In this tutorial, you will learn how to create text in the sand using standard layer styles. We will use smart objects, so you can easily replace text, and you don’t have to create layer styles every time you change text. You can also replace scene elements, etc. I hope you enjoy this effect.
First, open the original bikini image, which we use as a background to create the effect. Of course, you can create your own sand background or choose one of the sand textures by downloading the link at the beginning of this lesson, at your discretion. The only thing, do not forget that the simpler the texture, the better, therefore, no textures with sand dunes.
Step 2. Filling based on content (Content-Aware Fill)
To hide the extra elements of the background and leave only the top of the bikini, I used the tool Content Filling (Content-Aware Fill), this is a relatively new tool in Photoshop (this tool appeared in Photoshop, starting with version CS5). So make a selection around the elements you want to hide. Next, go Editing – Fill (Edit> Fill) and in the drop-down menu, select Filling with Content Accounting (Content-Aware). Smart content-based fill is the easiest way to fill voids.
Repeat the whole process, first create a selection, and then apply Fill based on content (Content Aware Fill) to hide the bottom of the bikini as well as the seashell.
If you do not have a new version of Photoshop, which has a tool Fill based on content (Content Aware Fill), then you can use the tool Stamp (Clone Stamp Tool) to hide the extra elements of the scene.
In this step, I will change the color of the sand, saturation, brightness, and also the contrast. For these purposes, I used corrective layers. Apply the following adjustment layers with the settings shown in the screenshots below:
Now go to the adjustment layer mask Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and using a black brush, hide the correction of this adjustment layer in the bikini area, because we only need to change the color and saturation of the sand. Next, do the same with the adjustment layer. Color Balance (Color Balance).
Step 5. Add text and layer styles
In this part of the tutorial, we will create text in the sand using layer styles and smart filters. So let’s add some text. I used the Biffe’s Calligraphy font, which you can download from the link at the beginning of this tutorial.
Transform the text layer into a smart object, to do this, right-click on the text layer and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to Smart Object (Convert to Smart Object), so we can edit and change the text after adding layer styles and filters. Name this layer “sand text 1”; Next, duplicate this layer. Name the duplicate layer with the text “sand text 2”.
Temporarily disable visibility of the layer with the text “sand text 2”. Next, add the following layer styles to the “sand text 1” layer: Shadow (Drop Shadow) (# 939090), Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) (# 4f471b), External glow (Outer Glow) (# fff0d8), Internal glow (Inner Glow) (dccfad) and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).
For layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) (#dccfad and dccfad), I used the sand pattern. Sand pattern (sand.zip) you will find in the archive with the materials for the lesson.
Turn on the visibility of the layer with the text “sand text 2”. For this layer, apply the following layer styles to create text on the sand: in the overlay settings, decrease the value Fillings (Fill) to 0%, and also apply a layer style External glow (Outer Glow) (# a89f86) and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) (# ffe8c3 and # 3a2e0d).
The result should be as in the screenshot below or about the same, depending on the font you have chosen, and, of course, on the font size.
So, we created a text on the sand, which can be edited with one click of the mouse. Now you can change the text, you can also add other elements of the scene, for example, additional objects or even selected images. For example, I add a starfish inside a smart object. Double-click the thumbnail of the “sand text 2” layer to open the smart object. Inside the smart object, paste a starfish image. Cut out the starfish by removing the background. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) for a starfish layer to 0%, and then add a layer style Stroke (Stroke) 3px. To see the result, you need to save the smart object and then close it. You can also use other starfish images or add any other image to your liking.
Now, to make our image more interesting, you can add an image of a starfish on top of the star’s sand contour, as shown in the screenshot below. To the starfish layer, add layer styles Shadow (Drop Shadow) (# 2c1709) and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) (#ffffff and # 1e1806) to make the starfish look more realistic.
The result should be as in the screenshot below.
As a final touch, let’s add some foam to create the feel of the sea beach. First, cut the sea foam by removing the background. Secondly, we need to adjust the color and brightness of the foam in accordance with the texture of the sand. To do this, add adjustment layers to the foam layer. Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast) as a clipping mask. To create a clipping mask, right-click on the adjustment layer and in the window that appears, select the option Create clipping mask(Create Clipping Mask).
Next, to the foam layer, add the following layer styles: Shadow (Drop Shadow) (# 0e0e0e) and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) (#ffffff and # 121212).
And we have completed the lesson! You can use this effect, for example, to create beach flyers or greeting cards. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.