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:

Radial gradient

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:

Adding the text

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:

Fur text in Photoshop

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:

Fur Text Mask

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.

Fur text blur

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:

Fur text in Photoshop

Paint all the edges of the mask until you are pleased with the result or you have something similar to this:

Fur text in Photoshop

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:

Fur text in Photoshop

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:

Fur text in Photoshop

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.

4 Comments to Create a simple and easy fur text in Photoshop

  1. s smithers's Gravatar s smithers
    01/May at 10:17 am | Permalink

    I Think you have missed some instructions out at the Fur Mask Section as this doesn’t work.

  2. Kezza's Gravatar Kezza
    19/Feb at 1:35 am | Permalink

    This is where I came undone:

    On the next step, click on the Layer text holding the CTRL key (for windows) or Command Key (for mac) to make a selection. 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:

    It’s the clicking on the layer and holding CTRL, it doesn’t select the text. I did figure it out though, you need to say “Click on the text layer in the layer box, then press CTRL and select the layer again – click on the T icon and this will select just the text.

    Select the texture layer and click on the Add Layer Mask icon, or go to the Layer menu>Layer Mask>Reveal Selection. Then click the eye icon beside the text layer to hide the black text. ”

    Fantastic tutorial btw, you have a natural ease in your tutorials that makes it easy to follow, thank you for sharing, this is awesome.

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