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Strawberry-Inspired Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to create a delicious strawberry-inspired text effect. Many layer style will be used to achieve the main shape and texture, a simple brush will be created for the seeds, and a stock image will be used to add the leaves.

This was suggested by Ivana (IvaxXx on DeviantArt). Thank you for the awesome suggestion, Ivana : )

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS6 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:10

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Set the Foreground color to #f8cece, then use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill the canvas with that color.

Strawberry Text Effect step 1

Create the text using the font Janda Manatee. Set the font color to #f12f2f, the font Size to 250 pt, and the Tracking value to 20 to increase the spacing between the letters.

Strawberry Text Effect step 1

Duplicate the text layer twice so that you have 2 more copies. Change the second copy layer’s Fill value to 0%.

Strawberry Text Effect step 1

Step 2

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Stroke Emboss
  • Size : 10
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
  • Shadow Mode :
  • Color : #b64a4a
  • Opacity : 56%

You’ll see the difference when you apply the Stroke effect in a minute.

Strawberry Text Effect step 2

– Contour

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

– Stroke

  • Size : 3
  • Color : #f12f2f
Strawberry Text Effect step 2

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #9b1a1a
  • Opacity : 100%
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 15
Strawberry Text Effect step 2

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #5b5b5b
  • Distance : 7
Strawberry Text Effect step 2

This will add an outer stroke that we’re going to use to add dimension, and some subtle shadow.

Strawberry Text Effect step 2

Pick the Move Tool, then press the Right Arrow key twice, and the Down Arrow key twice, to move the stroke 2 pixels to the right and two pixels down.

Strawberry Text Effect step 2

Step 3

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 21
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 68
  • Altitude : 64
  • Gloss Contour : Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode – Opacity : 50%
  • Shadow Mode :
  • Color : #742b2b
  • Opacity : 25%
Strawberry Text Effect step 3

– Texture

  • Pattern : Soft Wallpaper
  • Depth : 50%
Strawberry Text Effect step 3

This will create the first layer of the strawberry texturing.

Strawberry Text Effect step 3

Step 4

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 18
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 77
  • Altitude : 42
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
  • Opacity : 70%
  • Shadow Mode – Opacity : 0%
Strawberry Text Effect step 4

– Texture

  • Pattern : Soft Wallpaper
  • Depth : 20%
Strawberry Text Effect step 4

This will create the second layer of the strawberry texturing.

Strawberry Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Create a new 100 x 100 px document.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

Pick the Ellipse Tool, and choose Shape in the Options bar. Set the Foreground color to Black, then click and drag to create a 45 x 85 px ellipse.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

Pick the Direct Selection Tool, then click the ellipse path to view the anchor points. Then, click the point at the bottom.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

Go to Edit > Free Transform Points. Then, press and hold the Alt/Option and Shift keys, and click and drag the right side of the transform box towards the center.

Because of the Alt/Option key, both sides will be transformed together.

Once you like how that part looks, hit the Enter/Return key to accept the changes and get out of the Free Transform Mode.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

With the Direct Selection Tool still active, click and drag to select the two points on the ellipse’s sides. Go to Edit > Free Transform Points, press and hold the Alt/Option + Shift keys, then click and drag outwards to widen that part. Hit Enter/Return, then press the Up Arrow key to move those points a little bit upwards.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

Continue modifying the seed shape until you like it.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

When done, go to Edit > Define Brush Preset, and type in a name for the brush.

Strawberry Text Effect step 5

You can save the file if you like, then close it and go back to the original document.

Step 6

Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), then choose the seed brush and modify its Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape

Strawberry Text Effect step 6

Shape Dynamics

Strawberry Text Effect step 6

Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it Seeds, set the Foreground color to #d9a907, then start adding the seeds inside the text.

Here’s an interesting fact: The seeds are the actual fruit, not the red part, and they are called “achenes”!

