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How to Create a Camo Fabric 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 camouflage or "camo" fabric text effect in Adobe Photoshop. You will learn how to use some Photoshop filters and create patterns with them. Then you will learn how to use the patterns with layer styles to create the final result.

If you'd like to skip this tutorial but still wish to buy the text effect, you can head over to GraphicRiver and buy Fabric Styles

The complete pack has eight different text effects and works with shapes and text.

Fabric Styles
Fabric Styles

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this tutorial:

  • Aller Display
  • Background and Contour inside the zip file attached to this tutorial.

1. How to Create the Fabric Pattern

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new 18 x 18 px document.

Creating a new document

Step 2

Change the foreground color to #6b6b6b.

Changing the foreground color

Step 3

Press Control-Shift-N to create a new layer. Then pick the Rectangle Tool and draw a 6 x 6 px square in the top left corner (You can zoom in on the image with Control-Space-Left-Click).

We need a texture just like the image below. Note that we have three different colors on the image: #6b6b6b for the light color, #3f3f3f for the medium color, and #121212 for the dark color. Keep doing 6 x 6 px squares on separate layers until you fill the entire 18 x 18 px document.

Creating the texture

Step 4

Go to Edit > Define Pattern and name the pattern Fabric Texture Tutorial. Then click OK to save the pattern.

Saving the pattern

2. How to Create the Camo Texture

Step 1

Create a new 486 x 486 px document.

Creating a new document

Step 2

Press D to reset the foreground and background colors. Then go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

Using the Clouds filter

Step 3

Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic, set the Cell Size to 18 square, and click OK.

Using the Mosaic filter

Step 4

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery. Then select Cutout in the Artistic category with these settings:

  • Number of Levels: 4 or 5 (test and see which one you like more)
  • Edge Simplicity: 1
  • Edge Fidelity: 1
Using the cutout filter

Step 5

Now double-click on the Background layer to unlock the layer. Then rename it Base Camo and click OK.

Renaming the layer

Step 6

Double-click the layer Base Camo to open the Layer Style window. Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Opacity: 52%
  • Pattern: Select the pattern that we created before (Fabric Texture Tutorial)
  • Scale: 100%
  • Link with Layer: Checked

Click OK.

Pattern Overlay settings

Your image should look like this:

How the image should look

Step 7

Go to Window > Adjustments to open the Adjustments panel.

Opening the Adjustments Panel

Step 8

Add a Gradient Map by clicking on the last icon of the panel.

Creating a gradient map layer

Step 9

Double-click on the gradient icon of the layer Gradient Map 1. The Properties panel will pop up.

Opening the properties panel

Step 10

Click on the gradient bar of the Properties panel to open the Gradient Editor

You can play with this next step and make different colors. I'm going to create a green texture. 

Create a gradient with these settings:

  • First Stop Color: #0c1005
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color:  #8aa269
  • Second Stop Position: 51%
  • Third Stop Color: #e3efcc
  • Third Stop Position: 100%
Creating a Gradient map

Step 11

Select the layer Base Camo and go to Edit > Define Pattern, and then name the pattern Camo Fabric and click OK.

Saving the pattern

3. How to Create the Texture of the Border

Step 1

Create a new 4 x 4 px document with a black background.

Creating a new document

Step 2

Zoom in on the image until you see the individual pixels. Then pick the Pencil Tool with a size of 1 px and draw a diagonal white line as shown in the image below.

Drawing a white line with the pencil tool

Step 3

Go to Edit > Define Pattern and name it Border Texture.

Saving the pattern

4. How to Create the Layer Styles

Step 1

Open the Background image that is inside the zip attached to this tutorial.

Background image

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) with the font Aller Display and size of 179 pt and write FABRIC. Then place it on the shelf of the background.

Horizontal type tool and its settings

Step 3

Double-click on the text layer to open the Layer Style window.

Let's start with the Pattern Overlay so that we will be able to see what is happening on the image.

Add the Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Pattern: Select the texture that we created (Camo Fabric)
  • Scale: 25% 
  • Link with Layer: Checked
Pattern Overlay settings

Step 4

Add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Emboss
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 174%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 4 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Altitude: 48º
  • Gloss Contour: Click on the box and Load to install the contour file that is inside the zip
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Mode Color: #ffffff
  • Highlight Mode Opacity: 10%
  • Shadow Mode: Normal
  • Shadow Mode Color: #364928
  • Shadow Mode Opacity: 81%
Bevel and Emboss settings

Step 5

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 4 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Overprint: Unchecked
  • Fill Type: Pattern
  • Pattern: Select the pattern Camo Fabric 
  • Scale: 25%
  • Link with Layer: Checked
Stroke settings

Step 6

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 2%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: -27º
  • Distance: 6 px
  • Choke: 6%
  • Size: 8 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow settings

Step 7

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Center
  • Choke: 39%
  • Size: 27 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Range: 85%
  • Jitter: 0%
Inner Glow settings

Step 8

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 59%
  • Color: #969c8e
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 4 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Checked
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%
Outer Glow settings

Step 9

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 146º
  • Distance: 1 px
  • Spread: 26%
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked
Drop Shadow settings

Step 10

Select the text layer and press Control-J to duplicate it. Then rename the copy to Camo TOP.

Renaming the layer

Step 11

Right-click on the layer Camo Top and choose Clear layer style. Then double-click it to open the Layer Style window.

Add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Emboss
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 174%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 4 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Altitude: 48º
  • Gloss Contour: Select the contour that we installed before (Fabric Custom)
  • Anti-Aliased: Checked
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Mode Color: #ffffff
  • Highlight Mode Opacity: 0%
  • Shadow Mode: Normal
  • Shadow Mode Color: #4d6326
  • Shadow Mode Opacity: 15%
Bevel and Emboss settings

Step 12

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 2 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Opacity: 45%
  • Overprint: Unchecked
  • Fill Type: Pattern
  • Pattern: Select Border Texture (This will create the illusion of stitching on the edges)
  • Scale: 200%
  • Link with Layer: Checked
Stroke settings

Step 13

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: -27º
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 62%
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow settings

Step 14

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 4%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Center
  • Choke: 53%
  • Size: 16 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Range: 85%
  • Jitter: 0%

After that, click OK.

Inner Glow settings

Congratulations, You're Now Done!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a camo fabric text effect in Adobe Photoshop.

We started out by creating a fabric texture, then we created a camo texture and merged both textures. Then we created a third texture for the border of the text. After that, we created two layer styles using all three textures.

Don't forget to save the styles, so you can use it with other things.

Final Result

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to leave your comments below. 

This text effect we just created is part of Fabric Styles

Fabric Styles
Fabric Styles
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