In this detailed Photoshop tutorial we will learn how to create the Diablo 3 logo text effect using some simple techniques. I was looking for some design inspirations and I bumped into the Diablo III website, I  was intrigued by the design of the title text and I thought it will be a very good Photoshop tutorial. As you can see from the preview, with the basic knowledge and a little effort, we will be able to create a stunning effect. For this tutorial you need basic Photoshop knowledgeable, as we will work with basic Photoshop tools, like burn tool, brushes, filters and others. I hope you will learn some new tricks. Let’s get started!

TUTORIAL DETAILS

  • Program: Photoshop CS4+
  • Difficulty: Beginner
  • Estimated Completion Time: 30 Minutes

THIS IS WHAT WE’LL BE CREATING:

Download the Diablo 3 Text Font from here.

Create a new file (File>New) of 1280×1024 px and 72 dpi.

Paint the first layer with black color, applying the Paint Bucket Tool (G).

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Let’s start making a very gloomy texture. Download out of Internet a set of ready to use brushes D_Grungeset1.
In this case we’ll use all the brushes, except the marked one in the table below. The color’s code is #532100. Brush’s Opacity needs to be on 20%.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

We must get almost the same thing as on the picture below:

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Choose now a brush as in the next table. We’ll use it during the entire lesson.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

On a new layer we’ll try to represent the blue color – #04020FOpacity:20%.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Enlarge the brush’s size by pressing Ctrl +] and try to represent one more layer of the same color.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

On the next layer the brush needs to be enlarged even more, changing the Opacity on 40% and trying to get the same result as below:

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Select the white color, Opacity of 10% and represent an element remembering the clouds.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Set the next parameters on the layers’ palette.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Select the black color and the same opacity’s value to create a dark haziness on the top part of the picture.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Create a new file of 500x500px and 72 dpi, painting it in black color.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Select the Gradient Tool (G) on a new layer for giving it the white gradient. Select on the top gradient’s menu the option Foreground to transparent, having a picture, like the next one.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Next select the main menu Filter>Distort>Wave…, setting the options from below

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

…and then Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

We’ll get a fascicle of light like the next one. Select after that the Smudge Tool (R) to spread out the rays from their middle part to outside.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Then place the result that we’ve got on our main picture.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Set the parameters:

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Make a copy of this layer Ctrl+J and enlarge the copy up to one third parts, applying Free Transform option(Ctrl+T). Set the layer’s parameters demonstrated below:

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

We need to get the result from below:

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Create a new layer, giving it the Blending Mode from below:

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Select the brush with the color’s code #F8F70C and the Opacity of 100% and make several touches on the light’s central part.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Use the brush of black color on the bottom part of a new layer that needs to be made up first of all. The Opacityis of 10%.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Create again a new layer and select the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to represent the element from below, painting it with red color (Opacity 30%). The bottom corners should be erased with the Eraser Tool (E).

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Paint out now a black stripe, applying the Opacity of 30%.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Create a new layer with the parameters demonstrated below and insert several touches of red color, having theOpacity of 100%.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

On a new layer we’ll draw three dots with the usual brush.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Stretch out the made dots with the Free Transform option and erase the extreme lines on both sides, the same way the next picture indicates it. Set for this layer Blending mode-Soft Light.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Make a copy of this layer and grow narrow a little each stripe, marking them with the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M). Set for the new layer the Blending Mode – Overlay till getting the next result.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Next we’ll write the next word on the central part of the picture.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Select the next parameters for the text’s layer.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Select also for the new layer Blending Options>Drop Shadow, following all the selections from below.

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss>Contour

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Blending Options>Bevel and Emboss>Texture

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Blending Options>Gradient Overlay

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Gradient Editor

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Blending Options>Stroke

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Make a Diablo III styled wallpaper in Phootshop CS3

Final result:





About the Author: Alex Roman

I’m a 23-year old independent graphic artist based in Romania, Bucharest. I design beautiful, engaging user experiences and intuitive user interfaces for the web. I really love what I do. Want to hire me? Follow me on Facebook or Twitter.





  • Ryan Gravador:

    This is FUN! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  • Kispah:

    Fantastic tutorial! My result came out amazing and I’ve picked up some techniques I won’t soon forget. Thank you for your time in putting this together! :)

  • Straydog Brand:

    Wicked tutorial! I love it! A great way to give depth to a design:)

  • Grigori:

    Love this tutorial. Super cool, i’ve been using this as my wallpaper for a long time already. great to see how it was made.

  • Hyeonsook Lee:

    Awesome!! Thank you for your great lesson!!!! I’ll make a poster for my class.

  • Pete S.:

    Awesome! I absolutely love this tutorial, it doesn´t get no better. Just finished working on a design with the same style.

  • Andrew:

    Thank you very much. Excellent tutorial.

  • Gabriel:

    i love this Photoshop tutorial! i love Diablo 3!