Festive text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use multiple layer styles, how to work with a brush, and eventually you will create a snowy text effect with tinsel and shiny stars.

Resources for the lesson:

Step 1

Create a new document. File-Create (File-New) Width: 1152 Height: 864. In the color palette, set the following colors: Background color: # 343434 Foreground color: # 5b5b5b. Select the tool “Gradient (Gradient Tool) Gradient Radial (Radial Gradient) At the top, click on the gradient bar and select the colors that we customized. Draw a line from the center of the canvas to one of the corners to create a gradient fill.

Then press the key combination (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the background layer. Load the “Rough Cloth” pattern into Photoshop
Double click with the left mouse button on the copy of the background layer and apply the following values:

Pattern Overlay (Pattern overlay)
Overlay mode: “Base Burn” (Color Burn)
Pattern: “Rough Cloth”

You should be able to do this as in the screenshot below:

At the bottom of the panel under the layers, click on the icon “Create a new adjustment layer“(Create new fill or adjustment layer) and select”Hue / Saturation“(Hue / Saturation)

In the window that appears, check the box “Toning“(Colorize). Color tone: 270 (Hue)

Step 2

Load the “Rounded Informal” font into Photoshop. Use the “Horizontal text(Horisontal Text Tupe) select the font “Rounded Informal” write any word in English. Color: # e0e0e0. Activate the Horizontal Text Tool (Horizontal Text Tool) At the top, activate the Symbol / Paragraph panel and adjust the following
options:

Kerning-Optical (Optical)
Tracking-30 (Tracking)

Duplicate the text layer by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J)

Step 3

Double click the left mouse button on the copy of the text layer and apply the following parameters:

Stamping: (Bevel and Emboss)
Depth: 215% (Depth)
Size: 35 pixels. (Size)
Contour: Gaussian (Gaussian)
Check the box “Smoothing”
Backlight mode “Bright Light” (Vivid Light)
Shadow mode: Color: # c4c4c4

Contour: (Contour)
Contour: Half Round
Check the box “Smoothing”

Texture: (Texture)
Pattern: “White Texture”

Inner shadow: (Inner Shadow)
Offset: 0 (Distance)
Size: 10 (Size)

Color overlay: (Color Overlay)
Color classification: # d8d8d8 (Color)
Blend Mode: Multiply (Multiply)

Shadow: (Drop Shadow)
Opacity: 27% (Opacity)
Offset: 9 pixels. (Distance)
Size: 13 pixels. (Size)

And here we have created a snow text effect, now let’s move on to the creation of tinsel.

Step 4

Stand on a copy of the text layer, right-click on it and select “Rasterize the text“(Rasterize Type). Activate the tool “Brush (Brush Tool). Go to the brushes window: Brush Window (window-brush) or just press (F5).

From the list, select brush number 11 “Soft Elliptical 11” (Soft Elliptical 11). And let’s set it up.

Brush Print Form: (Brush Tip Shape)
Intervals: 39% (Spacing)

Dynamics Shapes: (Shape Dynamics)
Size Jitter: 90% (Size Jitter)
Minimum Diameter: 10% (Minimum Diameter)
Angle Jitter: 100% (Angle Jitter)
Oscillation Shapes: 100% (Roundness Jitter)

Dispersion: (Scattering)
Check the box “Both Axes”
Dispersion: 214% (Scatter)
Counter: 3 (Count)

Color dynamics: (Color Dynamics)
Foreground / Background Jitter: 100% (Foreground / Background Jitter)

And so, at the bottom of the “Brush” panel, click on the icons of the New layer and write the name of this brush, we will use it in the future.

Step 5

Create a new layer and place it between two text layers and name it “W Brush” Double-click on it with the left mouse button and apply the following parameters:

Stamping: (Bevel and Emboss)
Gloss Contour: Ring (Ring)
Check the box “Smoothing”
Backlight Mode: Bright Light (Vivid Light)

Contour: (Contour)
Contour: Inverted Cone (Cone – Inverted)
Check the box “Smoothing”

Texture: (Texture)
Pattern: “Stucco”

Next, duplicate the “W Brush” layer and rename the copy to “B Brush”. The letter W indicates that the background color will be white, the letter B is black.

Step 6

Activate the tool “Brush”(Brush Tool) right-click on the canvas and from the list of brushes select the one that we set up in the 4th Step. Go to the original text layer, set the colors in the color palette: Background color is white: (#ffffff) Foreground color: (# 7c28ca) select the tool “Arrow(Direct Selection Tool) right-click on the original text layer and select “Create work path“(Create Work Path)

go to the layer “W Brush” right-click on the letters and select “Outline the contour”(Stroke Path) and select the“ Brush ”tool from the list to ensure that you do not check the box“simulate pressure“(Simulate Pressure)

You should have something like this with applying styles to the layer:

Now in the color palette, change the background color to Black, go to the “B Brush” layer and repeat the same operation as previously with the “W Brush” layer. You will have tinsel with white color, but it will slightly overlap the second layer with darker tinsel in order to give a slight 3D effect.

Step 7

Use the “Eraser“( Eraser Tool) right-click on the canvas and select the brush for the tinsel that we set up in the 4th Step.

Change the size of the brush to 5 pixels. Select a copy of the screened text (it is at the top) Use the tool “Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) right click on the canvas and select “Outline the contour”(Stroke Path) from the list select the tool“Eraser” (Easer Tool) make sure you don’t have a check mark on the item “Simulate pressure”(Simulate Pressure) and click OK.

