Burnt Text Effect

In this tutorial, we are going to create a simple burnt on wood text effect, using simple layer styles for the text, and some filters and nice brushes for the Background.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS3
  • Time : 0:20 – 0:30


Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Set the Foreground color to #925f2d, and the Background color to #694018. Fill the Background with the Foreground color, then go to Filter > Render > Fibers. Change the Variance to 22, and the Strength to 0.5.

burn BG step 1

Step 2

Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects, and create the effect below:

burn BG step 2

Step 3

Create a new layer, call it grunge – bottom, and from the first Brushes set (Grunge Brushes), choose the brush highlighted below. Using the color #a5a4ac, place the brush the way you like on one of the corners of the Background.

burn BG step 3-1

Change the grunge – bottom layer’s Blend Mode to Vivid Light.

burn BG step 3-2

From the same Brushes set, choose the brush below, and change the color to #c2bdad. Create a new layer and call it grunge – top. Place the brush at the top of the layer.

burn BG step 4-1

Change the grunge – top layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

burn BG step 4-2

– Finally, using the second Brushes set (grunge.28 Brushes), create a new layer and call it grunge – BG, and use the brushes highlighted below to scatter some texture over the Background.

burn BG step 5-1

Change the grunge _ BG layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply as well.

burn BG step 5-2

Step 4

Create the text using the font Trumania EEN, the color #f6f1e0, and the Size 206 px.

burn TE step 1

Step 5

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

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #533416
  • Distance : 0
  • Spread : 6
  • Size : 20
burn TE step 2

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #be7d0c
  • Distance : 0
  • Choke : 20
  • Size : 30
  • Noise : 3
burn TE step 3

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #bfa68e
  • Size : 18
burn TE step 4

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #af641a
  • Size : 8
burn TE step 5

Step 6

Pick the Lasso Tool, and start creating some jagged edges around the letters. Choose the Add to Selection option to create the selection for all the letters at the same time.

burn TE step 6

Step 7

Once you’re done, duplicate the text layer, then right click the copy, and choose on Rasterize Type.
Then, go to Select > Inverse to invert the selection, and hit Delete to remove the outer edge.

burn TE step 7

Finally, change the Layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light, and its Fill value to 85%.

burn TE step 8

And this is the final result again.

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