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How to Create a Layered Floral Typography Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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This post is part of a series called Learn Adobe Photoshop.
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What You'll Be Creating

Floral typography is a design trend that combines nice floral elements with bold typography, to create some elegant designs. This tutorial will show you how to use a flower stock image, with a simple text, and a couple of layer styles, filters, textures, and adjustments to create your own floral typography design. Let's get started!

This text effect was also inspired by the many Layer Styles available on Envato Market.

Tutorial Assets

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

The cool thing about the technique used in this tutorial is that it can work for almost any image you use.

High-quality images with slightly large details, however, can create better and neater results.

It's also important to choose an image that can be isolated from the background pretty easily, so that you can add your own background.

1. Adjust the Flowers Coloring

Step 1

Create a new 3000 x 3000 px document. Place the Bouquet of flowers top view isolated on white image on top of the Background layer, and rename its layer Flowers.

Place the Flowers Image

Step 2

Go to Image > Adjustments > Vibrance, and change the Vibrance value to -10.

Vibrance

Step 3

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and change the Saturation value to -10.

HueSaturation

Step 4

Go to Image > Adjustments > Color Balance, and change the Color Levels to -10, -2, 13.

Color Balance

Step 5

Duplicate the Flowers layer, and then click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Make sure that the layer mask thumbnail is selected, and fill it with Black.

Add a Layer Mask

2. Create the Text

Step 1

Create the text in White using the font Big John Regular. You can actually use any font and font size you like, but bigger sizes and bolder fonts look better. The Size used here is 765 pt.

If you want to place the letters separately, create each of them in a separate layer, and position them all over the flowers image you have.

Create the Text

Step 2

Group the text layers you have, and call the group Text. Then place that group between the two Flowers layers.

Group the Text Layers

Step 3

Lower the Opacity of the Text group to a value that enables you to see both the text and the background image details clearly.

Change the Text Group Opacity

3. Paint the Front Floral Parts

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool (B), set the Foreground Color to White, and pick a hard round brush tip.

Click the Flowers copy layer mask's thumbnail to select it, and then start painting over the parts you want to have in front of the text.

You can use the [ and ] keys to increase or decrease the brush tip size. Just take your time to paint those parts as precisely as possible.

Paint the Front Parts

Step 2

If there are any parts that you want to unpaint, you just need to set the Foreground Color to Black and unpaint those areas.

Use the X key to switch between the Foreground and Background (Black and White) colors.

You can also use selection tools to select the parts you want to paint in and out if you like.

Un-Paint the Unwanted Areas

Step 3

Once you're done, set the Text group's Opacity to 100% again, and check how everything looks to see if you like it.

Original Text Opacity

Step 4

Zoom in to fix any areas that need more work. It is a slightly time-consuming process, but it is important to get a polished final result.

Zoom in to Fix Needed Areas

4. Create the Shadow

Step 1

Command-click the Flowers copy layer mask's thumbnail to create a selection.

Create a Selection

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the Text group, and call it Shadow.

Pick the Paint Bucket Tool, uncheck the Contiguous box in the Options bar, and fill the selection with Black.

Right-click the Shadow layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Create the Shadow Layer

Step 3

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius to 7.

Gaussian Blur

Step 4

Use the Move Tool to nudge the shadows slightly downwards.

You'll notice the shadow appearing randomly in some of the erased parts. To fix this, you need to paint those parts in (un-erase them).

So pick the Brush Tool, select the Flowers copy layer mask, set the Foreground Color to White, and paint over the parts you want to cover the shadow.

Fix the Shadow Areas

Step 5

You can use a lower Hardness value to blend those areas seamlessly.

If needed, you can even mask the Shadow layer to erase any extra parts, or open the original layer to add more shadows.

Fix the Shadows

Step 6

Once you're done, change the Shadow layer's Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 30%.

Shadow Layer Settings

5. Remove the White Background

Step 1

Pick the Magic Wand Tool, uncheck the Contiguous box in the Options bar, and then click the white area to select it.

Depending on the flowers image you're using, you might need to use other tools to select the background, such as the Magnetic Lasso Tool or the Quick Selection Tool. Just make sure to select the image's background to remove it.

Select the Flowers Background

Step 2

Go to Select > Inverse, and add a layer mask to hide the white background.

Mask the White Background

Step 3

Select the white area again (the empty part now on the Flowers image), and then click the Flowers copy mask, and fill the selection with Black.

Go to Select > Deselect.

Apply the Mask to the Top Flowers Layer

6. Add the Background Gradient Fill

Step 1

Duplicate the Background layer.

Duplicate the Background Layer

Step 2

Double-click the Background copy layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Style: Radial
  • Scale: 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #ffffff to the left and #559793 to the right.
Gradient Overlay

Step 3

You can use any other gradient fill you like as well.

Gradient Background

7. Create the Flowers' Background Shadow

Step 1

Command-click the Flowers layer mask's thumbnail to create a selection.

Create a Selection

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the Background copy layer, call it Flowers Shadow, and fill the selection with Black, then deselect.

Create the Flowers Shadow Layer

Step 3

Double-click the Flowers Shadow layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Style: Radial
  • Scale: 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #f7f7f7 to the left and #555555 to the right.
Gradient Overlay

Step 4

Convert the Flowers Shadow layer to a Smart Object, and then change its Blend Mode to Linear Burn and its Opacity to 70%.

Flowers Shadow Layer Settings

Step 5

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 10.

Gaussian Blur

Step 6

Press the Command-T keys to enter Free Transform Mode.

Click the Warp icon in the Options bar, and choose the Fisheye preset. Adjust that if needed, and hit the Return key once to accept the changes.

Warp the Flowers Shadow

Step 7

Now resize and move the shadow as you like, and hit the Return key again to accept all changes and exit Free Transform Mode.

Rsize and Move the Flowers Shadow

8. Style the Text

Double-click the Text group to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 23%
  • Size: 10
Inner Shadow

Step 2

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 35%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 22
  • Size: 57
Drop Shadow

This will add some shadows to the text.

Text shadows

9. Create the Filter Layers

Step 1

Go to Select > All, then Edit > Copy Merged, and Edit > Paste.

Copy and Paste

Step 2

Place the pasted image on top of all layers, rename its layer Filters 1, and convert it to a Smart Object.

Then, change its Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 20%.

Filters 1 Layer Settings

Step 3

Duplicate the Filters 1 layer, rename the copy Filters 2, and change its Opacity to 50%.

Filters 2 Layer Settings

10. Apply the Filters

Step 1

Select the Filters 1 layer, and go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Sketch.

Choose the Stamp filter, and change the Light/Dark Balance to 45 and the Smoothness to 1.

Stamp Filter

This will make the image look more like an illustration than a photo.

Filter Effect

Step 2

Select the Filters 2 layer, and then go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and change the Radius to 10.

High Pass Filter

11. Add the Texture and a Final Adjustment Layer

Step 1

Place the Paper Grain Texture image on top of all layers, and resize it as you like. Then change its layer's Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 50%.

Add the Paper Grain Texture

Step 2

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

Black White Adjustment Layer

Step 3

Change the adjustment layer's Blend Mode to Linear Burn and its Opacity to 5%. This will add a very subtle color adjustment to the final result.

Black White Layer Settings

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we adjusted the coloring of a flowers image, and used layer masks to add some simple text to it. Then, we styled the layers and added different shadows, as well as a simple gradient background. 

After that, we applied a couple of filters to make the image look more interesting and defined. Finally, we added a texture and an adjustment layer to finish off the effect.

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

Final Result
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