Creating Retro Folded Typography Using Photoshop


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Step 1: Working away from the computer

To create our folded text, we first want to see in real-life how folded strips of paper would look. This technique lets us reduce the amount of guessing we have to make and gives us a reference point.  These tutorials can give you the skills you need to design media for your site so you won’t have to pay a web designer to do them!

So first, take a piece of regular 8.5” x 11” paper and cut it into strips using scissors or a box cutter.

Working away from the computer

Start folding the strips to the letters that we want. I’m folding all the letters at roughly 90o angles except for the letter “N” (which we need the angle on).

Now we can see exactly how the folds will look for the letters we’re using.

Working away from the computer

Step 2: Setting up the document

Now that we have a general idea of how the fold on our paper strips should look, we’re going to go into Photoshop and create a new 1200 x 600px document.

Write out “DESIGN” and a smaller “INSTRUCT” below it using the Horizontal Type Tool (T), something like I have done below. I’m using Futura Bold for my font because it has a retro look to it. If you don’t have Futura, try using any wide, bold font that gives us room to work with.

We’re going to use this as our type’s base for sizing and width guides while making our folds.

Working away from the computer

Step 3: Adding color

Next, we’re going to change the color of our text. First, the “DESIGN” text is going to be a different color for each letter. Your colors don’t have to be the exact colors that I’m suggesting below, but I’m trying to go for a wide variety of colors that I think will translate into some nice retro colors.

The letters and their corresponding hexadecimal color values are as follows:

  • D: #00AEB7 (blue)
  • E: #FF9900 (orange)
  • S: #BA0000 (red)
  • I: #01AD4E (green)
  • G: #FEDE58 (light yellow)
  • N: #FF99AB (pink)

Also, we’re going to change the “INSTRUCT” text to a brown color (#3B2601).  If you aren’t sure of what colors to use, try using a  to mix them up!

Adding color

Step 4: Guiding the “D”

Lets start off by working on the “D”. Let’s make a new Photoshop group (Layer > New > Group). We’ll name this group, “D”.

Next, create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) within the “D” group.

We’re going to lay out some Photoshop guides to help us with the shaping our “D” letter. We want a guide on the top, bottom, left-right and the inside-left side of the “D”.

Guiding the "D"

Step 5: Creating the template

Since all the strips of paper are the same width, we need to make sure the lines of the “D” (and the rest of our letters) are the same width. We’re going to do this by first clicking on the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) in the Tools Panel to activate the tool.

While holding down Shift to make a perfect square, click and drag a square selection starting from the top left of the “D” towards the inside guide.

Create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) and fill it (Edit > Fill) with black (#000000) so that we can easily see it (the color doesn’t matter because this square is just for helping us shape our text).

This will be our template to make sure everything is the same size. We’ll be moving this square template throughout the creation process with the Move Tool (V).

Creating the template

Step 6: Adding more guides to the “D”

Now that we have the template, we can drag down a guide so that it’s on the bottom of the box we just made.

Click and drag the box down to the bottom guide and place a guide on the top of the box.

Also, using the Move Tool (V), move the box to the right and put a guide on the left side of that box. What we’re making with the guides is a hole in the middle, while making sure all the lines are the same width.

Adding more guides to the "D"

Step 7: Subtracting from the “D”

Now that we have our first letter all mapped out, we can start editing it. In the Layers Panel, click on the “D” layer we made in Step 4 to make it our active layer. Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a box around the outer guides so it covers the letter. Afterwards, fill it with the same blue as our “D” (#00AEB7).

Before we subtract the middle part, we want to right-click on the “DESIGN” text and choose Layer > Rasterize > Type. This will make it so we can delete areas from the original text—we can’t do this if it’s still a text layer.

Create a selection using the inner guides, click on the “D” layer in the Layers Panel, and then press the Delete key to remove the area beneath the selection.

We can also completely delete the “D” from the original base text layer because we don’t need it anymore.

Now you should have a box with a white hole in the middle.

Subtracting from the "D"

Step 8: Shaping the “D”

Now we’re going to chop off the corners on the right side to start to give us a “D” shape, similar to how our real-life reference looks.

Shaping the "D"

Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), click on the intersection of the top and inner right guide. Then click on the intersection of the inner top and outer right guide. Finally, close the path by the clicking around so you get that top right corner selected and then hit Delete to take away the section under our selection.

