In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at a quick and easy way to execute a watercolor text effect in Photoshop. By combining the right font, an awesome set of brushes, a filter and a few other subtle techniques, realistic watercolor text is a breeze to create. This tutorial is geared to anyone who has played around in Photoshop a dozen or more times. Gather A Few Materials There ripple effect wallpaper only two resources that you’ll need to pull off this effect and one of them isn’t really even required.
First, you’ll need a single or set of high-resolution watercolor brushes. The second resource you’ll need is a paper texture. Step 1: Background Placement Choose a size for the project you want to work on and place the paper texture into the project. If you want to follow step-by-step, I’m using a 660px X 300px canvas size. Step 2: Type Placement Throw out some text on the canvas. In my opinion a serif, script or handdrawn font is more appealing with the watercolor look.
178pt with the Standard Ligatures turned on. This can be located in the Character Window near the bottom. The color of the text is not significant at this point. The color of the stroke should match the color that you plan to use with the watercolor brush.
Now add a new layer above all others and make sure that you are on this newly created layer. The text should still be selected, indicated by a dashed line surrounding the text. Step 5: Apply Brush While on the newly created layer and with the outline of the text still selected, grab your brush tool and choose a watercolor brush that is larger than the height and width of your text. This particular brush is 1,895 pixels wide and is plenty large enough to cover a line of text. Simply click on the layer to apply a watercolor effect inside the outlined text. Z is your friend in this case.
Remove the selection and you can see that the effect is coming along nicely. This will help to remove some of those straight lines and add a slight ripple effect along the edges of the text. You’ll see that the stroke remains in place allowing the watercolor to spill slightly over the edges. Wrapping Things Up So there it is, digital watercolor typography the easy way. If you want more tutorials and brushes, I’ve written another post compiling several watercolor tutorials and brush sets. There are a number of places where this type treatment could come in handy in both print and web design alike. Very easy to follow tutorial with an excellent outcome.