Writing Toothpaste in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create text from toothpaste in Adobe Photoshop using just 3 layers, to which we apply layer styles. We will use smart objects, so you can easily replace text without adding layer styles every time you change text. I hope you enjoy the effect of toothpaste.

Final result

Step 1

First select a font that resembles the shape of a toothpaste. I decided to use the Schweiz font, but you can use any font at your discretion.

Step 2

This effect looks good if you use a font and / or images with rounded edges. Therefore, if you decide to use a different font or form of text, then you had better create the rounded edges of the selected font.

Let’s go back to our text. The text looks good, the only thing is that we need to make a small text correction so that the effect looks more realistic. For this, you need to rasterize the text layer. Right-click on the text layer and in the menu that appears, select the option Rastrirovat text(Rasterize Type). Next, with the tool Brush ( Brush Tool) and Eraser (Eraser Tool), add individual sections to the text and / or delete individual sections of the text.

Step 3

Once again, right-click on the rasterized layer and in the window that appears, select the option Convert to smart object (convert to smart object) to convert the text layer to a smart object. Name this layer Toothpaste 1 (Tootpaste 1). Duplicate this layer 2 times, name duplicate layers Toothpaste 2 (Tootpaste 2) and Toothpaste 3 (Tootpaste 3) respectively.

Step 4

Now for each layer, we apply different layer styles. Let’s start with the layer Toothpaste 1 (Tootpaste 1). Turn off the visibility of the other two layers to see the result.

Add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow) with the following settings:

  • Bias (Distance): 8
  • The size (Size): 10

Add a layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) with the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Colour (color): # 0398ed
  • Angle(Angle): 120
  • Bias (Distance): 22

Add a layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow) with the following settings:

  • Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Colour (color): # fd0000
  • A source (Source): On the edges (Edge)
  • The size (Size): 24
  • Range (Range): 1

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings:

  • The size (Size): 21
  • Depth (Depth); 62
  • Softening (Soften): 3
  • Tick ​​in the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle(Angle): 120
  • Height(Altitude): 30
  • Uncheck the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Lightening (Screen) Opacity (Opacity): 0%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Multiplication (Multiply) Opacity (Opacity): 20%

Add a layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay). Set the following settings:

  • Colour (color): # f3f3f3

Step 5

Now the text should look like in the screenshot below. Everything will depend on the type of font chosen, as well as on the size of the font. For example, the size of my text is 350px. If you want to use small / large text size, then you need to change the scale of layer styles. For this, let’s go Layer – Layer Styles – Effects of Layer Effects (Layer> Layer Style> Scale Effects).

Step 6

Now let’s go to the layer Toothpaste 2 (Tootpaste 2) to add the following layer styles.

Add a layer style Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) with the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 17%
  • Angle (Angle): -55
  • Bias (Distance): 13
  • The size (Size): 18

Add a layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow) with the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Multiplication (Multiply)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 75%
  • A source (Source): On the edges (Edge)
  • The size (Size): 29
  • Range (Range): 50

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings:

  • The size (Size): 62
  • Depth (Depth); 100
  • Softening (Soften): 0
  • Style (Style): Inner bevel (Inner Bevel)
  • Method (Technique):Smooth(Smooth)
  • Tick ​​in the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 120
  • Height (Altitude): 30
  • Uncheck the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Overlap (Overlay) Opacity (Opacity): 75%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Multiplication (Multiply) Opacity (Opacity): 31%

Add a layer style Gloss (Satin). Set the following settings:

  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Overlap (Overlay)
  • Opacity(Opacity): 50%
  • Bias(Distance): 81
  • The size(Size): 65
  • Angle (Angle): 19

Step 7

Last layer left Toothpaste 3 (Tootpaste 3). Add the following layer styles: Internal luminescence (Inner Glow), color # 00e2ff, and Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

Add a layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow) with the following settings:

  • Opacity (Opacity): 56%
  • Colour (color): # 00e2ff
  • A source (Source): From the center (Center)
  • The size (Size): 35
  • Range (Range): 1

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings:

  • The size (Size): 38
  • Depth (Depth): 215
  • Softening (Soften): 0
  • Style (Style): Inner bevel (Inner Bevel)
  • Method (Technique): Smooth (Smooth)
  • Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 63
  • Height (Altitude): 69
  • Uncheck the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Overlap (Overlay) Opacity (Opacity): 100%
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Multiplication (Multiply) Opacity (Opacity): 0%

The text with the effect of Aqua toothpaste should be as in the screenshot below. If your result is not similar to this, then this means that you need to apply scaling to layer styles.

Step 8

As a final touch, I changed the background using the texture of the raindrops. So, add a texture with raindrops to the background, and then to this texture, add the following layer styles: Color overlay (Color Overlay) (color # 5bdaf1) and Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) (gradient colors: # 3a8595 and #ffffff).

Add a layer style Color overlay (Color Overlay). Set the following settings:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Darkening basics (Color burn)
  • Colour (color): # 5bdaf1
  • Opacity (Opacity): 51%

Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the following settings:

  • Gradient Type (Gradient): Linear (Linear)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 71%
  • Angle (Angle): 90

Step 9

You can also create a new layer on top of all other layers and, using a soft white brush, add light highlights. Change the blending mode for the highlight layer to Overlap (Overlay). You can also add sharpness to the final image so that the picture looks like an advertising poster, for this you can use a filter. Colour contrast (High Pass Filter).

In the screenshot below, you can see the final result of the text with the effect of toothpaste. You can use this effect to create promotional dental posters or flyers, for example.

Congratulations! We have completed the lesson!

Thank you for being with me until the end of the lesson. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Final result

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