Step 8

Go to the original text layer and select the “Move (Move Tool). Use the arrows on the keyboard to move the text layer to 6px. Down and then left. To give a little 3D effect.

Double-click the original text layer with the left mouse button and apply the following parameters:

Stamping: (Bevel and Emboss)
Method: Hard Cut (Chisel Hard)
Size: 24 pixels. (Size)
Gloss Contour: Double Ring (Ring – Double)
Check the box “Smoothing”
Backlight Mode: Bright Light (Vivid Light)
Shadow Mode: Color (# cbc4c4)

Contour: (Contour)
Contour: Cone-Asymmetrical
Check the box “Smoothing”

Color overlay: (Color Overlay)
Blend Mode “Multiply” (Multiply)
Color classification: (# 9c9c9c)

Shadow: (Drop Shadow)
Color classification: (# 4f4f4f)
Opacity: 35% (Opacity)
Offset: 25 pixels. (Distance)

And here we have added a shadow to our text:

Step 9

Use the tool “Pen (Pen Tool) At the top of the settings, select “Circuit”(Path) then create an arc line above the text using points.

Create two new layers directly above the “Hue / Saturation” adjustment layer and name them “Rope B” and “Rope W”.
Use the tighter brush we created in Step 4. And so, on the “Rope B” layer use colors: Background color: Black Foreground: (# 7c28ca) and on the “Rope W” layer the background color will be: white.

Stand on the layer “Rope B” select the tool “Arrow (Direct Selection Tool) left-click on the arc you created earlier and select “Outline the contour”(Stroke Path) from the list select the tool“Brush (Brush Tool) and press ok, with the “Rope W” layer the process is similar, but use white instead of black.

Now we need to give our tinsel style. To do this, right-click on the “W Brush” layer and select “Copy layer style”(Copy Layer Style) then right-click on the“ Rope W ”layer and select“Paste style layer”(Paste Layer style) with the“ Rope B ”layer do the same operation, copy the layer style from the“ To Brush ”layer and paste it.

Double click on the “Rope W” layer and change the “Shadow
Opacity: 33% (Opacity)
Offset: 25 pixels. (Distance)

Now we will create a tinsel that will link our text with tinsel over it. Create layers above the “Hue / Saturation” adjustment layer. Create two new layers and name them “Rope 2 W Back” and “Rope 2 B Back”, now create two new layers above the layer “Rope B” and name them “Rope 2 W Front” and “Rope 2 B Front” layer order you should have this:

Rope 2 B Front
Rope 2 W Front
Rope b
Rope w
Rope 2 B Back
Rope 2 W Back

With the tinsel, we are almost finished, there are quite a few. And so, the screenshot shows that pink tinsel will be responsible for the white background color. It must be behind the letters. A blue tinsel – for the black background color, it will be in front of the letters. The dotted parts just show us the bending of the tinsel. And so it went.

Go to the “Rope 2 W Back” layer in the color palette and select the previously used colors: foreground (# 7c28ca). Using the tool “Pen (Pen Tool) make a bend, as shown in the screenshot below in pink. Then set the colors in the color bar: Background color: White Foreground color: (# 7c28ca) Background color: (#ffffff). After you have made the lines, right click on the canvas and select “Outline the contour“(Stroke Path) and click OK.

Now go to the “Rope 2 W Front” layer and repeat the operation we did with the “Rope 2 W Back” layer

After you finish working with the “Rope 2 W Back” and “Rope 2 W Front” layers, set the background color to black (# 000000) as the background layer. Now let’s start working with the layers “Rope 2 B Back” and “Rope 2 B Front”.

Step 10

Let’s start with the creation of stars that will decorate our tinsel. Use the Polygon Tool. On the top panel, click on the gear icon and check the box “Star“(Star). Set the depth of the rays to 50% (Indent Sides). To the right of the gear there is a line “Sides” (Sides), you must have set 5. Create a new layer under the original text layer and name it “Stars”. Set the foreground color to yellow (# d4aa19).

Standing on the “Stars” layer, create a star anywhere. Then, on the panel above the left of the gear, click on the icon of the two merged layers and select “Combine shapes“. Then you can create several shapes on one layer.

Create a few stars all over the tinsel for a change.

Double click on the “Stars” layer and apply the following parameters:

Stamping: (Bevel and Emboss)
Method: Hard Cut (Technique: Chisel Hard)
Size: 5pix. (Size)
Gloss Contour: Ring (Ring)
Check the box “Smoothing”
Backlight mode: “Bright Light” (Vivid Light)
Shadow Mode: Color (# 704a1d)

Contour: (Contour)
Check the box “Smoothing”

Shadow: (Drop Shadow)
Opacity: 50% (Opacity)
Offset: 25pix. (Distance)

And so we gave the style to our golden shiny stars.

Step 11

Open the original image of the “Glitter 12 – Starfeild”. Under the layer “Rope 2 W Back” create a new layer and place the original image “Glitter 12 – Starfeild” there.

Correct the image. To do this, go to Image-Correction-Hue / Saturation. (Image -Adjustments-Hue / Saturation) and set the value of Color tone: 75 (Hue)

Change the blending mode for this layer to “Lighten”.

Create a new layer above all layers and name it “Angles”. Select the tool “Brush (Brush Tool). The brush is round, soft. In the color picker, set the foreground color to black (# 000000). And walk around the edges of the image to darken them and create a small “Vignette” effect.

You can adjust the shape of the dark edges.

That’s all, I hope you enjoyed the lesson.

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