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How to Create a Simple Wedding Confetti Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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This post is part of a series called Love Week.
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What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you how to use a couple of textures, brushes, and layer styles to create a wedding-themed, confetti 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 Create a Background and Add Text

Step 1

Create a new 950 x 800 px document, and place the Smooth_stucco_flat_white_paint_plaster_wall_textur image on top of the Background layer.

Resize the texture as needed, and rename its layer to BG Texture.

Add the Background Texture

Step 2

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

Add a Levels Adjustment Layer

Step 3

Clip the Levels layer to the BG Texture layer, and change the Gamma value to 1.95.

Levels Settings

Step 4

Create the text in All Caps using the font InterFace Regular.

Change the Size to 250 pt, set the Tracking value to 100, and if you have multiple lines of text, change the Leading value to 250.

Create the Text

2. How to Add Textures and Layer Masks

Step 1

Place the blank paper pink texture on top of all layers, resize it as needed, and rename its layer to Pink.

Add the Pink Texture

Step 2

Hold the Option key, and click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to add a mask that hides the texture.

Add a Layer Mask

Step 3

Duplicate the Pink layer.

Duplicate the Layer

Step 4

Repeat the same steps to add the Gift_Wrapping_Paper6 texture, and make sure to rename this texture's layer to Gold.

Add the Gold Texture

3. How to Create Confetti Brushes

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool, and open the Brush panel. Choose a hard round tip and use these settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Step 2

Click the Create new brush icon at the bottom right corner of the Brush panel, enter Round Confetti for the Name, and click OK.

Round Confetti Brush Tip

Step 3

Pick the s24 brush tip from the hearts vector brushes pack, and use these settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Save this brush tip and name it Heart Confetti.

Heart Confetti Brush Tip

Step 4

Pick the Hard Square 24 pixels brush tip, and use these settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Save this brush tip and name it Top Confetti.

Top Confetti Brush Tip

4. How to Stroke the Text's Work Path

Step 1

Right-click the text layer, and choose Create Work Path. Then hide the text layer by clicking the eye icon next to it.

Create Work Path

Step 2

Pick the Brush Tool, choose the Heart Confetti tip, and set the Foreground Color to White.

Select the Gold layer's mask thumbnail, and hit the Return key once to stroke the path.

Stroke the Path with the Heart Confetti Tip

Step 3

Select the Gold copy layer's mask thumbnail, and hit Return one more time to create another stroke.

Stroke the Second Gold Layer

Step 4

Hide both Gold layers.

Hide the Gold Layers

5. How to Add a Work Path Using the Pen Tool

Step 1

Next, we are going to add another work path in the middle of the one we already have. So pick the Pen Tool, and make sure that the Path option is selected in the Options bar.

To create straight lines, click once to add an anchor point, and then hold the Shift key, and click again to add the other anchor point of the line.

Create Straight Lines

Step 2

Hold the Command key, and click anywhere outside the path you're done creating before starting a new one.

Separate Paths

Step 3

To create curves, you'll need to click-drag when you add the anchor points.

Create Curves

Step 4

You can always use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to adjust the anchor points and their handles, and modify the work path.

Modify the Work Path

Step 5

Once you're done creating the inner work path, pick the Brush Tool, and use the Round Confetti tip to stroke both Pink layers.

Press the A key and then hit Return to get rid of the work path.

Stroke the Pink Layers

6. How to Style the Round Confetti

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

Step 1

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #edcdd2

You can use different colors and/or blend modes to get more details if you like.

Color Overlay

Step 2

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 10%
  • Distance: 7
  • Size: 3
Drop Shadow

Step 3

Right-click the Pink layer, choose Copy Layer Style, and then right-click the Pink copy layer, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Copy and Paste the Layer Style

7. How to Style the Heart Confetti

Step 1

Make both Gold layers visible.

Show the Gold Layers

Step 2

Double-click the Gold layer to apply a Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

  • Opacity: 20%
  • Distance: 7
  • Size: 3
Drop Shadow

Step 3

Copy and Paste the layer style to the Gold copy layer.

Copy and Paste the Layer Style

8. How to Move Textures Inside Layer Masks

Step 1

Place the Gold layer below the Pink copy layer to make the effect more dynamic. Then click the link icon between each layer and mask's thumbnail to unlink them.

Unlink Layer Masks

Step 2

Click the layer's thumbnail, and press Command-T to enter Free Transform Mode. Then move and resize the texture to get a result you like.

Adjust the Textures

Step 3

Hit the Return key to accept the changes.

Accept the Changes

9. How to Create Out-of-Focus Confetti

Step 1

Add the Gift_Wrapping_Paper6 texture again on top of all layers, rename its layer to Top Confetti, and try not to downsize it a lot, since it's supposed to be closer and bigger.

Add a Hide All mask, and then use the Top Confetti brush tip to manually paint and add in some confetti around the text.

Add the Top Confetti

Step 2

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

Convert to Smart Object

Step 3

Go to Filter > Blur Gallery > Path Blur. Create the path by click-dragging the control points, and use the settings you like.

Apply a Path Blur

Step 4

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius to 3.

Gaussian Blur

Step 5

Double-click the Top Confetti layer to apply a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 5%
  • Distance: 70
  • Size: 5
Drop Shadow

This will finish off the effect.

Applied Drop Shadow

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we added a simple background, created the text, and added a couple of masked texture layers.

Then, we modified and saved a couple of brush tips, created a work path, and stroked the heart confetti. After that, we used the Pen Tool to add an inner work path, added the round confetti, and styled all the layers.

Finally, we added some out-of-focus confetti on top, with some blur filters, to finish everything off.

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

Final Result
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