How to create a Slick Pattern Embossed Text in Photoshop


In this tutorial, we are going to create a stylish black text with a beautiful dot pattern embossed seamlessly on it from scratch in Photoshop using custom created patterns and layer effects. Lets get started!

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.


Step 1:New document

Create a new document in Photoshop with the size 1280 x 800 px with white as the background color.

Step 2: Background

Fill the background with the color #050505.

Now the image will look like this.

We are going to create a subtle texture for the background. For that got to Filter -> Texture -> Texturizer.

Apply the following settings. Choose Sandstone for the Texture.

Now apply some blur effect for the texture to create a nice polished surface effect. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur.

Apply an horizontal blur by setting the angle to 0 and distance as 50 pixels.

Step 3: Adding Text

Now our background is ready. Its time to add the text. Use any bold font for the text , the font used here is “Impact” with a size of 400 of any color.

Align the text to the center of the background, by selecting both the text and the background layers and align them by pressing the Align to Horizontal center and Align to Vertical center.

Step 4: Layer Styles for the text

Apply the following layer styles to the text layer.

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

The color for the gradients are #000000 to #45494d.

Now our text will look like this after applying the layer styles.

Step 5: Pattern Fill

The text is now ready, its time to add the pattern, for that create a new layer above all the layers , name it as “pattern fill”.

Creating the Pattern

We are going to create the pattern by ourselves from scratch, if you are not familiar with creating patterns or want to skip, you can find the pattern that is used, from the source files available for download. It is the one with the “.pat” extension, this is the standard Photoshop extension used for saving patterns.

Create a new document of size 12 by 12 px with transparent background.

Zoom the document to about 3200 %, since it will be easier to work with larger resolutions while creating patterns. Now grab the Custome Shape Tool (U) from the toolbox , and select the Ellipse tool from the options available at the top.

Now draw a circle with its center from the top left corner of the document, only the right side lower quadrant of the circle should be visible in the document. Please use the image below for reference.


Drawing circles from the center requires holding down the Alt key and the Shift key from where you clicked in the canvas. First click where you want the center and then drag , now hold down the Shift key for drawing a perfect circle and finally hold down the Alt key to draw around the center of the circle.

We need the same circle quadrants at all the corners,so we just duplicate it and drag it down to all the corners.

Tips for Perfect Alignment

In order to perfectly align all the circles at the corners, we can hold down the Shift key while dragging down, also we can use the Smart Guides by turning on the option using View -> Show -> Smart Guides

Now for the bottom right corner.

Now for the bottom left corner.

Draw a one more circle just bigger in size at the center of the canvas which resembles the basic dot pattern, the others at the corners are just the cut out portions of smaller circles around the bigger one.

Now select all the layers and merge them using Layer -> Merge Layers (Ctrl + E).

Go to Edit -> Define Pattern and give whatever name you want the pattern to be saved as.

Now our pattern is ready to use. Go back to our original document select the text layer and Ctrl + Click on the layer thumbnail to select the pixels and click on the “pattern fill” layer to select it in the Layers Panel.

We only want the pattern to be filled only on the flat portion of the text and not on the beveled edges so we need to contract the selection by about 10 pixels. Go to Select -> Modify -> Contract.

Give 10 for the value and press OK.

Now grab the Paint Bucket Tool (G) from the toolbox and select Pattern from the dropdown options at the top of the toolbar, then look for the pattern we have just created with the name we have given, it should be available at the end of the list.

Fill the selection with the pattern selected, make sure that the “pattern fill” layer is selected in the Layers Panel before filling the selection. This is how the image will look like now.

Step 5: Pattern Layer styles

Apply the following layer styles for the “pattern fill” layer.

Drop Shadow

Bevel and Emboss

Final touches

Now our text is looking good with the pattern embossed on it, we still want to give more depth to the text, for that duplicate the text layer and drag it down below the original text layer in the Layers Panel, clear the Layer styles for the copy, and apply new layer styles.

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

The colors for the gradient are #000000 to #45494d.

We come to the end of the tutorial, this is the final output of our text looking slick, you can experiment with different pattern styles and bevel & emboss options if you want.


We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!

How to create Kungfu Panda text effect in Photoshop


In this following tutorial, we are going to create an awesome text effect that is similar to the Kungfu Panda 2 movie title using layer effects and some stock references. This tutorial requires some intermediate level skills like working with the pen tools, selections and such things, but a beginner can also follow the tutorial since the techniques are well explained throughout. So let’s prepare for the tutorial of awesomeness…

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Materials Needed:

Step 1:New Document

Create a new document with the size 1280 x 1024 with White as the background color. Fill the background with Black color.

Step 2: Add Text

Now add the text “2” with the font as Molot which is a freely available one and can be downloaded here. Set the font size to 1000 points so that is big enough to fill the background and center it along the canvas , also set the font color to White. The color is not so important at this moment, its just serving as a guide for editing.

Step 3: Converting the text to path

The font needs a little editing , since the front face of the text looks a little flat, we need to correct the same using path editing tools like the pen tool. Before that we should convert the text to path, for this right-click (Cmd-Click on Mac) on the text layer, and select Create Work Path

Step 4: Editing the path

Once the text is converted into a path, now it is time to work on the path , so grab the Pen tool or press P in your keyboard.

