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Photoshop Production for eLearning: Typography

Mark Lassoff, Technical Trainer and Author

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9 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Typographical Terms

    • 3. Typographical Concepts in Photoshop

    • 4. Understanding Adobe TypeKit

    • 5. Using the Type Tool in Photoshop

    • 6. Plastic Text Effect

    • 7. Text Reflection Effect

    • 8. Project Video

    • 9. Section Complete Video


Project Description

Typographical treatments are visually engaging and they give learning content a finished, polished look.  As noted in the video, you should use these sparingly to maximize effect and readability of your content.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to create a typographical winter ice effect.


  1. Open Photoshop and create a new file.  Name the file Typographical Treatment and set a width of 1920 pixels and a height of 1080 pixels. Use a resolution of 72 PPI.  Make sure the background content is white.  You can leave the rest of the settings to their default values.

  2. We’re going to start by filling the background with a gradient.  Click the new layer button on the layers panel and make sure the new layer is active.  Your layers panel should look like this:

  3. Now let's set the foreground and background colors that we’ll use for our gradient.  Set the foreground color to R: 21 G:18 B: 94 on the RGB measuring system.  This will give us a midnight blue.  

    We’ll set the background color to an even darker blue.  Use R: 1 G: 3 B: 25.

  4. Choose the gradient tool from the toolbar.  In the tool options which are at the top of the screen in the default Photoshop interface, select the foreground to background gradient which will fade from the foreground to the background color we just selected.  Also choose the radial gradient.  

  5. Again making sure your new layer is selected, with the gradient tool, drag from the center of your screen into one of the corners. Your image should now look roughly like the image below:


  6. Now it’s time to add your text.  You can add any text you’d like.  This effect will work best if you use a thick, sans-serif font.  For the example below I used News Gothic Std Bold.  I sized it visually and put each line in a separate text layer.  At this point here is the entire Photoshop interface:

    Notice that the background gradient adds an interesting highlight to the text.

  7. The letters are finished with a series of effects that are applied with the effects button on the layer panel.   Use the screenshots below, apply each effect using the settings given and you should have a pretty cool winter ice effect on your text.

    Bevel & Emboss:

    Inner Shadow:

    Inner Glow:

    Outer Glow

    Drop Shadow:

    If you have more than one layer of text, you can use the “copy layer style” feature to copy the effects from one layer to another.  (Right click on the layer to access this feature). Feel free to approximate the colors shown in any of the effect boxes above.

    Once all the effects are applied, your text should look something like this:


Now It’s Your Turn
Put what you’ve learned about typography to work and create your own typographical treatment suitable for a slide in an eLearning presentation. The one we created here would work for the cover slide for a Winter Safety course, but use your own creativity.  Submit what you come up with.  I can’t wait to see it!

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