Are you more of a Stark or Lannister? Or perhaps a Tyrell? No matter where your loyalties lie, you can easily design a family crest worthy of George R.R. Martin’s royal characters using Game of Thrones-style images from our library. This tutorial will show you how to quickly make a Thrones-style font and banner in Photoshop using vintage stock graphics and vectors and a preset font available in Adobe programs.
In just seven simple steps, you’ll have a house sigil ready for display across your kingdom.
Step One: Open a canvas in Photoshop and unlock the background.
You have the option of starting with a blank canvas (file > new) with dimensions of your choosing, or using an appropriately medieval background like this antiqued paper background from our library.
Step Two: Add a new layer and create a text box.
When selecting your font, choose Trajan Pro 3 Regular.
Step Three: Set your font color.
The Color Picker tool is at the top of the toolbar next to the Font Selector and Text Alignment tools. In this example, we’ve used a mustard yellow (which will soon look bright gold) that you can replicate by entering the hex code #fad143 at the bottom of the Color Picker tool.
Step Four: Add bevel/emboss layer effects to your text.
To do this, select the Bevel & Emboss option under Layer Style (Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss). In the Layer Style tool, click on the Bevel & Emboss field and add the following presets:
- Style: Inner Bevel
- Technique: Chisel Soft
- Depth: 168%
- Direction: Up
- Size: 29 px
- Soften: 0 px
- Angle: 0 degrees (Check next to “Use Global Light”)
- Attitude: 53 degrees
- Gloss Contour: Select the half shaded box with the darker color on the bottom (Uncheck “Anti-aliased”)
- Highlight Mode: Screen (Default screen color should be white)
- Opacity: 50%
- Shadow Mode: Multiply (Default shadow color should be black)
- Opacity: 50%
Adding this layer style will transform the flat, mustard yellow text to a golden inscription fit for any medieval fantasy.
Step Five: Add a Drop Shadow layer style.
Adding a drop shadow will make your text pop off the page (or screen) and create contrast between the font and the background. To do this, return to the Layer Style menu and select Drop Shadow (Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow). In the Layer Style tool, click on the Drop Shadow field and add the following presets:
- Blend Mode: Multiply (Default shadow color should be black).
- Opacity: 100%
- Angle: 0 degrees (Check next to “Use Global Light”).
- Distance: 4 px
- Spread: 0 px
- Size: 13 px
- Contour: Select the half shaded box with the darker color on the bottom (Uncheck “Anti-aliased”)
- Noise: 0% (Check “Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow”)
Pro Tip: Play around with the layer style settings for the Bevel & Emboss and Drop Shadow to create slightly different effects or if you’re working with a different font color.
Create your House maxim—or you can copy us and use Valar Morgulis.
Step Seven: Add your House sigil.
We used this medieval dragon, but there are many more otherworldly, vintage designs to choose from in our graphics library.
That’s it! In just seven steps you’ve created your own Game of Thrones style medieval banner.
Feeling even more adventurous? Try layering more images into your design and adjusting their opacity or adding a color burn for a fiery Game of Thrones effect.
- Grungy paper background
- Dragon fighting silhouette
- Griffin and lion silhouette
- Old gears
- Vintage map vector
- Trajan Pro 3, text hex color #1c1c28
To Adjust Opacity: Change the opacity percentage in the Layer sidebar menu. Decreasing the opacity from 100% will make the layer more translucent.
To Create a Color Burn Effect: In the blending mode field (underneath “Kind” and above “Lock”) change from Normal to Color Burn. Color Burn is a blending mode that creates contrast in the layer based on the colors of the layer below it—adding this to a layer can create the fire burnt look and feel seen throughout Game of Throne’s opening credits.
Ready to create your own medieval family crest?
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