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A Different Melt
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A Different Melt
Created by: The Alb

 
As always, I was looking for something completely different when I found out about this little effect.
 

New Image
We start with a new image:
– Width = 400 Pixels
– Height = 250 Pixels
– Resolution = 75.000 Pixels/Inch
– Background = Raster Background
– Color Depth = 16 Million Colors (24 Bit)
– Color = White
– Transparent = unchecked
 

Text Tool
Activate the Text tool and enter the following settings in the Tool Options palette:
– Create as = Floating
– Font = Arial Black
– Size = 72
– Stroke width = 0.0
– Anti-alias = checked
– Alignment = centered
– Font style = bold
 

Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Gradient Option

We want to fill the text with a red gradient – since the text fill is always the background settings, set your Background Material to Gradient, click into the Background Material box and choose a nice red gradient such as "Duotone red" with these settings:
– Angle = 0
– Repeats = 0
– Invert = checked
– Style = Linear

Click into the image to bring up the Text Entry dialog. Use whatever text you like (I had just "ABC" in one line and "DEF" in the next line) and click on the Apply button.

 



After entering the text, it will show up surrounded by "marching ants". Since we want to use it as a new layer right-click onto 'Floating Selection' in the Layer palette and choose "Promote Selection To Layer" from the pop-up menu.

Afterwards you have a new layer in the Layer palette; it's important that you keep this text layer ('Promoted Selection') active now since we want to go on working with it. First deselect with Selections || Select None (Ctrl+D).

 

Next we use an Inner Bevel effect on the text. For that you go to Effects || 3D Effects || Inner Bevel. Use the following settings:
– Bevel = Bevel #7
– Width = 23
– Smoothness = 26
– Depth = 8
– Ambience = 17
– Shininess = 44
– Color = white
– Angle = 319
– Intensity = 40
– Elevation = 40

The result looks like on the left.

 

Now we get to the interesting point in our tutorial: concentric waves, the Ripple effect. Go to Effects || Distortion Effects || Ripple and use the following settings:
– Center offset Horizontal = 48
– Center offset Vertical = 7
– Amplitude = 4
– Wavelength = 48
– Edge mode = Repeat

Click on OK and go to Effects || 3D Effects || Drop Shadow and enter the following settings:
– Vertical and Horizontal offset = 3
– Opacity = 50
– Blur = 10.00
– Color = Black

That's it: Melted text like cheese on the stove!