Create a natural text in Photoshop

Good day! Today we will create a logo from the BioThemes website. If you translate literally – “topics about nature”, “topics about life.”

So, this is the kind of work we should get:


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Well, let’s start!

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document, approximately 450 x 335px. Open the texture sheet.
(To download, right-click on the image and select the size. Next, a new window will open with a picture. Now save it, as you usually do.)

Translator’s Note: Many thanks to the author of the texture Caleb Kimbrough

Open the texture in Photoshop and place it on a new layer on our canvas. Next, press Ctrl + T, and you go to the Free Transform mode (Free Transform Mode). Here you can adjust the texture to fit. Next, right-click on the texture, without exiting the transformation mode, and select Warp(Deformation):

Step 2. … your task is to achieve a sheet shape:

Step 3. Now run the command:ImageAdjustment-Hue/Saturation (Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation). Set the following parameters:

Step 4. Disable temporarily a layer with a sheet. Fill the background with black. And write the text “Bio” in the new layer. Fill it with gradient.

Translator’s Note: The text “Bio” is used in the example of the author. You can write your text. Gradient fill is done as follows: double click on the text layer, then go to the tab GradientOverlay (Overlay gradient). There, configure the settings and click OK. The author has a gradient from green to dark green.

Now add a shadow to the piece. Turn on this layer (layer with sheet) and double click on it in the layers palette. Go to the tab DropShadow (Drop Shadow) and set the parameters you like.

Step 5. Next, we begin to copy the layer with the sheet, press Ctrl + J and we place it on the text. We do this to achieve the desired result:

Translator’s Note: for best effect use the function Free Transform, and move the layers.

Step 6. When you fill out the text by about 95%, then copy the sheet again, reduce it and paste it into the spaces of the gaps:

Step 7. Further, using standard Photoshop brushes such branches for each letter (on a new layer):

Translator’s Note: You can draw with a mouse or use a tablet.

Step 8. Double click on a layer in the layers palette. Apply the following effects:

Translator’s Note: the author has very poorly visible parameters in the screenshots, so I attach my screenshots, and you can see the original screenshots in the original translation (see the link below).

Gradient Overlay (Gradient overlay):

Satin (Gloss):

Bevel and Emboss (Stamping and style):

Drop Shadow (Drop Shadow):

Step 9. Now I advise you to lose with the layers. Get the effect of interweaving the vine between the leaves, for example. Try it, it all depends on your imagination.

Step 10. Next, create a new layer, on top of all. Using a big soft brush, make a few clicks to add tone to individual places.

Step 11. Set the opacity to 70%, and BlendMode (Blend Mode) set to SoftLight (Soft light):

Step 12. The main phase of the work is completed. Do steps 5-11 for the remaining letters (if you have not done so).

Step 13. Find an interesting texture of dirt or earth on the Internet and apply it to letters instead of a gradient.

Translator’s Note: This step is, in principle, optional, but it is present with the author.

Step 14. The final step. Add water drops. Take a brush and draw something similar. Install BlendMode (Blend Mode) on Multiply (Multiplication) and reduce transparency:

Double click on the drop layer. We set the following parameters:

Bevel and Emboss (Stamping and style):

Inner Glow (Internal luminescence):

Drop Shadow (Drop Shadow):

If you wish, you can add a butterfly:

Everyone who creates logos knows the basic principle that the logo should also work in mono format, or in other words be reproduced in black and white. Now we will do it. Group all layers in one (except the background). Сtrl + click on the layer icon – we get its full selection. Fill it with gray. Here is the author’s version:

On this our lesson is over.

I hope that it will be very useful for you!
Do not forget to sign the work ;-)

Author: Chris Spooner

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