Tips for working with the Pen tool

Moving the anchor points

In order to move an anchor point using the Pen tool, press the Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) without releasing the key, you will see that the pointer will change into the Direct Selection Tool now move the pointer while holding the Ctrl key, and click and drag on an anchor point to move it along the canvas.

Delete the anchor points

To delete an existing anchor point using the Pen tool, move the pen tool over an anchor point , the pointer will now change into a pointer with the “-“ symbol , this indicates that the existing pointer will be deleted once you click on it.

Add an anchor point

To add a new anchor point on the existing path using the Pen tool, move the pen tool over the path, the pointer will show you a “+” symbol telling you that you can add an anchor point on the path once you click on the spot.

Dragging the handles of the anchor point

In order to make the corners at the anchor points smooth we need to work on the handles by dragging them across while holding down the Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) key using the Pen tool.

Step 5: Working on the path

Now it’s time to edit the path, please refer to the following images for your reference. Don’t worry if you are not able to get the accurate result as in the pictures, working with the pen tool and getting to know it requires a lot of time and practice, so just try to get some approximate results, otherwise you can completely ignore this step if you are not familiar with the Pen tool.

Step 6: New layer for the fill

Now the editing is complete, so create a new layer for filling the path and name it something like “text”.

Now turn the visibility off for the existing text layer since we won’t be needing it anymore, by clicking on the “eye” icon of the layer in the layers panel. We can now see our edited path clearly on the canvas.

Switch to the “Paths” tab in the Layers panel, and right-click (Cmd-click on Mac) on the path and select Make Selection to turn the path into a selection.

The Make Selection dialog box will appear , press OK accepting the default settings with feather set as 0.

The path will now be turned into a selection.

Fill the selection with white color (#ffffff). Leave the selection as it is since we will be requiring it for creating the stroke in the next step.

Step 7: Creating Stroke

It’s now time to create the stroke for the text, before that we need to create a new layer “stroke”.

With the selection still on, now go to Select -> Modify -> Expand.

Expand the selection by 20 pixels for the stroke.

Now you can see the selection is enlarged by 20 pixels.

Fill the selection with the yellow color #f8f400.

Now we want only the 20 pixel border of the selection for the stroke and not the whole thing, to get rid of the unnecessary fill , Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) click on the text fill layer to select the pixels we dont want, and then click on the stroke layer and press Delete to remove the fill areas.

The stroke layer is ready now.

Step 8: Layer style for the text

Apply a gradient overlay style for the text layer using the following options.

For gradient, the colors are #cd0000 and #ff1a00.

Step 9: Layer styles for the stoke layer

Apply a Drop Shadow with the following settings.

Apply Bevel and Emboss with the options given below.

Step 10: Dragon Tattoo

Import the dragon tattoo vector which can be downloaded from Freevectors. Open the file in Photoshop and press OK for the dialog box which will ask you for the size preferences accepting the default ones.

Now we are going to cut the tattoo from the file, we need only the dark parts from the tattoo for that, Go to Select -> Color Range.

Select Shadows from the drop-down list for selecting only the darker areas from the image.

You will see only the darker areas from the image will be selected.

Now copy and paste the selection into our original document in a new layer between the “stroke” layer and the “text” layer. Name the new layer as dragon_tattoo.

Delete the unwanted parts from the tattoo like the Chinese inscriptions at the bottom using the Magic wand tool or press “W” from the keyboard. Click on the areas to select them and press delete to remove.

Step 11: Editing the Tattoo

The tattoo barely fits into the text , so we need to stretch it to fill the text approximately. For that using the Transform tool , and switch to Warp mode by Edit -> Transform -> Warp or pressing Ctrl+ T (Cmd + T for Mac) and turning on the Warp mode on the top right side of the toolbar.

Now Stetch the tattoo to fill the text layer approximately, don’t worry if some parts of the tattoo scales beyond the text , we will get rid of it by masking it with the text layer. Use the image below for your reference.

No mask the tattoo layer using the text layer. For this, Ctrl + Click (Cmd + Click) on the text layer in the Layers Panel to select the pixels, and now select the “dragon_tattoo” layer and go to Layer -> Layer Mask -> Reveal selection. Or you can simply press the Mask button at the bottom of the Layers Panel. The tattoo now is perfectly masked with the text layer and you wont see anything that goes beyond the text.

Step 12: Layer styles for the tattoo

Apply the following layer styles for the “dragon_tattoo” layer.

The layer styles now applied to the tattoo layer.

Step 13: Light Overlay

The image looks really good now, but it lacks some depth and lighting on the text, for that we need to paint some few white spots and overlay it for better lighting effects. Create a new layer called light overlay

Grab the Brush tool (B) from the toolbox. Select a soft round brush of size about 125px , with White as the color and paint some few dabs here and there on the text but only inside the stroke.

Change the blending mode of the layer to Overlay

Step 14: Add some text

Now we are almost done, now add some text at the bottom and apply the following layer styles to the bottom text.

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

The Gradient overlay settings are the same applied above to the text layer in Step 8.


Finally here is our final image with awesome looking Kungfu Panda title like text effect.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!