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Dreamcatcher Text
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Dreamcatcher Text
Created by:Jaci

A nice text effect based on the Dreamcatcher movie's logo.

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button
First, create a new image:
Width = 400 pixels
Height = 400 pixels
Resolution = 72 pixels
Background color = Black
Image type = 16.7 Million Colors (24 Bit)
Styles

Set the foreground style to null and the background style to Solid Color, then set the background color to a bright blue (I'm using Red = 81, Green = 233, Blue = 255; HTML Code = #51E9FF).

Add a new vector layer: Go to Layers || New Vector Layer and click on OK in the dialog box that appears.


Tool Palette - Text tool

Now we will enter our text: Click on the Text tool and then into your image to open the Text dialog box. Use the following settings:
Font = Arial (or any other font)
Size = 24
Kerning = 0
Vector = checked
Antialias = checked

Enter your text and click on OK to insert the text into your image.

Then duplicate the text layer: Go to Layers || Duplicate. Make sure (by looking on the Layer palette) that the 'Copy of Layer1' layer is active.


Tool Palette - (vector) Object Selector tool

Now we'll change the text color of the new layer to white: Click on the Vector Object Selector tool, then click on the text to make it active.

Still with the Vector Object Selector tool, right-click and choose "Edit Text" on the pop-up menu.

When the Text dialog box appears, change the background color (currently set to bright blue) to white. Click on OK to perform the color change.

Make 'Layer1' active again by clicking on it in the Layer palette. Now convert this layer to a raster layer: Go to Layers || Convert to Raster Layer.
1st Motion Blur

2nd Motion Blur

3rd Motion Blur

The main effect is created by using some motion blur.

To add some motion blur, go to Effects || Blur || Motion Blur and change the settings as follows:
Direction = 0
Intensity = 40 pixels

Click on OK to apply the Motion Blur effect.

Then apply it again by going to Edit || Repeat Motion Blur.

Apply it one more time for the final effect.


Tool Palette - (vector) Object Selector tool

Make the 'Copy of Layer1' layer active again by clicking on it in the Layer palette. Now click on the Vector Object Selector tool and then make the text active by clicking on it.

We will now create a raster selection for the text: Right-click on the active text and choose "Create Raster Selection" from the pop-up menu.

Keep the text selected and convert this layer to a raster layer: Go to Layers || Convert to Raster Layer.

Result

Now we'll be adding the final touches to the text.

First, contract this selection by one pixel: Go to Selections || Modify || Contract and enter the desired value (1), then click on OK to contract the selection.

Now apply a drop shadow using the same bright blue you used for the text: Go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow and change the settings as follows:
Vertical Offset = 1
Horizontal Offset = 1
Opacity = 75
Blur = 1
Color = #51E9FF

Click on OK to apply the Drop Shadow effect. Now you can deselect the text: Go to Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).