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Feb 26, 2015

How to Make a Call of Duty Title Screen in Photoshop

Video Game lovers, rejoice! In today’s episode, learn How to Make a Call of Duty Title Screen in Photoshop, and take away some versatile font techniques too!

Preparing the background

Begin by dragging your texture onto the image of the subject. You can group the layers and turn them off for now. Crop the image to your liking, and be sure that ‘Delete Cropped Pixels’ is unchecked!

If you find that you need to add a solid color layer beneath your image, like we did in this episode because of the cropping, we suggest creating a Color Fill Adjustment Layer. This will interact with the crop tool so that there is always color on the background.

Rough and Rugged

For this image we simply downloaded a free Call of Duty font from dafont.com.

The character panel is where you will find all of your text options for things like color, tracking, and point size (if you don’t see this, go to Window – Character). There are also tools at the top bar of Photoshop that will help with aligning more than 1 line of text together.

To get the rough and rugged texture we added previously to show up on just the font, right click on the texture layer and select “create clipping mask.” This will make the texture show up ONLY where those letters are, so you don’t have to worry about masking or anything.

For some added detail, go to Filter – Filter Gallery – Spatter. Play with this filter to increase the grunginess of the texture, and customize the edges of the font (be sure to be doing so on a stamp visible layer).

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    Marino Umi

    As alway great tut Aaron. I was wandering could you do a tut “Political campaign poster”? With dominant character and primary colors but with easy change from rep. to dem.?
    let say rep is more blue, and dem is more red.

    Your tutorials really helps, and i found my lost interest in Photoshop once again.
    Greetings from Croatia

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      Phlearn

      Hi Marino!

      Thank you for watching! And thank you for your suggestion! Feel free to email us at info@phlearn.com if you have some examples so that we can take a look and make possible suggestions 🙂

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    rmbrand.tx

    That is cool! You make learning Photoshop such a joy. Now I need to come up with reasons to use that effect. lol

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      Phlearn

      Glad you enjoyed this! Yeah it’s hard to find reason to use this effect everyday 😀 Maybe you can do it for fun for people who want “movie poster” effects.

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    Antoine

    So cool !
    Does somebody know how to get the guides (the purple/pink lines) to get different textes perfectly aligned please ?

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      NOIZ

      Press ‘Control or Command & R’ Then Hold on the Line shows side the tools and drop into your work
      *Sorry for bad english*

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    klaw

    I see the 500k subscribers !!!!!!!!!!
    Go team go.. I bet you get another plaque from You Tube

    I love the education Thanks Arron

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    rmbrand.tx

    I was able to design this little guy, which I’m calling Soldier of Duty. I loved the idea so much, I incorporated the filter on multiple players to come up with this grunge effect. Thanks Aaron, and the rest of the Phlearn crew. This was fun and actually quite easy to recreate. 🙂

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    Randell John

    That was fun, nice and easy to do, although I couldn’t get the texture layers to clip to the text group.

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      Phlearn

      Glad you enjoyed this Randell! And nice image! If you have any concerns about this episode feel free to email us at info@phlearn.com, we’d be happy to help!

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      Phlearn

      Glad you enjoyed this episode! And great image! It looks like you had a blast 🙂

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    MIKKI

    Another great video. I’ve been a member of Lynda.com for several years and glad I found you. Love your presentation and teaching style and will be switching. Currently, I’m working on a Vietnam photo album for my husband and after restoring these old photos I’ve been stuck – bored – and haven’t been able to move forward because I’m more interested in artistic processing. You’ve inspired me and given me an idea for a cover for the photo album. Thanks!!!