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Custom Unique Text

With this tutorial I am going to show you how you can create custom unique text from the fonts you already have installed at your computer. This technique is very useful especially for the design of logos or signatures.


Start by creating a new document any size. Select the Horizontal Type Tool and type your text. For this tutorial I have simply typed “text”.

typed text image

Now right click on your text and select “Convert to Shape”

Convert to Shape Photoshop Command

Now we can modify our text to whatever we like. In order to give an example for this tutorial I am simply going to modify the “X”.

I selected the “Delete Anchor Point” tool Delete Anchor Point tooland I deleted the anchor points that you can see in the next picture.
deleted anchor points

and here is my result.

modified text example

Then I picked the “Direct Selection” tool and I just dragged two of the anchor points et voila.

final result of Adobe Photoshop Tutorial

Of course this is just a simple example, in this case I have just modified one letter of my word, however I could have modified more or even all of them. In addition to that the editing possibilities are endless. If you want you can add anchor points to different locations, modify the bezier curves etc in order to create your unique text.

18 Responses to Custom Unique Text

  1. nothing December 7, 2005 at 1:14 am #

    cool its like samurai x text!!!

  2. cabal December 7, 2005 at 2:02 am #

    nice i didnt know that.
    thx for it

  3. Art4life December 7, 2005 at 7:53 am #

    nice

  4. Fil Razorback December 7, 2005 at 9:34 am #

    Good idea :p

  5. Poser December 7, 2005 at 11:25 am #

    Awesome, really good idea!!!

    you are a genius!!

  6. tried and failed December 9, 2005 at 4:57 pm #

    i have photoshop cs and i cant do this

    please go more into depth, im new, but not THAT new

  7. Garbs December 10, 2005 at 12:23 pm #

    Really simple idea yet a powerful style is added … Ace tutorial m8 ;)

  8. Logan December 10, 2005 at 1:50 pm #

    Good job! Learned something new.

  9. Mark Ramsay December 18, 2005 at 5:13 pm #

    Definitely learnt something and it adds a bit of etc spice to your sigs

  10. Confuzled January 3, 2006 at 6:31 pm #

    The “Convert to Shape” button isnt on the menu when i right click…

  11. Dimitris January 4, 2006 at 2:06 pm #

    You should click on “Commit any current edits” button at the right side of the horizontal menu. (It is a checkmark button)
    Alternatively, write your text, select the background layer, select your text layer again and the right click on th text.

  12. Dan January 14, 2006 at 3:07 pm #

    Hmm… you could probably recreate the Metallica logo text with this tutorial. Good job.

  13. Alexander March 24, 2006 at 2:03 pm #

    Like it!

  14. Stranger April 14, 2006 at 5:30 pm #

    When I delete the anchor points, it doesn’t look like what you had…

  15. Stranger April 14, 2006 at 5:33 pm #

    Oh, whoops, never mind, I was using Times New Roman font. :D

  16. phpdev67 May 26, 2006 at 5:58 pm #

    Really cool. Should be useful to create logos

  17. Lord-of-War August 9, 2006 at 4:25 pm #

    I don’t understand how can I get to this in adobe photoshop 6?

  18. bilhasry November 21, 2006 at 6:18 am #

    nice one.
    like samurai X