Making a plush text in photoshop

If you like fluffy and plush things, then you definitely enjoy this text effect. It is very simple and we will use layer styles, brushes and filters to create it. For strips, you can choose any color and even width. The method is very simple, but the result is practically indistinguishable from the real pile.

Final result:

Note: Some images are missing from the source of the lesson. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the materials for the lesson.

Step 1

Create a new document of 1000 x 460 pixels. Set the foreground color to # 9193c3 and the rear color to # 525578. Take Gradient Tool (G) (Gradient), choose a gradient from foreground color to back color and style Radial (Radial).

Then fill the document with a gradient from the center to any corner.

Above the background layer, paste the burlap texture and change its blending mode to Multiply (Multiplication). Then adjust the size and position (Ctrl + T) to get the best result.

Write text in large letters using Titan One. Color set to # d8d8d8, Size (size) – 250 pt and Tracking (Tracking) – by 50.

Step 2

Double click on the text layer to apply layer styles:

Bevel and Emboss (Embossed)

  • Size (Size): 27
  • Put a tick in front Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Shadow Mode (Shadow Mode) – Color: # d8d8d8

Contour (Circuit)

  • Contour (Circuit): Half Round (Semicircle)
  • Put a tick in front Anti-aliased (Smoothing)

Texture (Texture)

  • Pattern (Pattern): Light texture
  • Depth (Depth): 50%

Inner Shadow (Inner shadow)

  • Color (Color): # b5b5b5
  • Distance (Offset): 0
  • Size (Size): 10

Drop Shadow (Shadow)

  • Opacity (Opacity): 60%
  • Distance (Offset): 8
  • Size (Size): 9

So we gave the text a 3D effect.

Step 3

Take Brush Tool (B) (Brush) and open the panel Window – Brush (Window – Brush). Select the Dune Grass brush and customize it:

Brush Tip Shape (Brush print form)

Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Color Dynamics (Color dynamics)

Step 4

Right click on the text layer and select Create Work Path (Create a work path). Then over the previous layers add a new one and call it “Stroke”. Make sure the tool Brush Tool (B) (Brush) is still active.

Set the foreground color to #cdcdcd and the rear color to # f3f3f3. Then several times (5-7) press the Enter button to stroke the outline with our brush. When finished, take Direct Selection Tool (A) (Partial selection) and again press Enter to delete the work path.

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the text layer in the layers panel to load its selection.

Above the previous layers we add a new one and call it “Texture”. Set the foreground color to # d8d8d8 and the back color to # 858585. Then go Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds). Move on Select – Deselect (Selection – Deselect Selection) (Ctrl + D).

Move on Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise). Install Amount (Effect) at 20, Distribution (Distribution) – on Gaussian (According to Gauss) and activate Monochromatic (Monochrome).

Set the blending mode of the “Texture” layer to Soft Light (Soft light). This will help us achieve a realistic effect.

Step 5

Load the text selection again, then add a new one above the previous layers, call it “Stripes” and set the blending mode of this layer to Linear Burn (Line dimmer). We will immediately see the result of the work, and this will help us choose the most appropriate color.

Choose a shade for the bands (in this lesson the color used is # e890b9). Just do not take too dark a shade, as the blending mode Linear Burn (Line dimmer) will still make the color darker.

Next, take a round rigid brush (B) and set the diameter depending on how wide or narrow the strips should be.

After that, hold down the Shift key, click to the left of the text at the level where the strip should be, and draw it with a brush to the rightmost edge. Thanks to the Shift key, the line will be perfectly flat.

Repeat this action to add more bands. You can also adjust the diameter of the brush and get a more interesting result.

Take Pen Tool (P) (Pen) and on the top panel set the drawing mode to Path (Circuit). Next, we need to create straight lines at the top and bottom edges of each strip.

To do this, click to the left of the text exactly at the level of the upper border of the strip, hold down the Shift key and click to the right of the text.

Do not worry if the line does not fit perfectly on the upper border of the strip, below we will correct its position. After creating each line, press the Esc key to break the path.

When finished, take Path Selection Tool (A) (Outline selection), click on the line that you want to move, and adjust the position using the arrows on the keyboard. Having corrected the lines, click anywhere in the document to remove the selection from the lines.

Step 6

Take Eraser Tool (E) (Eraser), open the panel Brush (Brush), choose a soft round brush with a size of 5 pixels and customize it:

Brush Tip Shape (Brush print form)

Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Press the Enter key once to apply the eraser to the lines we created above. As a result, we created uneven edges on the color bars, which will allow us to create a more realistic effect of a fluffy text.

Step 7

Take Brush Tool (B) (Brush) and on the panel Brush (Brush) choose the Grass brush. We configure it:

Brush Tip Shape (Brush print form)

Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Above the previous layers we add a new one and call it “Stroke Strips”. Make sure the foreground color is the same as the stripes. Then several times (3-5) press the Enter key to circle the lines created above the brush.

If you are satisfied with the result, take Direct Selection Tool (A) (Partial selection) and press Enter to get rid of the contour. Then go Select – Deselect (Selection – Deselect Selection) to remove the selection, and then apply Filter – Sharpen – Sharpen (Filter – Sharpness – Sharpness) so that the edges of the strips are clearer.

When finished, set the blending mode of the “Strip” layer to Normal (Normal).

Hold down the Ctrl key and at the same time select the “Stripes” and “Stroke Stripes” layers, then go Layer – Merge Layers (Layer – Merge Layers) and change the blending mode of the merged layer to Linear Burn (Line dimmer).

We check that the foreground color is still set to the color of the stripes, and the background color is set to white. Then go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise). Install Amount (Effect) on 5, Distribution (Distribution) – on Gaussian (According to Gauss) and activate Monochromatic (Monochrome).

Step 8

Move the “Stroke” layer to the very top of the layers panel.

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the text layer and “Stroke”, then right-click on the text layer and select Clear Layer Style (Clear layer style).

Hold down the Ctrl key, select the copy of the text layer and the stroke and merge them into one layer (Ctrl + E). Name the resulting layer “Shadow” and place it under the original text layer.

Double-click on the “Shadow” layer to apply the layer style. Drop Shadow (Shadow):

  • Color (Color): # 767676
  • Opacity (Opacity): 58%
  • Distance (Offset): 15
  • Size (Size): 10

This will add more volume to the text.

Step 9

Activate again Brush Tool (B) (Brush) and customize the Grass brush:

Brush Tip Shape (Brush print form)

Shape Dynamics (Dynamics of the form)

Scattering (Scattering)

Color Dynamics (Color dynamics)

We check that the foreground color is still set to the color of the stripes, and the background color is set to white. Then, under the “Shadow” layer, create a new one and call it “Villi.”

Gently draw a brush around the text to randomly add a bit of villi.

We are done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned something new.

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