Strawberry Text Effect step 6

Make sure the seeds are spread evenly, and that they are not very close to each other. Once you’re done, duplicate the Seeds layer, and change its Fill value to 0%.

Strawberry Text Effect step 6

Step 7

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Pillow Emboss
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 162
  • Altitude : 58
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Opacity : 90%
  • Shadow Mode – Opacity : 50%
Strawberry Text Effect step 7

– Contour

  • Contour : Rounded Steps
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Strawberry Text Effect step 7

– Texture

  • Pattern : Subtle Freckles
Strawberry Text Effect step 7

This will create the area that surrounds the seeds (the cortex).

Strawberry Text Effect step 7

Step 8

Double click the copy Seeds layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 2
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 130
  • Altitude : 48
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #68671c
Strawberry Text Effect step 8

– Contour

  • Contour : Gaussian
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Strawberry Text Effect step 8

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #771e1e
  • Distance : 0
  • Spread : 3
  • Size : 3
Strawberry Text Effect step 8

This will style the seeds.

Strawberry Text Effect step 8

Step 9

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

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

Go to Select > Modify > Expand, and type in the value 3. It is the same Stroke value applied to the original text layer. So we’re basically creating a selection based on that stroke.

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

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

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

Fill the selection with White.

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

Change the Inner Shadow layer’s Fill value to 0, then double click it to add an Inner Shadow effect.

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

Change the Opacity to 50%, the Distance to 0, and the Size to 10.

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

This will add an inner shadow to the text, which helps add depth and define the edges a bit more.

Strawberry Text Effect step 9

Step 10

This step is optional, as we’re going to create some unripe parts at the top.

Create a new layer between the two text layer copies and call it Top Gradient, then fill it with White.

Strawberry Text Effect step 10

Since a Gradient Overlay effect will be used to create the unripe parts, different Settings will be used for the upper case and lower case letters. So it’s better to separate the letters first.

Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and click the Intersect with selection icon in the Options bar. Click and drag to create a rectangle around the lower case letters.

Strawberry Text Effect step 10

The upper case letter will be deselected. Go to Edit > Cut to remove the lower case letters.

Strawberry Text Effect step 10

Go to Edit > Paste Special > Paste in Place, to paste the lower case letters in their original position, but in a different layer, called Layer 1.

Strawberry Text Effect step 10

Change both layers’ Fill values to 0.

Strawberry Text Effect step 10

Step 11

Double click the Top Gradient layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect:

  • Opacity : 75%
  • Angle : 103
  • Check the Reverse box
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient
Strawberry Text Effect step 11

You can add and Opacity Stop by clicking over the gradient bar, and a Color Stop by clicking below it.

Start by choosing the Foreground to Transparent gradient preset, then modify it and add more stops as below:

- Color Stops

  • # – Color – Location
  • 1 – #bcbc5c – 0
  • 2 – #fbe599 – 12

- Opacity Stops

  • # – Opacity – Location
  • 3 – 0 – 14
  • 4 – 0 – 100
Strawberry Text Effect step 11

This will apply the gradient to the upper case letter. Notice that the Angle value is the one responsible for slightly tilting the gradient to the left. This is where we’re planning to add the leaf later. So you might want to try different values if you have different letters or want to place the leaf somewhere else.

Strawberry Text Effect step 11

Now right click the Top Gradient layer, choose Copy Layer Style, then right click Layer 1, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Double click Layer 1 then change the Opacity to 35% and the Angle to 90. Click the Gradient box to modify some values.

Strawberry Text Effect step 11

Change the Location of #1 to 8, and #2 to 18.

Strawberry Text Effect step 11

This will apply a lighter gradient to the lower case letters.

Strawberry Text Effect step 11

Step 12

Open the fruits sen pngs image, then use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the first strawberry from right (or any other one you prefer).

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Press Ctrl/Cmd + J to duplicate the selected strawberry in a separate layer. You can make the original image invisible by clicking the eye icon next to its layer.

