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Create a Marvelously British Scone Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Using different brushes, textures, and layer styles can be a great way of building up a detailed text effect. This tutorial will show you how to use those three elements, along with some other tools and settings, to create a text effect inspired by delicious British scones. Let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

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

1. Creating the Background

Step 1

Create a new 838 x 530px document. Place the Texture: Wood Floor image on top of the Background layer, and resize it as needed.

Background Wood TextureBackground Wood TextureBackground Wood Texture

Step 2

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and change the Saturation value to -83.

Hue SaturationHue SaturationHue Saturation

Step 3

Add a Levels adjustment layer and change the Gamma value to 1.17 and the Highlights value to 238.

LevelsLevelsLevels

Step 4

Place the MARBLE TEXTURE image on top of all layers, resize it as needed, and then change its layer's Blend Mode to Color Burn and its Opacity to 30%.

Noise TextureNoise TextureNoise Texture

2. Creating the Text and the Work Path

Step 1

Create the text in All Caps using the font Rockin Record G, the Size 235 pt, and the color #f2ece6.  Set the Tracking value to 100.

Create the TextCreate the TextCreate the Text

Step 2

Right click the text and choose Create Work Path, and then make the text layer invisible.

Create Work PathCreate Work PathCreate Work Path

3. Stroking the Work Path With Brushes 1 and 2

Step 1

Set the Foreground color to #f1ece6, create a new layer on top of all layers, and call it 1. Then stroke the path with brush 1 from the Scones Text Effect Brushes Set.

Stroke 1Stroke 1Stroke 1

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of layer 1, call it 2, and stroke the path with the brush 2

Duplicate layer 2, and change the copy's Fill value to 0.

Stroke 2Stroke 2Stroke 2

Step 3

Duplicate layer 2 copy, Command-click the text layer's thumbnail to create a selection, and then delete the selected part from layer 2 copy 2's stroke.

Delete SelectionDelete SelectionDelete Selection

4. Stroking the Inner Work Path

Step 1

Contract the selection by 10 pixels.

Contract SelectionContract SelectionContract Selection

Step 2

Convert the selection into a work path by clicking the Make work path from selection icon at the bottom of the Paths panel.

Convert Selection into a Work PathConvert Selection into a Work PathConvert Selection into a Work Path

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it 3, stroke the path with brush 3, duplicate layer 3, and change its Fill value to 0.

Stroke 3Stroke 3Stroke 3

Step 4

Create a selection from the original text once again, and contract the selection by 15 pixels.

Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it 4, and fill the selection with the Foreground color.

Fill SelectionFill SelectionFill Selection

Step 5

Convert the selection into a work path, and stroke it with brush 3.

Stroke 4Stroke 4Stroke 4

5. Styling Layer 1

Step 1

Open the Seamless Bread Texture image, and resize it to 295 x 275 px. Then go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type in Bread Texture for the Name.

Define PatternDefine PatternDefine Pattern

Double click layer 1 to apply the following layer style:

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 275
  • Gloss Contour: Gaussian
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Color: #4f3e34
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #e6d6bf
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 3

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
ContourContourContour

Step 4

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Bread Texture
  • Depth: 50%
  • Check the Invert box
TextureTextureTexture

Step 5

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Bread Texture
Pattern OverlayPattern OverlayPattern Overlay

Step 6

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 12%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 99
  • Distance: 18
  • Size: 6
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will style the edges.

Styled Edges 1Styled Edges 1Styled Edges 1

6. Styling Layers 2 and 2 copy

Step 1

Change layer 2's Blend Mode to Multiply.

Change Blend ModeChange Blend ModeChange Blend Mode

Step 2

Double click layer 2 copy to apply a Drop Shadow effect using the following settings:

  • Color: #6e6355
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 5
  • Size: 10
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will add a simple shadow to the edges.

