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While we were testing, Lori Davis made the suggestion one day that drop shadow could be used for creating extruded text--- I just sort of ran with that and then I went a bit bonkers.

OK, so you're not into kiddie lit? Click HERE to see a few more "grownup" variations on this technique.

 

We all know that the Cat in the Hat is the work of Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel).This text style is an homage to a man who has brought smiles to kids and grownups for generations.

He is gone now, but his work lives on.

Read to a kid. It will bring you both great joy!.

There is a Dr. Seuss font widely available on the web, but I could find no mention on the Seussville  website that this was a freeware font or that it could be used without violating copyright law.

 

1. Create a new image 640x480- I used a light blue background, but any color is fine.

2. Choose your colors, then choose the text tool and click on the image to open the text entry box. I chose a white background color and a black foreground stroke. Enter your text and highlight it. Now set your text options. I chose Futura Bold for my font, but many others will work equally well. Set the stroke at 2 points and size your font so it is about 80% as wide as the canvas. Make sire that the "create as vector"  and Anti-alias boxes are checked

3. When you are done, click Apply. Paint Shop Pro will automatically create a new vector layer for you, and it will automatically be selected. I almost always leave “create as vector” selected even when my text will eventually be rasterized because I like to work with text on its own layer. By doing so, Paint Shop Pro not only automatically creates the new layer for me, but I also have the option of drag and drop resizing  if necessary without loss of clarity. (image sizes reduced here)

Looks like ths. Pretty basic.

4. Choose Objects> Align> Center in canvas to be certain you have enough room to work, resize if you like, then right click and choose  Convert to Raster Layer

5 Choose Effects> 3D Effects> Drop Shadow. When the window opens set the following parameters Vertical 1, Horizontal 1, Opacity 100, Blur 0, Color pure Red and click OK to apply the first time. The dialog box will close,

6. Now hold down the shift key and  Choose Effects> 3D Effects> Drop Shadow. again. PSP will automatically apply the effect with the same settings used the last time. Repeat this step 5 more times.

I already like this, but let's do some more stuff.

7. Release the shift and click the Drop Shadow icon again. When the window opens, change the color to White and click OK to apply the first time

8. Hold down the shift and apply 6 more times.

I love what this does to the edges! (but, if you don't , simply put a check in the "Create drop shadow as a new layer" box. You'll end up with a bunch of layers that you can merge later. See Examples HERE)

9. Release the shift and click the Drop Shadow icon again. When the window opens, change the color to Red and click OK to apply the first time

10. Hold down the shift and apply 6 more times.

11. Release the shift and click the Drop Shadow icon again. When the window opens, change the color to Black and click OK to apply the first time

12. Hold down the shift and apply 1 more time.

Now this is getting interesting....but I'm not done yet.

13. Choose Effects>Distortion Effects> Lens Distortion. When the window opens, set these parameters (click HERE to see a screenshot of the dialog box-use your Back button to come back here )

  • Horizontal 0,
  • Vertical 0,
  • Barrel Type,
  • Strength 100,
  • Transparent Edges

14. Add a drop shadow to your completed text. On the image above, I simply used the default setting, but I placed a check in the box to create the shadow on a new layer. When the shadow layer is created, I changed the layer blend mode to multiply and reduced the opacity to 60%. Multiply ordinarily produces more realistic looking shadows.

15. If you want to finish off the effect by adding the top hat and waving hand, you can draw your own or just use mine. (The Hat's available as a tube named “cathat.psptube”  The cartoon hand is a vector shape named "cathathand.pspshape" Both have links on my Resources page.) The drop shadow is NOT a part of the hat. You'll have to add one-- but you're a pro at that by now. I would suggest placing the hat on a separate layer so that you can resize or adjust the angle to your liking before adding the shadow and merging it down.