Create tinsel text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how using brushes, layer styles and different blend modes to create a fun text effect in the form of bright tinsel.

* This tutorial uses Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended.
* size of the final result 1024×768
* To complete the lesson you need to master the basics of working in Photoshop

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Step 1. Set foreground color to # eeebe9 and back on # f5a883, then fill the document with a radial gradient from the center to the edge.

Write text with Arial Rounded MT Bold. Letter size is 350 pt, set the spacing between letters to 100 px so that they do not overlap each other.

Step 2. Open the panel Window – Brush (Window – Brush), choose a brush Dune grass and change its parameters as shown below:

Brush tip shape (Brush print form)

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Scattering (Scattering)

Color Dynamics (Color dynamics)

Click the right mouse button on the text and select Create Work Path (Create a work path).

Create a new layer above all the previous ones and call it “Tinsel”. Hide the text layer by clicking on the small eye on the layers panel and activate Direct selection tool (Direct selection) (A). Set the foreground color to # d9001f and the back to # 300600.

Click the right mouse button on the contour and select Stroke path (Outline stroke).

In the drop-down menu, select Brush (Brush) and deactivate the option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure).

As a result, we created a stroke of the outline of the letters. Click Enter, to remove the work path.

Using the same brush, fill the inner space of the text so as not to hide the outline.
It’s okay if there are small gaps, you do not need to paint over them, as this can break the texture.

Step 3. Double click on the “Tinsel” layer to apply layer styles:
– Drop shadow (Shadow): Change the Opacity to 18%, Distance to 15 and Size to 0.

– Inner glow (Inner Glow): Change the blending mode to Linear Light and color to # 9d1c24.

This will create a soft reddish glow.

Step 4. Open the panel again Window – Brush (Window – Brush) and select the Dune Grass brush, then change the parameters as shown below:

– Brush tip shape (Brush print form)

– Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

– Scattering (Scattering)

– Color Dynamics (Color dynamics)

Click the right mouse button on the text and select Create Work Path (Create a work path). Create a new layer above all the previous ones and call it “Tinsel 2”. Set the foreground color to #ffffff and back to # 300600. Outline with this brush, then click Enter, to remove the work path.

Change the blending mode of the “Tinsel 2” layer to Vivid light (Bright light).

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the “Tinsel 2” layer and change the copy blending mode to Linear light (Linear light). Now the stroke has become brighter.

Step 5. Create a new layer above all previous ones and call it “Tinsel 2 fill”. Use the brush from the previous step to fill the middle (empty) part as we did in Step 2.

Change the blending mode of the “Tinsel 2 Fill” layer to Hard light (Hard light).

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the “Tinsel 2 fill” layer.

Duplicate (CTRL + J) the “Tinsel 2 fill copy” layer and change the copy blending mode to Linear light (Linear light).

Duplicate (CTRL + J) layer “Tinsel 2 fill copy 2”. Duplicate layers with different blending modes allowed to create a bright texture for tinsel.

Step 6. We take a soft round brush (B) and change its parameters in the Window – Brush panel, as shown below:

Brush tip shape (Brush print form)

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Scattering (Scattering)

Set foreground color to # eeebe9. Create a new layer above all the previous ones and call it “Sparks”, then start drawing points on the tinsel.

Double click on the “Spark” layer and apply the layer style. Outer glow (External glow). Change the blending mode to Vivid light (Bright light) and color on #ffffff.

Change the blending mode of the “Spark” layer to Vivid Light (Bright Light).

Step 7. Create a new layer above all previous ones and call it “Stars”.

Double-click on the “Stars” layer and apply the layer styles:

Drop shadow (Shadow): Change the Opacity to 9%, Distance to 10, and Size to 0.

Inner shadow (Inner shadow): Change the color to # af8655 and Distance (Distance) to 0.

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and emboss): Change the Technique (Method) to Chisel Hard (Hard Cut), Gloss Contour (Gloss contour) on Rolling Slope – Descending (Wavy bias) and activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing). Also we change Highlight mode (Light mode) on Linear light (Linear light) and color Shadow mode (Shadow mode) on # 969696.
The screenshot below shows how to load the contours, if you do not have them.

Contour (Contour): Choosing Half round (Semicircle) and activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing).

– Color Overlay: Select a color # aca294.

Use the “star” brush from the set Moons and stars, to add stars around tinsel.

Create a new layer under all layers with tinsel and call it “Compound”. Copy and paste the styles of the “Stars” layer on this layer. (Click the right mouse button on the layer and select Copy Layer Style (Copy layer style), then right-click on the layer “Connection” and select Paste Layer Style (Paste layer style))

Take a tough round brush (B) size 3 px and draw a connection between the stars and tinsel.

Arrange the texture soft bokeh above the background layer and adjust its size (CTRL + T), then change the blend mode to Overlay (Overlap).

It’s all! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.


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