Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop tutorial: Discover hidden depths in type illustration

Step 11 To integrate the type into the photo better, we need to add some reflection from the photo to the type. Use the Marquee tool again to select a rectangle the size of the type from the area underneath the type. Go to the ‘desert’ layer and copy the selection. Paste this into a new clipping mask layer directly above the type in thelayer stack.

Add a layer mask using the button on the bottom of the Layers panel. Create a gradient in this to fade it out upwards. Set the layer’s blending mode to Multiply.

Step 12 Select all of your layers, copy a merged version (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + C) and paste it at the top of the layer stack. Apply a Gaussian Blur at 60% and set the layer’s blending mode to Soft Light at 60% opacity. If you want a more washed-out, retro feel, duplicate this layer.

Step 13 One very important element that will help integrate the type into the scenes is to add a shadow to the ground. Select the type, then create a layer above the ‘desert’ layer set to Multiply and 60% opacity.

Fill in the selection with black, and flip the shape vertically. Now Free Transform it so it is long and thin. Add a Gaussian Blur of 30%. Apply a mask and use a black brush to fade the shadow out on the right.

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