Shaping the "D"

Now we’re going to do the same thing with the bottom right corner.

Shaping the "D"

Shaping the "D"

Step 9: Adding imperfections

Since these letters have a folded look, we’re going to give them some slight imperfections by making the ends of the folded strip of paper overlap past the letter.

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), make a square within the top two guides and out past the left side of the “D”. Fill the selection (Edit > Fill) with the blue color (#00AEB7).

Adding imperfections

Move the marquee selection down to the bottom two guides and fill that area with the blue color (#00AEB7) as well.

Adding imperfections

Step 10: Adding guides to the “E”

We’re going to work on the shadows and finishing elements later on, so lets move on to the other letters next. Create a new group (Layer > New > Group), call it “E” and create a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) within that group.

Now we’re going to use the square template that we created for the “D” to make sure our letter has a consistent width.

Since we created the guides for the “D”, we notice already that the top and bottom arms of the “E” aren’t quite tall enough. We can also assume that the middle part of it also has the same problem. We should fix those issues.

Bring in our square template and put it in the center of the middle arm. Put a guide on the top and bottom of the template.

Also make guides on the left and right sides of the “E”, as well as where the middle arm ends.

Adding guides to the "E"

Step 11: Filling out the “E”

Click on that layer we created in the “E” group. Use the same orange color (#FF9900) as the “E” to fill in the areas so the arms are the same as the stem of the “E”.

Adding guides to the "E"

Step 12: Shaping the “E”

Bring our template to the top left of the “E” letter and make a guide on the right side of it so that it follows the inside of the stem. Just like in Step 8, we’re going to chop off the corners of the “E” from the original text layer.

We’re also going to make the middle stem extend out the same way we did in Step 9.

Shaping the "E"

Step 13: Creating the “S”

Create a new layer group called “S” and a new layer inside that group.

We’re going to base off the letter “S” with our existing letter “E”. First, select the area from the top guide to the edge of the left side of the “S” to the very bottom guide, at the right edge of the “S”, and then fill it with the red color (#BA0000).

We want all the letters to be the same height so that’s why we’re cutting off the top and bottom edges of the “S”.

Creating the "S"

Step 14: Roughing out the “S”

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), select the two areas between the guides that goes in between the arms of the “E”, and then press the Delete key to remove the area beneath your selection. This should give us three horizontal bars with the same width as the “E”.

Roughing out the "S"

Step 15: Shaping the “S”

Put the template on the top left corner of the “S” shape and then place a guide on its right side. Move the black square template to the bottom right and put a guide on its left.

Now using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to select the area, fill the empty area on the top left and the bottom right with red (#BA0000).

Shaping the "S"

Step 16: Rounding out the “S”

Toggle off the visibility of the original text layer from our view to make this next process easier.

We want to get rid of some of these corners, just like with our “D” and “E”. The two ends don’t get their corners chopped off because they don’t fold.

Rounding out the "S"

The “S” looks kind of funny right now, but it’ll look fine later on once we start applying shadows on it.

Delete the “S” from the original base text layer if you want, because we no longer need it.

Step 17: No change to the “I”

The “I” will stay as-is since there aren’t any folds to it.

No change to the "I"

Step 18: Creating the basic shape of the “G”

Make a new group for “G”, and—you know the drill by now—a new layer (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N) inside it. Just like with the “S”, we’re going to select the area from the top to bottom guides and the left to right edges of the “G”.

Once selected, fill it with our yellow color (#FEDE58).

Now, let’s put a guide on the left and right sides of the box.

Creating the basic shape of the "G"

Step 19: Shaping the “G”

This will start out similar to the “D”. First, put the square template on the top left and put a guide on the right side of it.

Next, put the template on the bottom right and put a guide on its left side. Select the area that the guides make inside the box, and then delete it from the box and the original text.

Shaping the "G"

Step 20: Finishing off the “G” shape

To make our letter into a “G”, we’re going to move our square template so the top of it is resting on the top of the inner circle. Create a guide on the bottom of the template to help us.

Now, using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), select the area that starts at the top of the inner circle to the guide we just made so we can get rid of the top right side of the box.

Finishing off the "G" shape

Step 21: Rounding off the “G”

Now we want to get rid of all the right-angle corners of our letter (as shown below). Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) to make the selection, and just press the Delete key to clear the area below the selected area.

