In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a leather text effect using layer styles, textures, and brushes.
Create a new document with a size of 1024 x 645 px.
Your document can be of any size, depending on the text you will create.
Load the Grass Texture 1 and place it above the background layer, if necessary, adjust the size (CTRL + T).
Rename the layer to “Grass texture”.
The color of the grass is too dark and faded. To fix this, go Image – Adjustments – Color Balance (Image – Correction – Color Balance), make sure that the mode is set to Midtones (Midtones), then adjust the parameters as shown below.
Move on Image – Adjustments – Levels (Image – Correction – Levels) and set the parameter Highlights (Brightness) at 226. This will make the texture a little brighter.
Writing text in Merkin. Color take # e6e6e6 and size 250pt. Set the Tracking parameter to 100 and click on the All Caps icon.
Press the Ctrl / Cmd key and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load its selection.
Move on Select – Modify – Expand (Selection – Modification – Expand) and enter a value of 15. This will expand the selection of letters by 15 pixels.
Create a new layer under the text and call it “Stroke”.
Set the foreground color to # e7e7e7 and fill it with the selection. Then can go Select – Deselect (Selection – Deselect selection) or just press Ctrl + D to get rid of selection.
Now we need to separate the stroke from the text. Hold Ctrl / Cmd and click on the thumbnail of the text layer, then go Select – Modify – Expand (Allocation – Modification – Expand) and enter the value 1.
Make sure that the “Stroke” layer is active (highlighted), and press the key Delete, to remove the inside of the stroke.
This step is optional, but if you want to remove unnecessary areas from the text to refine the stroke, then use Eraser tool(Eraser) (E). Or you can hold down Ctrl / Cmd and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load its selection, then expand it Select – Modify – Expand (Selection – Modification – Expand) with a value less than 15. For example, the value 10 was used to refine the stroke at the top of the letter S.
Move on Select – Inverse (Selection – Invert) to invert the selection.
We use Eraser tool (Eraser) (E) to erase excess areas. This method allows you to more accurately and accurately remove unnecessary parts. Use a lower level of expansion to remove large areas.
Now we will create a brush in the form of stitches. To do this, create a new document with a size of 23 x 82 px.
Take Ellipse tool(Ellipse) (U) and set the foreground color to black.
Click in the upper left corner of the document and drag the cursor to the lower right corner to create an ellipse.
Do not worry if some edges of the ellipse are hidden.
To continue the creation of the brush, go Image – Canvas Size (Image – The size of the canvas) and set Width (Width) by 100 px.
Press Ctrl / Cmd + T to switch to the Free Transform mode. Rotate the ellipse 45 degrees. (You can enter the degrees in the options bar at the top). We press Enter / Return, to accept changes and exit transformation mode.
Duplicate the ellipse (Ctrl + J) and press Ctrl / Cmd + T to transform the copy.
Enter on the options panel the value Width -100% to reflect the ellipse horizontally. We press Enter / Return for making changes.
Next, we need to rasterize both layers with ellipses, but first we group them together so that we can keep the original layers if something suddenly goes wrong. Select both layers and press Ctrl / Cmd + G.
Duplicate the group and go Layer – Merge Group (Layer – Merge group) or press Ctrl / Cmd + E to merge the group into one layer. Hide the original group by clicking on the eye on the layers panel. Now both layers are rasterized and merged into one.
We use Rectangular marquee tool(Rectangular selection) (M) to create a selection around the bottom of the stitch. The selection should be about 13 px high, you can check it in the info panel Window – Info (Window – Information).
We press Delete, to delete the selected area and Ctrl / Cmd + D to remove the selection.
Use again Rectangular marquee tool(Rectangular selection) (M) to create a selection of the middle part of the stitch. The selection width should be approximately 2 px.
We press Delete and Ctrl / Cmd + D.
Move on Image – Trim (Image – Trimming) and apply the parameters as shown below. Pressing OK will remove the white area around the stitch. This will help to more accurately determine the size of the brush.
And finally, go Edit – Define Brush (Edit – Define a brush) and enter the name of the new brush. If you see fit, you can save the psd file with the brush source.
Go back to the main document with the letters, open the brushes panel Window – Brush (Window – Brush) and select the created brush (the size of my brush is approximately 90 or 100 px). Change the parameters BrushTip shape (Brush print form), as shown below, and set the angle to 90 degrees.
Change the parameters Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form), as shown below and set Control (Control) from dropdown menu on Direction (Direction). It is necessary that stitches are drawn along the contour of the letters and have the same angle of inclination.
Right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path (Create a work path).
Create a new layer above all previous ones and call it “Stitches”.
Set the foreground color to # d5002c, take Direct selectionTool(Partial selection) (A), right-click on the contour and select Stroke path (Outline stroke).
From the drop-down menu, select Brush(Brush) and make sure that the option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure) is inactive.
This will create a contour pattern in the form of stitches. Click Enter / Return to remove the path.
Next we will apply layer styles.
