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In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the process of Creating this Colourful Distorted Warped Text Effect in Photoshop. Have a go!

This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Paper Texture

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 728px, fill the background layer with the following Gradient Fill:

Load the paper texture into Photoshop and select a piece with Lasso Tool (40px feather):

Copy and paste the selection to our document, position it to the centre:

Change the blending mode of this paper layer to “Multiply” and opacity to 29%:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

Use any font you like (I used this one), type some colourful texts onto the canvas:

Convert this text layer to Smart Object:

Warp this text layer as shown below:

Step 3

Apply the following layer blending options to this text layer:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 4

We will add some distort effect for the text in this step. Duplicate the text layer once and rasterize the duplicated layer:

Lighten the duplicated layer with this Hue/Saturation adjustment:

Select a portion of the texts on the duplicated layer:

Select the move tool:

Move the selection slightly:

Use the same technique, go through each letter to create more distort effect:

Step 5

Duplicate the original text layer again and move the duplicated layer to the top. Select a piece of the newly duplicated layer:

Hit Ctrl + T and use the free transform tool to warp this selection:

And this is the shape after I warped the selection:

Repeat this process, warp a few more pieces of the texts as shown below:

Step 6

Create a new layer under the original text layer, then make a selection of the original text layer:

Fill the selection with the following colour:

Again we warp the selection to create a back drop of the letters, as shown below:

Step 7

Let’s add some paper texture over our letters. Copy and paste another piece of the paper texture onto our document:

Set this new paper layer as a clipping mask, and here is the effect so far:

Step 8

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can flatten the layers and duplicate the background layer, apply the following Accented Edges filter to the duplicated layer:

Apply the following layer mask on the duplicated layer:

Add the following vibrance adjustment layer to the texts:

I also painted some particles around texts, and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)

Till next time, have a great day!

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