Photoshop Text Effect Tutorial {Floral Text}

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Today’s Photoshop tutorial is all about weaving flowers between your text! The effect is easy once you’ve learned the steps. Which are included below. Plus, I’ve included a video tutorial (above) if you prefer to see it done in action.

Here are just a few of the things you’ll master with this flower text effect tutorial;

  1. How to use layer masks creatively
  2. How to use the Filter Gallery to style your canvas-like background
  3. How to resize and rotate layers
  4. And much more 

Table of Contents

Note: the (above) video tutorial was created with Photoshop beginners in mind. The following step-by-step instructions are for more experienced users.

Are you ready to master this floral text effect? Awesome, let’s do it!

Step 1: Create a New Document

create a new document

Time to create a new document (Command or Ctrl + N) for your project. Here are the dimensions I recommend;

Step 2: Create a Canvas-Like Background

access the filter gallery

The first thing we’re going to do is create a canvas-like background. Let’s create a new layer with Shift + Command or Ctrl + N and name it Canvas Background.

Set your foreground color swatch to a lovely cream color; #ececde. Fill in your layer by going to Edit > Fill and clicking OK.

Next, we’re going to apply the canvas texture via the Filter Gallery…

Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Texturizer

Step 3: Add Text & Align

add your text

Let’s add a word for our floral design by accessing the Text Tool (T). For the font type, I’d recommend Montserrat for its thickness. Set the style to Black, the size to 100pt, and the color, we’ll use #175798 or any color of your choice.

Type out in all caps, “LOVE.” For this design, we need more spacing between the letters to give room for the flowers to weave in and out from.

Let’s increase it by double-clicking on the word to select it. To increase the spacing, you’ll need to adjust the Kerning or, in this case, the Tracking via the character panel.

Window > Character

In the Character panel, locate the icon with the label of “Set the tracking for the selected letters.” Increase the tracking to 240. Hit your Enter or Return key to commit to the new spacing. Deactivate the text tool by hitting your Esc key.

Pro Tip:

In the design world, we have two words that reference spacing in the text; Kerning + Tracking. Although both refer to spacing, each targets a different portion of your words.

Tracking refers to the loosening or tightening of a selected block of text. On the other hand, Kerning is the process of adding or subtracting space between specific pairs of letters.

Align Your Text

Hold down your Shift key and click on the Canvas Background layer. This selects both layers and will allow you to center your text within its boundaries. 

With your Move Tool (V) selected, navigate to the tool options, and align via the horizontal + vertical centers.

Step 4: Extract Illustrations Into Individual Layers

flowers to individual layers

I’ve found several files with multiple flower illustrations you can use for this text effect design. After downloading, open all the files in Photoshop.

Next, find four to six different illustrations you’d like to use. You’ll now need to extract the flowers from each file and add it as a new layer on your canvas.

This can be done by using the Lasso Tool (L) to select the flower. Then, copy and paste onto your canvas. The flower illustration will be added as a new layer after pasting.

Step 5: ReArrange Illustrations

rearrange the layers

Now that you have all your flowers added to your canvas, it’s time to rearrange them, resize, and rotate. With your Move Tool (V), reposition each flower based on your creative vision.

To resize and or rotate a flower, use the Free Transform tool… Command or Ctrl + T. Grab a corner and drag in or out to resize. To rotate, click on the outer outline and drag it down or up.

When you’re happy with the adjustment, hit your Enter or Return key to deactivate the tool and apply the edit.

Step 6: Create the Weaving Effect

create weaving effect

To create the weaving illusion, we’re going to use the power of Layer Masks. Select the flower layer near the first letter and add a Layer Mask.

Next, grab your Brush Tool (B) and set the foreground color swatch to black. Let’s adjust the brush settings by right-clicking on the canvas to reveal the brush menu.  

Select the Soft Round brush, set the Size to around 15 and the Hardness to 50%.

Begin by painting on any part of the flower that you’d like to hide behind the letter. Painting with black removes the flower, and white will bring it back.

Continue painting each flower illustration strategically to create the illusion of them weaving in and out of the letters!

Pro Tip:

Painting with a soft-edge brush makes it difficult when working with a straight, hard edge, like the letters in our word.

Instead of painting, you can make a selection with the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M). Then, set the background color to black and hit your Delete or Backspace key to remove that portion of the flower.

For letters like “O” and “V,” they present another challenge. Neither a brush nor the Rectangle Marquee tool will suffice. Instead, select the letters with your Magic Wand Tool (W) or the Lasso Tool (L). Once you have your selection delete as you did previously.

Don’t forget to deselect when you’re done.

Now What?

Now it’s time to practice what you learned with this Photoshop tutorial!

It’s the best way to master this floral text effect and anything else, for that matter. When you’re happy with your text design, I’d love to see your finished artwork.

If you’d like to share it, get feedback, or ask questions, I invite you to join our private Facebook group. It’s a great place to learn more about Photoshop, ask questions, and get feedback on your designs.

Looking for more Photoshop text tutorials? Check out this playlist that includes over 20 text effects you can master today!

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