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Gingerbread Cookies

This tutorial will explain how to bake make a delicious gingerbread cookies inspired text effect, using layer styles, some filters, and a couple of other simple elements. Ready?

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS6 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:15

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Step 1

Create a new 1152 x 864 px document. Place the Seamless tablecloth texture image on top of the Background layer, then resize it so that it fits within the document.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 1

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

– Color Overlay

  • Color : #b17c67
  • Blend Mode : Multiply
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 1

– Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Style : Radial
  • Scale : 150%
  • Check the Reverse box
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 1

The gradient uses two colors: #723434 to the left and #787878 to the right. The Opacity value of the stop to the right is 0%.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 1

This will darken the image.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text in the color #9a6c40 using the font Sniglet. The font Size is 273 pt and the text is better written in All Caps.

If the text doesn’t fit within the document, hit Enter/Return to add the remaining letters in a new line. We’ll be moving the letters closer later.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 2

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Hard
  • Size : 10
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Soft Light
  • Color : #d8bfa7
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #3d3d3d
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 2

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 2

– Texture

  • Pattern : Rocky Wall
  • Depth : 150%
  • Check the Invert box

This will create the first part of the cookies’ texture, with an illusion of subtle 3D bumps and cracks.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 2

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #492d12
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 13
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 2

The Drop Shadow effect will be added near the end as some layers will be merged first. For now, this is what you should get:

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Ctrl/Cmd + click the text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Texture. Then, set the Foreground color to #c69c6d and the Background color to #603913.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 3

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Then go to Select > Deselect to get rid of the selection.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Sketch > Note Paper. Change the Image Balance to 50, the Graininess to 10, and the Relief to 12.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 4
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 4

Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Sketch > Reticulation. Change the Density to 4, the Foreground Level to 40, and the Background Level to 0.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 4
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 4

Change the Texture layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 75%. This will create the second part of the texture adding more details to the cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 4

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation. Change the Hue to -7 and the Saturation to -45.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Ctrl/Cmd + click the text layer’s thumbnail again to create a selection.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 5

Go to Select > Modify > Contract, and type in 15. This will remove 15 px of the selection adding more space on the edges.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 5

Open the Paths panel (Window > Paths). Press and hold the Alt/Option key and click the Make work path from selection icon down the Paths panel.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 5

Set the Tolerance value to 1.0, which will result in a more precise path.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Pick the Brush Tool and choose an 8 px hard round brush, then set the Foreground color to #f0f0e7.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 6

Pick the Direct Selection Tool. If there are any parts of the path that you want to modify, you can click the path, then click the anchor points to move them around.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 6

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Icing.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 6

Right click the path and choose Stroke Path.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 6

Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and make sure that the Simulate Pressure box is un-checked.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 6

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

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 6

Step 7

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Soften : 5
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #8b816c
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 7

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #494949
  • Distance : 2
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 7

You’ll get some nice icing!

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 7

You can go ahead and add some more lines and decorations on the same layer.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 7

If you’re in the mood, create a new layer, call it Color, right click the Icing layer, choose Copy Layer Style, then right click the Color layer and choose Paste Layer Style.

Pick red and green colors, and add some more colored dots or lines to the cookies.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 7

Step 8

Now, group all the layers except for the Background layers (Shift + click the layers, then go to Layer > Group Layers or press Ctrl/Cmd + G).

Duplicate the group then make the original invisible by clicking the eye icon next to it.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 8

Make sure that the copy group is selected then go to Layer > Merge Group to rasterize all of the group’s layers in one layer.

(That’s why we kept a copy of the original group, as the merged layers are not editable).

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 8

Double click the merged layer to apply a Drop Shadow effect:

  • Opacity : 55%
  • Distance : 10
  • Size : 10
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 8

This will make the cookies even more 3D looking.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 8

Step 9

Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool, Then create a selection around the first letter.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 9

Press Ctrl/Cmd + J to duplicate the letter in a separate layer. You can rename each layer to the letter it has.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 9

Do the same for the rest of the letters. Don’t forget to select the original merged layer each time before duplicating a new letter.

Once you’re done, make the original layer invisible.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 9

Pick the Move Tool, and check the Auto-Select box in the Options bar, make sure Layer is the option next to that box.

Basically, what this does is it enables you to select the letter by clicking it directly without the need to select its layer. This makes things much easier and faster.

Now click the letters and move them so that they are next to each other and slightly overlapping. You can as well change the order of the layers to bring letters to the front or send them back.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 9

You can also rotate some of the letters (select the letter, go to Edit > Transform > Rotate, rotate the letter, then hit Enter/Return to confirm).

