What You’ll Be Creating
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This tutorial will show you a quick way of creating a stain text effect, using some of the free files you get, and some other textures, brushes, and layer styles. Let’s get started!
This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on Envato Market.
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.
- Tallow Font
- Watercolor Brushes and Textures pack
- Splatter Brushes by WashWhenDirty
- Canvas oil 01 by Arjo62
1. Create the Brushes
Pick the Brush Tool and open the Brush panel (Window > Brush).
Choose the Spatter 24 pixels tip, and change its settings as shown below:
Brush Tip Shape
(Use the Oil Medium Wet Flow tip)
Click the Create new brush icon at the bottom right corner of the Brush panel, and then type Stroke Brush for the Name.
Now choose a soft round tip and modify its settings as shown below:
Brush Tip Shape
Add the new brush and name it Smudge Brush.
2. Add the Background and the Text
Create a new 1024 x 683px document, add the Canvas oil 01 texture on top of the Background layer, and rename its layer to BG Texture.
Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Counter Clockwise, and then resize and position the texture as you like within the document.
Create the text in All Caps using the font Tallow TC Regular, and set the Size to 250 pt and the Tracking value to 200.
3. Add the Watercolor Brush
Open the Watercolor Brushes and Textures file in Illustrator, select the big yellow brush shape, and go to Edit > Copy.
Go back to the Photoshop document, then to Edit > Paste, and choose to paste as a Smart Object.
Resize the watercolor brush to stretch it outside the text, and hit the Return key to accept the changes.
Command-click the text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.
Click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and make the text layer invisible.
4. Stroke and Smudge the Text
Right-click the text layer and choose Create Work Path.
Set the Foreground Color to
White, and make sure to select the watercolor brush layer mask’s thumbnail.
Pick the Brush Tool and choose the Stroke Brush you created earlier, and hit the Return key to stroke the path with the brush tip.
Now pick the Smudge Tool, and choose the Smudge Brush tip.
In the Options bar, set the Mode to Normal and the Strength to 50%.
Hit the Return key to smudge the stroke.
Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A) and hit Return to get rid of the work path.
You can then pick the Smudge Tool again, and click and drag slightly around some areas to smudge the text some more manually.
Make sure to make all the adjustments on the mask and not the layer itself.
5. Color and Style the Text
Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Hue/Saturation.
Click the Clip to layer icon, and then change the Hue to -10, the Saturation to -43, and the Lightness to -3.
Change the watercolor brush layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.
Double-click the watercolor brush layer to apply an Inner Shadow effect with these settings:
- Blend Mode: Color Burn
- Opacity: 88%
- Distance: 0
- Size: 9
This will style the edges.
6. Make Some Adjustments
Duplicate the watercolor brush layer with its Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and then select the watercolor brush layer’s mask and fill it with
With the Foreground Color still set to
White, use the Brush Tool to add some of the Splatter Brushes to the text.
You can pick the Eraser Tool and erase any unwanted areas.
Then, pick the Smudge Tool, and use the Smudge Brush to smudge parts of the splatter you added.
Add a Levels adjustment layer on top of the BG Texture layer, clip it to it, and change the Highlights value to 245.
This will brighten the canvas texture a bit.
7. Sharpen the Outcome
Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it High Pass, and press the Option-Command-Shift-E keys to create a stamp.
Right-click the High Pass layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.
Go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and change the Radius to 2.
Change the High Pass layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.
This will sharpen the outcome.
8. Add a Vignette
Add a Gradient adjustment layer on top of all layers.
Use a Transparent to Fill Color gradient fill, using the colors
#f3f2ef to the left and
#444444 to the right.
Change the Style to Radial, check the Dither box, and change the Scale to 265.
Change the Gradient layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn.
Congratulations! You’re Done
In this tutorial, we modified the settings of stroke and smudge brush tips, and added them to our preset.
Then we added a background canvas texture, created the text, and added a vector watercolor brush as a smart object.
After that, we applied the watercolor brush to the text, stroked and smudged the edges, and changed the coloring of the watercolor brush.
Finally, we styled the brush, added some splatter, sharpened the result, and added a vignette to finish everything off.
Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.
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