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Chocolate Bar Text Effect

This tutorial explains how to create a simple pattern, then how to use it along with a couple of Layer Layer Styles to make a chocolate bar like text effect. It then explains how to modify a simple brush to add a nice filling to the text, and finally, adding some adjustment layers to complete the effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:45

Resources

The tutorial explains how to create the pattern to show some useful tips and tricks, but the pattern is also included in the Resources section if you want to skip that part.

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Step 1

Create a new 1250 x 800 px document. Set the Foreground color to #fece01, and the Background color to #e8661b, and create a Radial Gradient from the center of the document to one of the corners.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 1

Place the Yellow Vintage Paper Texture on top of the Background layer, scale it down till it fits properly in the document, and change its Opacity value to 50%.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 1

Click the New Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 1

Change the Hue value to -10< and the Saturation value to -40.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 1

Click the New Adjustment Layers icon once again, but this time, choose the Vibrance adjustment layer.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 1

Change the Vibrance value to 100 and the Saturation value to -40.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 1

Step 2

We are going to create the Pattern right now. So create a new 30 x 30 px document with a White Background. You can zoom in until the document is big enough to work with.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool, draw a square that selects the whole document.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Click the Subtract From Selection icon in the Options bar, and draw another rectangle that is 1px smaller than the first one.

You can open the Info panel (Window > Info) to check the dimensions.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Fill the selection with the color #888888.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection, then, repeat a similar process, but this time, draw the first rectangle so that it selects the white area only, and the other one should be 2px smaller. Fill the selection with the color #222222.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Once again, draw another border that is 2px wide, and fill it with the color #c7c7c7.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Finally, we are going to create vertical lines that are 1px wide, leaving a space of 2px between them. Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click the Add to Selection icon in the Options bar to create all the lines’ selections together. Fill the lines with the color #e9e9e9 and get rid of the selection (Ctrl/Cmd + D).

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Now, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type in a name for the pattern.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Back to the original document, create the text with the color #743d10. The font used is PicoBlack, and the Size is 350 px. Also, set the Tracking value to 25 to avoid overlapping. (You can get the Character panel from Window > Character).

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 3

Duplicate the text layer(s).

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 3

If you have multiple text layers, select all of the duplicated ones, then go to Layer > Merge Layers, or simply press Ctrl/Cmd + E. If you have only one text layer, the right click it, and choose Resterize Type.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 3

Drag the merged/ rasterized layer so that it becomes under the original text layer(s), and rename it to Shadow. We are going to use this later to create a shadow using the Motion Blur filter.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Double click the original text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #402713
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– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #743d10
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 13
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– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 20
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode – Color : #72533a
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #98653b
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– Contour

  • Contour : Shallow Slop Valley
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.

This will create a simple border around the beveled text, so that the text won’t look flat at the edges.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 4

– Texture

  • Pattern : Using the pattern created in Step 2
  • Check the Invert box.
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– Color Overlay

  • Color : #673d26
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Click OK to get out of the Layer Style box. Check out what we’ve got!

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), choose a hard round brush, and modify its Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape

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Shape Dynamics

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 5

Create a new layer on top of the Shadow layer and under the text layer(s), call it Filling.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 5

Right click the text layer, and choose Create Work Path.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 5

Select the Filling layer so that it is the active layer, then, pick the Direct Selection Tool and set the Foreground color to White. Right click the path and choose Stroke Path.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 5

Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and un-check the Simulate Pressure box.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 5

This will stroke the path with the brush. Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the path.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Double click the Filling layer to add the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #787878
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– Bevel and Emboss

  • Gloss Contour : Rounded Steps
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #99846b
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– Contour

  • Contour : Rounded Steps
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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– Texture

  • Pattern : Ant Farm
  • Depth : 20%
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– Color Overlay

  • Color : #e7e5df
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This is what the filling should look like.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 6

Step 7

Select the Shadow layer we created earlier, and go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Change the Angle to -30 and the Distance to 100.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 7

Move the shadow around (using the Move Tool) so that it starts at the top edge of the letters, and spreads away diagonally. Change the Shadow layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply, and the Opacity to 50%.

This should give the text more depth.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 7

Step 8

Go back to the Brush panel, and using the same hard round brush, modify the Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 8

Shape Dynamice

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 8

Scattering

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 8

Now, start painting some scattered dots on the Filling layer, as if the filling is a bit scattered around the text.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 8

Step 9

Open a bow form the Bows Set, and place it on top of all layers. Resize it and move it or rotate it till you like how it looks, and place it on top of one of the letters.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

Double click the Bow layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #805748
  • Size : 11
Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

– Color Overlay

  • Color : #696149
  • Blend Mode : Soft Light
Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

This should enhance the color of the bow and give it more depth.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, change the Hue to 5 and the Saturation to -10.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

Go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance, make sure that the Tone Balance is set to Midtones, and change the Color Levels values as shown below:

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

Finally, go to Image > Adjustments > Vibrance, set the Vibrance to -5 and the Saturation to -10.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 9

Step 10

The last thing we’re going to do is add some adjustment layers to make everything blend well. So click the New Adjustment Layer icon, and choose Photo Filter.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 10

Choose the Deep Yellow Filter from the drop down menu.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 10

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustments layer, and set the values as below:

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 10
Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 10

You might as well need to adjust the colors of the Bow. The only adjustment made here is changing the Saturation (Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation) value once again, to make the colors a bit less bright.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 10

Finally, set the Foreground color to Black, create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Gradient, then, create a Foreground to Transparent Radial Gradient. Change the layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light, and its Fill value to 30%.

Chocolate Bar Text Effect step 10

And that’s it!


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