Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop tutorial: Get started with type art

Step 13
When you’re happy with your colours, create a new layer on top of the other layers for background decoration. Using the Elliptical Marquee tool (M) create a circle then, using the Brush tool, paint very light colours around the circles. Sometimes you can make the circle then invert the selection (Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + I) and fill around it too.

Step 14
Delete the black background layer. Click on the white swirly-line layer, then invert them (Cmd/Ctrl + I): this will become a black line. Set the layer’s opacity to 50% and move it so it’s beneath the colours layer – this will give the artwork beautiful soft colours. You can colour the roses now if you haven’t done them already: click on the flower layers, Select > Load Selection, then create another layer, setting it to Multiply. Start filling the roses in that layer with colour.

Step 15
Now we need to add the final touches – I want the words to glow; this also makes them easier to read. Click on your original black and white layer that you pasted from Illustrator, select Layer Style > Outer Glow, and pick the colour you want. Set the opacity to 20%, the noise to 0, the spread to 14%, the size to 38% and the range to 50%. You can apply these settings to other layers too if you like.

Step 16
We’re almost finished. I like to have a darker shade in the type – you can set this using Edit > Adjustment > Level. You can also make the outer lines softer using the Erase brush (set to 50% opacity), erase at the end of each stroke or wherever you think it’s suitable.

Pomme Chan

Who: Born in Thailand, Pomme Chan moved to London in 2002 and has become a sought-after illustrator. Her distinctive felt-tip style illustrations have won her clients including Liberty, Nike, Microsoft, Mercedes-Benz, and titles including the Guardian, the Sunday Times, Financial Times and many more.
Software: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
Time to complete: 5-6 hours

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