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Tinsel Text Effect in Photoshop

Posted on 18th December 2019
For this tutorial we will use the Free Font “Sausages” from Fontbundles.net (https://fontbundles.net/free-fonts/regular-fonts/sausages).

1 - In Photoshop, create a “New Document”. Make it 20 cm x 15 cm @300 dpi with a “Transparent” Background.



2 - Select the “Gradient Tool” (G), and choose a “Foreground to Background Radial” gradient. Use #e46363 as “Foreground” color and #cc0606 as “Background” color, then click and drag from the center to one side of the “Document” to apply the gradient.





3 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), change the “Fill” color to #1b8643. Select your font (we used “Sausages”) and type your text. The size will depend on the word you chose.





4 - Center your text using “Horizontal” and “Vertical Align Centers” on the Top Menu. Don’t forget to select both Layers using the “Shift” key to do this.





5 - Select the text with the “Type Tool” (T) and increase the “Tracking” to 50 in the “Character Panel”.



6 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B) and choose the “Dune Grass” brush.





7 - Head to the “Brush Presets Panel”, click on the “Brush Tip Shape” Tab and use a 50 px size with 25% “Spacing”.



In the “Shape Dynamics” Tab use 100% “Size Jitter” and check the “Flip X Jitter” box.



In the “Scattering” Tab use a 148% “Scatter”, a value of 10 for “Count” and check the “Both Axes” box.



In the “Color Dynamics” Tab use 100% “Foreground/Background Jitter” and check the “Apply Pen Tip” box.



8 - Keep the Green used in the text as “Foreground” color and change the “Background” color to a darker shade (#013c17).



9 - Right-click on top of the “Text” layer and choose “Create Work Path”.





10 - With the “Work Path” still active, create a New Layer on top by clicking the “Create New Layer” button at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel and name it “Tinsel”.



11 - “Hide” the “Text” Layer by clicking on the small eye on the left side of its Thumbnail.



12 - Right-click on top of the “Work Path”, choose “Stroke Path” and then “Brush Tool” as “Tool” making sure the “Simulate Pressure” box is unchecked. Click “OK”. Make sure you are using the “Select Tool” (V) to do this.







13 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B) and add more texture around the Path to make the text fuller.





14 - Change the “Foreground” color to #02451b and the “Background” color to #369459 and keep adding to the “Tinsel” to give it a bit of contrast.





15 - Double-click on thee “Tinsel” layer Thumbnail and apply the following “Layer Styles”:

Inner Glow: (#5e922a)



Drop Shadow: (#000000)



16 - Duplicate the “Tinsel” Layer (Command/Control + J) or by dragging it to the “Create New Layer” icon.



17 - Select the “Brush Tool” (B) again and head to the “Brush Presets Panel”, click on the “Brush Tip Shape” Tab and use a 20 px size with 25% “Spacing”. In the “Shape Dynamics” Tab keep the same settings.



In the “Scattering” Tab use a 357% “Scatter”, a value of 10 for “Count” and check the “Both Axes” box.



In the “Color Dynamics” Tab use 100% “Foreground/Background Jitter”, 100% “Brightness Jitter” and check the “Apply Pen Tip” box.



18 - Change the “Foreground” color to White and the “Background” color Black. In the “Layers Panel” change the “Blending Mode” to “Vivid Light”.





19 - Right-click on top of the “Work Path”, choose “Stroke Path” and then “Brush Tool” as “Tool” making sure the “Simulate Pressure” box is unchecked. Click “OK”. Make sure you are using the “Select Tool” (V) to do this. Choose the “Brush Tool” (B) and add more contrast where needed. You can hide or delete the “Work Path” now.







20 - Duplicate the “Tinsel 2” Layer (Command/Control + J) or by dragging it to the “Create New Layer” icon. Change the “Blending Mode” of the duplicate to “Overlay”.



21 - Select the “Tinsel” Layer and grab the “Eraser Tool” (E). Choose the “Grass” brush with a 50 px “Size” head to the “Brush Presets Panel”. In the “Shape Dynamics” Tab use the following values: 100% “Size Jitter”, 3% for “Minimum Diameter”, 10% for “Angle Jitter”, 37% for “Roundness Jitter”, 25% for “Minimum Roundness” and check the “Flip X and Y Jitter” boxes. “Erase” some of the edges to make the “Tinsel” more realistic.











22 - Create a New Layer on top of everything by clicking the “Create New Layer” button at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel and name it “Sparkle”. Select the “Brush Tool” (B) with a “Round and Soft” brush and head to the “Brush Presets Panel”, click on the “Brush Tip Shape” Tab and use a 10 px size with 165% “Spacing”.





In the “Scattering” Tab use a 1000% “Scatter”, a value of 1 for “Count” and make sure the “Both Axes” box is unchecked.



Paint some “Sparkles” on top of the text.



23 - Change the “Blending Mode” of the “Sparkle” layer to “Overlay”.



24 - Check out your work!


by @lornacane

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