Rounding off the "G"

Step 22: Reduce the width of “G”

Our “G” is a little too wide for our design. To fix that, get the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and select the right half of our letter.

Reduce the width of "G"

With the appropriate area selected, click on the Move Tool (V) on the Tools Panel, hold down Shift, and move the selected area to the left.

Reduce the width of "G"

Step 23: Creating the basic shape for the “N”

For our letter “N”, let’s create a new group and also a new layer inside the group. Create a box around the original “N” and fill it with our pink color (#FF99AB).

Move our square template with the Move Tool (V), placing it at the top left corner of the letter. Also place a guide on the left and right to make our selections easier and more accurate.

Move the square template to the right corner, and also place guides on the left and right sides.

Now select the middle part with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and delete it.

Creating the basic shape for the "N"

Step 24: Adding the crossbar

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) again, we’re going to create a box around the right stem of the “N” and duplicate the selection into a new layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + J.

Take the stem we duplicated and then use the Free Transform command (Ctrl/Cmd + T) to angle it so that it turns into the crossbar of our “N”.

With a little experimentation, the top left corner should line up with the left corner of the left stem and the bottom left corner should line up with the bottom left corner of the right stem.

Adding the crossbar

Select the part of the crossbar that goes above the top guide with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and delete it.

Adding the crossbar

Step 25: Finishing off the “N”

If you look at the actual fold of the letter “N” in our reference photo, you’ll notice that the folds at the top and bottom aren’t completely horizontal. We’re going to create these angles by moving the square template to the top left.

Use the Free Transform command (Ctrl/Cmd + T) and move a guide on the horizontal middle transform control. What we’re doing is making a guide at the halfway mark of the template. Do this for the bottom right corner.

With the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L), delete the corners using the guides we just made as the side points.

Finishing off the "N"

Step 26: Cleaning up the text

Right now, you should probably have something that looks pretty messy. Let’s clean up the type by deleting the extra elements we don’t need in the original text.

We also want to get the letter “E” on one layer. Click on the original text layer in the Layers Panel while holding down Ctrl/Cmd. Then with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M),  hold down Alt/Option to create a square selection around the “I” to subtract it from the current selection.

Now hold down Shift + Ctrl/Cmd and click on the rest of the “E” in the “E” group. Click on the “E” layer in the “E” group and fill the selected area with our orange color (#FF9900).

Cleaning up the text

Step 27: Creating the folds on the “D”

Now we can start creating the folds for the letter “D”. To create the folds, we’re going to use our guides as well our real-life model for reference.

Creating the folds on the "D"

The horizontal pieces are the ones on top for the “D”, so the two vertical pieces are going to have shadows on them.

To create the shadows, select the area in the middle with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and make a gradient with the Black to Transparent gradient preset using the Gradient Tool (G).

Play around with this until you get something that looks good. If you don’t like the gradient you made, just press Ctrl/Cmd + Z to undo it, and then try again. Try not to start the gradient right at the edge, but try not to make it too subtle and understated either.

To get rid of the excess gradient, Ctrl/Cmd + click on the “D” layer, go to Select > Inverse (Shift + Ctrl/Cmd + I) to invert your selection, and hit the Delete key to get rid of the selected area.

Creating the folds on the "D"

Step 28: Creating the folds on the “E”

With our “E” letter, the vertical stem is going to be the top piece with the three arms getting the shadows (exactly like our real-life reference).

Creating the folds on the "E"

Step 29: Creating the folds on the “S”

For the “S”, the curved parts are going to be the ones on the top, with the rest shaded.

Creating the folds on the "S"

Step 30: No folds on the “I”

Our letter “I” is pretty boring — there aren’t any shading that needs to be done for the “I”.

No folds on the "I"

Step 31: Creating the folds on the “G”

For the “G”, the two vertical lines are going to be on top, so the horizontal ones are going to have the shadows.

Creating the folds on the "G"

Step 32: Creating the folds on the “N”

For the “N”, the left stem is going to be under the crossbar and the crossbar is going to be under the right stem.

Creating the folds on the "N"

Step 33: Overlaying the shadows

Now we’re going to change the blending mode of all the shadow layers to Overlay except for the right fold on the “N”, which will be changed to Soft Light.

