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How to Create a Fun Felt Photoshop Text Effect

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Learn how to create a stitched felt Photoshop text effect in just a few easy steps. This effect is great for the winter holidays.

This felt text effect is a part of the Felt Effect Photoshop Actions from my portfolio on Envato Market.

Felt Photoshop Action
Felt Effect Photoshop Action

The stitched felt effect action is also included in my new Christmas Photoshop Actions Bundle. The bundle contains 10 useful actions for the winter holidays.

Tutorial Assets

To create this Photoshop text effect, I will use the following assets:

1. How to Create the Felt Background

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop. The size of the canvas is 850 x 600px, resolution 72 dpi. If you use another canvas size, you have to adjust the layer styles.

Create new Photoshop document

Step 2

Add a new layer and call it Felt Background. Fill the layer with any color you like.

Fill Layer with Color

Step 3 

Add a Pattern Overlay layer style. Click on the arrow to Load Patterns and choose the felt-pattern.pat file. 

How to Load Patterns in Photoshop

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay (color #428fc7) to the Felt Background layer. 

Add Color Overlay in Photoshop

2. How to Create the Felt Photoshop Text Effect

Step 1

I will create the text in a new document. So make a new file and add your text. Set the size to 320 pt.

Add Text Layer in Photoshop

Step 2

Toggle the Character and Paragraph panels and set the tracking for the selected characters to around 200.  

Character and Paragraph Panels in Photoshop

Step 3

Press Control-J to make two copies of the text layer. 

Duplicate layers in Photoshop

Step 4

Add a Stroke layer style of 15 px to the Felt Text 1 layer. The color of the border is not important, so you can choose any color you want. 

Stroke Layer Style

Step 5

Add a Stroke layer style of 10 px to the Felt Text 2 layer. The color of the border is not important, so you can choose any color you want. 

Stroke Layer Style

Step 6

Set the Fill of the Felt Text 3 layer to 0%.

Add a Bevel and Emboss layer style (color #ffffff and #000000) to the Felt Text 3 layer.

Bevel and Emboss Layer Style

Step 7

Go to the Felt Text 1 layer, right-click and choose Convert to Smart Object. Do the same for the Felt Text 2 and Felt Text 3 layers.

Convert to Smart Object in Photoshop

Step 8

I will hide the Felt Text 2 and Felt Text 3 layers for now. 

Go to the Felt Text 1 smart object and add these layer styles:

  • Drop Shadow (color #000000)
  • Color Overlay (color #328f1f)
  • Pattern Overlay (felt-pattern)
  • Bevel and Emboss (color #ffffff and #000000)
Drop Shadow Layer Style
Color Overlay Layer Style
Pattern Overlay Layer Style
Bevel and Emboss Layer Style

Step 9

To expand the text, go to Filter > Other > Minimum and set the Radius to 10 px

Minimum Filter in Photoshop

Step 10

Go to the Felt Text 2 smart object and add these layer styles:

  • Drop Shadow (color #000000)
  • Color Overlay (color #c11a1a)
  • Pattern Overlay (felt-pattern)
  • Bevel and Emboss (color #ffffff and #000000)
Drop Shadow Layer Style
Color Overlay Layer Style
Pattern Overlay Layer Style
Bevel and Emboss Layer Style

Step 11

Go to the Felt Text 3 smart object and set the blend mode to Overlay

Blend Mode Overlay

Step 12

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to around 3.3 px

Gaussian Blur Photoshop Filter

Step 13

The felt text effect should now look like this. You can, of course, choose any colors you like for the felt pattern. 

Felt Text Effect in Photoshop

3. Create a Stitch Brush in Photoshop

Step 1

Let's create a stitch brush for the felt Photoshop text effect.

Create a new PSD file, size 27 x 5 pxFill the canvas with color black. Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset. Set the brush name to "stitch" and click OK

Define Brush Preset in Photoshop

Step 2

Choose the Brush Tool and select the "stitch" brush from the Brush Preset Picker. Toggle the Brush panel and make the following settings: Spacing 750% and set the Angle Jitter to Direction.

Create Dashed Brush in Photoshop

Step 3

Click on the top right corner of the Brush panel and choose New Brush Preset. Name the new brush "stitch2"

Create Stitch Brush in Photoshop

You can now close the file in which you created the brush.

4. Add a Stitch Effect in Photoshop

Step 1

Press Shift-Control-N to create a new layer called Stitch Effect

Keep the Control key pressed and click on the thumbnail of the Felt Text 2 smart object to make a selection.

Make a Selection in Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Select > Modify > Contract and contract by 12 pixels.

Contract Selection in Photoshop

Step 3

Go to the Path tab and choose Make Work Path from the selection. 

Make Work Path in Photoshop

Step 4

Create a new layer above the Felt Text 3 layer and call it Stitch Effect

Pick the Brush Tool and select the stitch brush. 

Pick the Brush Tool

Step 5

Go to the Path tab and choose Stroke Work Path

Stroke Work Path
Stroke Work Path

Step 6

Press Delete to remove the work path.

