Now comes the fun part. This is where you actually get to have
some creative input into your final artwork rather than relying on
filters to do it for you. First, invert your image again by
choosing Image>Adjust>Invert or use the shortcut key Ctrl/Command -
I. Next, slop up the
letters a bit by adding some drips and drops here and there. You don't have to be
too neat with this, just use the Paint Brush Tool
with a hard, round brush and have some fun. Mine is shown top
The next step is to spread out and smooth the letters to further enhance
the liquid appearance. The technique used to do this is one that I use quite
often for many different effects.
Use Guassian Blur to increase the range of grayscale
pixels in the image and spread them outward. Choose
Filter>Blur>Guassian Blur (Radius: 4.0).
Next, use Levels to sharpen the letters again. By
increasing the range of black pixels in the image and reducing the range
of white, you will end up with the image shown middle
right. You will notice that this also smoothes out the drips you added
with the paintbrush tool.
Choose Image>Adjust>Levels (Input Levels: 175, 1.00,
200). The levels dialog box and the settings are shown bottom
Levels shown will get you in the ballpark. Use the black and white
arrows to fine tune the effect. As you slide the arrows forward
and back, you will get a real time preview of the results. Stick
to moving the black and white arrows only. The gray arrow will
follow along for the ride all by itself.