Animated text extrusion
In this tutorial, DomQuichotte shows you how to use a preset from the Layered Extrusion bundle to easily vibrate parts of the extrusion and save it as an animated GIF.
1. New document
Create a document with 1000 x 1000 pixels. The larger the picture, the harder it will be to generate a file size suitable for the web. But you can also reduce the image size during export later.
2. Background color
Create a new color fill via Layer > New Fill Layer> Solid Color and name the layer “Background Color”. Choose the yellow color #ffba00. The layer mask of the layer is not needed, so you can delete it if you want.
3. Text layer
Create a new text “No Bad Vibes”. I choose the Akzidenz Grotesk Bq Super Regular font in capitals with a font size of 225pt and a line spacing of 200pt. Of course you can choose another font. The text color is unimportant as we will change it later via the panel. You should align the text field to the middle of your document, via Layer > Align Layers to Selection > Vertical Center / Horizontal Center. For this you firstly have to select the picture via Select > All.
Open the FX-Panel with the Layered Extrusion bundle. Select the Advanced Extrusion with an orientation of -135 °. Under Basics, set the elements to 5. Select color as area and define a new color with #ff3e3e. Also activate the contour with automatic stroke, inner position and black color.
Then set the 5 elements as follows:
- Element 1 – Extrusion: 45px, color: black
- Element 2 – Extrusion: 8px, transparent
- Element 3 – Extrusion: 10px, color: black
- Element 4 – Extrusion: 6px, transparent
- Element 5 – Extrusion: 5px, color: black
In addition, the outline should be disabled. Make sure the text layer is selected and click Create.
5. Merge layers
Open the Advanced Extrusion folder in the layers panel. You’ll find the layers Element 3 and Element 5 in the extrusion folder. Select both layers and go to Layers > Merge Layers. Name the layer “Vibe 0”.
6. Duplicate layers
Duplicate the layers “Vibe 0” three times via Layer > Duplicate Layer and increase the number in the layer name by 1. Hide all new layers except “Vibe 1” (also “Vibe 0”).
7. Generate vibrations
Select layer “Vibe 1” and go to Filter > Distort > Ripple. Choose medium as size and set the amount to 25%. Repeat this with the other two layers. Set the amount for Vibe 2 to 50% and Vibe 3 to 100%.
8. Create fame animation
Hide layers Vibe 1 – 3 and show Vibe 0. Open the timeline in Photoshop via Window > Timeline. Then click on the “Create Frame Animation” button. Set the delay of the frame to no delay (= 0 seconds). Do do that, click on the time directly below the frame.
9. Add more frames
Add a new frame and hide Vibe 0 and show Vibe 1. Repeat this two more times with Vibe 2 and Vibe 3 displayed at a time. If you now click on the play button in the timeline, the text should “throb”.
10. Export animated GIF
Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy). Select by preset “GIF 128 Dithered”. Reduce the image size to 500 x 500 pixels and click Save. Your animated GIF is ready now.