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Photoshop Stitch Text
Tutorials Text Effects 31948 Views June 19th, 2012

In this new tutorial I will show you how to create a realistic fabric text effect in Photoshop with threads and stitch effects applied. Nothing to complicated but you have to know the basics of Work Path, otherwise it will seem a little confusing. I know that from experience, so I am considering making a more simpler tutorial that teaches you how to work with Paths in Photoshop.

Don't forget to download the stitch brushes you will need it to complete this tutorial. You can of course work with other brushes or even create your own customized stitch brush.


Stitch Text in Photoshop

Befor we begin let's take a quick look at this Stitch Text in Photoshop tutorial we are about to create. It is a simple jeans text with threads and stitch effects applied. I really hope you will enjoy this new Photoshop text tutorial and like always I am curious to see your results!

Jeans Background

For this stitch text ffect you can use any fabric you want, but I decided to use a denim/jeans texture which is one of my favorite fabric textures. I will use a denim seamless pattern. If you don't like this pattern you can use one of the many Jeans Texture available for free on the internet.

Open a new document and call the first layer, Jeans Background and fill it with any color you want. I will make a denim background using these Jeans Patterns so load them into your Photoshop. Open the layer style window and add Pattern Overlay using the Jeans Dark Wash pattern.

Use the Type Tool to write your text. I wrote "STITCH" using a free font that comes with CS4, called Poplar Std. Use a big size of around 300 pt and choose any choose the color white for the text.

Press CTRL and click the layer thumbnail to select the Text Layer and make a Layer via Copy from the Jeans Background layer. Simply press CTRL+J to make the layer copy. Call this layer Jeans Text. you can now hide the Text Layer because we don't need it anymore.

As you can see the new created Jeans Text has a Pattern Overlay layer applied. I want to rasterize or merge that style into the layer. There are several ways in which you can do that. One is to hide all the other layers, right click on the layer and choose Merge Visible.

You can see that the Jeans Text is completly camouflaged by the background layer. So to make a difference between the two layers I will add two adjustment layers only to the Jeans Text. First I will apply a Color Balance adjustment layer and than a Brightness and Contrast adjustment.

To apply the adjustments only to the Jeans Text layer you have to press the button shown in the image below. Make sure you set the color, contrast and brightness correctly but even if you don't they can easily be adjusted at any time.

Press CTRL and click the layer thumbnail to select the Text Layer. Press Select, Modify, Contract by 2px. Select Inverse and press delete to obtain a thiner text effect.

Create a new layer below the Jeans Text layer and call it Threads layer. Press CTRL and click the layer thumbnail to select the Text Layer. Press Select, Modify, Expand by 2px.

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6 comment(s) for "Photoshop Stitch Text"

4:17 AM Monday, July 23, 2012
wow this is a cool effect and its easy too! thanks for the tut! :) reply
7:21 AM Friday, October 19, 2012
Finally, i have finished my very first time art, Thanks for your tutorial. I know my result doesn't look like yours, however i am very happy that i can even finish it ;) Next time i'll try your other tutorial :) reply
7:24 AM Friday, October 19, 2012
It looks great, if this your first tutorial I must say you are a real talent :) keep up the good work! reply
Amir Sattar
2:29 AM Friday, June 14, 2013
WoOO! this is great tutorial. i like it reply
2:30 AM Friday, June 14, 2013
Thank you, I am glad you like it! reply
Laxmikant Bhumkar
3:03 AM Wednesday, February 24, 2016
It's too awesome packed in few steps.. Thanks for Sharing..! reply

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