Overlaying the shadows

Step 34: Desaturating the backside of the “D”

The folds look pretty good now, but we want to define the front and back a little bit more by dulling down the color that would be the back of the paper to give the letters some depth.

Select the pieces that would have been folded under with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) and open up the Hue/Saturation image adjustment command (Ctrl/Cmd + U).

Note: To make multiple disjointed selections like the image below, hold down the Shift key (this should put a small “+” on your mouse cursor, indicating that it’s the correct mode).

Desaturating the backside of the "D"

Change the Saturation to -40 and the Lightness to +20. We’re using the Lightness option in the Hue/Saturation because it washes out the colors, which is what we want.

Desaturating the backside of the "D"

Step 35: Desaturate the rest of the letters

Apply the Hue/Saturation from Step 34 to the rest of the letters.

Desaturate the rest of the letters

Step 36: Add a Satin layer style

Click on the “D” layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Satin. This will give the text a little bit of a shine and highlight the middle areas of the text.

Apply this to the rest of the letters as well. A shortcut would be to right-click on the “D” layer, choose Copy Layer Style, select the other layers, right-click on them, and then pick Paste Layer Style from the contextual menu that appears.

Add a Satin layer style

Step 37: Adding a Gradient Map

We’re going to add some effects to our text and image. First off, we’re going to go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map.

Adding a Gradient Map

Click on the yellow to red gradient preset and also choose the Reverse option.

Drop the opacity of the Gradient Map adjustment layer down to about 15%. This should be your topmost layer. This will give our entire piece a yellowish, aged look.

Adding a Gradient Map

Step 38: Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

We’re also going to drop the brightness of our work. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.

Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

Step 39: Give the text an uneven look

Now we’re going to give our text a little bit of an uneven, natural look. First, make sure the foreground and background colors are black and white (press D to reset your colors).

Create a new layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + N, and then go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Make sure the layer is just below the Gradient Map and the Hue Saturation layers.

Give the text an uneven look

Change the blend mode of this new layer to Overlay and the drop the Opacity down to 50%.

Give the text an uneven look

Step 40: Adding a background texture

Let’s open up the paper texture included in the Resources listing in Photoshop.

Alternatively, use a paper texture of your own, or look around the Freebies section of Design Instruct for textures that you might want to use instead.

Go to Image > Image Rotation > 90o CCW so that the binding of the texture is at the bottom of the canvas.

Go to Image > Image Size and change the width to 1200px to make the texture the same width as our main canvas.

With the texture prepped, copy and paste it into our retro folded paper Photoshop canvas.

Change the blend mode of the texture’s layer to Overlay and then open up the Levels image adjustment dialog window (Ctrl/Cmd + L). Change the option values so that they are similar to what I have below—these settings will make the texture stand out more.

Adding a background texture

Step 41: Adjusting the texture

Open up the Hue/Saturation dialog window and drop the Saturation to -40. Also, drop the opacity of this layer to about 50%. This will make the color of the texture more subtle.

Adjusting the texture

Step 42: Adding a second texture

Duplicate the paper texture with Ctrl/Cmd + J and move it down the layer stack below all the letters.

Change the blend mode to Multiply and drop the opacity to 20%.

Adding a second texture

Step 43: Adding a vignette

For artistic effect and to draw the eyes of the viewer towards the center of our piece, we’re going to darken the edges of the canvas, creating a faux vignette. Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) on the Tools Panel, and in the options bar, change the Feather to 50px. Click and drag a box around the entire canvas (or press Ctrl/Cmd + A).

Go to Select > Inverse and fill the inverted selection with black (#000000). This should fill just the edges.

Change the blending mode of the vignette layer to Overlay.

Adding a vignette

Step 44: Alternate texture

You can also play around with additional textures. I’m going to keep the background with the same paper texture. I’m going to hide the paper texture that was above the text.

Next, I’m going to bring in this other texture (also included in the Resources listing above) to give the image a dirtier, grungier look. Play around with different textures to create something that’s all your own.

Alternate texture

Step 45: Final adjustment

I moved the letters around a little bit to get the kerning to be a little more even. You can do this more accurately with Photoshop’s Ruler Tool (I), but eyeballing it is fine—perfect spacing isn’t important because we want the text to have an imperfect, hand-made feel to it.

