Outline Sketch Text Effect

This tutorial explains a super easy way to create an “outline sketch” effect, using Photoshop CS5 new Painting Brushes.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:10 – 0:20


Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Fill the Background with the color #131313, then go to Filter > Texture > Texturizer, choose Sandstone from the Texture drop down menu, change the Scaling to 50%, the Relief to 2, and choose Top from the Light drop down menu.

Outline Sketch BG step 1

Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effect, and type in the values below.

Outline Sketch BG step 2

Step 2

Create your text using the font Futurama Bold Font, the Size 300px, and the color #f7f7f7.

Outline Sketch TE step 1

Change the Tracking value to 75 to avoid overlapping.

Outline Sketch TE step 2

Right clickthe text layer, then choose Create Work Path.

Outline Sketch TE step 3

Step 3

Set the Foreground color to #f7f7f7. Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), choose the Round Curve Low Bristle Percent brush tip, and type in the values below:

Outline Sketch Brush step 1

Check the Dual Brush box, and choose the Spatter 14 pixels brush tip. Make sure that the other values are set to their defaults.

Outline Sketch Brush step 2

Create a new layer and call it Outline Sketch. Remove the eye icon next to the text layer to make it invisible. Pick the Pen Tool, make sure that the Outline Sketch layer is selected, then right click the path you created, and choose Stroke Path.

Outline Sketch TE step 4

Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and un-check the Simulate Pressure box.

Outline Sketch TE step 4

And that’s it!

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