How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Post pobrano z: How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a grass action in Adobe Photoshop using two brushes, and a layer style with a grass pattern. At the end of the tutorial you will have an action that lets you perform almost the entire process with a single click.

If you’d like to skip this tutorial but still wish to buy the action, you can head over to GraphicRiver and buy Grass Generator. The complete action has additional features, it works with 72 dpi and 300 dpi, and it also works with shapes.

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Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this tutorial:

1. How to Create the Brushes

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new 350 x 460 px document.

Creating a new document

Step 2

Press D on your keyboard to reset the Foreground and Background colors. Then pick the Ellipse Tool (U), and change its mode to shape.

Ellipse tool settings

Step 3

Start by drawing a long and thin oval shape.

Drawing the oval shape

Step 4

Now pick the Convert Point Tool and Control-Click on the center of the shape.

Convert Point Tool

Step 5

Now click on the anchor point at the top to make it pointy. Do the same thing on the anchor point at the bottom.

Converting anchor point

Step 6

Control-Click on the thumbnail of the Ellipse 1 layer to create a selection around the shape. Then go to Edit > Define Brush Preset…, name it Base Brush and click OK.

Creating the brush

Step 7

Pick the Brush Tool (B), and then Right-Click on the document and select the brush that we just created (Base Brush).

Choosing the brush

Step 8

Go to Window > Brush to open the Brush panel. Then set these settings in Brush Tip Shape:

  • Size: 27 px
  • Flip X: Unchecked
  • Flip Y: Unchecked
  • Angle:
  • Roundness: 100%
  • Spacing: 130%
Brush Tip Shape settings

Step 9

Select Shape Dynamics with these settings:

  • Size Jitter: 32%
  • Control: Off
  • Minimum Diameter: 7%
  • Angle Jitter: 35%
  • Control: Off
  • Roundness Jitter: 26%
  • Control: Off
  • Minimum Roundness: 100%
  • Flip X Jitter: Unchecked
  • Flip Y Jitter: Unchecked
  • Brush Projection: Unchecked
Shape Dynamics settings

Step 10

Select Scattering with these settings:

  • Scatter: 62%
  • Both Axes: Unchecked
  • Control: Off
  • Count: 5
  • Count Jitter: 100%
  • Control: Off
Scattering settings

Step 11

Select Color Dynamics with these settings:

  • Apply Per Tip: Checked
  • Foreground/Background Jitter: 100%
  • Control: Off
  • Hue Jitter: 2%
  • Saturation Jitter: 13%
  • Brightness Jitter: 11%
  • Purity: -1%

Color Dynamics makes no difference to the final result of this tutorial, but it’s important if you want to use the brush with other things.

Color Dynamics settings

Step 12

Now click on the icon in the top right corner of the Brush panel and choose New Brush Preset. Then name it Grass Brush 1 and check the Capture Brush Size in Preset box. After that, click OK.

Saving the Brush Preset

Step 13

Now let’s create a new preset. Go back to Brush Tip Shape in the Brush panel and make these changes:

  • Size: 18 px
  • Flip X: Unchecked
  • Flip Y: Unchecked
  • Angle:
  • Roundness: 100%
  • Spacing: 339%
Second Brush Tip Shape settings

Step 14

Don’t change the Shape Dynamics settings; just leave it selected. Then select Scattering and make these changes:

  • Scatter: 50%
  • Both Axes: Unchecked
  • Control: Off
  • Count: 8
  • Count Jitter: 0%
  • Control: Off
Second Scattering settings

Step 15

Leave Color Dynamics selected and save the preset as before, but this time name it Grass Brush 2.

Saving the second Brush Preset

2. How to Create the Text and Install the Pattern

Step 1

Go to File > Open…, and open the background that you downloaded (Background-Grass.jpg). 

Background image

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) and write „GRASS”. Choose the Plump font, and then set the Size to 300 pt.

