From the start I want to tell you all that this tutorial was very much inspired by the one from Abduzeedo: Create a furry text in Pixelmator, but I want to show you how to achieve the same effect in Photoshop. So all the credits for this one goes to Abduzeedo. Also, this is kinda my first tutorial, so please be gentle with me in case you have comments or suggestions that by the way, you can add them at the end of this simple tutorial. But let’s get started:
First, we’re gonna create a new document 1650×1080 in size. After this, asuming that your Layers panel is opened, double click on the Background layer to activate it so you can add a little bit of styling. Click on the “Add a layer style” icon or double click the layer again to open the style window and to add a radial gradient overlay:
For the lighter green color use #e7f1c4 and for the darker one, use #abbc6f. This will give a nice greenish/jungle looking effect to the final image. Optional, you can also add some texture.
Time to add the text, using the Horizontal Type Tool (T) type in the “FUR” text in any font that you want, but like in the original tutorial, I used the Rockwell font. To connect the letters, set the Tracking at -75 and the font size at big as you can or you want:
Now for the actual fur texture. You can use almost any BIG fur texture that you can find on the internet. Personally, I used this one, because it’s so big and beautiful. Add the texture under the text keeping in mind that the visible part of the fur will actually be the part from under the text:
On the next step, in the Layers window, click the Text Layer Icon holding the CTRL key (for windows) or Command Key (for mac) to make a selection (click on the T icon from the Layers window holding the CTR key). After that, select the texture layer and click on the Add layer mask icon from the Layers panel, or go to Layer>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. By now, you should have something like this:
From the Layers panel, select only the Mask of the texture and go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and use a value of 10 for the radius.
Now it’s time for some painting. Don’t get scared now, we won’t actually paint, but we are going to use some brushes. You can use any grass brush that you have, or maybe you want to try this one (click here if you don’t know how to load a new brush). Select the Brush tool (B) with a grass brush loaded of course, and start to paint with white on the Mask of the texture layer. Try to use different sizes and positions of the brush for a more realistic effect:
Paint all the edges of the mask until you are pleased with the result or you have something similar to this:
We are almost done now, but to add some depth to the whole text, let’s duplicate this texture layer, so now we have 2 similar layers one on top of the other. Select the one from the bottom and add a color overlay:
And for the one from above, just move it a little bit to the top (Hold down Shift Key to make a perfect move on the vertical line), and the result should look like this:
And that’s it. You now have a nice good looking fur text. If you have comments or questions, don’t hesitate to add them in the comments bellow.
A, I almost forgot: here’s the big image that we created. It can be used as a wallpaper as well.