Creating your own GLITCH FONT or LOGO in Photoshop Tutorial
From the basement atelier of N_DREW
For those with intermediate or advanced Photoshop skilz on a MAC...
1... Create a new doc. in Photoshop 50 by 10 pixels with a white BG and 10 DPI. The color mode should be Grayscale.
Use Cmd+ to enlarge the canvas to 1600%
2... Use the text tool to type in the word GLITCH at 72 points using Gil Sans bold or some other chunky font (you can experiment with others later). The text should be black with gray mosaic edges. Center the text on the canvas.
3... Now you want to capture the text to reimport by making a Screen Shot. Use Shift+Cmd+4 and drag with the mouse to capture the area of your canvas. You are capturing the bitmap with all of the pixel indicator lines Photoshop creates when you zoom in. Open the Screen Shot from your desktop in Photoshop. Under File>Save As, save your screen shot file as a .psd or Photoshop file, like this finalGlitchLogo.psd
4... Next go to Image>Mode>Grayscale to set the color space to grayscale. When prompted, agree to discard the color information.
5... Then go to Image>Adjustments>Levels... and adjust blacks, mids and whites so that you get the basic black character of the letter surrounded by gray pixels and some blacks. You can play with these settings to change the final effect. (Later on your can use the Rectangular Marquee tool to delete portions of the font for more effects or select a broad section and use one of the filters under Filters>Pixelate to add more complexity).
6... Now go under Image>Image Size
and make sure the Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample Image boxes are checked, set the Resample Image drop down to Nearest Neighbor. Change the resolution to 300 DPI. Zoom the canvas out using Cmd - so you can see the text.
7... Next go to Image>Mode>Bitmap and flatten image if prompted. On to the next menu pop up... you will get more detail glitch edges at higher number and more chunky for at a lower value, try 20 and then 300 to see how this effects your text. Under Method, be sure and select 50% threshhold.
If you want to use a filter, be sure to be in Grayscale or other color mode. When prompted enter a size ratio of one. Also, when you are happy with your glitch font, you can resize the image for print or monitor, just remember to set Resample Image to Nearest Neighbor so your chunkly chunks stay chunky.