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9. Add Text

Click on the Folds layer in Photoshop to make it the active layer.

Add a Layer Set by clicking on the Create a new set icon New Folderin the layers palette.

CS2Note: In Photoshop CS2 a Layer Set is called a Layer Group.

Rename the Layer Set to Text by clicking on its name in the layers palette.

Click on the Create a new layer iconNew Layerin the layers palette to add a new layer. That layer is now part of the layer set/group.

Select the Horizontal Type tool Horizontal Type Toolin the tool bar and press the letter D on your keyboard to make the foreground color black.

Select a thick font (I used Bernard MT Condensed) and type with capital letters: $2500 REWARD.

Click on the Create a new layer iconNew Layerin the layers palette to add a new layer.
Type with capital letters (except for the word 'or'):
DEAD or ALIVE.

Click on the Create a new layer iconNew Layerin the layers palette to add a new layer.
Type with capital letters:
WANTED

Change the size of the text and align up the 3 lines of text until it looks a little like this:

Paper with added text

 

When you're 100% sure that you're happy with the font, size and alignment of your text, right click (Control + click on the Mac) on the thumbnail of each text layer and select Rasterize Layer in the window that opens up.
Warning: after this the text wont be editable using the regular Horizontal Type tool.

Click once on the thumbnail of the Layer Set/Group in your layers palette to make it active and change its opacity to 60% to make the text look faded.

Click on the Add layer mask iconAdd Maskin the layers palette to add a layer mask to the layer set/group.

Go to the menu and select Filter / Noise / Add Noise... and enter an Amount of 40%, set Distribution to Uniform and check the box named Monochromatic and click OK:

Add Noise window

 

This gives the text a look as if the ink didn't saturate the paper for 100% (old equipment):

Faded text with noise added

Save your work first before you continue.

Note: By placing all text in a Layer Set/Group, we only needed a single adjustment to affect 3 layers at the same time.
We only needed to add one noise mask (3 if we hadn't used a Layer Set) and we only needed to chance the opacity once (3 times if we hadn't used a Layer Set). So this is a good example of some of the advantages of grouping layers in Photoshop.

The text still looks a bit too perfect. Click on the $2500 REWARD layer to make it the active layer.

Select in the menu Filter / Liquify and select the Forward Warp tool Forward Warpand enter on the right side of the Liquify window a value of 50 for Brush Size (make sure that the other 2 values are the same as the ones in the screenshot):

Liquify Brush Options

 

Now slowly move parts of the text up, down, left or right. Only make small changes to avoid that you go overboard with your corrections (use the next screenshot as a guideline). Use the same Photoshop technique for the two other layers that contain text:

Text after applying Liquify

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