Tutorial: Legit I.D.

No Comments on Tutorial: Legit I.D.

Uh oh, you’ve been asked for some I.D. and depending upon your circumstances, you may need to craft something together for your story character in a hurry.  First, you’ll want to start with an example to use as a template within whatever your character exists.  You may want a labor union card, passport, driver’s license, library card, or whatever.  See if you can find one by searching images in Google for the state or municipality in which your character lives.  Here are a few ideas to inspire you, with a pet I.D. collar thrown in for good measure:





Those examples should help you get inspired about searching up some type of I.D. you want to use.  Next, you’ll want to obliterate or obfuscate any existing text that conflicts with what you want to add for your character.  In Photoshop, I recommend using the Eraser tool, and select the color you want to use by right clicking to get the eyedropper tool, and then left click it as close to the exact spot you are going to start erasing.  This will give you the closest color match over what you want to wipe out, making it look natural.  Depending upon the I.D. background, you’ll probably end up doing this a LOT to get the best match as you erase along your merry way. Now, if it looks like a bad erase job, never fear, because you can also use the Burn, Dodge, and Blur tools to further blend in your erased-over pixels.  I am a fan of Dodge to swipe those little pixels in together, and the Smudge tool is a big help as well.

Now, you can get to typing in some new text.  I recommend finding some fonts at a site such as dafont.com if your current font collection isn’t robust enough to handle your job.  Use VinerHand or Mistral or a light cursive style font to approximate a signature if you need one. A nice touch is to make the initial capital letters of a signature in a slightly larger font as if they were emphasized by the signer.  Again, we’re striving for natural and believable looks here, so these little extra touches pay off.

Good luck and be sure to post your character’s I.D. examples here!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *