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How to Create a Yellow Brick Road Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

"It's always best to start at the beginning—and all you do is follow the Yellow Brick Road." This tutorial will show you how to use a brick texture, a simple brush, and a couple of layer styles to create a Yellow Brick Road inspired text effect. Let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.

1. Create the Text

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 700 px document, and create the text in All Caps using the font SansBlack, the Size 230 px, and the Color #f1cc4c.

Set the Leading to 200, and the Kerning to Optical.

Create the Text

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer, change the copy's Fill value to 0, and then duplicate it.

Duplicate the Text Layer

2. Define the Patterns

Step 1

Open the BrickLargePainted0050 image, go to Image > Image Size, and change the dimensions to 350 x 350 px.

Resize Brick Image

Step 2

Go to Edit > Define Pattern, and click OK.

Define Brick Pattern

Step 3

Open the Grass0035 image, resize it to 320 x 320px, and define the resized image as a pattern as well.

Define Grass Pattern

3. Style the Original Text Layer

Double click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Highlight Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 10%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Use the default Contour settings.

Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: BrickLargePainted0050
  • Depth: 280%
Texture

Step 4

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Pattern: BrickLargePainted0050
Pattern Overlay

This will style the main text layer, adding a subtle texture.

First Styled Text Layer

4. Style the First Copy Text Layer

Double click the first copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Chisel Hard
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 45%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: BrickLargePainted0050
  • Scale: 50%
  • Depth: 200%
Texture

This will add some more texturing and details to the text.

Second Styled Text Layer

5. Style the Second Copy Text Layer

Double click the second copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 100
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 18
  • Altitude: 58
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Opacity: 35%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 27%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: BrickLargePainted0050
  • Scale: 50%
  • Depth: 45%
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

This will add more coloring and detailing to the text.

Third Styled Text Layer

6. Add the Grunge Texture

Step 1

Place the Grunge Texture 27 image on top of all text layers, and change its layer's Blend Mode to Color Burn.

Add Grunge Texture

Step 2

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Levels.

Add a Levels Adjustment Layer

Step 3

Click the Clip to layer icon, and change the Gamma value to 2.24.

Levels Settings

7. Add the Grass Texture

Step 1

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Grass.

Pick the Paint Bucket Tool, and in the Options bar, choose the Pattern fill type, and use the Grass0035 pattern to fill the Grass layer.

Create and Fill the Grass Layer

Step 2

Add a Levels adjustment layer, click the Clip to layer icon, and change the Gamma value to 0.50.

Add a Levels Adjustment Layer

Step 3

Command-click any text layer's thumbnail to create a selection, and go to Select > Inverse.

Create and Invert Selection

Step 4

With the Grass layer selected, click the Add vector mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Add Mask

8. Erase the Edges

Step 1

Right click any text layer and choose Create Work Path, and then click the Grass layer's mask thumbnail.

Create Work Path

Step 2

Pick the Eraser Tool and choose the Edges brush tip, set the Foreground color to Black, and hit the Return key to stroke the edges with the brush tip.

An alternative way would be to pick the Direct Selection Tool, right click the work path, choose Stroke Path, and then choose Eraser from the Tool drop-down menu and click OK.

With the Direct Selection Tool selected, hit the Return key to get rid of the work path.

Stroke Work Path

9. Add the Grass Shadow

Double click the Grass layer to add a Drop Shadow effect using the following settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 60
  • Distance: 8
  • Spread: 5
  • Size: 1
Drop Shadow

This will add a subtle shadow to the grass layer.

Grass Drop Shadow

10. Adjust the Coloring of the Final Result

Step 1

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon and choose Gradient.

Use the Gradient shown below, change the Angle to a value around 26, and check the Dither box.

After that, change the Gradient layer's Blend Mode to Hard Light and its Opacity to 20%.

Gradient Fill Adjustment Layer

Step 2

Select all the layers you have, duplicate them, and go to Layer > Merge Layers.

Rename the merged layer to High Pass, and go to Filter > Convert for Smart Filters.

Duplicate and Merge Layers

Step 3

Go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and change the Radius to 5.

High Pass Filter

Step 4

Change the High Pass layer's Blend Mode to Pin Light and its Opacity to 50%.

High Pass Layer Settings

Step 5

Finally, add a Curves adjustment layer, and play around with the curve until you get a result you like.

Add a Curves Adjustment Layer

You can adjust the Gradient, High Pass filter, and/or the Curves settings to get a final outcome you're happy with.

Final Outcome

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we created a couple of text layers, and used multiple layer styles to achieve the textured brick effect.

Then, we added the grass and used a work path with a simple grass brush to create the edges around the brick text.

Finally, we used a couple of adjustment layers and a filter to enhance the coloring and the look of the final result.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

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