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Create Art Text with Texture Brush and Lichen Background in Adobe Photoshop

Updated on November 5, 2015

In this short and easy tutorial I am going to show you how to create beautiful Art Text Effect with Layer Styles and Texture 3 Brush. I have used Giddyup Std default Font so you won't lose your precious time on searching the net for special fonts. The Background relief and slightly grunge look is achieved by applying my photo of Lichen Texture which is unrestricted stock.

I created my Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6 but all other versions are applicable as I haven't used 3D instruments etc.

This should be your outcome after performing all the steps:

STEP 1

Create a new .psd file named Art Text. Insert 1200 Pixels for Width and 700 Pixels for Height. I have chosen 96 Pixels/Inch for Resolution as my Text Effect is for online use only. Those who intend to print it should set Resolution to 300 Pixels/Inch and select CMYK from Color Mode drop down menu. I have chosen RGB Color.

Setting the Background contents is up to you. I have selected Transparent from the drop down menu as it will automatically create and editable Layer 1 in my Layers panel.

Now double click on Layer 1 name and type Background in the white space to rename the layer. With the layer selected press Ctrl+G or navigate to the Menu bar and select Layer, Group Layers. Rename the new Group 1 to Background.

Colorize the Background, Add Dark Purple Vignette and Lichen Texture

In Steps 2-6 you have to fill the Background with grayish green color, then you will add dark purple Vignette Effect with the help of Inner Shadow Layer Style. At last you need to Paste Lichen Texture in your .psd document, resize it and modify its Blend Mode to make it transparent.

STEP 2

Keep Background layer (the layer, not the group) highlighted. In the Tools bar change the Foreground color to #89ac7f then grab Paint Bucket tool and drag once on your canvas to colorize it.

STEP 3

Now we are going to add dark purple colored Vignette Effect to our Background. Double click on the Background layer's thumbnail or go to Layer, Layer Style, Blending Options. Tick Inner Shadow in Layer Style box and change its settings like this:

Blend Mode: Linear Burn

Color of Shadow: #7d1f75

Opacity: 100%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 0px

Choke: 0%

Size: 250px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%.

Press OK button to apply the effect and to close Layer Style box.

You should get this result after adding the Inner Shadow to the Background.

STEP 4

Now Click on the Lichen Texture which you see below to open it in a separate window then right click and select Save Image As to save it in the respective directory on your computer where your Art Text .psd file is placed.

This lichen texture is my own photo and unrestricted stock so you can use it not only for this tutorial but also for your own works.

If you like to download this Lichen Texture in high resolution, you can visit my DeviantArt account for stock images. Just click on the link below:

STEP 5

Create a New layer on top of Background Group and call it Lichen Texture. Copy and Paste or move the Texture using Move Tool into this new layer.

Use also Edit, Free Transform to resize the Lichen Texture to get within the borders of the canvas. Press Enter to apply the Transformation.

STEP 6

Change Blend Mode of Lichen Texture layer to Multiply and reduce its Opacity to 40%. Then you'll get this Background:

Type the Text, then Add Shadow, Glow, Stroke and Volume

In Steps 7-13 you have to type the two-lined Text then apply on it six Blending Options, most important of which is the Outer Glow with increased Noise Option.

STEP 7

It is time to type and then to add effects to our Art Text. Take Horizontal Type tool (hot key T). Navigate to the Options bar, from Font Family drop down menu select Giddyup Std Font. Set its Font size to 200pt. Choose sweet orange #ffa37a for Text Color, select Center Text then type Text Effect in Capital Letters.

It is time to type and then to add effects to our Art Text. Take Horizontal Type tool (hot key T). Navigate to the Options bar, from Font Family drop down menu select Giddyup Std Font. Set its Font size to 200pt. Choose sweet orange #ffa37a for Text Color, select Center Text then type Text Effect in Capital Letters.

After you have typed the Text, highlight it and click on Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels icon (also in the Options bar). Set the Tracking for the Selected Characters to 100. We need bigger tracking as later we are going to apply noisy Outer Glow and Drop Shadow which may cause overlapping if the letters are too close to one another.

With Text Effect layer highlighted, press Ctrl+G (Layer, Group Layers) and name the new Group Text.

STEP 8

With this step starts the fun part- playing with Blending Options and then with Pen Tool and Brush Stroke.

Right click on Text Effect layer and select Blending Options (Layer, Layer Style, Blending Options). Firstly check Drop Shadow and change its settings like this:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000 (black)

Opacity: 100%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 7px

Spread: 30%

Size: 30px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 17%

Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: checked.