Final adjustment

Tutorial Summary

In this Photoshop tutorial, I showed you how to create an interesting folded paper typography. First, we created a real-life model of our text, which I hope shows you the value of having a reference before firing up your favorite graphics editor and creating artwork digitally.  These skills are great to have at all levels of web design! A college could use these skills for their university’s web design or teach it to their students! It’s very valuable to learn these design skills!

We used simple Photoshop techniques such as selecting areas manually using the Photoshop’s Lasso and Marquee tools. To make our selections more accurate and our letters more uniform, we created a square template and used a copious amount of Photoshop guides. To finish up the piece, we applied some basic adjustment layers to give our product a retro, faded look.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I look forward to seeing your own versions in the Design Instruct Flickr group pool.


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  • Really cool effect you’ve got going! I liked what you did, changing the original font like that! Thanks for sharing!

  • Great tutorial!

  • very cool effect, good idea and a lot to learn for me and my photoshop experience! btw. i like this little borders and shadow around the gravatars is this made with css?
    thanks V.

  • Tyler this is really awesome. Creative and very cool result. Thanks

  • Nicklas Lärka

    This is sweet! The end result is awesome.

  • The border and shadow around the avatar uses a CSS background image (you can find it in our CSS background sprite). The border and shading in the images inside the tutorial uses CSS3.

  • thanks for reply, the thing with the sprite is, i never used this before, so i have to look how this works, but i know the site loads faster and thats much better 🙂 and one more ting – your site is very clean and well organized, thats lot of work on my site 🙂

  • @zauberer: No problem, glad to share some insight. Thanks for the compliment on the web design, took me a while to design it and lay it out, even though it looks simple–it’s harder to take away from a design, than it is to put stuff on.

    For CSS sprites, I find this tutorial very easy to follow for people who’ve heard of them but don’t know how exactly they work:

  • very creative!
    I’ll try this out myself

  • Thanks, I’m glad everyone likes it!

  • Agon

    Great as always…Tyler like u typographic tuts…there is always some cool effects..

  • Uniqueness and Innovative. Very strong words but definitely describes this tutorial. Excellent job, Tyler!

  • Excellent tutorial, very cool graphic.

  • Thats a great DESIGN,
    superb effect and technique, very well done!

  • Cool techniques and result. This is great, especially the cloudy effect!

  • Olivia

    Enjoyed this as a whole, but especially enjoyed the use of actual folded paper as a reference. Thumbs up!

  • love the way you did it with real paper first!

  • Really Cool Instructs.
    I found my new logos Thanks.

  • Fantastic tutorial, you could’ve easily stopped at a number of junctions but continued to tweak the design until it was just perfect.

  • Really great tutorial..Excellent techniques….thanks for sharing..

  • Wow! I love the finished product. Wonderful work. 🙂

  • Inspiring as Typography Tut! Thanks Man!

  • This is quite a popular typography effect. But this is the best tutorial on this type of effect! Love the precision with which you measured the folds!

  • Thanks for this great tutorial, the effect looks really cool. 🙂

  • Very instructive. It gives the way to see how things are. Not a single compilation of instructions as we see so many times in many sites.

  • shahirah

    whoa.u give me goose bumps. awesome!

  • This is so neat! I really am going to try this out. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  • Nice tutorial,great work..I was looking for something extraordinary and I got it…thanks a lot.

  • Elina

    Very useful tutorial. I’m loving this! Also curious how you would make a X. I’m working on that now ^^

  • Good question. The closest letter that will prove useful (I’m only visualizing this, haven’t actually taken Tyler’s tip and lay out strips of paper) is the letter “N”, with the diagonal crossbar.

  • Javier Villatoro

    Hey that´s awesome!… by the way is the cs3 ps? thanks!.

  • If I remember correctly, the source file should be a layered TIFF file, which should be CS version agnostic.

  • Aftab Alam

    I really apriciate this tutorial and really loved this one, it made my past in front of the eyes when I used to work in school in my craft & Drawing sessions.

    and it really inspired us to do something really and diffrent from others.

    greate keep doing this…

  • nice one… thanks for this.

  • Claudia

    Thanks, great tutorial!

  • Agi

    Really nice effect – I like the way you did it. Keep up!

