Create an interlocking text effect in Photoshop with SaDesign

28/03/2024 207

The interlocking text effect in Photoshop is considered an indispensable part of modern brand design. In this article SaDesign will show you how to create two very simple interlocking letters in Photoshop so you can apply it to your design.

Create an interlocking text effect in Photoshop with SaDesign

The interlocking text effect in Photoshop is considered an indispensable part of modern brand design. In this article SaDesign will show you how to create two very simple interlocking letters in Photoshop so you can apply it to your design.

 

 

interlocking text effect in Photoshop

 

1. Introduction to interlocking letters 

Interlocking letters is a typeface made up of two or more letters to form a unified symbol. The purpose is to create a style for the lettering, often used to brand companies. 

 

2. Set up a Photoshop file for the interlocking letters 

- Step 1: First, open Photoshop => File => New to create a new file and install the new file with the following dimensions:

  • Width: 1280 px

  • Height:  720 px

  • Portrait: Landscape

  • Units: Pixels

  • Resolution: 72 pixels/inch

  • Color Mode: RGB

New to create a new file and install the new file with the following dimensions

- Step 2: Click View => New Guide Layout, in the New Guide Layout window, set the column and row to 2cm and the Gutter to 0 cm. In the Margin section, keep the default of 1.27cm => click OK.

New Guide Layout

3. How to design interlocking letters logo 

- Step 1: Go to the Tools panel and select Text Tool (T) => add the first letter, in this example we will add "O". 

Then add another text layer with the letter "R". In the Character panel set the abbreviation to “Monogram World 5 Regular”.

Go to the Tools panel and select Text Tool (T)

- Step 2: Open the Glyphs panel by going to Window => Glyphs, you will see that in the Glyphs panel there will be different options for interlocking letters. 

Select the letter "O" and double-click the wider "O" in the Glyphs panel to add the character. With the letter "R" we will keep the regular width.

Open the Glyphs panel by going to Window

- Step 3: In the Layers panel, select both letters by pressing Shift and click on each layer. Then move to the options bar and align both letters by clicking the align horizontally and vertically center box. 

Use the Move Tool (V) to place both letters in the center of the document.

Use the Move Tool (V)

- Step 4: In the Layers panel => Create New Fill or Adjustment => Solid Color and add a new solid black layer.

Solid Color and add a new solid black layer.

- Step 5: In the Layers panel, right-click on the letter "O" layer and select Blending Options to open the Layer Style window. 

After the Layer Style window opens, click on the Stroke option from the menu on the left. For the Stroke option, set the following parameters:

  • Size: 5 px

  • Position: Outside

  • Color: White. 

click on the Stroke option from the menu on the left

- Step 6: In the Layers panel, right-click on layer O then select Copy Layer Style. Right click on layer R and select Paste Layer Style.

right-click on layer O then select Copy Layer Style

- Step 7: To create the interlocking effect, we need to convert the layers into Smart Objects. Right-click each layer then select Convert to Smart Objects.

Right-click each layer then select Convert to Smart Objects.

- Step 8: In the Layers panel, select layer O => Add Layer Mask and repeat this step with layer R.

select layer O => Add Layer Mask and repeat this step with layer R.

- Step 9: From the toolbar, select the Brush Tool (B) and set Foreground Color to Black.

From the toolbar, select the Brush Tool (B) and set Foreground Color to Black.

- Step 10: In the Layers panel, click on the Layer Mask thumbnail right above layer R. Layer Mask is a useful feature for hiding and showing parts of a layer without having to delete them. So if you make a mistake, you can still fix it easily by changing the foreground color to white to perfect your design.

click on the Layer Mask thumbnail right above layer R.

- Step 11: Here are some examples of interlocking letters.

Here are some examples of interlocking letters.

 

4. How to add touches to finish an interlocking letters logo 

- Step 1: Use the Text Tool (T) to add a text layer. Use Characters to change settings. You set the text size to 50 pt and Tracking to 100.

Use the Text Tool (T) to add a text layer

- Step 2: After activating the Text Tool (T), go to the Options bar and select Create Warped Text. In the Warp Text window, make the following settings:

  • Style: Arc

  • Select Horizontal 

  • Bend: +25% 

Click OK.

go to the Options bar and select Create Warped Text

- Step 3: Use the Text Tool (T) to add another text layer, in the example below we add the text "Rugby Team". Then use the Characters panel to change the settings. 

Set the text size to 50 pt, and Tracking to 100. After the Text Tool (T) is activated, go to the Options bar => select Create Warped Text. In the Warp Text window, set the following settings:

  • Style: Arc

  • Select Horizontal 

  • Bend: -25%. 

Click OK. 

select Create Warped Text

- Step 4: Finally we add 2 content "ESTD." and "1998" on each side of the interlocking letters logo. Select the Text Tool (T) and create a layer to add "ESTD.", then use the Character panel and set the font to Calderock, Size 30 pt and Tracking to 200. 

Duplicate the layer by pressing Option and dragging the text towards the right. Press the Shift key to maintain the same horizontal or vertical alignment. 

Select the Text Tool (T) and change the text to 5.

Select the Text Tool (T) and create a layer to add "ESTD.",

- Step 5: Now we can change the color of the design. Because we have created Smart Layers for the abbreviation, when you want to edit the color, just double-click on the Smart Layers layer. Immediately, a new Photoshop file will open with Smart Layers. You select the layer, then open the Character panel to make color changes. 

After you finish changing the colors, press Command-S to save your edits. After closing the door, you will see the new color in the design.

change the color of the design

- Step 6: Repeat the same step for the remaining first letter of the interlocking letters design. Change the background color via the Color Fill layer then recolor the text.

Change the background color via the Color Fill

- Step 7: To add the size for the interlocking letters  design, add a drop shadow effect. Select the original 2 layers by pressing Command, then enter layer and go to the second layer. Right-click to select Duplicate Layers. 

Select both duplicate layers, right-click then click Merge Layers. Right click on the merged layer and select Blending Options. Check and select Drop Shadow from the left menu and set as follows:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply 

  • Opacity: 30%

  • Angle: 130

  • Distance: 25 px

  • Spread: 20%  

  • Size: 80 px

Click OK

Right-click to select Duplicate Layers. Select both duplicate layers, right-click then click Merge Layers

- Step 8: Right click on the merged layer and select Copy Layer Style. Select all four text layers to be added to each side of the design. Then right-click to select Paste Layer Style.

Right click on the merged layer and select Copy Layer Style

So we have completed how to create an extremely simple interlocking letters effect in Photoshop with just a few simple steps. Hopefully the above instructions will help you apply them successfully to your designs!

 
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