We embroider in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will look at how to create a fairly realistic effect of embroidered letters using Photoshop.

For practice, we will work on the logo embroidered on denim. Of course, you can choose a different fabric base, but keep in mind that the settings that you need to apply to achieve the desired result will differ from those indicated below.

Let’s start!

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

Pick a fabric texture with which you want to work and open it in Photoshop. You can use one of the denim textures that are provided on our website or via the link in the archive. I recommend that you use a dark fabric texture, because the text on it will look much more readable.

Step 2

In order to get a beautiful embroidery effect we need the font “Mardian”. Download this font and install it in the font library. Then, on the new layer, write the necessary text. To do this, use the tool. Horizontal text ( Horizontal Type Tool). If you want to write a phrase, you can write each word on a separate layer.

Step 3

Convert the text layer to a smart object (if you have more than one text layer, then you need to convert all the layers with text into smart objects). Rename the text layer to “Embroidery 1” (“Embroidery 1”). Create two more copies of this layer and name them “Embroidery 2” (“Embroidery 2”) and “Embroidery 3” (“Embroidery 3”).

Step 4

For each smart object we will add different Layer styles and other effects, such as smart filters.

So let’s start with the “Embroidery 1” layer. Double-click the left mouse button on the layer to go to the settings. Layer style (Layer style). Then enter the values ​​shown in the screenshots below.

Step 5

As a result of applying the above settings, you will get a similar result:

Step 6

Go to the “Embroidery 2” layer. Double click on the layer to go to the window. Layer style (Layer style). In the settings, add the effect Overlapping pattern (Pattern Overlay). The picture that we will use to fill the letters is “Рixel pattern” (the settings are shown below in the screenshot). Also, in the layer blending options, change the value Fill (Fill) to 0%.

Step 7

Re-convert the “Embroidery 2” layer into a smart object. Then go to Layer styles and enter the settings as shown below.

When you go to the settings tab “Color overlay»(Color Overlay), you can choose any shade you like, or use a yellow color like me.

Also, if you wish, you can additionally apply to this layer Filter> Distortion> Ripples (Filter> Distort> Ripple).

Step 8

Go to the “Embroidery 3” layer. Then add the following layer styles (ayer styles) to this layer to add additional relief to the text.

Step 9

Create a selection around the outline of the text. To do this, hold down the CTRL key and click on the thumbnail of the “Embroidery 1” layer (“Embroidery 1”). Next, go to Select> Modify> Expand(Select> Modify> Expand) and enter a value of 15 pixels.

Step 10

Create a new layer under the “Embroidery 1” layer and name it “Pressed Effect”. Fill a new layer with any color. Then copy the layer style that we applied to the “Embroidery 1” layer. Paste this layer style by standing on the “Pressed Effect” layer.

You should get a similar result:

Step 11

To make the work more realistic, use the brushes “Stitches”. Load brush data and draw stitches and seams on a new layer.
You can also change the size of the text, if necessary. In this example, the size of all text layers has been increased to 110%.

Step 12

If you want to get an even more interesting result, I recommend adding crumpled paper texture to your work.

Place a layer of paper texture on top of all previous layers, and set the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay) or Darkening basics (Color Burn), (blending mode depends on the texture of the paper you choose).
For a softer effect, lower the opacity of the texture layer (at your own discretion).

Before shutting down, you can also experiment with the adjustment layer. Brightness \ Contrast (Brightness / Contrast), and filter Sharpness (Sharpen).
This lesson is over!

I hope you enjoyed working on this effect!

If you like this effect, you can also use it for various shapes and elements. To get a quick and beautiful effect,
I recommend using action.

Author: psd-dude

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