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Pick the Magnetic Lasso Tool, then select the Strawberry (as it’s much easier than selecting the leaf part).

Just click once on the edge, then drag, and the points will be added automatically. If needed, you can click to add points manually. Finish at the start point to create the selection.

Go to Edit > Copy, then back to the original document.

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Go to Edit > Paste. You might see that there are still some parts of the strawberry, just use the Eraser Tool to remove them.

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Go to Edit > Free Transform, then resize, rotate, and place the leaf on the first letter. Hit Enter/Return to accept and get out of the Free Transform Mode.

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Double click the leaf layer and apply a Drop Shadow effect:

  • Opacity : 23%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 106
  • Distance : 10
Strawberry Text Effect step 12

This will add some shadow to the leaf.

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, change the Hue to 20, and the Saturation to 35.

Strawberry Text Effect step 12

Step 13

Create a new layer right on top of the Background layer, call it Dots, pick the Paint Bucket Tool, choose Pattern in the Options bar, then fill the background with one of the Dots and Screentones Print patterns. The one used here is 3-40.bmp.

Strawberry Text Effect step 13

Change the Dots layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply, and its Opacity to 35%.

Strawberry Text Effect step 13

If you like, you can use the Eraser Tool to remove the dots that touch the text’s edges. Don’t delete so many to avoid creating so many empty areas.

Strawberry Text Effect step 13

Step 14

Finally, you can add the Straw word on top using a different font, like Clear Line.

The color is #de2d2d and the Size is 100 pt.

Strawberry Text Effect step 14

Double click the Straw text layer and apply a simple Drop Shadow by changing the color to #f8cece.

Strawberry Text Effect step 14

The pink shadow adds a nice touch instead of a dark one, since the font Size is small compared to the main Berry text.

Strawberry Text Effect step 14

You can erase the dots around the word Straw as well.

Strawberry Text Effect step 14

And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and found the tips and tricks helpful.

Feel free to leave a comment telling us what your favorite fruit is, we’d like to create some more fruity text effects inspired by your answers.

Thanks once again to Ivana :)


  • http://aleksdi90.deviantart.com/ AleexDee

    Awesome! nice tutorial and nice suggestion from IvaxXx :)
    Best regards!
    AleexDee

    • textuts

      Very glad you like it :)
      Thanks for the comment.

  • Bitte

    I love this. So cute.
    Thank you so much.

    • textuts

      Thank you very much for the kind words, they always mean a lot :)

  • Alexis

    points that are used in this picture?

    • textuts

      I think you mean the dots pattern? I just found a similar pack that has a .pat file, so I replaced the one in the resources section and updated Step 13 with the used pattern’s name, which is “3-40.bmp”.

      Hope this answers your question.

  • chen1407

    I think I have found it! Thank you!

    • textuts

      No problem :)

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  • http://PhotoshopRoadmap flynndars

    really enjoyed this, great effect, thanks :-)

    • textuts

      Glad you did.
      Thank you very much for the comment :)

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  • lookaod

    Very so cute.
    I like it.

    • textuts

      Glad you do :)
      Thanks a lot.

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  • coneflower

    This was so easy to follow and I loved the results. Thank you!!

    • textuts

      Great to know that!
      Thanks a lot for the nice words.

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  • http://www.urdu9.com Shan Adsense Emploer

    can You make my website logo please I’m your fan and i daily visit your site but i have photoshop cs6 but i don’t have time like this please if you can.

    make logo with this name ( Urdu9 )

    please if you can

    • textuts

      You can go ahead and use any effect you like.

      There are some easy but really nice effects that can be done pretty fast, like the three headers one and the simple wallpaper one, and a lot more under the Simple category.

      Hope this helps.

      Thank you very much for all the support.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ander.limah Anderson

    It was his great, mine was too pretty, I’m learning even more with your tutorials … CONGRATULATIONS! Keep it up! ??

    • textuts

      That’s amazing to know!
      You can share your result with us by linking to it in a comment if you like :)

      Thank you very much for the kind words.

