Create text from coffee stains in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a text effect in the form of coffee stains using several brushes, textures and layer styles. I was inspired to create this effect by the layer styles available on the Envato Market.

Let’s start!

1. Create brushes

Step 1

Take Brush Tool (B) (Brush) and open the brush panel Window – Brush (Window – Brush).

Select Splatter brush of 24 pixels and set it up:

Brush Tip Shape (Brush print form)

Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Dual brush (Double brush)

(Select the brush Oil Medium Wet Flow)

Step 2

In the lower right corner of the panel Brush (Brush) click on the button Create new brush (Create a new brush) and in the dialog box that appears we write the name Stroke Brush.

Step 3

Next, select a soft round brush and set it up:

Brush Tip Shape (Brush print form)

Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Scattering (Scattering)

Transfer (Broadcast)

Step 4

Create a new brush and call it Smudge Brush.

2. Add a background and text

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 1024 x 683 pixels, paste the Canvas oil 1 texture above the background layer and name the new BG Texture layer.

Move on Edit – Transform – Rotate 90 CCW (Editing – Transformation – Rotate 90 anti-clockwise) and select the most successful position of the texture.

Step 2

In capital letters we write the text using the Tallow TC Regular font, Size (Size) set at 250 pt and Tracking (Tracking) by 200.

3. Add a watercolor texture

Step 1

Open the Watercolor Brushes and Textures file in Illustrator, select the yellow spot and go Edit – Copy (Editing – Copy).

Step 2

Go to Photoshop, then Edit – Paste (Edit – Paste) and select the insert in the form Smart Object (Smart Object).

Step 3

Adjust the size of the texture so that it slightly goes beyond the text, and press the Enter key to accept the changes.

Step 4

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the text layer in the layers panel to create its selection.

Step 5

Go to the layer with the texture and at the bottom of the layers panel click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask), then hide the text layer.

4. Editing the text.

Step 1

Right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path (Create a work path).

Set the foreground color to white and click on the mask of the texture layer to activate it.

Step 2

Take Brush Tool (B) (Brush) and select the Stroke Brush brush that we created at the beginning of the lesson, then press the Enter key to stroke the text along the working outline.

Step 3

Now take the tool Smudge Tool (Finger) and select the Smudge Brush brush that we created at the beginning of the lesson.

On the tool parameter panel set Mode (Mode) on Normal (Normal) and Strength (Intensity) by 50%.

Hit the Enter key to apply the tool to the stroke.

Step 4

Take Direct Selection Tool ( A) (Direct selection) and press the Enter key to get rid of the work path.

You can go through the instrument again. Smudge Tool (Finger) on the contour and modify it manually.

Make sure you are editing the mask, not the layer itself.

5. Customize text color.

Step 1

Click on the button Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation).

Step 2

In the adjustment layer adjustment window click on the button Clip to layer (Clipping mask), then set Hue (Color tone) at -10, Saturation (Saturation) at -43 and Lightness (Brightness) at -3.

Step 3

Change the layer blending mode with watercolor texture to Multiply (Multiplication).

Step 4

Double click on the layer with watercolor texture and apply the layer style Inner Shadow (Inner shadow) with the following settings:

  • Blend Mode (Blend Mode): Color Burn (Blackout basics)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 88%
  • Distance (Distance): 0
  • Size (Size): 9

As a result, we performed color correction and made the edges of the text more expressive.

6. Additional correction

Step 1

Duplicate the watercolor texture layer (Ctrl + J) together with the adjustment layer Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), then select the copy mask of the watercolor texture and fill it with black.

Take Brush Tool (B) (Brush), select the white color, brush Splatter Brush and create the effect of small splashes.

Via Eraser Tool (E) (Eraser) you can remove the extra details.

Then take Smudge Tool (Finger) and a brush Smudge Brush smears spray.

Step 2

Above the BG Texture layer, add an adjustment layer. Levels (Levels), convert it to a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G) and set Highlights (Light) at 245.

As a result, the background texture has become a bit lighter.

7. Increase sharpness.

Step 1

Create a new layer above all previous ones, call it High Pass and press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E to merge all visible layers on a separate new one.

Right click on the High Pass layer and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object).

Step 2

Move on Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast) and set Radius (Radius) by 2.

Step 3

Set the high pass layer blend mode to Soft Light (Soft light).

The picture has become more clear.

8. Add a vignette

Step 1

Add an adjustment layer Gradient (Gradient) above all previous layers.

Select a gradient from transparent to color using the color # f3f2ef on the left and the color # 444444 on the right.

Change Style (Style) on Radial (Radial), activate Dither (Dithering) and install Scale (Scale) at 265.

Step 2

Change the blending mode of the gradient layer to Color Burn (Blackout basics).

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we created two additional stroke brushes.

Then they added a background, created a text and added a watercolor texture as a clipping mask.

After that, we applied a watercolor texture to the text, circled it and smeared the stroke with a finger, then adjusted the color.

In the end, we added a few more effects, painted the splashes, increased the sharpness and created a vignette.

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