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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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  • Dr. Sandvich

    Really nice Tutorial, very creative way. But I got one more question:
    What font are you using for “All you need is”?

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot for the comment.
      The font used is “Machia”, you can download it from here

  • http://www.bshome.net beenish
  • http://www.bshome.net beenish

    i didnt got step 7…
    how we can add this layer style in photoshop?

    • textuts

      Hey beenish!

      That looks awesome! Very well done!
      As for Step 7, you need to download the .zip style file and extract it to get the .asl file. Then, open the Styles panel (Window -> Styles), load the .asl file (check this link to know how to do so), and finally, select the layer you’ve drawn the circles on, and click on the new style that appeas in your style panel after loading it, this will apply the style to the layer.

      Hope this answers your question.
      Thanks for the comment :)

  • Michelle

    Loved your tutorial! I am still learning Photoshop and these tutorial are so well written and teaching me so much. Thanks again!

    • textuts

      I’m glad you found the tutorials helpful. Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Moai

    Wow! Great tutorial…^^ thanks..
    Where can I get the some nice layer styles?
    Please recommend site like you used it.

    • textuts

      Hey Moai,

      Thanks for the comment. I actually create all the layer styles I use, but you can search deviantart.com for layer styles or simply google “free photoshop layer styles”. Hope this helps!

  • Moai

    Thank you..^^
    Have a happy day.

  • Kez

    Love your tutorial, just wanted to check…… why does your font used for LOVE look different to the Fontleroy Brown NF download? or did you just play around to make it your own :)

  • Kez

    LOL Don’t worry I figured it out, the settings were wrong and they were coming out in caps….. silly me :) But still a wonderful tutorial.

    • textuts

      Hey Kez,
      Glad that you liked the tutorial, and figured out the font issue :)
      Thanks a lot.

  • http://khdreamer.blogspot.com khdreamer

    Nice and simple.
    BTW, love the background.

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot!

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  • http://textuts.com/colorful-light-text-effect/ lola

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw fantactec>> :)
    ^_^

    • textuts

      Thanks lola!

  • Susananana

    I am in the middle of following this tut and I just have to say, thank you for creating it and sharing it freely with us. I sigh at how pretty it is every time I look at the end result.

    • textuts

      Aww Susananana! Thank you so much for your kind words, they really mean a lot :)
      I’m glad you liked the tutorial. Thanks for the lovely comment once again!

  • http://- Carlos Alberto

    Parabens pelo excelente tutorial. Muito lindo . Por favor; se possível eu gostaria de conseguir a “TEXTURE ANTI FARM ” mencionada na 3ª figura da 5ª etapa. Muito obrigado e um grande abraço. Carlos Alberto , da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro – Brasil.

    • textuts

      Hello Carlos,

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      As for the Ant Farm pattern, I’ve added it to the resources section, you can download it here. You just need to extract the file and then load the pattern to use it.

      Obrigada once again.

  • Hayde

    Very nice tut, thanks a lot for sharing, :( I can’t found the Gussian Inverse gloss contour

    • textuts

      Hello Hayde,

      Please check this image to see how to get the contours.
      Hope this helps.

      Thank you for the comment.

      • Hayde

        thank you, thank you, thank you, mmm can I show my results, it´s a little different, maybe because of texture, I use CS5 in spanish, I think I use a wrong texture :S
        Lol thank you very much again :)

        • textuts

          You’re welcome :)
          Of course you can! I would definitely like to see your outcome of the tutorial, so you can post a link to it in a comment, and I will check it out.

          Cheers.

          • Hayde
          • textuts

            Hey Hayde,
            Your result looks awesome! I like how it turned out a bit different. I guess you might really be using a different texture (the original one is this one). Or the size of the text might be the reason, as for a smaller text size you might need to decrease the “Scale” value of the Texture.
            But other than that, I think you did a really good job!

            Thanks for the link and the comments.
            Cheers :)

  • Hayde

    Thanks a lot, I always have problem with the font size, thanks for show me where I can find the texture :). I’m lerning a lot with your tuts,
    Gracias :)

    • textuts

      You’re welcome :)
      Glad you’re finding the tutorials useful.

