Writing pen on paper in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will use smart objects, styles, and some filters to create simple text written in pen on paper. At the end of the lesson, you will be shown how to change the color with the Photo Filter adjustment layer.

Final result:

1. Creating a pattern

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) 80×80 pixels. On the toolbar, set the color to # e0e0e0 and select the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B). Open the brush panel (F5). Select a soft brush of 1 pixel and turn on Noise (Noise) and Wet edges (Wet Edges). Remaining parameters adjust so:

Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape):

Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics):

Step 2

Create a new layer and draw diagonal lines. This pattern we fill the letters.

Step 3

Turn off the background layer. Go to menu Editing> Define a pattern (Edit> Define Pattern) to save the pattern.

2. Creating a background, text and color filter

Step 1

Create a new document of 1000×750 pixels. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool) (G) and on the top bar select the fill pattern. Fill the background with any pattern from the set presented at the beginning of the lesson.

Step 2

Font “Panton” size 150pt black write something.

Step 3

Right click on the text layer and select Convert to smart object (Convert to Smart Object). Decrease Fill (Fill) layer to 0%. Create three copies of the smart object. All smart objects are combined into one group “Text” (Ctrl + G). Give the group a normal blend mode.

Step 4

Inside the “Text” group at the very top create an adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter): # 3f3f3f.

3. Styling text

Step 1

Apply style to the first text layer. Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay): Use the pattern we created at the beginning of the lesson.

Step 2

Apply style to the first copy of the text layer. Stroke (Stroke): Position – Center, Mode – Normal, Stroke Type – Color (# c9c9c9).

Step 3

The next style is Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): #bfbfbf.

Step 4

Right click on the first copy and select Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style). Use the same context menu to paste copied styles onto the remaining copies: Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style).

Step 5

Change the styles of the second copy:

Stroke (Stroke): #bfbfbf.

Step 6

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): resize.

Result:

Step 7

Change the styles of the third copy:

Stroke (Stroke): Position – Inside, color # d6d4d4.

4. Filters

Step 1

Apply filter to first copy Waves (Filter> Distortion> Waves) (Filter> Distort> Ripple).

Step 2

For the third copy, apply the filter Zigzag (Filter> Distortion> Zigzag) (Filter> Distort> ZigZag).

Step 3

Finally, apply the filter Blur on the surface (Filter> Blur> Blur over Surface) (Filter> Blur> Surface Blur).

5. Shift text and change color

Step 1

Choose a tool Move (Move Tool) (V) and move each copy a little to one side.

Step 2

To change the text color, create an adjustment layer. Photo filter (Photo Filter): # 3060ce. Place it inside the group with the text. If you change the group’s blending mode to Skip (Pass Through), the background color will also change.

Final result:

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