  • I’ve seen other articles about something similar – but this is really well written and has much more detail – Thanks for sharing! *bookmarked*

  • I really apriciate this tutorial and really loved this one, it made my past in front of the eyes when I used to work in school in my craft & Drawing sessions.

  • So Great! I need some infos in this post for my rapport de stage. Can i have your contact please? I need your permission to quote it :D. Anyway, That’s great job. Keep going.

  • So Great! I need some infos in this post for my rapport de stage. Can i have your contact please? I need your permission to quote it :D. Anyway, That’s great job. Keep going.

  • I made something similar earlier, though, Great Tutorial.

  • Great job Leena, it looks great!

  • Merci, bravo et respect.

  • Grazie saputo questo carta storia , un grado d ‘intossicazione tema mi ha veramente bigrement interessato.

  • hazel mariz

    so cool…
    i will try this..
    thanks for the tutoril

  • Grazia fino a questo storia ho estremamente saputo per nuove cose che non sapevo non. Grazie, applauso ed anche rispetto.

  • Hm, seems pretty tedious but I like the result!

  • Love the soft light overlay effect. It’s one I use all the time for the lovely colors you get out of it. Great tutorial!

  • Thank you so much, i’ll try now.

  • Thank you so much, i’ll try now.

  • juni arante

    i’ve always wanted to learn how to do this!!! finally some light 🙂

  • Great job!
    More proof that creation occurs well before sitting at the computer.

  • This is a really awesome tutorial! Working with text design can be so much fun. Thanks for sharing.

  • interesting but very great infos thanks for share with us =)

  • It would be even more awesome to see how the same result is achieved in Illustrator, in order to keep it vectorial. But a great tutorial anyway. 😀

  • I think a lot of the basic concepts can be ported over to Illustrator. For example, the drawing and deleting can be used with the shape tools in Illustrator coupled with the Pathfinder commands.

  • This tyographic treatment is awesome! l dig the step by step methods so easy to follow.
    I’m so posting this onto my online class.

    Thanks you guys.

  • It seems the British designer for the 2011 census liked your article (google 2011 census uk)

  • danb

    thats a great !

  • Thanks for this very detailed tutorial!

  • Great Tutorial Tyler,

    Very origami 😉

    Reminds me of being back at school with scissors, pva glue and coloured paper!

    Many Thanks,

  • Howard

    what is this kind of effect called?
    overlapping text or ribbon typography don’t do. Any other examples would be appreciated. This style looks set to become a new hot commodity along with kinetic type and parallax scrolling!

  • mingming

    so nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kabir

    Nice Detailed Tutorial.This really Help Us To Improve Our Skills

  • Lev


  • Alexa

    Hi Tyler your tutorial is great, but I haven’t used the guide tool, so I don’t know how to calculate the space for every line, can you help me out?

  • Wow, this is amazing! It really comes to life when you add the textures at the end. I will certainly be trying this out!

  • Julia

    thank you for this great tutorial !!!

  • This is one of the coolest tutorials. Learned few new techniques in Photoshop. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carley

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I’m hoping to create something similar for my podcast title header. Just a quick question about the gradient steps from 27 to 32. Is there any further information about these steps? I’m a bit lost with gradients in general and I think I’m over thinking how to do this part.

  • When you open up the different gradient colors one of the first options is usually what ever your foreground color is and a white and light gray checkered (which means it is transparent). Select that gradient and make the foreground black.

    When making the gradients on the text, I am just doing one edge at a time and simply clicking and dragging the gradient to look something like the D in step 27.

    I hope that helps!

  • Wow! really you are awesome. how these techniques will get! really creative brain.

  • Carley

    Thanks so much! Will post a link to the website when we release our first episode of the podcast. And of course acknowledge you as the creator of the design 🙂

  • this is so amazing! cool tutorial!

  • Awesome tutorial! Thank You!

  • Really nice Tutorial, Thanks a bunch for sharing, I’ve shared it on facebook on my fan page to my beloved fans 😉

  • Mandar Deokar

    Hi its a good tutorial…But I think instead of doing all these steapes if we draw all parts using pen and giving proper shadows will get same result and faster

  • great tutos i like it i will design it intro in my site web thanks

  • Eric

    i want to ask… how to make r / c / h / a…. cause i want to write ercha….
    thx before for ur advice…

  • Stacey

    I LOVE this tutorial! Thanks a ton. I used this method for my company logo (hope u don’t mind) obviously mines a bit different and I made different adjustments according to my eye. Before I found this, I was trying to come up with a web design for my site but my previous logo wasn’t working with the retro style I truly wanted. I now have a fantastic revised logo and I cannot wait to design my new layout. Thanks again you rock!!!

