Stroke Text with a Brush in Photoshop

    ●   Learn to apply a brush effect to the outline of your text to create an interesting look.

Learn About:

Brushes Paths Vertical Type Tool

  •   This tutorial is used with the Photoshop Portrait Project.


Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

                stroke text example   

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 eye 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 …

Adobe Photoshop Text Effects: Selecting the 'Create Work Path' option to create a path from the text

… this leaves just the path you created.

Adobe Photoshop Text Effects: Turn off the text layer to reveal only the path, not the text.

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 image in the upper right and click on image

… 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

cmd key + shift key + n key


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

save as .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.