Get stuck into our free typographic tutorial for combining the Eiffel Tower and type
Using a Foreground colour of a light black (#121212) and a Background colour of pure black (#000000), select a radial gradient (G) and draw onto a layer below the tower. The effect should be quite subtle.
To help you stay within the Eiffel Tower’s shape, it’s a good idea to draw the outline. To do this quickly, select the Pen tool (P) and create a large shape, bearing in mind it doesn’t have to be perfect.
To be able to see the intricate designs below, make both layers opaque by changing the transparency to around 40% each and then lock the layers (click on the padlock icon) so they don’t accidentally move while you work.
As the layer is no longer text based, you can start warping and manipulating the shape. With the layer selected click Edit>Transform>Warp. The shape then turns into grid, which you can manipulate in any way you want.
For individual characters we can turn a letter into a shape layer and then play with the anchor points. With the layer selected, click the Direct Selection tool (A) and pull or push on the individual anchor points.
Just like the engineer Gustave Eiffel, gradually build your tower from the bottom up. Notice how we’ve used a combination of different characters and effects. You can even play with different fonts to achieve a unique style.
Instead of having all the shapes filled with a single block colour, you can add some variation and just have some text outlined. To do this, select the shape layer, Ctrl/right-click and select a stroke in the Layer Style menu. Choose your colour and thickness and press Enter. To remove the inside fill, change the Opacity to 0%.
Another handy technique is to draw on a path. This means you can wrap text around a shape that curves. Select and unlock the guide layer we drew earlier, then grab the Type tool (T) and hover over the shape. You’ll notice the mouse arrow change. Type the text as it follows around the guide.
Now select all the text layers and group them all into one folder (Layer>New>Group From Layers). Now duplicate this folder and hide one (so we can keep the original layers safe). Ctrl/right-click the new group we’ve just created and merge them into a single layer. Hide the guide layer and photo as well.
It’s time to name your creation. Use whatever title you wish to sum up the image and try placing it in different positions around the page to see which one works the best. Remember the gradient colours you used in the previous step? You can use the same on the text as well!
To take your creation to the next level, add a light texture to the whole document. Place the texture layer over your work, desaturate the image by hitting Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+U and then change the blending mode to Overlay.
We need to add a bit more vibrancy to the document. Create a new layer and select #ffd200 for the Foreground colour and #000000 for the Background. Go to Filter>Render>Clouds and set the layer to Overlay at 40% Opacity.
Just before you finish, create another layer and change the Background colour to #ffffff. Go to Filter>Render>Clouds and this will fill the layer with gold and white clouds. Change the Opacity to around 40% and you’re done!