Create text from plants in Photoshop

“The whole world consists of faith, trust and fairy pollen.” In this tutorial, we will take our text to Neverland, the land of eternal childhood, using textures and images, including layer styles and adjustment layers, to create a magical text inspired by the Peter Pan cartoon. OK. Let’s get started!

This text effect was inspired by other text effects that can be purchased on the Envato Market website.

The final result:

1. Create a background

Step 1

Create a new document with the following dimensions 1000 x 850 px. Press the button Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and in the appeared menu select the option Gradient (Gradient).

Step 2

Set the colors of the gradient to # 1c466c on the left and # 0a0314 on the right. Style (Style) gradient Radial (Radial) Scale (Scale) 170%, and also tick the box Dithering (Dither)

Step 3

Open the original image with the sky. Move this image to our working paper, placing it on top of the gradient layer. Apply scaling, and also select the desired location if necessary.

Name layer with sky Sky (Sky), change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 60%.

Step 4

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Install Radius (Radius) blur 1.5 px.

Step 5

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Press the button Snap to layer (Clip to layer), and then change the value Saturation (Saturation) at -100, i value Brightness (Lightness) at -3.

2. Add text and texture to the sheet.

Step 1

Add text using the Propaganda font. Install The size (Size) font 265 pt, and the value Tracking (Tracking) 50.

Step 2

Open the original Sheet texture. Move this texture to our working paper, placing it on top of the text layer. Apply scaling based on the size of the details you want to create.

Step 3

Hold down the (Ctrl) key and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load the active selection.

3. Mask the texture of the sheet, and also change the position of the texture inside the text.

Step 1

On a layer with a textured sheet, click Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel to add a mask.

Click on the chain link between the layer and the mask to untie them. This will allow us to shift the image inside the mask, and not the layer itself.

Step 2

If you need to apply (repeat) some part of the texture to other letters, simply duplicate the texture of the sheet, and then use any selection tool to select the letters to which you decided not to apply the texture.

Next, make sure you are on the layer mask, fill the selection with black to hide the texture in the selection area.

Do not forget to untie the mask in order to change the location of the texture inside the text, and then re-enable the binding after the selection of the arrangement is completed, so that the text is associated with the texture.

Just make sure that all the letters of the text are decorated with the texture of the sheet, and then turn off the visibility of the original text layer.

4. Stylize the sheet texture.

Step 1

Double click on the sheet texture layer to apply the layer style. Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Apply the following settings:

  • The size (Size): 50
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Soft light (Soft Light)

Step 2

Right-click on the layer to which we applied the layer styles and select the option in the menu that appears. To copy style layer (Copy Layer Style). Next, select the remaining layers with the texture of the leaves that you have, right-click on them and select the layer style in the window that appears. Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style).

Thus, we have added volume to the text.

5. Create extrusion

Step 1

Select all the layers with the textures of leaves that you have to duplicate them, and then press the keys (Ctrl + E) to merge duplicate layers into one layer.

Name the merged layer Extrusion (Extrusion), and then move this layer down, placing below all layers with leaf textures.

Step 2

Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to activate the mode Free transformation (Free Transform). Next, press the down arrow key once and then the right arrow key once to shift the extrusion 1 pc down and 1 px right.

Press the (Enter) key to apply the changes.

Step 3

Now press the keys (Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T) six times to create six duplicate layers with the same transformation.

Step 4

Group all extrusion layers in one group. Name the new group Extrusion (Extrusion).

6. Styling extrusion

Step 1

Double click on the layer with the group Extrusion (Extrusion) to apply layer style

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • The size (Size): 10
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Soft light (Soft Light)
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 25%

Thus, we added some volume to the extrusion.

7. Create a work path

Step 1

Hold down (Ctrl), click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load the active selection, then hold down (Shift) to add to the selected area, once again hold down the key (Ctrl), click on the thumbnail of the last duplicate layer Extrusion (Extrusion).

Step 2

Select any selection tool, then right-click on the selected area and select the option in the menu that appears. Create work path (Make Work Path).

Step 3

Install Tolerance (Tolerance) 1.0, and then click OK.

Step 4

Thus, we convert the active selection into the work path.

Create a new layer on top of all other layers, name this layer. Stroke (Stroke) and then select the tool Brush (Brush Tool).

8. Create and apply a paint brush.

Step 1

Open the brush settings panel Window – Brush (Window> Brush), select the standard brush Scattered maple leaves (Scattered Maple Leavestip), set the brush settings that are shown in the screenshots below:

Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape):

Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics):

Step 2

Press the (Enter) key to apply a stroke to the outline using the customized brush.

Press the ‘A’ key to activate the tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), and press the (Enter) key again to get rid of the work path.