Stitch Effect in Photoshop

Step 7

Add these layer styles to the Stitch Effect layer:

  • Drop Shadow (color #000000)
  • Color Overlay (color #e3dbc2)
  • Bevel and Emboss (color #ffffff and #000000)
Drop Shadow
Color Overlay
Bevel and Emboss

5. Create the Felt Letters

Step 1

Select all the layers and right-click to Convert to Smart Object

Select Layers and Convert to Smart Object

Step 2

Right-click on the Felt Text smart object and choose Duplicate Layer. For the Destination, choose the initial document, the one with the felt background.

Duplicate layer in Another Document

Step 3

Make a copy of the Felt Text smart object and hide it. That way, you have the original text intact.

Rasterize the Felt Text smart object. 

Rasterize a Smart Object in Photoshop

Step 4

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the letter F. Press Control-X and Control-V to cut and paste the letter F onto another layer.

Cut and Paste in Photoshop
Cut and Paste in Photoshop

Step 5

Do the same for all the letters. Now you have the felt text letters on separate layers.

Text to Letters in Photoshop

Step 6

Press Control-T to Rotate and Move the letters as you like.

Rotate Layers in Photoshop

6. How to Make a Shadow in Photoshop

Step 1

As you can see, the letters look a little flat and have the same shadow. So to make them look more realistic, add different Drop Shadow layer styles to each letter.

Start with the F layer. 

Drop Shadow Layer Style in Photoshop

Step 2

Add a Drop Shadow layer style to the E layer. 

Drop Shadow Layer Style in Photoshop

Step 3

Add a Drop Shadow layer style to the L layer. 

Drop Shadow Layer Style in Photoshop

Step 4

Add a Drop Shadow layer style to the T layer. 

Drop Shadow Layer Style in Photoshop

You can also add an Inner Shadow layer style to each layer. 

Inner Shadow Layer Style

7. Change the Color of the Felt Photoshop Text Effect

If you want to change the color of the felt letters, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer for the letter that you want to modify. If you want to change the red color, choose the Reds channel. 

Click the Clip to Layer button to add the adjustment only for that layer. 

HueSaturation Adjustment Layer

In the same way, you can change any letter you want.

Felt Photoshop Text Effect

8. Add Felt Ornaments

Step 1

Use the Pen Tool to add shapes like trees and clouds. 

Create Shapes Using the Pen Tool

Step 2

Click on the Add to Shape Area if you want to create multiple shapes on the same layer. 

I made two separate layers with tree shapes and one separate layer with cloud shapes. I did that because I want to add different colors to the shapes.

Step 3

For each layer, add these layer styles:

  • Drop Shadow (color #000000)
  • Color Overlay (choose the color that you like)
  • Pattern Overlay (felt-pattern)
  • Bevel and Emboss (color #ffffff and #000000)
Drop Shadow
Color Overlay
Pattern Overlay
Bevel and Emboss

Step 4

You can also create a new layer and use the Brush Tool to add some stitch effects using the stitch brush.

Photoshop Felt Text with Stitch Effects

9. Create Clothes Buttons in Photoshop

Step 1

To create the clothes button, I use the Ellipse Tool. Keep the Shift key pressed and draw to create a circle. 

Create a Circle in Photoshop

Step 2

Click on the Subtract from Shape Area button and add a circle inside the first circle to make a hole. Do this three more times.

Create a Circle in Photoshop

Step 3

Add these layer styles to the Clothes Button layer: 

  • Drop Shadow (color #000000)
  • Color Overlay (color #c8350d or choose the color that you like)
  • Bevel and Emboss (color #ffffff and #000000)
Drop Shadow
Bevel and Emboss
Color Overlay

Step 4

Create a new circle shape layer. Click on the Subtract from Shape Area button and add a large circle inside the first circle to make a hole. 

Subtract from Shape Area

Step 5

Go to the Clothes Button 1 layer, right-click and choose Copy Layer Style. Go to the Clothes Button 2 layer, right-click and choose Paste Layer Style.

Copy Layer Style in Photoshop

You can modify the layer style as you wish to create endless results. Change the Color Overlay, the Bevel and Emboss settings, etc.

Step 6

Create a new layer and call it Thread. Use the Brush Tool to create a thread.

Brush Tool

Create another layer and call it Thread. Use the Brush Tool to create another thread.

Brush Tool

Step 7

Add these layer styles to the Thread layers: 

  • Drop Shadow (color #000000)
  • Color Overlay (color #b9b9b9)
  • Inner Shadow (color #000000)
  • Bevel and Emboss (color #ffffff and #000000)
Drop Shadow
Color Overlay
Inner Shadow
Bevel and Emboss

Step 8

In the same way, you can create more buttons with different colors and sizes.  

Congratulations! You're Done!

In this tutorial, you've learned how to create a felt text effect in Photoshop from scratch using brushes and patterns. Photoshop text effects are really useful, so I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.  

Create a Felt Text Effect in Photoshop

This Photoshop text effect is a part of the Felt Photoshop Actions pack from my portfolio on Envato Market

The new Christmas Photoshop Actions Bundle contains 10 actions that you can use for the winter festive holidays. The stitched felt effect action is also included in the bundle.

Christmas Photoshop Actions Bundle
Christmas Photoshop Actions Bundle

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