One of our senior graphic designers, Margie Rosenstein, asked me to watch the new season intro for So You Think You Can Dance so I could see the geometric, vector-looking video graphics that were used in it. They combined a da Vinci-style mechanical rendering with a Minority Report-like computerized vector effect that was freakin’ cool.
Creating a glossy, metallic effect is quite a bit easier than trying to achieve a worn, dull, pitted one. And the logo for The Lone Ranger movie does a great job of replicating that aged, weathered, metallic look.
I gave our editor, Chris Main, a few options for this issue’s “Down & Dirty Tricks” column and, of course, he went with the X-Men type effect.
What’s nice about this technique is its simplicity and flexibility. You can have as many or as few tiles as needed, and you can change the font color or messaging very easily. It’s one of those simple but effective techniques that works perfectly as an additional design element.
Create a type effect to go along with the pirate theme for Photoshop World 2014. While finding a swashbuckler-looking font was pretty easy, I also wanted the type to have a very textured, rusty appearance, as if it were a piece of iron or steel that had been exposed to the elements of the high seas for an extended period of time.
I love Disney animation movies, and I almost always love the logos that are created to support these feature films. They’re clever and creative and they always make me want to try and re-create them using Photoshop.
While it doesn’t use super-complicated Photoshop effects, the logo itself is extremely clever. Kudos to the designer that created a great logo without using a ton of over-the-top effects. Here’s our version using several different layer styles.