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How to Create a Lace-Up Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop's layer styles, filters, and adjustments to create a stylish lace-up text effect. Let's get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

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

1. How to Define Patterns

Step 1

Open the 71.jpg image from the Realistic Textile Backgrounds 5 pack. Go to Image > Image Size, change the Width value to 1170, and click OK.

Image Size

Step 2

Go to Edit > Define Pattern, and click OK.

Do that for the rest of the pattern images to add them to the Patterns preset.

Define Pattern

2. How to Create the Background and Text Shape Layers

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 1000 px document. Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, choose Solid Color, and use the Color #d6dbdb.

Solid Color

Step 2

Create the text using the font The Next Font. Set the Size to 550 pt and the Tracking to 50.

Create the Text

Step 3

Duplicate the text layer and hide it, and right-click the copy to choose Convert to Shape.

Rename the shape layer to Text Shape.

Convert to Shape

Step 4

Duplicate the Text Shape layer 3 times and hide it.

Rename the copy layers from top to bottom to Fill, Outer Stroke, and Stroke.

Keep in mind that you can turn these layers' visibility on and off during the tutorial to better see what you're doing with each one of them.

Duplicate the Shape Layer

Step 5

For both the Stroke and Outer Stroke layers, select each of them, and pick the Direct Selection Tool (A) to adjust their shape attributes in the Options bar.

Change the Fill to None, the Stroke Color to any bright color, and the Size to 35. Then click the Set shape stroke type icon to change the Align to Center and the Corners to Round.

Shape Attributes

3. How to Style the Stroke Layer

Double-click the Stroke layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 0
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 40
  • Altitude: 48
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Overlay
    • Opacity: 60%
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Opacity: 35%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Rough Cloth
  • Scale: 100%
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

Step 3

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: 71.jpg
Pattern Overlay

Step 4

Change the Stroke layer's Fill value to 0.

Fill Value

4. How to Style the Outer Stroke Layer

Double-click the Outer Stroke layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Size: 29
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Soft Light
    • Opacity: 35%
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Opacity: 35%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cove - Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Project Papper
  • Check the Invert box
Texture

Step 4

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Position: Outside
  • Fill Type: Pattern
  • Pattern: 71.jpg
Stroke

Step 5

Change the Outer Stroke layer's Fill value to 0.

Fill Value

5. How to Style the Text Shape Layer

Make the Text Shape layer visible, and double-click it to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Human Skin
  • Scale: 50%
Pattern Overlay

Step 2

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #edece9
  • Blend Mode: Multiply

You can use any other color you like depending on the result you want.

Color Overlay

This will style the Text Shape layer.

Text Shape

6. How to Create and Style Eyelets

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool and create a 30 x 30 px circle where you want to place the first eyelet.

Then, press-hold the Option key, and create a smaller 17 x 17 px circle inside the one you already have to subtract it and get the main eyelet shape.

You can use the Path Selection Tool to separately select and move the smaller circle inside the bigger one if needed.

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

Create the Eyelet Shape

Double-click the eyelet shape layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 7
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 40
  • Altitude: 48
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear light
    • Opacity: 60%
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Opacity: 35%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 3

Add a Contour with these settings:

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

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #969c9d
Color Overlay

Step 5

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 2
  • Size: 3
Drop Shadow

Step 6

Add another Drop Shadow effect instance with these settings:

  • Opacity: 60%
  • Distance: 3
  • Size: 7
Drop Shadow

Step 7

Press-hold the Option key and click-drag the styled eyelet shape to duplicate it. You can press-hold the Shift key while doing so to constrain the movement.

Duplicate the Eyelet Shape

7. How to Modify a Ribbon Image

Step 1

Open the Ribbons image, and use the Quick Selection Tool to select the black ribbon.

Select the Ribbon

Step 2

Press Command-J to duplicate the selected ribbon into a new layer, and use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select a portion you like of the duplicated ribbon.

Press Command-J again to duplicate that portion in a new layer, and hide the other layers you have.

Duplicate the Ribbon

Step 3

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to select the right half of the ribbon, pick the Move Tool, and press the Left Arrow key a couple of times to move the selected part inwards, making the ribbon thinner without losing texture or details.

You might need to repeat the process a couple of times to get the result you like.

Once you do, duplicate the layer to the original text document.

Reduce the Ribbon Size

8. How to Add a Ribbon to an Eyelet

Step 1

The ribbon should be thin enough to fit inside the eyelet shape you have. If it's not, keep selecting one half of it and moving it inwards until you get the right size.

Duplicate the Ribbon

Step 2

Double-click the ribbon layer to apply an Inner Shadow effect with these settings:

  • Color: #020302
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Step 3

Convert the ribbon layer to a Smart Object.

Convert to a Smart Object

Step 4

Press Command-T to enter Free Transform Mode, rotate the ribbon to an angle you like based on the distance you want to create between the eyelet rows, and place one of its ends inside the first eyelet.

You can also resize the ribbon slightly if needed.

Free Transform Mode

Step 5

Press the Warp icon in the Options bar to enter Warp Mode, and click-drag the ribbon's tip to create a small arc and give the illusion of it being folded into the eyelet.

Press the Return key to commit the changes.

Warp Mode

9. How to Build a Laced-Up Effect

Step 1

Duplicate both eyelet shape layers and drag them downwards. Adjust their position as well as the ribbon's end so that they meet where you'd like them to.

Place the Ribbon

Step 2

Duplicate the ribbon layer, and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

Place the flipped ribbon's tip inside the empty top eyelet.

Flip Horizontal

Step 3

With the ribbon layer selected, click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and select the mask's thumbnail.