      Regards.

  • http://inspiringhub.com/ Zavera

    Great Tutorial really enjoyed it!

    • textuts

      Glad you did.
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Anj

    I love this effect! Thanks for posting.. Maybe you can do something like a Kiwi effect :)

    • textuts

      Kiwi is a nice idea, will make sure to work on that some time soon ;)
      Thank you very much for the comment :)

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  • Morello

    Wow, gorgeous! Your tutorials are very clean and clear. The results are stunning. You must be a great teacher.

    • textuts

      That truly means the world to me!
      Very happy to know you enjoy the tutorials and find them helpful.

      Thank you very much for the kind words.

  • Habib-ur-Rahman

    Wow… that’s so amazing… Like it
    & Love to make it…
    You make it so easy…

    • textuts

      That’s great to know!
      Glad you liked it and found it easy to follow.

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

      • Habib-ur-Rahman

        Most Welcome…

        & this site become my One of Favorite website….

        • textuts

          That really means a lot!
          Many thanks for all the support :)

          • Habib-ur-Rahman

            My Pleasure Sir… :D

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  • Taha

    How generous you are to post such a great tot.
    Thank you so much

    • textuts

      You’re very welcome :)
      Many thanks for your kind words.

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  • Senny

    Thqnks for this tuto ^^.

    My réalisation : http://i.imgur.com/KzzEcBe.png

    • textuts

      Nice! That’s a darker version of the effect, but still looks great.
      Thanks a lot for the comment and for sharing your work.

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  • Ginger

    Hi Rose,
    Here is a screenshot of my document. My seeds aren’t showing like they should be. I’ve read the tutorial through and attempted it twice, but my results are always the same. Thank you for your advice.

    • Rose

      Hey Ginger :)

      Is the “Inner Shadow” layer’s Fill value set to 0%?
      What happens when you actually use the Brush Tool and click to add the seeds?
      Did you make sure to use the mentioned Fill and color values for the seeds?

      Also, please go to Image > Image Size, and make sure that the Resolution values is set to 72. If not, then you might need to create a new document, set the Resolution value to 72, and recreate the effect.

      Hope this helps. Please feel free to leave a reply with any updates or other questions you have.

      Thanks for the comment ;)

      • Ginger

        My resolution was set to 300 in the beginning and my flow was set too low when trying to make the seeds. After adjusting those two things I was able to get a good result. Thank you! :)

        • Rose

          Glad the problem was solved :D
          Thanks for the comment.

  • Beste Baltepe

    I could not find soft wallpaper pattern and subtle freckles :( Please help..

    • Rose

      Are the links not working? Because they’re working fine for me.

      But if you mean a .pat file, then that’s not available. You’ll need to un-zip the downloaded file, open the .png image in Photoshop, then go to Edit > Define Pattern.

      Hope that helps. If the problem isn’t solved though, please feel free to add more details or screenshotsof the issue.

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  • gina moncada

    Gracias por el tutorial me he vuelto gran fan de tu pagina.

    http://ginamonkr.wix.com/ginamonkr#!Helado-de-fresa/zoom/ckra/imageurt

    • Rose

      Absolutely beautiful design :D!
      Very glad you like the tutorials.

      Muchas gracias for the lovely comment :)

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  • Ru

    Hello! very cute tutorial. I loveee Strawberries :)

    I don’t understand this part though.

    “Pick the Move Tool, then press the Right Arrow key twice, and the Down Arrow key twice, to move the stroke 2 pixels to the right and two pixels down”

    Whenever I use the move tool, it just moves the whole text, I don’t know how to isolate/select just the stroke to move.

    Thank you! :)

    • Rose

      The stroke is applied to the text layer, so it’s ok for the text to move :) Do you end up with a result similar to the one in the tutorial? If so, then you’re doing it right ;)

      If you’re not getting a similar result though, please feel free to upload a screenshot of the issue.

      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

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