Create Leafy Text Effect Using Brush and Masking Techniques

Photoshop 9 February 2011 | 1 Comment

Final Text Image

Open Leaf Image (link provided above) Make Selection around Leaf and go under Edit drop-down menu and select Define Brush Preset. (This sets the Leaf as a Custom Brush) Resource Link: Leaf Image

Create A New Document with the above settings. If you are creating a print document you would need to have it CMYK, 300ppi, as well as print size.

Create a Blank Layer to hold the Painted Leaves.

Select the Brush from the Toolbar and go to the control panel to access to Brush Presets. Your Custom Brush will be at bottom of list. Choose 85px for the diameter.

Open Your Brushes Panel-Either from your panels on right of workspace or from Windows>Brushes (drop-down). Select Brush Tip Shape from Category and insert some spacing from Slider at bottom.

Then Select Shape Dynamics from Category List and use the Above Settings. This will Randomly lay down the Leaf Pattern as we Paint.

Select an Orange color for your brush. I chose #CC6600. Now start outside left edge of document paint your first row. Hold down the Shift key as you paint to create a straight line. IMPORTANT: You must let go of Shift when painting next row or else you will get a diagonal. On second row, paint one leaf first, keep mouse held down, then hold down Shift key. Paint roughly 10 rows.

Now Create Your Type Layer. I chose Myriad Pro Bold Condensed at 375pt. Also I reduced the Tracking (space between characters) to -75. Type the word AUTUMN.

Now Move the Type Layer below the Painted Leaves Layer, then Select Leaves Layer and Choose Create Clipping Mask (or Opt(alt)-Click between the two layers). This will create the Mask that puts the Leaves inside our Text.

Next, Make sure your text is white and that you are still working on a white background.

Your Text Should Now Look Like This.

Now we will create a Selection around the text and create the leaves that hang off the letters. With Text Layer active, Cmd(Ctrl)-Click the image thumbnail on the layer to automatically select the text. Then choose Select>Inverse to make everything put the text active. This creates a barrier that allows us to paint our outer leaves without touching the interior ones.

Create A New Layer before painting. You may also want to shrink your brush size, I used a 50px brush. Start painting slowly, one-by-one, on the edge of the letters until you have finished entire word. Its better if you place your brush icon slightly inside of text so that only parts of the leaves show.

Your Text should now resemble the above image. To put this text on any colored background, you must do the following: Merge the text and both leaf layers. Then take the Magic Wand, zoom in and select a portion of white in the gaps of the leaves. Choose Select>Similar from drop-down. Lastly, press Delete. If you don not follow these steps, you will always see the 'White' of the letters.

You could take this further and create an entire Layout. To make the Letters look like they do above, you must delete the 'White' background of the text, then cut each letter out and rotate. I also painted the same leaf brush along the edges, added a radial background gradient of white and light yellow, and also threw a rake in as a finishing touch.

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