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
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.
Bevel and Emboss
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
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!