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 9

Step 10

This is optional, but if you want to place your yummy cookies in a nice plate, then set the Foreground color to a light color like #a9977d, and create a new layer on top of all layers called Plate.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 10

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the Radius in the Options bar to 10 px. Higher values will create more rounded corners.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 10

Click and drag to create the basic shape.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 10

We’ll adjust the height and width after applying the layer style.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 10

Step 11

Double click the Plate shape layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Hard
  • Size : 51
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Soft Light
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #d1c6bc
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

– Contour

  • Contour : Cone
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

– Pattern Overlay

  • Blend Mode : Soft Light
  • Pattern : Choose any of the patterns from the patterns pack provided in the Resources section.
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

– Drop Shadow

  • Distance : 23
  • Size : 21
Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

Your plate should look all cool and nice now.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

You might get some letters over the edges of the plate. So pick the Direct Selection Tool, click the plate shape once, then click and drag to select the anchor points of the edges you want to move, then, use the keyboard arrow keys to move the edges as needed.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

If you want to change the color of the plate then double click its shape layer’s icon and choose a new color. Here, a slightly darker color is chosen #8b6b4b. You can try different patterns as well. Have fun with it.

Gingerbread Cookies Text Effect step 11

Your cookies now are ready to eat … Or be a nice background wallpaper ;)
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it useful.
Feel free to share your cookies with us ^_^

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  • CrickettGrrrl

    Happy holidays Rose & Textuts! :o) Thanks so much more another terrific tutorial, I love them. (and thanks for the Winter Holidays Layer Styles Pack, –I’m having lots of fun with the snow & peppermint styles.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wp-crickett/8263200954/in/photostream/

    • textuts

      Checking your work always makes me happy for some reason :) I just like your take on each concept, and the little things you add to make it your own. Brilliant indeed!

      Thank you very much for sharing your work with us and for the awesome comment =)

      Very happy holidays to you too :D

  • Hashim Raza

    Awesome….Gr8 tutorial…I like your tutorials….Gr8 Work..Thx for sharing

    • textuts

      Really glad you do.
      Thank you very much for the support.

  • Bitte

    Thank you for a fantastic tutorial.
    Perfect for Christmas.

  • Bitte

    I have a problem when I got to step 5.
    I click the ‘Make work path from selection’ and then comes – Set the Tolerance value to 1.0, which will result in a more precise path.
    Here comes the problem for me. I can not find where to set the tolerance value.

  • Bitte

    I fogot to say. I have PS CS 5

    • textuts

      When you Alt+click the ‘Make work path from selection’ icon, you’ll get a small dialog box in which you can set the value. It is the box shown in the fourth image of Step 5.

      Do you get that box when you Alt+click the icon?

      Thanks fro the kind comment :)

      • Bitte

        Oh oh when I read your answer it is quite clear to me. I misunderstood the tutorial even though I read the text several times .. I clicked Shift / Alt.
        Thank you so much for your help.

        • textuts

          No worries :) Glad the problem was solved.
          Thanks for the comment.

  • Cesc

    This is a marvelous idea. Thanks for all the instruction. Can’t wait to try it out.

    • textuts

      Awesome! Have fun with it :)
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Marcos

    THANK YOU!!!!!

    • textuts

      You’re very welcome :)
      Thanks for the comment.

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  • omalisette

    I had a lot of fun with it. Sharing with us is fantastic.
    I wish you all the best for the hollidays.

    • textuts

      So glad you did :)
      Thank you very much for the lovely comment and the kind wishes.

      All the great wishes for the holidays to you too :)

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  • Anna

    Great tutorial! Thank you!
    Can you please help me? I got stuck at step 3.5 when I should apply filter “Clouds” – they are just grey. Step 4 is impossible to do: for some reason half of the filters are unavaiable (I can’t click on them to select). Any ideas of what I am doing wrong?
    Here is a printscreen of what it looks like:
    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8283079683_322e6100b4_b.jpg

    • textuts

      Seems you are working with the 16-bit format. To be able to apply Filters you need to be working with the 8-bit format.

      To do so, go to Image -> Mode -> 8 Bits/Channel. Filters should work fine after that.

      Hope this helps.

      Please feel free to add any other queries you have.

      Thanks for the comment :)

      • Anna

        YES! It was the problem! Thank you so SOOOOO much! :)

        • textuts

          Glad the issue was solved :)
          Thanks once again for the comment.

  • Marko

    Thank you for the tutorial :)
    http://picturepush.com/public/11755627

    • textuts

      Cool brightly decorated cookies!
      Thank you very much for the comment and the link :)

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  • Mumu

    Wow! Brilliant way to achieve the cookie texture.

    Just discovered your awesome site. You explain the style tweaks and options better than any other site I’ve seen, and your results look more realistic!

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge :)

    • textuts

      That’s very nice of you to say, and it just means so much :)
      So glad you found the tutorials informative.

      Thank you so much for the kind comment :)

  • Ksusha

    What a wonderful tut! Thanks a zillion!!! I enjoyed doing it greatly. And I like the result. Better go have some tea… with cookies!

    • textuts

      Your comment just made my day :D
      So glad you enjoyed it.

      Thank you very much for the kind words.

  • http://www.wix.com/elfonzo_fun/poliopispree Steve

    Soemthing went awwefully wrong when I tried this tutorial.