9. Styling the Stroke

Step 1

Once again, open the original texture with the sheet. Move this texture to our working paper, placing it on top of the layer. Stroke (Stroke), name this layer Stroke Texture (Stroke Texture).

Right click on the layer Stroke Texture (Stroke Texture) and in the window that appears, select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask) to attach the texture layer to the stroke.

Step 2

Double click on the layer Stroke Texture (Stroke Texture) to apply layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow).

Apply layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Bias (Distance): 5
  • The size (Size): 7

So we darkened the edges a bit.

10. Add a climbing plant

Step 1

Open the original image with plants and leaves. Using tool Lasso (Lasso Tool), highlight the fragment that is circled in the screenshot below, and then go Editing – Copy (Edit> Copy).

Step 2

Go back to our working paper and then go. Editing – Paste (Edit> Paste) (Ctrl + V).

Press the keys (Ctrl + T) to apply scaling and rotation to your liking. Place the climbing plant on top of the text.

Without leaving mode Free transformation (Free Transform), you can also right-click on the transformation area to apply other transformation options, such as horizontal / vertical reflection, if necessary.

Press the (Enter) key to apply the changes.

Step 3

You can use the tool Eraser (Eraser Tool (E)) to remove unwanted plant fragments.

Step 4

Once again, paste the original image of the curling stem, apply the transformation. Keep adding plants until you finish decorating the whole text with plants and sprigs.

Step 5

Group all layers with plants and branches in one group. Name the new group Climbing Plant (Vines).

Step 6

Group all the layers you created, with the exception of the background layers. Name the new group Text (Text).

11. Stylize the text group.

Double click on the layer with the group Text (Text) to apply the following layer styles:

Step 1

Choose a layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Bias (Distance): 0
  • The size (Size): 27

Step 2

Choose next layer style External glow (Outer Glow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening basics (Color dodge)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Colour (Color): # e1ddd1
  • The size (Size): 101

Step 3

Choose next layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Colour (Color): # 2b466b
  • Opacity (Opacity): 73%
  • Bias (Distance): 7
  • The size (Size): 21

So we styled the text.

12. Add another texture to the background and correct the text color.

Step 1

Open the original image with the storm. Move this image to our working paper, placing it below the group layer Text (Text). Name this layer with the image of the storm Texture Background (BG Texture).

Change the blending mode for the layer Texture Background (BG Texture) on Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 70%.

Step 2

Add adjustment layer Selective color correction (Selective color) on top of the layer with the group Text (Text) as a clipping mask.

Install Neutral (Neutrals) on the menu Colors (Colors). Apply the settings below:

  • Blue (Cyan): 1
  • Purple (Magenta): 7
  • Yellow (Yellow): -3
  • The black (Black): 4

Step 3

Install Black (Blacks) on the menu Colors (Colors). Apply the settings below:

  • Blue (Cyan): 7
  • Purple (Magenta): -3
  • Yellow (Yellow): -29
  • The black (Black): 2

13. Adding Sparks

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all layers, name this layer. Sparks (Sparkles), and then change the blending mode for this layer to Bright light (Vivid Light).

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the foreground color to # fcf5d7.

Step 2

Select any brush from the spark brush set as you like, and then set up the brush in the settings panel Brush (Brush) using parameters such as Interval (Spacing) and Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics).

Next, click and drag slightly to add sparks around the text.

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) as a clipping mask to layer Sparks (Sparkles).

Tick ​​in the box Toning (Colorize) and then set the value Color tone (Hue) at 233, and the value Saturation (Saturation) at 100.

14. Carry out the final color correction.

Step 1

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map) on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft Light), and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 50%. Click on the gradient scale to set the gradient colors.

Step 2

To create a gradient, click on the gradient scale and add Color checkpoints (Color Stops). When choosing a color reference point, you can change the color tone value and its position. Apply the gradient colors from left to right, which are listed below:

Colour – Position (Color – Location)

# 774a11 – 0%

# 976828 – 20%

# c49651 – 50%

# e1b978 – 80%

# ffe3a3 – 100%

Step 3

Add adjustment layer Gradient (Gradient) on top of all other layers.

Gradient type from fill color to transparent, color gradient # ffe79d on the left and # 000000 on the right, and also change Angle (Angle) at -41.

Step 4

Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) on Overlap (Overlay), Opacity (Opacity) layer 30%.

Thus, we carried out the correction of the final result and added a beautiful and delicate yellow tone in the corner of the scene.

Congratulations! We have completed the lesson!

In this tutorial, we created a simple background using a gradient fill and several textures. Next, we added text and extruded it, styled it, and added leaf texture as well as twigs. After that, we added layer styles for shadows and glow effects, including sparkles. Finally, we added several adjustment layers to change the color and highlight the final result.

The final result:

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