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Lace Stroke Text Effect

In this tutorial, we are going to create a lace brush and modify its settings to create a lace-like stroke, and then, apply some Layer Layer Style to finish up the text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:30

Resources

Step 1

Open the Damask Modern pattern and set the Foreground color to #a9834f.

Lace BG step 1

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, or press Ctrl/Cmd + U, and check the Colorize box. Then, change the values as shown below.

Lace BG step 1

When you’re done, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type in Background Pattern for the name.

Lace BG step 1

Step 2

Open a new 1280 x 1024 px document, set the Foreground color to #e5636f, and the Background color to #970214, then create a Radial Gradient by clicking on the center of the document and dragging to one of the corners.

Lace BG step 2

Double click the layer and apply a Pattern Overlay effect, change the Blend Mode to Linear Burn, the Opacity to 50%, and choose the pattern you’ve just defined.

Lace BG step 2

The Background should look like this.

Lace BG step 2

Place the Texture-cracked wall image on top of the Background layer, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light. This will create a nice background.

Lace BG step 2

Step 3

Create a new 270 x 270 px document, and pick the Custom Shape Tool. In the Options bar, click the Polygon Options pop-up menu, then check the Smooth Corners, Star, and Smooth Indents boxes, change the Indent Sides By to 10% the number of Sides to 12.

Draw the shape so that it fits within the document, and make sure that its color is Black.

Lace step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool, and click the Paths icon in the Options bar. Create an elliptical path as shown below.

Lace step 3

Choose a hard round brush, and open the Brush panel (Window > Brush) to change its Size to 20 px and the Spacing to 180%.

Lace step 3

Create a new layer on top of the shape layer, set the Foreground color to White, and pick the Ellipse Tool once again, then right click the path to choose Stroke Path.

Lace step 3

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

Lace step 3

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

Lace step 3

With the Ellipse Tool still active, draw another path that is smaller than the previous one.

Lace step 3

Pick the Brush Tool and change the Size to 7 px and the Spacing to 150%.

Lace step 3

Pick the Ellipse Tool again, and follow the same steps to stroke the new path with the new brush.

Lace step 3

Remove the eye icon next to the white Background to make it invisible, then go to Edit > Define Brush Preset, and type in Lace for the name of the brush.

Lace step 3

Step 4

Back to the original document, create the text using the color #ae1616. The font used is Fontleroy Brown NF, and the Size is 750 px. I also changed the Tracking value to 10 to avoid overlapping.

Lace TE step 1

Create a new layer under the text layer and call it Stroke. Then right click the text layer and choose Create Work Path. Once the path is created, select the Stroke layer once again.

Lace TE step 1

Choose the Lace brush you’ve just created, and in the Brush panel, change the Size to 30 px, and the Spacing to 70%.

Lace TE step 1

Set the Foreground color to #f5f4e6, pick the Direct Selection Tool and right click the path to choose Stroke Path.

Lace TE step 1

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

Lace TE step 1

The text should now have a nice lace-like stroke.

Lace TE step 1

Step 5

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

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #848484
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 12
  • Distance : 9
  • Size : 2
Lace TE step 2

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 375
  • Size : 1
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 120
  • Altitude : 30
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #dad1d1
Lace TE step 2

– Texture

  • Pattern : Ant Farm
  • Depth : 35%
Lace TE step 2

– Color Overlay

  • Color : #ffeed0
Lace TE step 2

Step 6

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

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #b65252
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 120
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 16
Lace TE step 3

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #84261f
Lace TE step 3

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 16
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 122
  • Altitude : 30
  • Gloss Contour : Guassian Inverse
  • Highlight Mode – Color : #9c4545
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #cc7a7a
Lace TE step 3

– Texture

  • Pattern : Woven
Lace TE step 3

Step 7

This is optional, but you can create a new layer on top of all layers, set the Foreground color to #f5f4e6, and choose a hard brush to draw some circles in order to create the flowers, then apply the Ivory Layer Style.

This is the final outcome!


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