Pick the Brush Tool, set the Foreground Color to Black, choose a hard round brush tip with the same Size as the eyelet, and click on the bottom eyelet to erase the ribbon covering it.

Then, erase the extra parts of the ribbon, and repeat that for the other one.

Remove the Extra Parts

Step 4

Double-click the ribbon's Smart Object thumbnail to open it, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and change both the Hue and Saturation values to -60.

Save and close the file.

HueSaturation

Step 5

To continue building the laced-up effect, select both the ribbon layers and the bottom eyelet layers, duplicate them, and drag them downwards.

Duplicate the Lace Units

Step 6

Keep doing that for the straight parts of the letters. Once you reach a curved area, duplicate one of the ribbon layers, rotate it so that it's horizontal again, and place it on top of the last pair of eyelets you have.

You might need to delete the layer mask in order to transform the ribbon, so do that, and add in a new mask to get rid of any extra parts.

End the Lace-Up

Step 7

Take the time to build up the effect, and play around with the placement of the elements to fit each letter's shape.

Build the Lace-Up Effect

Step 8

Once you're done, put all the eyelet and ribbon layers in a group and name it Lace.

Lace Group

10. How to Cover Empty Text Areas

Step 1

Select the Fill layer and change its Fill value to 0.

Fill Value

Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool, press-hold the Option key, and create rectangles that cover the laced-up parts of the letters you have to remove them.

Remove the Lace-Up Parts

Step 3

Change the Fill layer's Fill value back to 100%, and click the Path operations icon in the Options bar to choose Merge Shape Components.

Merge Shape Components

Step 4

Pick the Add Anchor Point Tool, and click where you want to extend the shape to cover any more areas.

Add Anchor Point Tool

Step 5

Pick the Convert Point Tool and click any anchor points you added to convert them to corner points.

Convert Point Tool

Step 6

Use the Direct Selection Tool to select and drag the anchor points to create a final shape you like.

Drag the Points

Step 7

Duplicate the Fill shape layer and rename the copy to Stitches.

Stitches Layer

Step 8

In the Options bar, change the Fill to None, the Stroke Size to 2, click the Set shape stroke type icon, and choose the dashed preset.

Stroke Properties

11. How to Style Stitches

Step 1

Right-click the Stroke layer, choose Copy Layer Style, right-click the Fill layer, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Copy and Paste the Layer style

Double-click the Stitches layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Opacity: 82%
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Opacity: 35%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 3

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Gaussian
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #b5b4b2
Color Overlay

Step 5

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 2
  • Spread: 5
  • Size: 5
Drop Shadow

This will style the stitches.

Styled Stitches

12. How to Add Edges

Step 1

Duplicate the Outer Stroke Layer and change its Fill value to 100%.

Fill Value

Step 2

Convert the copy layer to a Smart Object and Command-click its thumbnail to load a selection.

Load a Selection

Step 3

Open the Paths panel, Option-click the Make work path from selection icon at the bottom of the panel, set the Radius to 0.8, and click OK.

Make Work Path

Step 4

Hide the Outer Stroke copy layer, and create a new layer on top of it with the name Edges.

Edges Layer

13. How to Create an Edges Brush

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool and open the Brush Settings panel.

Choose the Dune Grass tip and adjust its settings as below:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Color Dynamics

Color Dynamics

Step 2

Set the Foreground Color to #212121 and the Background Color to #3f3f3f, and hit the Return key a couple of times until you like the stroke.

Stroke the Work Path

Step 3

Place all the layers you have, except for the Background and Solid Color layers, in a group and name it Text.

Text Group

14. How to Add Drop Shadow and Noise

Step 1

Double-click the Text group to apply Drop Shadow effects with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 2
  • Spread: 5
  • Size: 5
Drop Shadow

Step 2

  • Opacity: 30%
  • Distance: 30
  • Size: 50
Drop Shadow

This will add the final shadows.

Added Shadows

Step 3

Place the 1.jpg image from the Abstract Spotlight Backgrounds pack on top of the Solid Color layer, and resize it to fit within the document so that its bottom part isn't showing.

Rename the layer to BG Texture and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

BG Texture

Step 4

Create a new layer, name it BG Noise, and go to Edit > Fill.

Change the Contents to 50% Gray and click OK.

Gray Fill

Step 5

Convert the BG Noise layer to a Smart Object, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Convert to a Smart Object

Step 6

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise, change the Amount to 10 and the Distribution to Uniform, and check the Monochromatic box.

Add Noise Filter

15. How to Make the Final Changes

Step 1

Add a Levels adjustment layer on top of the Text group, change its Blend Mode to Luminosity, and change the Shadows value to 5 and the Highlights to 237.

Levels

Step 2

Add another Levels adjustment layer on top of all layers, choose the Blue channel, and change the Output Shadows value to 7.

Blue Channel Levels

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers, name it High Pass, and press Command-Option-Shift-E to create a stamp.

Convert the layer to a Smart Object and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

High Pass Layer

Step 4

Go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and change the Radius value to 1.

High Pass Filter

Step 5

Duplicate the BG Noise layer, place the copy on top of all layers, expand the Smart Filters list, and double-click the Noise tab to change the Amount to 7.

Add Noise Filter

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial, we created a couple of shape layers and adjusted their shape attributes to create the different text parts.

Then, we styled the layers, created the eyelets, and added the ribbon.

After that, we worked with the different elements to build the laced-up effect, and created a brush tip to add some fuzzy edges.

Finally, we made some final adjustments to finish off the effect.

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

Final Result
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