The steps for creating this pirate text effect start with converting a text layer into paths in order to reshape the lettering and then finishing it off using layer styles.



  1. Gary Spedding 3 July, 2008 at 17:26 Reply

    Corey – Forget the book and do a DVD of your best tutorials, I think your video tutorial style is excellent and will be better than trying to write the steps out.

    You and Bert Monroy are simply aces at these tutorials and the visualization of steps in video mode is worth more than a thousand words.

    Cool tricks and tips are embedded in each tutorial leading to the end point and can find application elsewhere. Same philosophy as Bert enunciates each time he runs a tut at Pixel Perfect.

    However, if you do end up with a book I for one will buy it immediately.

  2. David 3 July, 2008 at 18:50 Reply


    I agree with Gary! Do a DVD! I would buy it and I am sure that ‘MILLIONS’ of others will.

    Well done
    David 🙂


  3. Gary Spedding 3 July, 2008 at 20:11 Reply

    Interesting issue here. I downloaded the Carribean Font and tried to load it (Windows Fonts File) and found it replaces the Times Roman Font. So it cannot be loaded alongside.
    Somehow the font files are cross-recognized. Most odd and most interesting.

  4. Texas Corey Fan 4 July, 2008 at 09:11 Reply

    Gary S. – thanks for the info re a potential problem with installing the font.
    Corey B. – I agree with Gary S. all the way re a DVD. Books are too time consuming these days . If you do write a book, please combine it with a DVD – (& include your best from PhotoshopElements User as well). Your talents are amazing!

  5. Gary Spedding 4 July, 2008 at 11:55 Reply

    It turns out there are two Caribbean fonts – only one is listed (when opened) as Times Font. So I think you have access to the Caribbean font afterall. What is interesting is how the fonts are recognized on the computer – it is recognizing that the title is Times even though the file name is different. I assume there are hidden scripts with font files – otherwise the computer could not know what font was what?

    Sounds like there is a lot of interest in my DVD idea. Thanks for the support on this from others.

  6. Gary Spedding 5 July, 2008 at 09:41 Reply

    Sorry – not trying to hog the messages – but me again.

    Two things:-

    The ideas here can be adapted to shapes to create some very neat logos/designs. I posted some ideas and posed a question on this at the NAPP Forums. So a lot of flexibility from your tutorial Corey.


    Planet Illustrator? (Or at least include a lot of Illustrator in your DVD/book).

  7. Will Person 5 July, 2008 at 12:58 Reply


    Can’t get enough of these tutorials man… amazed at what you can do so fluently every time….well ok…almost every time 🙂

    Would buy a book or a dvd from you….but I do prefer video tutorials.

    Keep up the great work!



  8. kek ey 6 July, 2008 at 11:27 Reply

    hi corey

    cant create workpath. it says the layer not use faux fat-style.

    Thanks for your super-duper tuts.

    best regards kek

  9. Márcio Guerra 6 July, 2008 at 11:37 Reply

    Hi Corey! Again, nice one!
    I will go fro a Planet Illustrator, definetly!
    If it counts for anything, to me, either a book or DVD, but a DVD is faster to consume!


    Márcio Guerra

  10. Chad Robinson 6 July, 2008 at 15:49 Reply

    Corey, I am also going to have to agree with Spedding (above) about the DVD rather than a book. Not only would I rather spend money on a demonstration DVD than a book, but I’d be willing to spend alot more money on it 😉
    After all “seeing is input”, right? You did a great job on your feature in Layers Mag. this month. I would much rather watch a video on your dinner glass than have read it in the Mag. but none the less it was a great use of the finger painting smudge tool.
    Keep up the insperation for millions!

  11. vu 9 July, 2008 at 15:07 Reply

    DVD tutorial is a great way to go, Corey. I like how looking at graphics and changing them around. I’ll buy your DVD, man. Anywayz, I’ll try this great tutorial.


  12. Onyx 14 July, 2008 at 12:47 Reply

    Very good! Nice man! I like your work. You should do the DVD but the book is ok as well, either way goes. But man thumps up!

  13. Bluefly 30 July, 2008 at 01:11 Reply

    I think a book and a DVD together would be great!!! You can watch the DVD and look up items when needed. ( I noticed that the volume on the tutorials is very low I have mine turned up all the way and still have a hard time hearing them.)

  14. Angelique 14 May, 2009 at 00:47 Reply

    This was an awesome tutorial. It was very easy to use. I love the way that this turned out I will be using these features a lot. Thank you.

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