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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a diamond text effect in Affinity Photo.
Before you begin the diamond text effect in Affinity video, go to the following links to download the fonts, textures, and brushes used in this tutorial.
First, go to File > New. Go to Web and select FHD 1080p. Then, set the DPI to 72.
Next, grab the Flood Fill Tool from the Tools Panel. Make sure you have the Swatches Panel or the Color Panel active. Then, press Shift + X to switch the stroke color to the fill color. Take the flood fill tool and click on the document.
After that, grab the Artistic Text Tool from the Tools Panel. Click on the document and type the word you want to use in ALL CAPS. I’m using the word Diamond. Set the color of the text to white.
Select the text. Then, go to the Font Family to change the font. The font I’m using is called Westmeath. Place the text in the center of the document. Make sure Snapping is turned on first.
Go to File > Open and select the diamond texture file you downloaded.
With the diamond layer selected, go to the Select menu. Then, go to Select Sampled Color. Set the Tolerance to 18%. Now, set the Model to RGB cube. Hit Apply.
Press CTRL + SHIFT + I to invert the selection. Then, click the Mask Layer icon in the Layers Panel. Press CTRL + D to deselect.
In the Layers Panel, select the diamond layer. Right-click on it and select Rasterize & Trim.
Now, go to the Layer menu. Click New Pattern Layer from Selection.
Copy the new pattern layer and paste it onto the document with the text.
In the Layers Panel, drag the pattern layer inside of the text layer.
Go to the Transform Panel and turn on the Lock Aspect Ratio. Take the Move Tool and resize the diamond pattern.
After that, select the text layer in the Layers Panel. Next, click the fx (layers effect) icon. Check the Outline box and select it. Set the Fill Style to Contour. Set the Radius to 8 px. Now, click the gradient area to change the colors. Select the black color stop. Go to Color and click the RGB Hex Sliders. Once you’ve done that, enter the following hex code #E1B80C.
Click insert to add another color stop. Select the color stop, then go to Color. Enter the following hex code #9B7943.
Next, click the color stop on the right. Go to Color and change it to the following hex code A7A7A7.
Now, click on the 3D box and select it. Unlink the Radius and the Depth. Set the Radius to 5px and the Depth to 20px. Then, set the Soften to 6px. Leave the other settings as-is.
Once you’ve done that, go to Inner Glow. Check the box and select it. Set the Radius to 1 px and the Intensity to 60%.
Check the Bevel/Emboss box and select it. Unlink the Radius and the Depth. Set the Radius to 8 px and the Depth to 12 px. Then, set the Soften to 3 px. Leave the other settings as-is.
We’ll now add some shininess or sparkle to the diamond text effect in Affinity.
In the Layers Panel, click the Add Pixel Layer icon.
Next, grab the Paintbrush Tool from the Tools Panel. Go to the Brushes Panel. Then, go to the Basic brushes and select a Round Soft brush.
Now, go to the Swatches Panel and set the fill color to white. Make sure the newly added pixel layer is selected in the Layers Panel.
Resize the brush so that it’s the size of the diamonds. Press the left bracket key to decrease the size of the brush and press the right bracket key to increase the size.
In the Context Toolbar, set the Opacity and Flow to 100%. Set the Hardness to 25%.
Take the brush and click on the diamonds in different areas of the text to add some sparkle to the text. Name the layer Sparkle in the Layers Panel.
Select the black-filled pixel layer in the Layers Panel. Then, go to the Swatches Panel.
After that, double click the fill color to bring up the Color Chooser. Enter the following hex code #727272.
With the pixel layer still selected, go to the Edit menu. Click Fill with Primary Color.
Let’s add another type of sparkle to the diamond text effect in Affinity.
Go to the Star lights brushes download link. Click Download. Once the brushes download, go to the file. Right-click on the folder and select Extract All. Then, go to the extracted folder and double click on the brushes file. Go back to Affinity Photo.
Now, grab the Paintbrush Tool from the Tools Panel. Select the Sparkle pixel layer in the Layers Panel. Then, go to the Brushes Panel and select the Star-Lights-Brushes. Select the 2408 px number 11 brush.
Go to the Swatches Panel and set the fill color to white. Decrease the brush size by pressing the left bracket key. Then, take the brush and click on a few of the diamonds on the text to add more sparkle.
Congratulations, this tutorial is complete! You now know how to create a diamond text effect in Affinity Photo. For more Affinity Photo tutorials, check out this article on how to create a maze.