Type Tool and its settings

Step 3

Go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager. In the Preset Type, select Patterns, click load…, and choose Grass Pattern.pat. After that, click Done.

Installing the Grass Pattern

3. How to Create the Action

Step 1

Go to Window > Actions to open the Actions panel.

Opening the Actions Panel

Step 2

Let’s create a new set of actions. To do so, click the Create New Set icon, name it Grass Set, and click OK.

Creating a new set of actions

Step 3

Click the Create New Action icon, name it Grass Text, and click Record.

From this point on, everything you do will be recorded, so keep an eye on the Actions panel. If you make a mistake, click the Stop Playing/Recording icon, and delete the unnecessary step from the action Grass Text. Then click the Begin Recording icon to continue.

Creating a new action

Step 4

With the text layer selected, go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename it 1.

Renaming the text layer

Step 5

Create a new layer by clicking on the Create a New Layer icon, name it Grass 1, and click OK.

Creating a new layer

Step 6

Select the layer 1 and go to Type > Create Work Path.

Creating the work path

Step 7

Now select the layer Grass 1. Then pick the Brush Tool (B) and select the Grass Brush 1 with these settings.

  • Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Pen Related Options: Unchecked
Selecting the brush

Step 8

Go to Window > Paths to open the Paths panel. Then right-click the Work Path and choose Stroke Path. Choose Brush with Simulate Pressure unchecked, and then click OK.

Creating the border

Step 9

Select layer 1. Then create a new layer and name it Grass 2.

Creating the second brush layer

Step 10

Now pick the Brush Tool (B) with these settings:

  • Brush: Grass Brush 2
  • Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Pen Related Options: Unchecked
Selecting the second brush

Step 11

Go back to the Paths panel. Right-click the Work Path and choose Stroke Path. Just like before, choose Brush with Simulate Pressure unchecked, and then click OK. After that, delete the Work Path.

Creating the second border

Step 12

Now select the layer 1 again. Then hold down the Shift key and click on the layer Grass 1 to select all layers (except the Background layer).

Selecting the layers

Step 13

Right-click on the layer Grass 1 and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Convert to Smart Object

Step 14

Now double-click on the layer Grass 1 to open the Layer Style window. Let’s start with Bevel & Emboss:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 26 px
  • Soften: 0%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Altitude: 30º
  • Gloss Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Mode Color: #ffffff
  • Highlight Mode Opacity: 16%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply
  • Shadow Mode Color: #000000
  • Shadow Mode Opacity: 30%
Bevel and Emboss settings

Step 15

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply 
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 22%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: -90º
  • Distance: 14 px
  • Choke: 16%
  • Size: 4 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow settings

Step 16

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Dither: Unchecked
  • Opacity: 46%
  • Reverse: Unchecked
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 89%

Click on the Gradient Bar and make a gradient with these settings:

  • First Stop Color: #000000
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #FFFB9C
  • Second Stop Position: 100%
Gradient Overlay settings

Step 17

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Pattern: Choose the Grass Pattern that you installed at the beginning of the tutorial.
  • Scale: 25%
  • Link with Layer: Checked
Pattern Overlay settings

Step 18

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 31%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 23º
  • Distance: 12 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 1 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked

After that, click OK.

Drop Shadow settings

Step 19

Rename the layer Grass 1 to Grass Text. After that, click on the Stop Playing/Recording icon in the Actions panel.

Finishing the action

And the result is:

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Congratulations, You’re Now Done!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a grass action in Adobe Photoshop.

We started out by creating our brushes, then we created the text, and while recording an action, we added a border to it using the brushes and a Path, then finally a Layer Style to make it look like grass.

Things to Remember Before Playing the Action:

  • Make sure that you have installed the Pattern.
  • Make sure that the Brush Opacity and Flow are set to 100%.
  • Make sure that you are playing the action with the text layer selected.

To play it, you need to select the action Grass Text and click Play on the Actions panel. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to leave your comments below. This action we just created is part of Grass Generator

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