Creating The Bones for Now and Later
The word “font” is sort of misleading when it comes to the letters and bones. What the pack really is, is a collection of .jpg images and a big .psd file with a folder for every letter. Lucky for me, the creator of the pack based his letters around an available font, CUBANO.
Sure, I needed to spell out the word “LIES” for the main graphic, but I also knew I wanted to do something with the x-ray effect on top of the fluorescent lights. For the video, I decided I’d have a black background with white text on top with a phrase that sounds good, but does not line up with scripture. Then, the phrase would be “hit” with the light, and expose the truth, so I knew I had 3-4 phrases to create. It was time consuming, but here was the process.
1. Place every letter needed onto(into) the photoshop document. – This became pretty tedious. I grabbed every letter I needed and threw them all in the document in the same place. This allowed me to put all the individual letter files in a group behind the actual font. Then, I resized the entire group of images (letters), to match the actual font. Because I resized every letter at once, they were each the same size…and it kept me from having to resize each letter individually. Then I drug each letter to its proper spot behind the letters
3. Apply a mask to the bone letter group using the actual cubano font text. – If this is confusing, let me briefly explain. All my “bones” were in a folder. I manually aligned each letter in the previous 2 steps. On a separate layer was a text layer containing the CUBANO font in the same size. I control-clicked on the thumbnail, and it selected the text itself (marching ants around the words), then used this selection to create a mask…In less words, using 2 clicks I removed everything but the words in the foldered bone-font.
I repeated this process 3 times.