Photoshop Handwritten Text Effect Tutorial {On a Foggy Window}

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Remember the days of your youth when you’d write something on a foggy window? Or maybe you still do that now that you’re all grown up?

Well, guess what? You can do it in Photoshop too! That’s precisely what you’re going to learn how to do in today’s Photoshop text effect tutorial.

I’ll provide the images and show you how to “handwrite” on the foggy glass. It’s so easy to do when you have the right resources.

Hint; there’s a specific font family I use to enhance this text effect. You’ll find the link to download this free font below.

Ready to learn how to write on a foggy glass in Photoshop? Awesome, let’s do it!

Table of Contents

Note: the (above) video tutorial was created with Photoshop beginners in mind. The following step-by-step instructions are for more experienced users.

Step 1: New Document + Add Images + Resize

new document and add images

Let’s start this text effect design with a new document; 1920 x 1080 @ a resolution of 300ppi. The background color doesn’t matter since we’re going to add not one but two images!

Here is the first image you need to download. Select the file from the folder you downloaded to and drop it onto your Photoshop interface. This will open the picture as a new layer. You’ll also notice the Free Transform tool was activated as you added it.

I’d like this cityscape image to fill the canvas. Since we have the Free Transform tool already activated, hold down your Alt or Option (to resize from the center), click on a side, and drag out. Once it’s a little larger than your canvas, hit Enter or Return.

Second Image

Here’s the second image. This time, we have to rotate and resize larger. Click on the outside of the blue outline, hold down your Shift key, and drag it down to 90-degrees.

Like before, resize from the center with Alt or Option and make it a wee bit larger than the canvas. Don’t forget to hit Enter or Return to apply the updates.

Finally, let’s style this image layer. Lower the Opacity to 70%. Then, change the Blending Mode to “Lighten.”

Step 2: Text For the Window

add text and rotate

The key to this text effect is your font choice. I found the perfect font called Mortal Wave! For the size, I’m using 125pt, and I recommend a dark grey color like; #333333.

I’m adding two lines of text; Missing You! Right now, the spacing between the lines is too much. Double click the last word and drag it up to select all the text.

Navigate to your Character panel; Windows > Character. Locate the “Leading” option and set it to 125pt. Once you have that set, hit your Escape key and grab your Move Tool (T).

Let’s place the text at an angle with our Free Transform Tool; Command or Ctrl + T. Rotate around minus 6 – 8 degrees. Next, let’s blend in this layer with the images below.

Go to your Blending Mode and switch from Normal to Difference. Boom! It already looks like handwriting on a foggy window. Wouldn’t you agree?

Step 3: Dripping Text

drip your text

Let’s improve on our text effect by making some letters drip! The first step is converting our Text layer into a Smart Object. Right-click on it and choose “Convert to Smart Object.”

The secret tool for making your text drip is the Liquify tool; Filter > Liquify. This reveals a new Photoshop interface with the Liquify tools. Although there are many tool options, we only need the one selected by default; Forward Warp Tool.

In essence, we’re going to use a brush to alter the text. The only thing we really have to do is adjust the brush size, so the application is random. Either use the slider in the right panel or use your bracket keys to make it smaller or larger.

Now the fun begins! Set your brush size to around 50, click on the bottom of a letter, and drag it down. Presto! Your letter is dripping down!

Continue doing this on other letters too. Make sure to re-adjust the brush size as you work on each new letter!

Now What?

Now that you know how to handwrite text on a foggy, rainy window in Photoshop, it’s time to show off your finished design! Here’s how; join our private Facebook group. You can share your design + get feedback. Plus, it’s a great place to grow as a Photoshop artist!

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