Textured Text Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial walks you through creating a textured text using a free font, free texture and gradient set. Working through this tutorial should take less than an hour, but there are many places along the way that you can play with the settings, use different filters, layer styles or blending modes to experiment and learn how to work with text and textures.

The most important aspect of completing any tutorial for any software programme is…. have fun!

Textured Text

Resources:

Jungle Fever Font

Rust Speck Texture Pack

Autumn Gradients


Step 1

Open a New File using the following settings:

New File Settings

Step 2

Select the Type Tool, Jungle Fever Font, size 140pt, Foreground colour Black

Type your selected text – check the letter spacing and adjust if necessary

Letter Spacing

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

Rename the layer ‘Text

Step 3

Open Texture 1 from the Rust Speck Texture Pack

Create a new layer and drag it below the existing layer

Fill this new layer with white

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Flatten Image

Select>All (Ctrl + A)

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your text image active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Make sure this layer is above your text layer

Step 4

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Hold down the Shift key to maintain the proportions and reduce the size of the texture until it just covers your text

Hit the Enter key to accept the transformation

Change the layer name to ‘Texture’

Step 5

Hold down the Ctrl button and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 2px, click OK

Select>Inverse

Make sure the Texture layer is active and hit the delete key

Step 6

Hold down the Ctrl button and click on the thumbnail of the Text layer in the layers palette

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 3px, click OK

Make sure the Text layer is active and hit the delete key

Now drag the Text layer above the Texture layer in the layers palette

Step 7

Double click on the Text layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay and Bevel and Emboss settings:

Gradient Overlay Settings

Bevel and Emboss Settings

Step 8

Duplicate the Texture layer

Add an adjustment layer by clicking on the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette – select Gradient Map

Apply the following gradient:

Gradient Map Settings

Set the layer mode to Color

Step 9

Duplicate the Texture layer again

Create a Solid Fill adjustment layer – use White #FFFFFF

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click ‘Create Clipping Mask’

Now you have to merge the 4 layers together:

Click on the Gradient Map adjustment layer to make it active

Hold down the shift key and click on the Texture copy 2 layer – all 4 layers should now be selected

Right click on the selection in the layers palette and click Merge Layers

Rename this layer Texture 2

Step 10

With Texture 2 layer active

Filter>Distort>Wave – apply the following settings

Wave Settings

Set the layer mode to Screen

Step 11

Duplicate the Texture layer and apply a Solid Color adjustment layer using red #B82222

Right click on the adjustment layer and click Create Clipping Mask

Now merge the adjustment layer and the Texture copy layer together

Name this layer Red

Step 12

Duplicate Texture 2 – name the layer Blur 1

Duplicate Texture 2 again – name the layer Blur 2

Turn off the visibility of Blur 1 and make sure Blur 2 is active

Set the layer mode to Normal

Filter>Blur>Motion Blur – apply the following settings:

Motion Blur Settings 1

Restore visibility to Blur 1 layer and make it active

Set the layer mode to Normal

Filter>Blur>Motion Blur – apply the following settings:

Motion Blur Settings 2

Reduce the layer opacity to 60%

Step 13

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the Red layer to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 2px, click OK

Select>Inverse

Make Texture 2 layer active and hit the delete key

Repeat for layers Blur 2 and Blur 1

Step 14

You can now fill your background with any colour or gradient of your choice.

Textured Text

As stated in the introduction, if you have worked through this tutorial, you could apply different filters, use a different texture, apply different beveling settings, etc. to get your own custom result for your text.

We would be delighted to see what you create – please leave any comments and/or links below. Also, if you encounter any problems working through this tutorial, please don’t hesitate to ask here in the comments section.

 

 

 

carol

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  • kitiekat4u

    wow this is really great Carol. one thing i use a lot is text. i will be using this one. thank you so much for sharing :)