Before we get started, please take a moment to read Tracey R’s Magic Dust Trails (click on article name), then read the articles she has links to. Now are you ready to get started? Yeah, me neither, LOL. I can’t draw so I’m going to cheat by using a commercial doodle by Acmdesignz that I purchased to trace over.
First you are going to want to open a new file, about 12″x3″, 300 dpi and background transparent.
On the brush variance palette, click on the reset arrow at the bottom right. Set the size to fade out, uncheck scale and the fade rate is going to variable. You are just going to have to try it until you get the length you want. It goes up to 10000 pixels. Just remember your 12″x3″ file is 3600 pixels wide.
I moved the tail around until I liked how it merged with the “n” and erased those tail parts that were sticking out around the edge. Raise the opacity and do a control & a then control & f. This will let you see any floaties still left around.
Deselect, then either erase those areas or marquee around them and delete. Once you have gotten rid of all the floaties, chose your brush tool and reset your brush variance palette back to the default (the arrow on the bottom right) and close the palette. Once again control & a, control & f, control & shift & f on the tail layer. Selections>modify>expand (1). Set the brush to the same color as your word(s) and paint over the tail. Make any last minute erasures where the tail and character meet.
Lyrics “What’s This?” from A Nightmare Before Christmas; Fonts: Beautiful ES