  • Dona

    Love this look of the lace outline. Fantastic tut, very complete and well-explained. Thank you!

    • textuts

      Thank you so much for the kind words :)

  • Azrim

    It was an awesome tutorial. It was really interesting. But, I cannot figure out how did u get the brush marked outside of the text and not all over it. I am getting it all over the letters and not outside of the text alone. Help pls..

    • textuts

      Hello Azrim,
      The order of the layers is important, you need to get the stroke layer under the text layer, so that the text covers the inner part of the stroke, does this work?
      Thanks for the comment :)

  • mrslink2

    This is one of the best tutorials I’ve seen. Love, Love, Love it! I would love to know where you learned to be so good at photoshop?
    Thanks so much for this!

    • textuts

      Wow! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)
      I am self-taught, and I’ve learned most of the stuff through the tutorials around the web. It takes so much practice and passion to be good at anything, and I’m always still learning!

      Thanks once again.

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  • http://losingsarah.deviantart.com/ Sarah

    Another great tutorial. Here is what I have done with it. http://losingsarah.deviantart.com/art/Lovely-Feelings-264308639

    • textuts

      Very nice outcome, I like that you add your own touch as well :)
      Thanks for the comment.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/nacoheadgraphics Ismael

    Very very nice my daughter is been asking me to do something with her name and this was perfect. Thank you very much.

    This is how it came out.
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=233853806678555&set=a.204747242922545.53767.200519723345297&type=1&theater

    • textuts

      Thank you very much for the nice comment, I’m so glad you found this useful.
      Very nice result as well :)
      Cheers to Nathalie ;)

  • http://www.matejlatin.com matejlatin

    great tutorial. I like the background, the cracked texture and the lace text itself… excelent work!

    • textuts

      Awesome! Glad you do.
      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

  • Kim

    I tried Stroke Path but it didn’t come out as expected? Please help! http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/7/screenshot20120225at847.png/

    • textuts

      Did you make sure to change the Spacing value of the brush?

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  • Donna

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I do wish I’d found it months ago!

    • textuts

      You’re welcome :)
      Glad you found it anyway ;)
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

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  • Sarah

    Love this tutorial, however my lace pattern didnt come out as a strong white colour like yours. any ideas?
    Thanks,
    Sarah :)

    • textuts

      Hello Sarah,

      When you pick the Brush Tool, make sure that the Blend Mode in the Options bar (at the top) is set to Normal, and that the Opacity and Flow values are set to 100% each.

      If the problem still exists, please feel free to leave a reply.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  • http://www.neatlee.com Mike

    Fantastic tutorial! Your living expenses must be through the roof with many storage units you must need for all this creativity. Awesome work, on this and your many other tutorials. You’re my newest bookmark! ;-)

    • textuts

      Oh wow! Thank you very much for the kind words, they really made my day :D
      I’m so glad you like the tutorials.
      Thanks once again for the comment.

  • Malia

    Hi. Where can I get/ download the woven texture? I don’t seem to have it in my photoshop.

    • textuts

      You need to go to Edit -> Preset Manager, and choose “Patterns” from the “Preset Type” drop down menu. Then, click the little arrow to the right of the Preset Type drop down menu, and click “Patterns” near the bottom of the pop-up menu. When the dialog box appears after that, just click Append, and you’ll get the pattern :)

      Hope this helps.

      • Malia

        Thanks! That helps a lot. Love the tutorial. :)

        • textuts

          Glad it does.
          Thanks for the comment :)

  • BK

    Hey great tutorial and cant wait to get it to work. But how in at the end of step 3 and beginning of step 4 do i make the holes transparent. When i use the magic wand tool it just makes them black.. Thanks in advance for the help and thanks again for this awesome tutorial!

    • textuts

      You don’t need to make them transparent, just before you stroke the path, make sure that the Foreground color is set to White (#ffffff). This will stroke the path with white dots, and white represents transparent in a brush.

      Hope this helps. If the problem still exists please feel free to add a reply.