    • textuts

      What was that? In which step?

  • Susan

    Always a pleasure to follow your text tutorials. Also learned something new: clicking on a selection to create a path!

    • textuts

      Very glad to know you find the tutorials useful :)
      Thank you very much for the kind comment.

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  • Clive

    Thanks a lot for this great tutorial :D
    Why my path is green color and when i try to stroke path, not only the path was being painted, but the whole word was painted?

    • textuts

      Did you make sure that the “Icing” layer is the active (selected) layer before stroking the path? Also, did you make sure that you have the same brush size, and that you chose the Brush option from the Tool drop down menu?

      Please check those things out, and feel free to add a reply if the problem still exists.

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

      • Clive

        Problem solved. Thank you very much. I like your tutorial :)

        • textuts

          Great :)
          Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Clive

    Is that I can use the patterns in my design?

    • textuts

      What patterns do you mean?

      • Clive

        I mean the Vintage Patterns.
        acupofmilk, the author of Vintage Patterns already deactivated his/her account. Don’t know whether can use the pattern in my game(non-profit).

        • textuts

          I’m afraid the link doesn’t work anymore!
          I posted a link to a new pack in the Resources section, and it is free for personal and commercial use.

          Hope this helps.

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  • sapri waldi

    I was very impressed with all the designs of your text ..
    so I’m always waiting for something new from you ..
    I think the design of a natural text like this is good ..
    Other examples may be like wood styles ..
    you are great, thank you

    • textuts

      This absolutely means so much.
      Glad you’re enjoying the tutorials.

      Thank you very much for the kind comment and for the support, appreciate it.

      Best regards.

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  • itzel

    How can I use the “Rocky wall” pattern?

    • textuts

      You need to download it then add it inside Photoshop to the Patterns Preset.

      To do so, go to Edit -> Preset Manager, and choose “Patterns” from the “Preset Type” drop down menu. Then, click the “Load” button to the right, and open the saved pattern (.pat) file.

      Hope this helps.

      Please feel free to add any other queries you have.

      • Liam

        Whenever I select a letter the background gets selected aswell?

        • textuts

          Did you merge the Background with the text? If not, make sure that the “New Selection” icon is the selected icon in the Options bar, and not the “Add to selection” icon.

          Hope this helps.

          Please feel free to leave a comment with any other queries, and if you can add a screenshot that’d be great as well.

          Regards.

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  • Nima

    Thank you.
    Tutorial was perfect!
    You’re really fantastic!
    :*

    • textuts

      Well, that certainly means a lot!
      Super glad you liked the tutorial :)

      Thanks a lot for the very kind words.

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    • textuts

      Thank you very much for the comment.
      I really appreciate it.

      Regards.

  • Chris

    The rocky wall pattern I downloaded is not a .pat file its a .png file and will not be loaded, how do I use it as a pattern?

    • textuts

      You’ll need to open the .png image with Photoshop, then go to Edit -> Define Pattern, and click OK. This will add the image as a pattern to the Pattern Picker, and you’ll be able to use it.

      Hope this helps.

      Please feel free to add any other queries you have.

  • Asheesh

    Another great tutorial and superb effects. This website has been a godsend to me :) …I don’t know if I have followed the tutorials from the same person, or if the site has a set of equally great artists, but as usual, the tutorial was very very well explained.

    I must say that I was most skeptic going into this tutorial as it had one of my Achilles’s heel, the “Pen Tool” (I am left handed, but held the mouse in right hand from the start. So I can’t draw a lot of straight lines with my right hand, and I can’t control the mouse from my left :( )..But thanks to this tutorial, I followed through.

    Here is my effort:
    http://s24.postimg.org/o512q3k6d/gingerbread_cookie_2.jpg

    Hope to see much more of such amazing tutorials. :)

    • Asheesh

      Actually the image I created was a bit bigger.
      Here is the link:

      http://postimg.org/image/jx2m6cyxz/

    • textuts

      No words can describe how much your comment means.

      Glad you found the tutorial easy to follow, and your final result is definitely awesome. It’s always fun to see the effect created in different ways with different additions.

      Many big thanks for the amazing comment, all the support, and for sharing your results with us… Much appreciated.

      Regards.

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  • Carla

    Perfect and very nice tutorial

    My version:

    http://car51.altervista.org/_altervista_ht/nuova/biscotti_natale.jpg

    Thanks!!

    • textuts

      Cool outcome! Nicely done.
      Many thanks for the comment and for the link :)

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  • angryredwoman

    Really awesome tutorial!! I’ve been doing almost all of your tutorials and I am really enjoying them! Here’s my version! I used it for a Christmas Card for a friend ^^

    http://www.mediafire.com/convkey/9af5/2yeawamrddt3s2m6g.jpg

    • textuts

      Very happy to know that you’re enjoying the tutorials :D
      Awesome job on the card :)

      Thank you very much for the kind words and for sharing your work, really appreciate it.

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