Art Deco Text Effect Tutorial

Here is another revamp of a tutorial that originally appeared on my old site. This tutorial uses a free font and Photoshop’s built-in tools. The colours used are taken from 1920s colour swatches to help achieve the Art Deco feel

Art Deco Text Effect


Evanescence Font from

Step 1

Open a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Fill the background with dark grey #383838

Step 2

Create a new layer

Place guidelines as shown below (select the Move tool and drag the guides out from the ruler area of the screen):

Set Guides

NOTE: I have my rulers set to pixels, so that is what is shown in the above screenshot.

Select the Line tool and apply the following settings:

Line Tool Settings

Set the foreground colour to white

Use the guides to draw lines as shown below

TIP: Hold down the shift key while drawing the line to keep it straight


Now get rid of the guides – the corners may need to be tidied up, so zoom into the image and use a square brush to do that

Your image should now look like this:


Rename the layer ‘Frame’

Step 3

Create a new layer

Select the Custom Shape tool and select Registration Target 2, foreground colour orange #F6B337

Set the size of the shape as below:

Custom Shape Options

Click once on the canvas to create the shape

Using your preferred method, delete all but 10 segments of the target:

Fan Design 1

Now delete the outside line between the segments:

Fan Design 2

Rename this layer ‘Fan’

Step 4

Drag the Fan layer below the Frame layer

Place the fan as shown below:

Fan Design Placement

Merge the two layers together, make sure the merged layer is called ‘Frame’

Step 5

Turn off the visibility of the Frame layer and the background layer

Select the Type tool, Evanescence font, size 300px, foreground colour black

Type your required words each on a separate layer

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type

Rasterize each text layer

Optional Step

This next step is down to personal preference: I wanted the first T of the word Text to be in front of the word Deco and the last T to be behind it, so I duplicated the layer containing the word Text, deleted the Tex from one of the layers and deleted the last T from the other layer (doing it this way keeps it all in place without the need for realignment), then dragged the layer containing the ‘tex’ above the ‘deco’ layer in the layers palette

Step 6

Double click on any of the text layers in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Color Overlay and Bevel & Emboss settings:

Color Overlay Settings

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Step 7

Using the Move tool, arrange your text as required.

Merge all text layers together

Rename this merged layer ‘Text’

Step 8

Restore visibility to all layers

Duplicate the Frame layer

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Right click within the transform box and click Flip Horizontal

Place the two halves to make the top part of the frame

Merge the two layers together

Duplicate the layer

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Right click within the transform box and click Flip Vertical

Move the frame to the bottom of the text, keeping it in line with the top frame

Reduce the layer opacity of both frame layers to 85%

You can now flatten your image and crop it as required

The finished project:

Art Deco Text Effect

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and maybe it has inspired you to expand on the Art Deco theme, or even create something from another era, such as Art Nouveau, the 50s or the 80s.

If you do create something different based on this tutorial, please share with us using the comments section below.


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about 5 years ago

I had a great time doing this tutorial! Thanks!!! I changed the colour scheme and font. Have a look...


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