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Golden Tinsel Christmas Text Effect in Photoshop

Tutorials Text Effects 20023 Views November 29th, 2012

Learn how to create a tinsel Christmas decoration text effect in Photoshop from this easy to follow tutorial. All you have to do it to stroke any path(text, shape) using a tinsel brush and you will obtain a creative Christmas effect. I really hope you will enjoy this new Christmas tutorial and I am curious to see your results so feel free to upload your work at our comments section.


In this tutorial I will create a very simple Christmas text effect using a premade tinsel brush that you can download along with the PSD file at the end of this tutorial.

Let's start with a simple text; choose whatever font you want but I used LeckerliOne; if you don't have it download it from the internet and simply install the font in Photoshop.

Add a simple Pattern Overlay; use a glitter pattern. I for example I will choose the golden glitter pattern from this amazing set of glitter seampless pattern.

Press CTRL and click on the XMAS text layer thumbnail to make a selection. Go to Select, Modify and Contract the selection by 8px like in the image.

Add the selection as layer mask for the XMAS text layer. Also add a Drop Shadow effect. Your result should look like this:

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9 comment(s) for "Golden Tinsel Christmas Text Effect in Photoshop"

11:54 PM Thursday, December 06, 2012
Sorry, I forgot to inform you that I am running on a mac. reply
11:54 PM Thursday, December 06, 2012
there is no tinsel brush in the zip file for this tutorial. There is only a stars brush. I also struggled to get the beginning of this tutorial until I figured to inverse the selection with the glitter pattern overlay. reply
11:57 PM Thursday, December 06, 2012
Hi kat,

inside the ZIP file there is a ABR file called "psddude-tinsel-stars.abr" ; this ABR contains the tinsel brush and the stars brush. I have just downloaded the file and it is there.

11:18 PM Sunday, December 09, 2012
Here is a sample of what you can do with this tinsel text effect; Christmas card created by reply
2:09 PM Tuesday, December 18, 2012
My tutorial was translated in Russian by and here is one of my favorite results made by Alex Cherkasov
1:17 AM Saturday, December 22, 2012
2013 Tinsel Photoshop Text
Made by Dmitry

9:04 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
Thanks for another useful tutorial. Had a great time doing it. I added some decorations and another background. reply
9:12 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
It looks great even on bright color background :) reply
2:23 AM Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tinsel Typography for Christmas Time made in Photoshop by Larisa ( reply

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