      Thank you so much for the comment :)

  • Magda

    I really enjoyed the time spent trying to emulate your art. It was hard (it’s been short since I work with the program) but it deserved every second.
    Below are my results.

    With the original text:
    http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i401/Serie-7/LaceStrokeTextEffect1.jpg

    With my name:
    http://i1092.photobucket.com/albums/i401/Serie-7/LaceStrokeTextEffect.jpg

    Thank you for sharing!! :)

    • textuts

      Beautiful outcome, well done :)
      Glad you enjoyed creating them.

      Thank you so much for the comment and the links.

  • MiD

    It was awsome tutorial, but I had only one problem – the white color in laces and flowers isn’t bright. but more like grey. I’m new at Photoshop, I don’t know what I did wrong?!

    • textuts

      When you pick the Brush Tool, make sure that the Opacity and Flow values in the Options bar at the top are set to 100%, and that the Mode is set to Normal.

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to add a reply if the problem still exists.

      Thanks for the comment :)

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  • giovani

    This is very beautiful tutorial :) Love it. Here’s what i did for my girl. :) http://i1140.photobucket.com/albums/n561/hwangminchan/edits/Jenie.jpg?t=1348761763

    thank you for this tutorial. :)

    • textuts

      Awww that’s so lovely! Hope she liked it :)
      Thanks a lot for the comment and the link.

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  • Christina MArtin

    Does anyone have the brush for this ? (Lace Brush Preset) I have CS6 and it doesn’t seem to come out, I’ve tried it 7-8 times already, and so frustrated….and when I apply the inner circle (path) inside the polygon, it won’t come up in the layers pallete…Please help !!

    • textuts

      At which step exactly do you get a different result? Can you please make sure you are working on the mentioned layers?

      You might need to check that the “Shape” option in the Options bar is the active one (and not Paths) when creating the first shape.

      If the problem is with the brush, make sure that the Opacity and Flow values are set to 100% in the Brush Tool’s Options bar.

      If the problem is something else, please feel free to add more details, and screenshots of the issue if possible.

      Regards.

  • LuEscandiuzzi

    So cute! It helped me a lot! Thank u so much (:
    I love ur website! Congrats

    • textuts

      That’s very sweet of you to say :)
      Thanks a bunch for the kind words.

  • http://digitalscrapbooking-supplies.com/ Connie

    I learned so much from this! Thanks for taking the time to post it!

    • textuts

      That’s great to know.
      Thanks a lot for the kind comment.

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  • Suzi

    So good! Thanks :)

    • textuts

      Glad you think so :)
      Thanks for the comment.

  • Agota

    This work is very nice.
    But I have a problem, how can I do the gaussian inverse contour?
    Help me, please.

    • textuts

      You need to load the Contours. Check this image to see how please.

      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

  • IrisLe

    Hi! I actually tried to create my own design based on your tut. It’s a great tut, btw. However, when I tried to create another word (with the same size, font, and color like “Love”), I cannot stroke path. I created work path and created new layer for stroke, but when I clicked “Stroke path” by select tool, it didn’t pop up any panel. I tried “Path channel” but I didn’t work. It would be nice if you can explain for me how “work path” works and “stroke path” works.
    Thanks a lot!
    I love you website too! <3

    • textuts

      So you actually can click “Stroke Path”? Or is it grayed out?

      When you mentioned “but when I clicked “Stroke path” by select tool”, did you mean the Direct Selection Tool? Because that is the tool that should be selected. This is shown in the 4th image under Step 4.

      You might need to go to View -> Show -> Target Path (make sure it is ticked), or go to Image -> Mode, and make sure that the “8 Bits/Channel” is the selected option.

      Also, please check the layers order, and make sure that there is no layer on top of the stroke layer blocking its contents.

      Hope this helps.

      If the problem still exists, please feel free to leave a reply.

      Thanks a lot for the kind words :)

      • http://www,santishop.com paksi

        Hi, im from indonesia. Thx alot…this is very nice tutorial. Now i got my “cool’ bussines card design

        • textuts

          That’s super awesome to know!
          Many thanks for the nice comment :)

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  • amghar

    thank’s is very good job

    • textuts

      Thank you very much :)

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