In this tutorial you will be shown how to use shapes to create a lace brush. You will learn how to change the settings of the created brush to stroke and cover any text, to style the text and to apply several filters to create a lace text effect. So let’s get started!
This text effect was inspired by the many layer styles available on the Envato Market.
1. Creating guides
Create a new document size of 500 x 500 px, click Ctrl+R to display rulers and drag the vertical and horizontal guides to the center of the document. If you need to show / hide these guides, just click Ctrl+;.
Take the tool Line tool(Line), set the foreground color to red, specify in the options bar Weight (Width) 1. Draw a straight vertical line in the center of the document and be sure to go beyond the top and bottom edges.
Select a layer with a line and a background layer, and then take Move Tool (Move). In the parameters panel, click on the icons. Align vertical centers (Alignment centers vertically) and Align horizontal centers (Align the centers horizontally). This will ensure that the line is exactly in the center of the document.
Duplicate the layer with the line and press Ctrl + T to activate the mode FreeTransform (Free Transformation). Hold down the Shift key and rotate the copy 30 degrees clockwise. Press Enter to accept the changes.
Press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T a couple of times until you get the following result.
Select all the layers with a line that you have, and rotate them 15 degrees clockwise.
Merge all layers with a line into a group called Guides, and then click on the icon Lock all (Full lock) at the top of the layers panel to avoid making any changes.
2. Creating the foundation
Take the tool Polygon tool ( Polygon) and click once anywhere on the document to open the window Create Polygon (Create Polygon). Set the values Width (Width) and Height (Height) 450, Number of Sides (Number of sides) 12, check the box Smoothies corners (Smooth corners) and Star (Star) and install Indent sides by (Ray depth) 10%. Click OK. Place the polygon in the center of the document.
Duplicate layer Polygon and change the size values Width (Width) and Height (Height) up to 375 px. This can be done by pressing Ctrl + T, then by pressing and holding Shift + Alt, click and drag the form inside. Or you can just change the values. Width (Width) and Height (Height) in the options bar. When finished, press Enter to accept the changes.
Make sure that the layer Polygon still active and in the options bar change Stroke (Stroke) 5 px and Align (Alignment): Outside (Outside).
3. Creating circles around the outer edge
Take the tool Ellipse tool (Ellipse) and in the parameters panel click on the icon Geometry Options (Geometry parameters). Select option Fixed size (Preset size), set both values to 14 px, and tick the From center (From the center). Click and drag the cursor to the top center of the document to create a circle between the edges of the two base shapes.
Create another circle to the right of what is. Holding and holding the Shift key, click and drag the cursor again ?? to add another circle to the right of the two previous ones. The Shift key will place two new circles in the same layer.
Duplicate the layer with two circles. Press Ctrl + T, then hold down the Alt button, click and drag Center (Reference) Point (Central Point) so as to place it on a vertical central guide. This will make any transformations around the vertical central part of the document.
In the parameters panel to the value Width (Width) add “-” and press Enter to accept the changes. This will reflect the vertical copy of the circles.
Select all the layers with the circles that you have and click Ctrl+E, to combine them.
4. Duplication of circles
Duplicate the merged layer, click Ctrl+T and drag the Central Point to the center of the document (where all the guides intersect).
Rotate the copy layer 30 degrees clockwise, press the Enter key, and then click Alt+Ctrl+Shift + T, to repeat this over the whole main form. Merge all layers with circles into one layer and name it Outer circles.
5. Creating inner circles
Create a 30 x 30 px circle in the top center of the smaller base shape. Then create a smaller circle (23 x 23 px) to the right of it, but overlap them, as shown below.
Duplicate and mirror the smaller circle as in the previous step and merge all three layers with circles into one layer. After that, press and hold the Alt key to subtract the front shape, and then create an ellipse that covers the bottom of the three circles merged together, as shown below.
Duplicate the resulting shape as you did with the outer circles, and then merge all the inner layers with the circles into one layer. Inner circles.
6. Making drops
Create a vertical ellipse of 30 x 85 px in the center of the document, below the inner circles.
Take Convert point tool (Convert point) and click on the reference point at the bottom of the ellipse.
Note: tool Convert Point Tool in some versions of the program is translated as the tool “Angle”
Take the tool Direct selection tool (Select a node), then click and drag to select the two anchor points in the center of the ellipse, and use the up arrow key to move them up a bit.
Note: Direct Selection Tool in some versions of the program is translated as the tool “Arrow”
You can also use Convert point tool (Convert Point) to drag the upper anchor point and adjust it.
Duplicate the drop shape created on top of the base shape and merge all the layers with the drops into one layer. Drops.
7. Adding multiple shapes and creating a brush
Use Line tool (Line) to add a 2 px wide line, as shown below.
Repeat the rest of the base shape and merge the resulting layers with lines into one layer. Drip lines.
Duplicate the smaller base shape, drag the copy on top of all layers, and also reduce the size as you like.
Duplicate the reduced form, and then reduce the second copy a little more, eventually you should get a result similar to the one below.
And finally, create a line in 2 px between the two upper base forms, duplicate it to fill the whole area. Merge the resulting layers with the lines in the layer Internal Lines.
After you finish, go to the menu Edit> Define Brush Preset (Edit> Define Brush) and enter as name Lace, and then click OK. This will add the shape as a brush to your brush set.
