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Photoshop Tree Text Effect
Tutorials Text Effects 32840 Views March 5th, 2012

Learn how to create a tree text in Photoshop from this easy to follow tutorial. The text will be all covered with leafs, so we'll obtain a very organic and natural look. The technique can be used to create other text effects simply by changing the leafs with something else(flowers, hearts, etc.).

You will only need some textures, for the background and for the text itself, to create this cool Photoshop text effect. I hope you will enyoy not only reading but also practicing this tutorial. Let's begin!


Preview of the Final Image

Before we begin let's take a quick look at the text effect we are about to create. Nothing to complicated, you will only need some basic Photoshop knowledge. And the fun part is, that you can use any other nature element, like flowers for example, to create your own nature inspired text effect.

Add the Background Layer

Let's start with the Background Layer. Add a soft gray gradient to this first layer using the Gradient Tool. Use the Linear Gradient with two tones of light gray : #dad8d8 and #cecccc.

Open the layer Style Window and add Pattern Overlay using the Cardoard Pattern no.7 from this set of free Cardboard Patterns. You can of course use another texture, for example a Paper Texture will look just as beautiful.

Add a Color Overlay from the same window, using this color #969595. Make sure you set the Blend Mode to Color Burn.

Add a Gradient Fill layer using these gradient colors. Set the Gradient Blend Mode to Soft Light 100%. As you can see the gradient has some transparent areas where the opacity is 0%.

Text Layer

Time to add a simple text "TREE" with upper case letters. I will use a default font that Photoshop CS4 has, Hobo Std. The settings are as follows:

Convert Text into Shape

If we want to change the text shape without affecting the quality of the image, we have to transform it into vector. In Photoshop we can do that by using the Convert Text to Shapeoption. Now we can use the Covert Point Tool to make small changes but you can leave it as is.

Add Layer Styles

Duplicate the Tree Text Shape layer 3 times. Start with the Tree Text Shape 1 and add the following layer styles: Bevel and Emboss, Color Overlay, Gradient Overlay and Pattern Overlay.

For the Pattern Overlay use this beautiful Paper Pattern. I have picked the third pattern from this beautiful set, which has a nice green color.

Now let's work with the second layer, the Tree Text Shape 2. Reduce the Fill to 0% and add the following layer styles: Inner Shadow, Pattern Overlay and Bevel and Emboss.

Part 1Part 2Part 3

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17 comment(s) for "Photoshop Tree Text Effect"

6:01 AM Thursday, March 08, 2012
Thank you. Looks good. reply
2:21 PM Sunday, March 11, 2012
I am glad you like it! reply
3:00 PM Thursday, March 22, 2012
thanks alot. when i have time i will try it! reply
9:59 AM Wednesday, March 28, 2012
simply amazing effect. reply
7:11 AM Sunday, April 08, 2012
Great tutorial! Thank you!

I've attached what I did based on this tutorial.

7:18 AM Sunday, April 08, 2012
It looks really beautiful :) I am glad you liked my tutorial ! reply
6:18 AM Tuesday, April 10, 2012
How do you change the fill of the text as object layers? That box is grayed out on my screen... reply
6:23 AM Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Hi Dave,
I don't know at which step are you reffering, please give me more details reply
11:34 PM Sunday, July 22, 2012
Thankyou very much.Nice effect,v,good tutorial :) reply
8:43 AM Monday, March 18, 2013
Thank you very much for the wonderful tutorial! reply
8:45 AM Monday, March 18, 2013
I am glad you like it. Your tree text effect looks very beautiful and creative with the dead tree branches and the birds that you've added ! reply
1:40 AM Tuesday, April 02, 2013
My tutorial was translated in Russian and I selected some of my favorite typography artworks inspired by this tutorial

Flower and Leafs Typography made by L?dyWinter
2:02 AM Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Bio Green Photoshop Typography made by
kolobok555 reply
1:28 AM Monday, April 08, 2013
Spring Flower Nature Inspired Typography made by voki reply
2:14 AM Saturday, May 11, 2013
Another beautiful Nature inspired text effect made by Vitalic K. (
6:53 AM Tuesday, April 12, 2016
i would like you to explain the part which you were creating the background leaf.
i couldn't obtain the option rasterized i thought maybe i didn't do it as you have done it i tried alot of ways but i still didn't get it. reply
7:01 AM Tuesday, April 12, 2016
HOW To Rasterize Layer with Layer Styles in Photoshop

Create a blank layer below the one you want to rasterize. Then, on the layer that you want to rasterize go to Layer > Merge down. That gets rid of the layer styles and the effects.

That is one easy way to flatten all the effects of a layer in Photoshop. reply

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