Saturday, August 22, 2009

Graffiti Creator - Online Text Art

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Don't worry folks, Passy hasn't gone ferral and started tagging public property with damaging graffiti. It was all done in Adobe Photoshop, with a little bit of help from a neat online tool called "Graffitti Creator" to make the spray on text.

Graffitti Creator is a great free program, built in Flash, that enables users to make fabulous artistic text images like these:

Simply type in a word and out comes a designed font of your text.
This can then be modified using all kinds of artistic effects, and RBG (red blue green) color mixing. We can thereby enhance our logotype and make it really special and unique.

The site is located at: and the PDF document below gives a full set of instructions on how to use the application.

If you would like to have your own full size copy of this PDF, then simply click the save disk icon button on the PDF viewer, and you should be able to save it to your own hard disk.

Alternatively, you can view or save the full size PDF by clicking the link below:

Note that the text length of a Graffiti item is limited to a maximum of 14 characters.

Unfortunately, there is no way to save our finished image, or its settings, on the Graffiti Creator website.

What we have to do is “PrintScreen” the image into Paint or Adobe Fireworks or Photoshop, and then save it there.

We can also get very "Flashy" with our text image, as shown below.

Eg. Import the image into a new blank ActionSript 3.0 file. Make the image very small using the scale tool. Then use F6 key to copy this first keyframe 9 more times. In each frame make the image get gradually larger, (using the "Free Transform" tool), and have it full size in the last 3 frames.

Here are the terms and Conditions of Use from the website.
(As we would expect, it is for private non-profit personal use only).

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Now kids, this is one that you should try at home! (But no going out and painting the town for real, because that's low-mentality, illegal, and mindless vandalism).

You wouldn't want someone painting all over your stuff, so don't go doing it to other people's property.

Big Passy Wasabi

P.S. Looks like I have a problem spelling Graffiti with an extra "T" now and then, must be because I am thinking about the cup of tea I am off to have right now :)

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