Stroke Text with a Brush in Photoshop
● Learn to apply a brush effect to the outline of your text to create an interesting look.
✓ Brushes ✓ Paths ✓ Vertical Type Tool
• This tutorial is used with the Photoshop Portrait Project.
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Step #1: Open your Project in Photoshop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
✗ … select the Vertical Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (t) …
✗ … drag a box to type your name.
✗ You can do Horizontal Text if you want.
✗ Either way, select an Interesting Font - Big Thick Text works best.
Step #2: Create a Work Path ~
✗ Right-Click and Duplicate your Text Layer …
✗ … turn the visibility of the duplcated layer off and continue working on the original layer below.
Step #3: Create a Work Path ~
✗ With the Type Tool still selected, Right-Click anywhere inside the document and choose "Create Work Path" from the menu …
✗ … this leaves just the path you created.
Step #4: Open Brushes ~
✗ Hit the keyboard shortcut letter "B" to select the Brush Tool …
✗ … click the Brush Preset Picker in the Menu Bar …
✗ … click on the little in the upper right and click on …
✗ … and hit Append.
Step #5: Select A Brush ~
✗ Pick a brush that looks interesting:
✗ There are lots of brushes to choose from! Find a brush pattern that appeals to you.
Step #6: New Layer ~
✗ Make a blank New Layer.
✗ … or hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+Shift (⇧)+N
Step #7: Stroke the Path ~
✗ With the New Layer selected, switch to the Paths palette …
✗ (If you can't see the Paths palette, go to: Window > Paths )
✗ … click on "Stroke Path With Brush" to stroke the path with the brush you've selected.
Step #8: Customize your Brush Stroke ~
✗ Click the Brush Preset Picker again …
✗ … and drag the slider bar for the Master Diameter a little to the left to reduce the size of the brush a bit.
✗ Change the Color and Size to really give a strong, solid brush stroke.
Step #9: Hide The Path ~
✗ To hide the path, use the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘) +H and the path is no longer visible.
Step #10: Turn the Top Layer Back on ~
✗ Turn on the visibility on the top layer again!
Last Step: Save & Attach ~
✗ Go to: File > Save as … and save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.