Creating a leopard x style logo.
Inspired by the Mac OS X Leopard style, I will be demonstrating here to create my logo based on Leopard style. Here is what we will be creating.
Open a new photoshop document of a larger size, I have used 1024 X 768 Px of resolution 300. You can choose your style depending upon your logo, but its always good to start in a large document, you can as well scale it down later. Fill the background color of your document to black. I have used an image of galaxy to create background for this tutorial, I just googled a bit and found this colored galaxy image.
You can use any colorful galaxy image, drag this image to your new photoshop document. Our glaxy image is now on the new layer, select this layer and then go to Filter>Blur>Radial Blur and use these settings
Amount 100, blur method to ZOOM and Quality to Best. You can check the images below for your reference
Settings for radial blur are
Your image should now look like mine.
Now you have your background ready, time for some text. I used myriad pro font of size 96 pixels, you can choose your size but make sure you have the font as this style looks good with myriad pro font. So yeah my image looks like this now.
Press Ctrl button and click the text layer (it creates a selection around the text) now create a new layer in your layer’s panel, if you do not know how to create a new layer then check my image below.
Once you have added the new layer then keeping the text selection on fill the new layer with a color #4c4c4c again with the selection on go to select > Modify > Contract and contract by 5px and hit OK. Check image below for reference.
and use these settings
Now hit delete button and press Ctrl+d
Now finally lets add the gloss to our text. Create a new layer again and using the Eleptical Marquee tool (its on the top left of your tool kit) now create a selection like mine below and fill it with white color (#ffffff)
Once you filled the selection with white hit Ctrl+d and hold on ctrl button and click the text layer then press CTRL+SHiFt+i to inverse the selection.
Now go to the new layer where you created the eliptical white patch and hit delete with the selection on. Now you will have to add layer mask, check my image below to add layer mask.
Once you have added the layer mask button, select a linear gradient of white to black and holding shift key drag from top to bottom, do it till you get it right.
Gradient settings are here
After applying the gradient change the opacity of that layer to 60%. Check top right of layer window for opacity.
So our final image is here
You can change the background colors to get great effects. I have used black for background and this is what i got.