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How to Create a Furry, White Rabbit Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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This post is part of a series called Alice in Wonderland Week.
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Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop's brush settings, adjustment layers, and selection tools and options to create a furry, fluffy text effect inspired by Alice in Wonderland's White Rabbit. Let's get started!

This text effect was also 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 Grass Textured Background

Step 1

Create a new 1250 x 800 px document, and place the Green grass background image on top of the Background layer as a smart object.

Resize the texture image to fit within the document, and rename its layer to Grass.

Add the Grass Texture

Step 2

Go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights, and use these settings for the Highlights section:

  • Amount: 100
  • Tone: 60
  • Radius: 50
ShadowsHighlights

Step 3

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and use these settings:

  • Hue: 5
  • Saturation: -30
  • Lightness: -10
HueSaturation

Step 4

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 0.3.

Gaussian Blur

Step 5

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

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #8e8b88 to the left and #444342 to the right, change the Style to Radial and the Scale to 150, and check the Dither box.

Change the Gradient layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 80%.

Gradient Fill

2. How to Create a Text Layer and Work Path

Step 1

Create the text in All Caps using the font Montserrat Light. Change the Size to 350 pt and the Tracking to 75, and if you have more than one line of text, change the Leading value to 350 as well.

Create the Text

Step 2

Pick the Pen Tool and choose the Path option in the Options bar.

Start creating a work path inside the letters you have.

Click once to add corner points, click-drag to add smooth curve points, and Command-click outside the path once you finish it.

Create the Center Work Path

Step 3

You can use the Direct Selection Tool to select and adjust any anchor point as well as its direction points and handles if needed.

Direct Selection Tool

3. How to Save Work Paths

Step 1

In order to save a work path and reuse it, open the Paths panel, and double-click the Work Path tab to enter a name for the path you want to save.

Name the path you created Center and hit OK.

Save the Work Path

Step 2

Right-click the text layer, choose Create Work Path, and save the new path with the name Stroke.

Create Work Path

4. How to Create and Save Brush Tips

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool and open the Brush Settings panel.

Choose the fur2_nathiesbrushes tip from the Fur Brushes pack, and use these settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Color Dynamics

Color Dynamics

Step 2

Click the Create new brush icon in the bottom right corner of the panel to save the modified brush tip, and name it Brush 01.

We will do this for all the tips we are going to create so that it's easier to follow the steps of stroking the work paths later on.

Save the Brush Tip

Step 3

With the same tip still selected, change the Color Dynamics' Brightness Jitter value, and save the new tip with the name Brush 02.

Color Dynamics

Step 4

Pick the fur6_nathiesbrushes 1 tip and use these settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Color Dynamics

Save this tip with the name Brush 03.

Color Dynamics

Step 5

Pick the Dune Grass tip and use these settings:

Brush Tip Shape

Brush Tip Shape

Shape Dynamics

Shape Dynamics

Scattering

Scattering

Color Dynamics

Save this tip with the name Brush 04.

Color Dynamics

5. How to Stroke Work Paths

Step 1

Hide the text layer, and create five new layers.

Create New Layers

Step 2

Set the Foreground and Background Colors to #e9e0d9 and #c3b9ad, select the Layer 1 layer, and click the Stroke path's thumbnail in the Paths panel to activate it.

Pick the Brush Tool, choose the Brush 01 tip, and hit the Return key to stroke the path.

Right-click the Layer 1 layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Stroke the Work Path 1

Step 3

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen, and use the settings you like to get a crisper and more defined outcome.

Smart Sharpen

Step 4

Select the Layer 2 layer, pick the Brush 03 tip and hit the Return key to stroke the work path again.

Stroke the Work Path 2

Step 5

Double-click the Layer 2 layer to apply an Inner Shadow effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #400f14
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

6. How to Create Layered Stroked Paths

Step 1

Set the Foreground and Background Colors to #f0b8b9 and #c0b4a6, select the Center work path, and select the Layer 3 layer.

Pick the Brush 03 tip and stroke the path.

Stroke the Work Path 3

Step 2

Change the Layer 3 layer's Blend Mode to Color Burn and its Opacity to 70%.

Layer Settings

Step 3

Set the Foreground and Background Colors to #d9cfc6 and #aaa094, select the Layer 4 layer, pick the Brush 02 tip, and select and stroke the Stroke path.

Once you're done, convert the Layer 4 layer into a smart object.

Stroke the Work Path 4

Step 4

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen, and use the settings you like to get a crisper and more defined outcome.

Smart Sharpen

Step 5

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise, change the Amount to 5 and the Distribution to Uniform, and check the Monochromatic box.

Add Noise

Step 6

Change the Layer 4 layer's Blend Mode to Luminosity and its Opacity to 70%.

Layer Settings

Step 7

Set the Foreground and Background Colors to #f7eee7 and #988f86, select the Layer 5 layer, pick the Brush 04 tip, and select and stroke the Center path.

Change the Layer 5 layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light, pick the Direct Selection Tool, and hit the Return key one more time to get rid of the work path.

