Text with Custom Brushes in Photoshop

For this tutorial, we will use some images of flowers to create the custom “Brushes” (we chose some “Flowers”). Is better if the images have a neutral background. We will also use and a “Bold” font (we used “Myriad Pro Bold”).

1 - In Photoshop, open the image or images you want to work with.

2 - Use the “Quick Selection Tool” (Q) to make a selection of the “Flower”. Use “Add” and “Subtract from selection” to refine it if needed.

3 - When the selection is done, go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Give the brush a name and click “OK”.

4 - Repeat “Steps 2 and 3” with the rest of the images.

5 - Create a “New Document”, make it big enough to accommodate the text you want to write.

6 - To add a nice “Background”, click on the small black and white circle at the bottom of the “Layers Panel” and choose “Solid Color”. Choose a color to fill the “Background” (we used #4c8d97).

7 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your font (we used “Myriad Pro Bold”) and type your text. Use White as “Fill” color.

8 - Align the text by using “Horizontal” and “Vertical Align Center” in the Top Menu and making sure “Align to Artboard” is selected.

9 - Lower the “Opacity” of the text to about 40%.

10 - Create a “New Layer” on top of everything. To do it, select the “text” layer, then click on the small square with a plus sign inside icon at the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

11 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B), open the “Brush Settings Panel”, select one of your newly created brushes and use the following settings:

Brush Tip Shape: (resize the brush to fit the letters)

Shape Dynamics:

12 - Start “Painting” on the bottom part of one letter following its shape and keep doing it on the upper portion but make the strokes a bit looser. Paint some flowers outside around the top of the letters too. Repeat with all the letters.

13 - Create a “New Layer” on top of everything.

14 - Change the “Foreground” color to a shade of your liking (we used #941fd7).

15 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B), open the “Brush Settings Panel”, select another one of your newly created brushes and use the following settings:

Brush Tip Shape: (resize the brush to fit the letters)

Shape Dynamics:

Color Dynamics:

16 - “Paint” on top of the other flowers to create a contrasting color pattern. If you release the cursor and press it again between strokes, the color of the flowers will change. Paint some flowers outside around the top of the letters too. Repeat with all the letters.

17 - Bring the “Opacity” of the text back to about 100%. Click on the small icon on the top-left of the “Color Pickers” in the “Toolbar” to bring the “Default Foreground and Background Colors” (D). Then, create a “Layer Mask” in the “Text” layer by clicking on the small icon on the bottom of the “Layers Panel”.

18 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B) and with a medium and soft brush (65 px, 0% “Hardness”), making sure that Black is the “Foreground” color and that the “Mask” of the “Text” layer is selected, “Erase” some of the top portions of the letters.

19 Now, create a “Layer Mask” in the first flower text layer, select the “Brush Tool” (B) and with a medium and soft brush (65 px, 0% “Hardness”), making sure that the “Mask” of the “Flower Text” layer is selected, “Erase” the flowers outside the bottom portions of the letters. You can “Hide” the top flower text layer by clicking on the small eye icon on the left side of its Thumbnail to have a better view.

20 - “Un-hide” the top flower text layer and with it still selected, Option/Alt-Click on the “Text” layer to make a selection of the letters and create a “Mask” by clicking on the small icon on the bottom of the “Layers Panel”. Select the “Brush Tool” (B) and with a medium and soft brush (65 px, 0% “Hardness”), this time making sure that White is the “Foreground” color and that the “Mask” thumbnail is selected and bring out some “Flowers” on the top of the text.

21 - Check it out! You can “Hide” the top flower text layer by clicking on the small eye icon on the left side of its Thumbnail or leave it on to have different styles.

by @lornacane

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This is awesome! Thank you for sharing! :sunflower:

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What an amazing tutorial! Thanks so much for putting this together. :two_hearts:

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You’re welcome! :blush:

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