Hey there! I'll be teaching you a simple way of turning a text into alpha. You might be wondering how designers and others do it, so here's my tutorial. for all you beginners.
Choose the font that you will use for your layout. Type a word or a letter. As for me I used Cheri from dafont.com.
Copy the text you just typed.
Clip a paper on the top text to add a little texture, so it should look like this:
(I put a shadow on the text so that you will see what it will look like)
This is an option if you want to add emphasis or style on your text. Here's what it will look like:
And then just add a slight shadow on the top text so it would much look like an alpha instead of typed text only.
So there you have it. Your very own alpha for beginners. Next time you may want to play around with your photoshop, add a little bevel, play with the shadow and practice stroking.