Do you love old typewriters and the style they apply to the letters? Those duplicated letters, and the illegible and sometimes even blurred and almost missed symbols?
In this tutorial, I will show you a quick and easy way to create a vintage typewriter font effect using a displacement map, textures, and smart filters. And if you want to know what a typewriter font looks like, check the best typewriter font collection available on Envato Elements:
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Let's start to create our own vintage typewriter font effect. If you want to learn this effect via video, check out our lesson on the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:
The following assets were used in the production of this tutorial:
1. How to Prepare the Document
Let's get started by setting up a New Document by pressing Control-N. Set the document size to 1500 by 1000 px.
Drag and Drop the textures from the tutorial assets to the document, and then make these layers Invisible.
Hit T and create two text layers with any words you want to use.
After that, add a Mask to each layer.
Select the text layers while holding Shift, and hit Control-G to create a group of the layers. Then add a mask to this group as we did before.
Now we need to create four duplicates of the group using Right Click > Duplicate Layer.
2. How to Create a Typewriter Font Text Effect
Select the mask of the first text layer and then Control-click on the icon of the text layer.
Go to Select > Modify > Contract and use the following setting: Contract By: 4 px.
Press Shift-Control-I to invert the selection, and then hit Shift-F5 to fill the selection with black.
Add the same mask effect to the second text layer and hit Control-D to deselect.
Select the mask of the first layer and then go to Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Splatter and use the following settings: Set Radius: 10; Smoothness: 15. After that, add the same filter to the mask of the second layer using Alt-Control-F.
Put the ink texture inside the first group of layers.
Double-Click on the ink texture in the Layers panel, and then go to Color Overlay and use white.
Now we need to add the selection to the masks of the second group of layers, as we did before. But this time we'll use the following settings: Contract By: 2 px.
After that, select the mask of the text layer and go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Sprayed Strokes and set the Stroke Length to 20, Spray Radius to 0, and the Direction to Horizontal. Then add the same effect to the second layer mask using Alt-Control-F.
Now let's go to the next group of layers and add the masking effect to both text layers as we did before, but this time we don't need to use the contract function.
Select the Mask of the layer and then go to Filter > Distort > Displace and use the following settings:
- Horizontal Scale: 4
- Vertical Scale: 4
- Displacement map: Tile
Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels
Hit the OK button, and now you need to select the PSD file from the tutorial assets as a displacement map. Add the same effect to the second layer using Alt-Control-F.
Add the masking effect to the text layers in the fourth group with the Contract by 4 px setting.
Select the mask of the text layer and go to Filter > Distortion > Ripple, using the following settings: Amount: 69%; Size: Medium. After that, select the mask of the second text layer and hit Alt-Control-F to add the same filter.
Select the mask of the first layer and then go to Filter Gallery > Sketch > Torn Edges and use the following settings:
- Image Balance: 40
- Smoothness: 15
After that, add the same filter to the mask of the second layer using Alt-Control-F.
Now let's go to the last group of layers and create a mask effect as we did before using Contract by 4 px.
Go to Filter Gallery > Brush Strokes > Splatter and use the following settings: Spray Radius: 10; Smoothness: 15. After that, add the same filter to the mask of the second layer using Alt-Control-F.
And finally, let's add the last filter to the mask. Go to Filter Gallery again, and then select Texture > Craquelure and set the Crack Spacing to 35, Depth to 10, and Brightness to 0. Use the same effect for the mask of the second layer.
Now we need to make some of the elements invisible. Select the mask of the first group of layers, and then hit M and select some words you would like to make visible. Hold Shift to make multiple selections.
Hit Shift-Control-I to invert the selection and then Control-I to invert the mask.
Delete some parts of different group masks as we did before.
Move the first group of layers about 10 px to the left while holding Shift.
Change the Opacity of the group to 90%.
Create a duplicate of the overlay texture and move both layers above all the groups. Then change the Blending Mode of the first texture to Hard Light and the Opacity to 52%. After that, change the Blending Mode of the second texture to Multiply.
Select the first overlay texture and hit Alt-Shift-Control-B. Then hit OK.
Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and set the Brightness to -80 and Contrast to 100.
And for the last step, we need to put all the previous groups in a new group and then Right-Click on the first texture and select Create a Clipping Mask.
Awesome Work, You're Now Done!
Congratulations! You have created an old typewriter font effect using a displacement map, textures, and smart filters. Here is our final result:
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