Keep Layer Style dialog box opened as we are going to add five more effects in the following steps.

STEP 9

The next Layer Style to be applied on our Text Effect layer is Outer Glow. Insert the following settings:

Blend Mode: Linear Dodge

Opacity: 100%

Noise: 20%

Color of Glow: #42fcbd

Technique: Softer

Spread: 0%

Size: 18px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Range: 50%.

Jitter: 0%.

STEP 10

The third Layer Style to be added is Inner Glow. Change its settings as follows:

Blend Mode: Hard Light

Opacity: 100%

Noise: 0%

Color of Glow: #fc134a

Technique: Softer

Source: Edge

Choke: 0%

Size: 7px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Range: 50%.

Jitter: 0%.

STEP 11

Now tick Inner Shadow and insert the following settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000 (black by default)

Opacity: 75%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 0px

Choke: 0%

Size: 7px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%.

STEP 12

Now apply this one-colored Stroke Layer Style:

Size: 4px

Position: Outside

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Fill Type: Color

Color of Stroke: #2b5c5d.

STEP 13

The last Layer Style to be applied on our Text Effect layer is Bevel and Emboss. Change its settings like this:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 32%

Direction: Up

Size: 7px

Soften: 0px

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Altitude: 30 degrees

Gloss Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: not checked

Highlight Mode: Hard Light

Color for Highlight: #fff224

Opacity: 100%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000

Opacity: 75%.

Press OK button to apply all six Blending Options and to close Layer Style box.

This is how the Text Effect should look after adding the layer Styles. In the next five steps we are going to apply Pen Tool paths and Brush Strokes in order to beautify the Art Text.

Create Paths with Pen Tool and Stroke them with Texture Brush

In Steps 14-21 you have to do a lot of precize work with Pen Tool. When you are ready with the Paths, you have to stroke them with Texture Brush and add three Blending Options as a final touch.

STEP 14

Now firstly Create a New Layer on top of Text Group and name it Texture 3 Brush after the Brush we are going to use to stroke the Pen Tool paths.

Set also Foreground color to #fcf58b.

Take Brush Tool then find Texture 3 Brush of 54px in the Brush Preset Picker. Decrease its Size to 20 pixels.

STEP 15

Draw a few Pen Tool paths on the first two letters of the Text. Click on the screenshot below to open it in high res and to see what exactly you should draw. After drawing any of the paths press Ctrl and click somewhere on the canvas (not on the Path) to avoid connecting the separate paths.

STEP 16

When you are ready, right click on any of the paths, select Stroke Path then in Stroke Path dialog box select Brush for Tool and tick Simulate Pressure.

STEP 17

On the screenshot below you can see the first stroked paths. Press Delete key to get rid of the paths.

STEP 18

Repeat the same method described in steps 15-17 to cover the rest of the letters with stroked paths. Click on the screenshot below to open it in high res and to get a better visibility on what I have done.

STEP 19

In this and the coming two steps we are going to give relief and gradient colors to the stroked paths. When you are ready with them, double click on their layer's thumbnail- Texture 3 Brush layer-and firstly check Drop Shadow in Layer Style dialog box. Apply the settings given below:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000 (black)

Opacity: 75%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 0px

Spread: 10%

Size: 2px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%

Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: checked.

Keep Layer Style dialog box opened as we are going to add gradient and 3D effect in the next two steps.

STEP 20

The second Layer Style to be added to Texture 3 Brush layer is Gradient Overlay. Insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Normal

Dither: not checked

Opacity: 100%

Choose Transparent Rainbow Gradient

from the Gradient Picker.

Reverse: not checked

Style: reflected

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Scale: 100%.

STEP 21

Let us add some 3D effect. Tick Bevel and Emboss and change its settings as follows:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 1000%

Direction: Up

Size: 2px

Soften: 0px

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Altitude: 30 degrees

Gloss Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: not checked

Highlight Mode: Screen

Color for Highlight: #ffffff

Opacity: 75%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000

Opacity: 75%.

Press OK button to add the three Blending Options and to close the dialog box.

This is how your text should look after applying the layer styles to the Brush Tool Paths.

You should also get the following result in your Layers panel:

  1. Background Group which contains two layers: Background and Lichen Texture and

  2. Text Group also with two layers in it: Text Effect and Texture 3 Brush.

STEP 22

This is my outcome saved in .jpg format. I have applied Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask to slightly sharpen the final image.

Hope you liked this tutorial and learned something new from it. Thank you very much for reading. God bless! :)

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