever do.. but this sure seems possible for me. I am thankful for it and you .

  4. Rachel says:

    Wow, this blog is going on my bookmarks bar! This is great and really helpful, thanks!

  5. Jeff says:

    Rachel: Thanks :-) Glad you you like it.

  6. Toni says:

    Thats a way to do it, but there’s an easier way.
    open a blank page. type text > transform to selection > filtre > color > gradient. Then choose your two colors. :)

  7. Jeff says:

    Toni: Yes you’re right. Transform the text, apply a gradient with 2 colours, then… to get the two tone effect, use the elipse tool to draw a oval shape over part of the text…. then hit the grammar correct+ a few times to brighten that part. Nice!

  8. Hannah says:

    Do you know how to keep the dotted outline on the text? Like how it is if the things is selected? I saw it somewhere before, but I’m not sure where, and I can’t find it anywhere!

  9. Beverly says:

    There is no equlization on the histogram in photofiltre studio whereas there is eqalization with the histogram plug in. please advise as i want to do lomo style photos as per your tutorial. should i download the plugin or is there a way to use the histogram available in the studio version your answer will be appreciated.

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