Stroke the Work Path 5

7. How to Group and Style Multiple Layers

Step 1

Place all the stroked layers in a group and name it Text.

Group the Stroked Layers

Step 2

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

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Color: #1b1610
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 25
Drop Shadow

Step 3

Add a Levels adjustment layer on top of the Text group and clip it to it.

Change the Input Levels' Shadows value to 5 and the Highlights to 235, and change the Output Levels' Shadows value to 15.

Levels

8. How to Select an Object

Step 1

Open the FabricLaceTrims0157 image, and use the Quick Selection Tool to select one of the hearts.

Once the heart is selected, click the Select and Mask button in the Options bar.

Select an Object

Step 2

Adjust the settings to get a cleaner selection and click OK.

Go to Edit > Copy to copy the selected heart.

Copy the Selected Object

9. How to Place and Blend an Object With Other Elements

Step 1

Go back to the original document and go to Edit > Paste.

Convert the pasted layer into a smart object, and press Command-T to enter Free Transform Mode in order to transform the heart as you like.

Hit the Return key to commit the changes.

Free Transform

Step 2

Pick the Brush Tool and choose the Brush 01 tip, and uncheck the Color Dynamics tab in the Brush Settings panel.

Color Dynamics

Step 3

Click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, make sure to select the mask's thumbnail, set the Foreground Color to Black, and slightly paint around the heart to blend it with the fur under it.

You can change the brush size if necessary as well.

Add a Mask

Step 4

Repeat the same steps to add a couple more hearts all over the text you have, and place all the heart layers in a group with the name Hearts.

Hearts Group

Step 5

Double-click the Hearts group to apply a Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #1b1610
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 15
Drop Shadow

This will blend the hearts with the text some more.

Styled Hearts

10. How to Extract Simple Objects From an Image

Step 1

Open the Pocket Watch image, and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to select the watch part without the lid.

Elliptical Marquee Tool

Step 2

Use the Quick Selection Tool to select the upper parts, and make sure to press-hold the Shift key to add to the existing selection.

If you want to deselect any parts, press-hold the Option key instead.

Quick Selection Tool

Step 3

Copy and paste the selected watch to the original document, convert its layer to a smart object, and add a layer mask to paint a bit of fur over the watch, as you did with the hearts.

Add the Watch

11. How to Brighten and Colorize Objects

Step 1

Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool again to select the inner part of the watch.

Elliptical Marquee Tool

Step 2

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and clip it to the watch layer. A layer mask will be added automatically based on the selection you created.

Change the Hue to -56 and the Lightness to 41.

HueSaturation

Step 3

Add a Solid Color fill layer using the Color #ffefbe, clip it to the watch layer, and change its Blend Mode to Linear Burn.

Solid Color

Step 4

Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the Hue/Saturation layer mask's thumbnail to the Solid Color layer.

This will duplicate the layer mask.

Duplicate the Layer Mask

Step 5

With the duplicated layer mask selected, press Command-I to invert it so that it affects the outer part of the watch.

Invert the Mask

12. How to Add More Elements

Step 1

Open the CHAINS PNG image, select the gold chain, and copy and paste it to the original document.

Convert the chain's layer to a smart object, and place the chain at the top of the watch and transform it as needed.

Add the Chain

Step 2

Add a layer mask to the Chain layer, and erase the extra parts to blend it well with the text.

Blend with the Text

Step 3

Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels, and change the Shadows value to 25 and the Gamma to 0.75.

Levels

13. How to Add Drop Shadows

Step 1

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

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #1b1610
  • Opacity: 60%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 15
Drop Shadow

Step 2

Create a new layer below the watch layer and name it Watch Shadow, and change its Blend Mode to Linear Burn and its Opacity to 80%.

Pick the Brush Tool, set the Foreground Color to #615c56, and use a soft round tip to paint a shadow for the watch.

You can change the Opacity value if the shadow is too intense, as well as erasing any parts you don't like.

Watch Shadow

Step 3

Place all the watch and chain layers in a group and name it Watch.

Watch Group

14. How to Make Global Adjustments

Step 1

Duplicate the Grass layer and place the copy on top of all layers.

Press-hold the Option key and click the Add layer mask icon to add an inverted layer mask.

Use the Brush 01 tip without the Color Dynamics option to paint in a bit of grass around the letters. This will help blend the text with the background some more.

Add Grass

Step 2

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of all layers, create the gradient fill using the Colors #2f4996 to the left and #9e727f to the right, and check the Dither box.

Change the Gradient Map layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 60%.

Gradient Map

Step 3

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

Change the Contents to 50% Gray and click OK.

Fill with Gray

Step 4

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

Layer Settings

Step 5

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise, change the Amount to 5 and the Distribution to Uniform, and check the Monochromatic box.

Add Noise

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial, we modified a grass texture to create the background. Then, we created the text and its work paths, as well as the brush tips needed to create the effect.

After that, we stroked the work paths, added a couple of hearts and a watch, and blended everything together. Finally, we added some global adjustments to finish off the effect.

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

Final Result
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