Distorting Letters using Brushes
Distorting letters on Photoshop using brushes is an easy and quick way to enhance pictures with text and really take advantage of the benefits that Photoshop has to offer.
To begin, select the type tool from your Photoshop tool menu (it’s on the left panel of the screen). Then, type text onto your image. Play around with the font size and font style until you are happy with it and then click either “ok” if you’re working in Photoshop 5.5 or click on another tool if you’re working with Photoshop 6.
Then, you need to make the text into a picture, so that text tool doesn’t edit it again. You can do this in Photoshop 5.5 by right hand-click on the “T” in the layer menu, then a submenu will popup and click the “render layer” option. In Photoshop 6, still go to the “T” in the layer menu, but instead of clicking “render layer” click “rasterize layer.”
Make sure to duplicate the text layer, even before you make it a picture, just in case you would like to change the text or effects later on.
Next, select from the tools menu the eraser tool and either select or load the Photoshop brushes you want to use. In the pictures that will follow, the designer used the grunge set of brushes. Now, set the eraser tool to opacity 40. You can do this by double clicking on the eraser tool in Photoshop 5.5 and opening the options palate, and then in there entering the opacity to 40. If you’re using Photoshop 6, you should follow the instructions for Photoshop 5.5, but the options palate is at the top of the screen. Click the image using one of the many brushes offered. By varying the types of brushes while using the eraser tool, you could create something like the image below. Be sure to play around with the brushes and opacity settings until the lettering is just how you like it.
Original image without distortion:
Image with Distortion: