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    A real quickie this: I was looking at different effects to get text to appear like it has 'bled' into paper using photoshop. Usually I just use a very small amount of outer glow with some noise in the outer glow layerstyle menu but that tends to thicken the text. Another way is to use the splatter brush on very low settings and then fade the effect (Edit/Fade) which gives a sharper result. If you want to sharpen it more, use the unsharp mask filter.
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    very nice.. I'll just throw two in there
    The first I use a different color in the outline effect to make i more "inky" - the other simply uses a blurred version of the text ... but on most maps, I myself do prefer the crispy cleanliness of the non-blurred-inky letters
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    @RobA: I'll have to try that. I've been using Gidde's method, but this seems easier. I am thinking about writing a script fu of her ink bleed method, but am bogged down in the scripting language.

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    Bleeding Ink in Photoshop-bleeding-text.jpg

    Using regular plasma (turbulance 1) with an offset of 20 in both directions. The question I had was that I couldn't seem to select the plasma layer for displacement until I had merged the text with the parchment background. I wonder if it has something to do with having transparency in the layer you are trying to displace. The mostly transparent levels only select themselves for displacement with no other options. Am I doing something wrong? The font is STXingkai for those interested.

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    Using regular plasma (turbulance 1) with an offset of 20 in both directions. The question I had was that I couldn't seem to select the plasma layer for displacement until I had merged the text with the parchment background. I wonder if it has something to do with having transparency in the layer you are trying to displace. The mostly transparent levels only select themselves for displacement with no other options. Am I doing something wrong? The font is STXingkai for those interested.
    The displacement layers available must be the same size as the layer you are trying to displace, so you have to enlarge the text layer to the full image size first (right click and enlarge layer to image)

    BTW - the water ripple script I've been working on in the other thread can do the same as this!

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    Thanks RobA, made all the difference. (Oops, the text bleed I did with the water rippler is huge, I'll edit this post after I fix that.) The upshot for me is that I prefer doing the Displace manually right now. I couldn't figure out how to get it to match with the rippler.

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    The top line is settings 0.5, 5, 5 and the Bottom line is settings 0.5, 5, 1 if I remember correctly. As I mentioned, I don't think it came out as nice as the strait up manual displacement. ]
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    Hey, this is helpful considering I asked something related to this in a recent "How Do I" thread. +Rep.

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    I would just add to the aforementioned that if you use the Photoshop Outer Glow method, setting the mode of the glow effect to Color Burn or Linear Burn gives the bleed a nice antique look. I've also experimented with "eating away" at the letterform using Inner Glow. Rasterize the text, set Fill to 0%, apply Inner Glow with settings as shown. The Choke and Size sliders should stay at or near 0, and fiddling with the Range slider should then destroy more or less of the letterform, depending on your taste. In the example shown, the Inner Glow layer sits on top of a layer with Mode:Linear Burn, on which the text was colored dark brown and blurred.
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