Before applying layer styles, we need to load the outlines into Photoshop. To do this, go Edit – Preset Manager (Editing – Library Management) and select Contours (Contours) from the drop down menu.
Click on the small triangle in the upper right corner and select Contours (Contours).
We press Append (Add) to add new contours to existing ones.
Double click on the text layer to open the window Layer style (Layer styles):
Inner shadow (Inner shadow): Change the Distance by 0 and Size by 16.
Inner glow (Inner Glow): Change the blend mode to Multiply (Multiply), Opacity (Opacity) to 30, color to # c9ac86, Source (Source) to Center (Center), Size (Size) to 59 and Gloss Contour to Gaussian-Inverse.
Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and emboss): Change the Size (Size) to 24 and the color of the Shadow Mode (Shadow Mode) to # a6a6a6.
Texture (Texture): Load the .pat file (texture) from the folder Seamless leatehr texture (http://designmoo.com/2006/seamless-leather-texture/).
Then change the Scale to 50 and Depth to 15.
Satin (Gloss): Just change the color to # e4e4e4.
As a result, we created a skin effect.
Double click on the “Stroke” layer to apply the layer styles:
Drop shadow (Shadow): Change the color to # 5a543d, Distance (0) to 0, and Size (Size) to 10.
Inner shadow (Inner shadow): Change the Distance by 0 and Size by 3.
Inner glow (Inner Glow): Change the blend mode to Multiply (Multiply), color to # a67c5a, Source (Source) to Center (Center) and Size (Size) to 16.
Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and emboss): Change the Size (Size) to 16 and the color of the Shadow Mode (Shadow Mode) to # a6a6a6.
Texture (Texture): Use the same skin texture and change the Scale to 50 and Depth to 20.
As a result, we created the same stroke effect.
Double click on the “Stitches” layer to apply the layer styles:
Drop shadow (Shadow): Change the color to # 686868, Distance (0) to 0 and Size (Size) to 2.
Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and emboss): Change the Depth (Depth) to 521, Size (Size) to 1, the blending mode Highlight Mode (Backlight Mode) to Soft Light (Soft Light) and color Shadow Mode (Shadow Mode) to # 939393.
Contour (Contour): Select the Ring contour and activate the Anti-aliased option.
Texture (Texture): Use the Metal Landscape texture and change the Scale to 31, Depth to 100.
This will add a little depth and volume to the stitches.
Hold Ctrl / Cmd and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load its selection, then hold down Ctrl / Cmd + Shift and click on the thumbnail of the “Stroke” layer to load another selection.
Create a new layer above all the previous ones and call it “Grunge”, then change the blending mode to Multiply.
Set the foreground color to # 9a8b74 and select one of the Undercover Grunge set brushes to add dirt on the text.
You can reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 70%.
Duplicate the “Grass Texture” layer, then move the copy to the very top of the layers panel.
Hold Ctrl / Cmd and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load its selection.
Move on Select – Modify – Expand (Allocation – Modification – Expand) and enter the value 15. Then go Select – Inverse (Selection – Invert) to invert the selection.
Next, click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. As a result, the text will reappear. Later we will use a mask to add grass above the text.
We changed the grass color a little at the beginning of the lesson and now we will add adjustment layers to make the color of the image brighter, richer and give a vintage effect.
Click on the button Add new adjustment layer (Add a new adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Color balance (Color balance).
Make sure the mode is set. Midtones (Midtones), and change the parameters as shown below.
Now set the mode Shadows (Shadows) and changing parameters again.
Add another adjustment layer Color balance (Color balance) and change the settings in the mode Midtones (Midtones) as shown below.
We also adjust the parameters in the mode Shadows (Shadows). Now the grass looks prettier.
Create a new layer above all the previous ones and call it “Gradient”. Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light) and reduce the Opacity to 70%.
Set the foreground color to # 724c21, take Gradient tool (Gradient) (G), select the radial gradient from foreground color to transparent and activate the option Reverse (Invert). Click in the center of the document and drag the cursor to one of the corners to create a gradient fill.
This will add some depth to the image and it will not look so flat.
Click on the Add new adjustment layer button and select Levels.
Set the Shadows value to 20. This will make the image a bit darker. You can experiment with other settings.
Now add the grass above the letters. Open the brush panel Window – Brush (Window – Brush) and select the brush Dune Grass. Customize Brush tip shape (Brush print form) as shown below.
Also customizable Shape dynamics (Dynamics of form).
Do not forget that you can always change the angle of the brush using the parameter Angle (Angle). This will help us simplify the process of adding grass.
Set the foreground color to # 000000 and the back to #ffffff, take Brush tool(Brush) (B) and click on the mask layer “Grass Texture copy”.
Begin to draw short strokes on the edge of the text. If you don’t like the result, then to undo the last action, press Ctrl / Cmd + Z. Also, if necessary, change the size and angle of the brush. Try not to bury the text in the grass.
In the process of work, switch the colors of the foreground and foreground using the X key. Remember that black removes and white restores.