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.
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.
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.
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.
Select the Gradient Tool from the lower tool bar.
From the gradient dialogue box, select:
- Monochromatic Style
- Direction: Top to bottom
- Color(the same one using the pipette)
- Opacity 100%.
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.
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.
Right click the mouse, and select Copy.
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.
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.
Texture > Sandstone + sharpen
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.
Open a 800 x 600, white background page.
Use the Ellipse Tool and draw a large arbitrary flattened oval shape.
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.
Use the the Text Tool to create the required text and then press Transform to Selection.
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:
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 with pointillize, sharpen and colour revive
White scanlines, colour+, sharpen
Fissure and sharpen