Ghostly Pirate Logo Argh! – Part 2


Welcome to part two of the Ghostly Pirate logo. The text was surprisingly simple to make, although admittedly I did go through a lot of styles and changes before I was happy with it. This ‘How to’ assumes that you have a basic understanding of Photoshop and where the tools are on the interface.

We’ll start off by selecting the text tool and typing ‘Ghostly’ and a little below that ‘Pirate’ both as separate text layers – or on the same if you prefer – and setting the colour to #525252. I used ‘Trajan Pro 3′ for the text. Make two copies of the text layer- ctrl + J -and set each copy to a fill of 0%. This will give us the freedom to change the effects without looking the original text layer.

On the text layer, add a stroke effect which is 3px and make its stroke colour #96cbd5.



The first text layer copy will be the ghostly effect. Add a bevel and emboss style and set it to the following.



On the second copy add another stroke with a slightly darker colour than the original text layer and set it to 3px #78989e.



And there you have it. One Ghostly Pirate ready to scare the open seas.

Hope you enjoyed this two part tutorial!

Who Am I?

Griffen Illustration

Griffen Illustration

Well it’s a bit obvious a title of a blog entry to be anything more than an introduction to who I am. So here goes!

Since I have been online now for over 2 years I figured it was high time to properly say hello world!

How are you all doing?

Over the past few years i have been developing my skills as both a web developer and an illustrator doing the odd bit of work here and there whilst working in various jobs before settling down for a web developer position which gave me the opportunity to help so many people. Now, i would like to help you.

Below is 2 sections from my About page as a brief idea of what I do exactly. My talents do not end here as i am constantly being pulled into new things in the world of web and illustration.

What services do you offer?

I offer services in web design and development, illustration and occasionally animation. I also offer other services that include but are not limited to:

  • Website Design and Development
  • Graphics
  • Illustration
  • Site Maintenance
  • Logo Design
  • Branding
  • Copy-writing
  • SEO(Search Engine Optimization)

I also offer traditional medium paintings, sketches and artwork. My photos and selected illustrations are available to purchase as prints or use for personal and commercial purposes for a fee. I design characters, creatures and fantasy environments in an ever changing world.

What tools do you use for both design/development and illustration?

I use a range of different tools for different things in my workflow.

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Pens, pencils, paints etc.
  • Canvas, printer and printer paper, sketch books/pads etc
  • Dreamweaver
  • Notepad++
  • Photoshop
  • Major Browsers: Chrome, Firefow, Opera, Internet Explorer and Safari

I also use other things for personal projects which can be used in a professional capacity. Programs such as InDesign, Flash and After Effects from the Adobe Creative Cloud Applications.

You can contact me here if you have a new idea or project we can work together with.

I look forward to working with you! And thank you for taking the time to read my post(s).

Onward to more design adventures!