Create text from leaves in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create the effect of text from leaves in Photoshop. We use the texture of the tree to form the basis of the text, after which we will decorate and revive it with the help of the texture of the leaves, as well as use a brush with imitation of chalk, various tools for selecting, adjusting the image and the effect of clarification. Even beginners can handle this lesson.

Note: Photoshop CC was used in this tutorial, so the interface on some screenshots is different from the previous version. Some brushes are unique to Photoshop CS6.
Here is the image we get in the end:

Let’s start!

For the lesson you need the following material:

Step 1

Create a new document size 1280px x 700px with white background. Fill the background with a gradient as shown below:

Using any abstract brush, draw several patterns on the background, approximately as shown:

Step 2

In this step we will work with the text. Open the texture of the bark of a tree in Photoshop and select a small piece as shown in the picture:

Copy and paste the selection into the document, change its size and position something like this:

Repeat this process using a few more pieces of wood and form the letter H as shown in the figure:

Continue to form the remaining letters (make sure you change the selection, and each letter is different):

Return to the wood texture using a circular selection, copy and paste part of the texture into your document:

Make a smaller selection inside the circle – the selection should not be centered.

Remove the selection and get the letter O as shown in the picture:

Step 3

Now we will make the edges of the letters more rough. Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser tool) and set the brush with chalk effect (№17) as in the picture below:

Use this eraser to erase the edges of the letters highlighted in the image (do not forget to rasterize the letter layer if necessary):

You will get this effect:

Duplicate the text layer twice and reposition the copies so that the text appears thicker:

Step 4

Now it’s time to add some greens to our text. Load leaf texture into Photoshop and select its part (use the tool Fast selection (Quick Selection tool) to make it faster):

Copy and paste the selection into the document so as to cover the text:

Using an eraser with a brush №17 (as in step 3), remove the parts of the foliage as shown in the picture:

Add some greenery left and right:

You can also add a bunch of leaves in the upper right corner:

Step 5

We are almost done! Now you can adjust the image. First, duplicate the background layer. Then go to menu Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask (Filter> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask). This will make the test clearer:

Select a duplicate background layer and add the following adjustment layers (to add an adjustment layer, click on the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the layers panel – approx. Translator):

Selective color correction (Selective color)

Mask for selective color correction (to create a mask, simply select the adjustment layer and paint over it with a brush):


You can also add some particles using brushes.

Also with the help Soft brush ( Soft brush) draw a shadow under the letters as shown below

and here’s the effect you get in the end:

That’s all! I hope this lesson was useful for you. Share your opinion about the lesson, as well as your work in the comments!

Author: James Qu

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