Styled Edges 2Styled Edges 2Styled Edges 2

7. Styling Layer 2 copy 2

Double click layer 2 copy 2 to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Highlight Mode:
  • Color: #695041
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode:
  • Color: #aa998b
  • Opacity: 30%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour using the default values.

ContourContourContour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Bread Texture
  • Depth: 50%
TextureTextureTexture

This will style layer 2 copy 2.

Styled Edges 3Styled Edges 3Styled Edges 3

8. Styling Layer 3

Double click layer 3 to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Shadow Mode:
  • Color: #a47a54
  • Opacity: 15%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Contour Contour Contour

This will style layer 3.

Styled Edges 4Styled Edges 4Styled Edges 4

9. Styling Layer 3 copy

Double click layer 3 copy to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 13
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 27
  • Altitude: 69
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Shadow Mode - Color: #8d672c
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Clouds
TextureTextureTexture

Step 3

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #e9e1d9
Color OverlayColor OverlayColor Overlay

Step 4

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 94%
  • Distance: 1
  • Size: 10
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will style the clotted cream part below the jam.

Styled CreamStyled CreamStyled Cream

10. Styling the First Jam Layer

Step 1

Change layer 4's Fill value to 0, and then duplicate it five times.

Duplicate Jame LayerDuplicate Jame LayerDuplicate Jame Layer

Double click layer 4 to apply the following layer style:

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 32
  • Soften: 3
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 27
  • Altitude: 69
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 20%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Clouds
  • Scale: 70%
  • Depth: 20%
Texture Texture Texture

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #330417

This is where you choose the jam's color. So feel free to change it any time you like.

Color OverlayColor OverlayColor Overlay

Step 5

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 3
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will style the first layer of jam. Next, we'll be adding layers of gloss and shine.

Styled Jam 1Styled Jam 1Styled Jam 1

11. Styling the Second Jam Layer

Double click layer 4 copy to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 18
  • Soften: 1
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 166
  • Altitude: 69
  • Gloss Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 0%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Clouds
  • Depth: 20%
Texture Texture Texture

This will add some highlights/gloss to the jam.

Styled Jam 2Styled Jam 2Styled Jam 2

12. Styling the Third Jam Layer

Copy and paste layer 4 copy's layer style to layer 4 copy 2, and double click layer 4 copy 2 to change a couple of the values as shown below:

Bevel and Emboss

  • Size: 15
  • Angle: -14
  • Highlight Mode - Opacity: 30%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

This will add some more shine to the jam.

Styled Jam 3Styled Jam 3Styled Jam 3

13. Styling the Fourth Jam Layer

Paste layer 4 copy's layer style to layer 4 copy 3, and double click layer 4 copy 3 to change a couple of the values as shown below:

Step 1

Bevel and Emboss

  • Size: 29
  • Angle: 45
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 90%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

This will style the last layer of shine.

Styled Jam 4Styled Jam 4Styled Jam 4

14. Styling the Jam Edges

Double click layer 4 copy 4 to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 24
  • Soften: 9
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -22
  • Altitude: 64
  • Gloss Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 0%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Contour Contour Contour

Step 3

This will style the right and bottom edges of the jam. Copy and paste this layer style to layer 4 copy 5.

Styled Jam 5Styled Jam 5Styled Jam 5

Step 4

Double click layer 4 copy 5 to change the Bevel and Emboss's Angle value to 112.

Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

This will style the left and top edges of the jam.

Styled Jam 6Styled Jam 6Styled Jam 6

15. Adding the Crumbs

Step 1

Create a text work path, create a new layer below layer 1, call it Crumbs, and stroke the path with the Crumbs brush.

Crumbs BrushCrumbs BrushCrumbs Brush

Double click the Crumbs layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 275
  • Size: 3
  • Gloss Contour: Gaussian
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Color: #4f3e34
  • Shadow Mode - Color: #aa998b
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 3

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour Contour Contour

Step 4

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Bread Texture
Texture Texture Texture

Step 5

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Bread Texture
Pattern OverlayPattern OverlayPattern Overlay

Step 6

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 30%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 99
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will style the crumbs.

