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5 steps that make Photoshop lettering effects easy

By Ken Tamashiro

Posted on Monday, January 1st, 2018

I do most of my sign layouts for printed graphics in Photoshop—it’s a very powerful tool for sign makers. One of the main reasons is that I like to use the unique effects on the lettering that Photoshop makes possible. Very realistic bevels, inset centers, gold leaf, blends, unusual outlines—all this and more are possible if you invest a little time in learning how to use Photoshop.

And you don’t have to learn Photoshop inside and out to start creating these effects. As sign designers, we work primarily with lettering. We don’t usually use Photoshop’s powerful photo editing features, because we’re not retouching an image of a mountain. Usually we are designing great-looking primary copy for a sign for Acme Masonry or Total Fitness.

Here are five tips that will shorten your learning curve and have you turning out beautiful lettering effects in no time:


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Ken Tamashiro

Ken Tamashiro’s shop, Ken’s Custom Signs, is in Long Beach, California. He also offers Photoshop services to the trade. You’ll find him on Facebook at Ken’s Custom Signs or by email at kentamashiro7@gmail.com.