8. Creating background
Create a new document with a size of 850 x 602 px, then place the texture of the purple carpet over the background layer and rename it to Background texture. Resize the texture as you like.
Double click on the layer Background texture, to apply the following layer style:
Add a Color overlay (Overlay color) with the following parameters:
- Color (Color): # 7f89a0
- Blend mode (Overlay mode): Color (Chromaticity)
Add a Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay) with the following parameters:
- Tick the box Dither (Dithering)
- BlendMode (Blend mode): LinearBurn (Line Dimmer)
- Opacity (Opacity): 18%
- Style (Style): Radial (Radial)
- Scale (Scale): 150%
- Click on the field Gradient (Gradient) to create a gradient fill using colors #ffffff – # 6c6c6c from left to right.
This will change the color of the texture and add a vignette.
9. Creating text and work path
Create white text using font Sofia Regular, and set the size to about 320 pt.
Right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path (Create a work path).
Take the tool Direct selection tool (Node selection) and in the options bar select the icon Path (Contour) click Merge shape components (Combine the Components of the figures).
This will help get rid of overlapping parts, which will lead to a much clearer stroke.
Create a new layer, name it. Stroke and make the text layer invisible.
10. Changing brush settings and creating a stroke.
Take Brush tool (Brush), then open the brush panel Window> Brush (Window> Brush) and select a brush Lace, which you created earlier. Tab Shape brush tip (Shape of brush print) change Size (Size) at 25 and Spacing (Interval) 60%. Then tab ShapeDynamics (Dynamics of the form) install AngleJitter (Angle oscillation) and Control (Control): Direction (Direction).
Make sure that the layer Stroke active, Brush tool Is the (brush) still selected, and that the foreground color is white. Press the Enter key to circle the outline.
Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the text layer to create a selection.
Press the Delete key twice to get rid of the work path and the inside of the stroke.
11. Creating coverage
Select the original brush again. Lace and change it Size (Size) at 70 and Spacing (Interval) by 75%.
Create a new layer on top of all layers. Click once at the top where the text begins, and then hold down the Shift key and click where the text ends. This will create a straight line of lace.
Duplicate the line and move the copy below the original. Then slide it slightly to the right, so as to fill in the spaces between the two lines. Next, duplicate both lines, drag the copies down, and then repeat until all the text is covered. Place all layers with lace lines in a group and name it. Coating.
Pressing the Ctrl key, click on the thumbnail of the text layer to create the selection again. Next, click on the icon. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel.
12. Styling lace lines
Double click on any layer with a lace line to apply the following layer style:
Add a Bevel and Emboss (Emboss) with the following parameters:
- Size (Size) 1
- Tick the box Anti-aliased (Smoothing).
Add a Contour (Contour) with settings:
- Contour (Contour): Ring – Double (Double ring)
- Tick the box Anti-aliased (Smoothing).
Add a Texture (Texture) with these settings:
- Pattern (Pattern): 45 degree fabric
- Scale (Scale): 71%
This will be the style of the selected line. Right-click on the stylized line, select the command Copy Layer Style (Copy layer style), then select the other layers with lines, click on any of them and select Paste Layer Style (Paste layer style). This will apply layer styles to all the lace lines.
13. Adding a Shadow
Select a group Coating and layer Stroke, change their meaning Fill (Fill) 91% and then go to menu Filter> Convert for Smart Filters (Filter> Convert for smart filters). Rename the smart object to Coating.
Double click on the layer Coating, to apply Drop Shadow (Shadow) with the following settings:
- BlendMode(Overlay mode): LinearBurn (Line Dimmer)
- Color(Color): # 707070
- Opacity (Opacity): 41%
- Uncheck the box UseGlobalLight (Use global illumination)
- Angle(Viewing Angle): 129
- Distance(Distance): 7
- Size (Size): 10
This will add a subtle shadow.
14. Applying filters
Make sure the layer is selected. Coating, then press Alt + Ctrl + Shift + E to merge all layers into one, and rename the resulting layer to Filters. Transform layer Filters into a smart object.
Go to menu Filter> Render> Lighting Effects(Filter> Rendering> Light Effects) and in the field Light type (Type of lighting) select the appropriate type of light source Spotlight (Spotlight) with settings:
- Color(Colour): (250, 250, 248)
- Intensity(Intensity): 20
- Hotspot(Bright spot): 43
- Colorize(Toning): (245, 248, 248)
- Exposure(Exposure): 2
- Gloss(Texture): 100
- Metallic (Metal): 100
- Ambience (Backlight): 20
- Texture(Texture): Green (Green)
- Highlight(Light): 1
Try to get a form similar to the one below.
Go to menu Filter> Blur Gallery> Tilt-Shift (Filter> Blur Gallery> Tilt-Shift). Install Blur (Blur) by 5 and Distortion (Distortion) 0, and then try to achieve a shape that blurs the edges.
After you finish, change the layer FiltersOpacity (Opacity) 50%.
You can play with different shapes and settings to create your own lace brush and effect.
Congratulations! You are done!
In this tutorial, we used several shapes, tips, and tricks to create and define a lace brush. Then we changed the texture of the background, then created the text and the work path. After that, we adjusted the brush parameters and used a modified lace brush to stroke and cover the text, then we styled the lace layers. Finally, we applied a couple of filters to complete the effect and give it more volume.