  • Sharif Mahmud

    I am stuck at step 27 creating the folds. I have no clue how to get the shadows/gradient right.. Please someone help me,

  • Stacey

    are you using a gradient with full black and transparent black? I had a couple issues with this too but you just have to play around with it a bit 🙂 hope this helps

  • Simply amazing tutorial, thanks Jacob

  • Ben

    Thanks for this tutorial

  • Ali

    Amazing Tutorial, Thanks!

  • this is the awesome effect but a bit lengthy one… giving it try … thanks

  • great eafficet so beautiful.

  • theguy

    This is really cool! I am in the middle of mimicking it with different letter but the problem that I am having is with the letter A and the letter R. I’m trying to keep each side the same thickness but I’m having difficulty. Do you have any tips? Thanks!

  • Krispan

    Great Job…!!!

  • adzrel

    thanks for your smart ideas on changing those original font to good looking effect , i liked it !

  • arief

    Really ….. LOVE IT – LOVE IT – LOVE IT 😀
    Thank you for this tutorial.

  • hamza gh

    great one ! the fist time i see that thx

  • yuvaraj

    very good tutorial.thanks a lot.

  • Hey! I tried making one for my friend names Ariann and I had some difficulties too in making the A and R. I can send you what I did and maybe it can help you 🙂

  • Ganesh

    Very good effect i like it!

  • very very goooood

  • Thank you so much, finally my image has been done really good… I love this tutorial…

  • Mehrnoosh

    i have the same problem. could you plz help me?

  • Mehrnoosh

    i made one! it was a great experiment! thank U for this step by step well explained tutorial! 🙂

  • Huyen Nguyen

    I used this tutorial to create a flyer here for an event at work: Thanks so much! A very detailed and inspiring tutorial

  • awesome result!

  • @b#!

    Finally Made my file. Superb tutorial. Thanx alot!!

  • Thank you so much, look very nice !

  • Irene

    Thank you very much!!!! Amazing tutorial!!!!!

  • Awesome! I learned a lot 🙂

  • Frank

    great design.
    the instruction is very comprehensive.

  • It’s cool man !!! Thanks !!!! 😀



  • rylee

    Thank you so much. really good instruction!!

  • Chris

    7 long hours and 1 cup of coffee later. Finished. It doesn’t look exactly like yours, but I got pretty close.

  • Thomson C Paul

    Many Thanks, yaarr…

  • Septian Aji Sanjaya

    Amazing tutorial bro, I think is easy but I will try it.

  • guhan

    thnq u so much fr ur wrk

  • Shilpa

    really vevryyyyyyyyyyyyy nice and calmly explained all the steps…………….
    really ……….waoooooooooooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!

  • PJH

    I want to do for “STORE”. Help me, please!

  • Juh Alencar

    OMG! Excellent tutorial, congratulations.
    I have not tried to do my version but surely soon will.
    Links to the files (Paper Texture by Zen Textures and
    Grunge Texture by Zen textures) do not work. Could you please update.
    I’ve looked on google but how has no photo I do not know if I found.
    I wonder how to make my name, I confess that the whole alphabet with letters (uppercase and lowercase), numbers, punctuation and accessories signals = ,! @ # $; % & * ^. ~ +: _ ” ‘|
    Those here could be done only one that can change the position.

    – This is to sign of abating and hyphen.
    Some of these are easy to do, others do not know if it has to.
    Congratulations on the site, for your generosity in sharing with us their knowledge.

  • Mairaj

    Hi Tyler,

    Amazing work you did a fantastic job, and share with us spectacular Photoshop tutorial about Retro folded typography. I’ll definitely try this by myself.

    Thanks for sharing such an excellent tutorial 🙂



  • Uhnonymous

    From Step 12 to Step 13, theres a new guide line which was made but not mentioned? Its in the exact middle. This throws me off at step 20 because it says to make a new guide which is also in the middle.
    Other than that, great tutorial!

  • billy bob

    this tutuorial sucked big ole dong