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Pencil Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial
Tutorials Text Effects 16874 Views June 18th, 2013

Learn how to create a realistic pencil in Photoshop and use it to type a text with this pencil style. If yu are interested in a sketch pencil text in Photoshop you can check out this tutorial. The effect from this tutorial creates a vector PSD pencil that you can use to create interesting typography effects. You can combine different pencil crayon colors, different font types and so on. Hope you will enjoy this new text effect tutorial.


Start with a simple Background Layer and add it a notebook pattern as Pattern Overlay layer style.

Use a font to writte your text. I have decided to use Kartika Font; you can download it from the internet and than install font in Photoshop in order to use it.

Step 2 you will have to convert text in shape; you will see that the text has now anchor points and that can be edited as vector shape

Duplicate the Text Layer and use the Pen Tools like the Convert Point Tool, Delete Anchor Point Tool and so on, to create these shapes. I have used black for the top text layer and yellow for the bottom text layer.

Use also the Add to Shape Area and Subtract from Shape Area options to create these new shapes. If you are not familiar with the Pen Tool here is a set of tutorials that teaches how to use Photoshop Pen Tool

Now comes the fun part where we add to these text layers a pencil effect using layer styles. So open the layer style window and add the following layer styles. Just remember that these styles work for this text size; if your text is bigger/smaller you will have to adjust the layer styles(scale effects)

Color #b45d00

Color #340e0e

Color #ffd147

If you want you can create different color effects by adjusting all the color inside the layer styles. The pencil text looks like this so far.

For a more realistic result you can try to apply a wood texture with an Overlay Blend Mode for example.

Now Let's create the top part of the pencil. Use the Pen Tool to create this shape and add a Gradient Overlay using the following colors: #5e3718 , #e1c79f and #f6e9ce

Use the same tool to create the pencil mine; use color black; add another small shape and make it gray to make it more realistic. We have now a nice vector pencil made in Photoshop in shape of a letter.

Convert the Pencil Mine Layers into smart object and duplicate and add them on the other letters as shown in the image.

Now we'll make the pencil eraser area with the same Photoshop vector drawing tool that we have used in the previous steps. Create the metal shape and add it a Gradient Overlay with soft gray color tones like in the image.

Add four line shapes like in the image. Also draw the eraser using soft pink color tones.

Convert the Pencil Eraser Layers into smart object, duplicate and add them on the other letters as shown in the image.

Select all the vector pencil text layers into a new smart object and add a Drop Shadow effect.

If you want to make it more creative you can combine this effect with torn paper shapes, scotch tape shapes, with stickers and so on.

You can get even more creative and make each letter a different color but you will have to adjust the layer styles and to use Gradient Overlay instead of Color Overlay; here is my result for this crayon pencil typography, I hope you like it and decide to try it yourself.

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13 comment(s) for "Pencil Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial"

4:12 AM Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Wow so amazing pencil text effect tutorial looking so great design. I am so wonder after visit your creative work. Nice explain so very easy to follow step by step. reply
12:56 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2013
wow!!!! ist das wieder ein tolles Tutorial,
vielen Dank f??rs teilen.
Finja reply
12:56 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thank you :) reply
2:25 AM Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Thank you very much! reply
12:55 AM Saturday, July 06, 2013
How to make noise on the top of pencil like that? reply
1:04 AM Saturday, July 06, 2013
You can convert the top pencil shape into a smart object and add a Noise filter (Filter>Noise>Add Noise) . The settings for the Noise Photoshop Filter are:
- noise Amount 9%;
- distribution of the noise is Uniform
- and also check the Monochromatic option. reply
Emma Penet
Emma Penet
12:02 AM Friday, November 22, 2013
Merci John ! another great tuto ! reply
12:30 AM Friday, November 22, 2013
WOW, I am speechless it looks amazing! I was really curious to see the pencil text effect on many alphabet letters :) reply
6:34 AM Monday, January 27, 2014
Wood Pencil Typography made by svladi
Here is another great text effect inspired by this Photoshop tutorial. reply
4:20 PM Saturday, July 26, 2014
I love your website ... thanx ever so !! reply
1:30 AM Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Nice tut ... I have only one question, how is the shadow created? reply
1:35 PM Saturday, March 19, 2016
The pencil text style is perfect for creating school inspired typography. This work was made in Photoshop by Tia_al`Lankarra reply
diseño web
12:26 PM Thursday, May 04, 2017
Awesome!, you make it very easy, thanks I will practice this tutorial. reply

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