Photoshop Tutorial: Part 2 – How to Create a Classic, Military Dog Tag

August 16, 2019 0 By Peter Engel


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
This is Part 2 of creating a classic, military dog tag. Picking up from where we left off,
we’re ready to add text. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and choose a font. I’m using “Another
Typewriter Regular”. If you’d like to use it, I provide its link in the video’s description
or project files. For this font, I’ll make its Size: 33 points, the anti-aliasing: Sharp
and Left Alignment. Click the color box to open the Color Picker. In the Brightness field,
type in 70% and click OK. Click on your document and type whatever you want, however, the military’s regulation is your Last name…First name and middle initial…Social Security
number…Blood type…and Religion. To reposition your text, open your Move Tool and move it. Go to Layer, Rasterize and Type. Our text is there; it’s just hard to see in the thumbnail. Let’s rename the text. Double-click the existing name and press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select it.
Type in “Text 1″. Then, press Enter or Return. Make 2 copies of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J, twice. Name the middle copy, ” Text 2″ and the top copy, “Text 3”. Temporarily hide the top 2 layers and make “Text 1” active. Double-click on an empty area of the layer
to open its Layer Style window. Click “Stroke” and the color box. In the Brightness field, type in 70%. Then, click OK. Make the Size: 2 pixels and click OK. Go back to Layer, Rasterize and Layer Style. This merges the Stroke layer style with the text. Click the “fx” icon and click “Bevel Emboss”. Click “Outer Bevel” and make the Size: 3 pixels. Uncheck “Global
Light”, make the Angle: minus 149 degrees and the Altitude: 26 degrees. Open the Gloss
Contour Picker and click “Cove Deep”. Make the Highlight Mode: “Vivid Light”. Click “Outer Glow”. Change the Blend Mode to “Linear Burn” and click the color box. Pick black and click OK. Make the Opacity: 18%. the Spread: 40% and the Size: 12 pixels. Then, click OK. Reduce the Fill to 0. This makes text invisible, but all the effects that we add to it remain visible. Make “Text 2” visible and active. Reduce its Fill to 0 and, as before, double-click on
an empty area of the layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. Make
its Style “Outer Bevel”, the Direction: Down, the Size: 9 pixels and the Highlight’s opacity: 100%. Click “Contour”. Open the Contour Picker and click “Cove Deep”. Click “Drop Shadow”.
Make the Distance: 3 pixels and the Size: 5 pixels. Then, click OK. Make “Text 3” visible and active. Reduce its Fillt to 0 and open its Layer Style window. Click “Bevel & Emboss”.
Make the Size: 3 pixels and its Gloss Contour: “Cone”. Then, click OK. This is Marty from
Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!