Now that the adventures of Indiana Jones have hit cinemas worldwide for the fourth time, I thought it would be a good idea to get in the Indy mood with a simple yet appealing Photoshop tutorial. Just follow these easy steps and you’ll be able to create an Indiana Jones text effect in a snap.
1. First of all, we need some material, namely the background picture and the Indy text font. I used an old map from the free stock photo site Stock Xchng for the background, and the SF Fedora font you can download from Dafont.
2. Now it’s time to work: open a blank document with transparent background and write any text you like with the Indy font. Then click on the Warp text button (see screenshot) and apply an arc effect, modifying the default parameters to make it more similar to the original movie title. In this case I used +12% Bend, -26% Horizontal distortion and +2% Vertical distortion.
3. Time to apply some effects: right click on the text layer and choose Blending options. We’re going to use Drop shadow, Gradient overlay and Stroke.
- Drop Shadow: tweak the shadow effect according to the screenshot.
- Gradient overlay: click on the gradient bar to open the Gradient Editor, choose a three-color pattern and replace the default colors with F9F2E6, FF881C and FF2D1C.
- Stroke: customize stroke settings as shown below
4. The text is already done, so now let’s apply it to the background image. Open your chosen image and simply copy and paste the text onto it. Resize the text with Ctrl+T if necessary. Feel free to add any other effects, like Noise (Filter > Noise > Add noise) or Film Grain (Filter > Artistic > Film Grain) to the background image to make more interesting.