Styled CrumbsStyled CrumbsStyled Crumbs

16. Creating the 3D Part

Step 1

Create a selection of layers 1, 2 and the original text layers' content.

Create a new layer (Layer 1) below the Crumbs layer, fill the selection with the Foreground color, and then deselect.

Create a SelectionCreate a SelectionCreate a Selection

Step 2

Enter the Scale Transform Mode, and scale Layer 1's content down by entering the value 99% for both the W and H values in the Options bar.

Scale DownScale DownScale Down

Step 3

Press Option-Command-Shift-T (Alt-Control-Shift-T for Windows) twice to create two more scaled-down copies. Group all three layers in a group named 3D.

Duplicate LayersDuplicate LayersDuplicate Layers

17. Styling the 3D Part

Copy and paste the Crumbs layer's layer style to the 3D group, and double click the 3D group to change a couple of the values as shown below:

Step 1

Bevel and Emboss

  • Size: 5
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #bf9876
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Texture

  • Check the Invert box
TextureTextureTexture

Step 3

Drop Shadow

  • Opacity: 15%
  • Distance: 12
  • Size: 6
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will style the 3D part.

Styled 3D PartStyled 3D PartStyled 3D Part

18. Enhancing the Shadow

Step 1

Create a selection of layers 1, 2 and the original text layers' content again.

Create a new layer below the 3D group, and name it Shadow.

Fill the selection with the color #4b4845, and convert the layer into a Smart Object.

Create Shadow LayerCreate Shadow LayerCreate Shadow Layer

Step 2

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 3.5.

Gaussian BlurGaussian BlurGaussian Blur

Step 3

Change the Shadow layer's Blend Mode to Linear Burn, and its Opacity to 25%. Then move the shadow around a little bit until you like how it looks.

Modify ShadowModify ShadowModify Shadow

19. Enhancing the Coloring and Adding the Image

Step 1

Add a Gradient adjustment layer.

Create a transparent to fill color gradient using the color #f2ece6. Set the Style to Radial and the Scale to 500.

Then place the Gradient adjustment layer on top of all layers, and change its Blend Mode to Linear Burn.

Gradient Adjustment LayerGradient Adjustment LayerGradient Adjustment Layer

Step 2

Open the bagels and jam image, and use the Magnetic Lasso Tool, or any other selection tools you like, to select the knife and the jam's bowl.

Select ImageSelect ImageSelect Image

Step 3

You can use the Refine Edge settings to refine your selection.

Refine EdgeRefine EdgeRefine Edge

Step 4

Copy and paste the selected part to the original text effect document. Resize, rotate, and reposition it until you like how the image looks.

Place Selected ImagePlace Selected ImagePlace Selected Image

Step 5

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and clip it to the image's layer.

For the Reds values, change the Hue to -30 and the Saturation to -20. We're basically trying to match the bowl's jam color to the text's.

Adjust ColoringAdjust ColoringAdjust Coloring

Step 6

Duplicate the image's layer and place the copy below it.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and change the Lightness value to -100.

Convert to a Smart Object, apply a Gaussian Blur with a 3.5 Radius, and then transform the black copy to create a shadow based on the other shadows you already have in the document.

Create ShadowCreate ShadowCreate Shadow

Step 7

Finally, use the Sponge Tool to desaturate the orange parts of the knife.

Sponge ToolSponge ToolSponge Tool

Congratulations! You're Done

Final scones text effectFinal scones text effectFinal scones text effect

In this tutorial, we created a simple background using a couple of textures, created the text, and modified some of its settings to start working on the effect.

Then we started creating selections, work paths, and layers to achieve different strokes and fills.

After that, we styled each layer to build up the different layers of the scones, creating the bread part, the cream part, and the jam part.

Finally, we created and styled the 3D part of the effect, enhanced the shadow, and added a simple image to finish off the effect.

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

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