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Sewing Embroidery Effect in Photoshop
Tutorials Text Effects 103617 Views March 12th, 2014

Stitching and sewing can be created also in Photoshop with very realistic results. So in this tutorial we'll create a embroidered logo using only layer styles and of course a fabric material. I chose a denim fabric texture but you can of course choose any fabric you want. If you change the material automatically you will have to adjust also all the layer styles. Here are some other Photoshop stitch tutorials and brushes that you might also like.


For the background you can choose any type of linen texture; I will use one of these jeans textures ; make sure you adjust the texture to obtain a dark denim background otherwise the embroided text will not look good.

For creating the embroidery effect we need a font type that looks good on that kind of sewing effect. You can embroid any kind of image but for this tutorial I will use a text. So for the embroidery text I will pick this free calligraphy font type called Mardian . Download the font type and install new font in Photoshop like shown in this tutorial.

Convert the Text Layer(s) into a smart object ; you may have more than one text layer so you have to select all of them and turn into a smart object. Call this new layer Embroidery 1. Make two more copies of this layer and call them Embroidery 2 and Embroidery 3.

For each smart object we will add different layer styles and other effects like smart filters. So let's start with the Embroidery 1 layer, Set the Fill to 0% and create a pressed effect using these styles:

The pressed jeans effect should now look like this:

Go to the next layer, Embroidery 2, and add a Pattern Overlay using a pixel pattern with oblique stripe lines; you can set the Pattern Overlay scale to 100-150% . Also you have to reduce the Fill to 0%

Convert the Embroidery 2 layer again into a smart object. Add the following layer styles to create the embroided effect. You can pick whatever color you like for the Color Overlay effect. You can also add a Ripple Filter (Filter>Distort)

Go to the next layer, Embroidery 3. Set the Fill to 0% and add these layer styles to create an embossed effect.

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35 comment(s) for "Sewing Embroidery Effect in Photoshop"

1:04 AM Thursday, March 13, 2014
Its really nice but I get lot at some point, seems that I start doing the steps twice after the color overlay. reply
1:09 AM Thursday, March 13, 2014
Hi Ivan,

I don't really understand the problem. I am pretty sure that if you follow the tutorial steps for each layer, the effect should work ok. reply
8:29 AM Thursday, March 13, 2014
Use this free PSD mock-up to get a quick idea on how your logo looks like embroidered on a t-shirt. You can easily change the texture color to go along with your design. reply
2:55 AM Friday, March 14, 2014
wow.. very nice reply
1:39 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014
The best sewing embroidery Photoshop tutorial that I've read so far! I also love your premium action pack :)
Here is my embroidered logo text effect, hope you like it ... reply
8:31 AM Saturday, March 15, 2014
Hi Giuliana,
I am glad you enjoyed practicing this tutorial. Your embroidered logo looks very realistic, keep up the good work! reply
2:52 AM Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Thank you for the tutorial reply
3:24 AM Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Really creative embroidery, keep up the good work! reply
Isa Jordan
Isa Jordan
3:45 AM Thursday, March 27, 2014
Thanks... it was really helpful... reply
4:42 AM Thursday, March 27, 2014
Hi Isa Jordan, I am glad you find our sewing tutorial useful but I can not see the actual embroidery effect in your image :( did you used the stripe pixel pattern? reply
9:20 AM Thursday, April 03, 2014
Why is not working? reply
3:11 AM Monday, May 12, 2014
Dear seller
I bought today but when i try to work from action say:
embroidery 1 is not currently available and
embroidery 2 is not currently available, where is this file reply
3:14 AM Monday, May 12, 2014
if you are talking about the graphicRiver item, please write me from there and we'll talk on the email about your problems with the action! reply
3:23 AM Tuesday, May 13, 2014
where is the graphicriver in your wrb, because don't find
please can you put link, thanks reply
3:24 AM Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Write me here: reply
8:01 AM Tuesday, July 01, 2014
I bought today, but nothing works on CS6. Pity. reply
3:39 AM Thursday, July 24, 2014
Jeans Embroidered Label in Photoshop made by helena_todorova reply
2:00 AM Saturday, July 26, 2014
Embroidery Sewing Text Effect on Denim Fabric made by voki ( reply
4:09 AM Monday, January 05, 2015
how can I make a logo on a t-shirt like this?
4:12 AM Monday, January 05, 2015
It is a little more complicated to make a embroidered emblem. I will try to make a Photoshop generator for this kind of embroidery. reply
2:27 AM Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I would be happy, thank you PSDDUde! reply
2:29 AM Tuesday, January 20, 2015
I've gotten lost somehow between the step where you expand the selection on embroidery 1 by 15 px and the pressed effect layer. I expand the selection and then create the new layer and paste the effects but nothing happens. I think I'm missing something in between those two steps. reply
2:37 AM Tuesday, January 20, 2015
You either forgot to Fill the new layer with a color, or you didn't copy well the layer styles. reply
2:56 AM Wednesday, December 02, 2015
When I follow the steps I don't get the result shown at step 5. I tried multiple times. What am I missing? reply
2:59 AM Wednesday, December 02, 2015
The result depends on your text size, font type etc. If you use an identical text you will get the same result.

Otherwise you have to adjust the layer styles. Go to Layer>Layer Style and choose Scale Effects. Or you can adjust the styles by hand. reply
Mike Meek
Mike Meek
2:50 AM Wednesday, February 24, 2016

First, let me say, you are really AWESOME! This looks like the real thing. Anyway, have a quick question here, I used your PSD mock-up for quick embroidered result and it seems that the image, though perfectly looks embroidered, is tilted.

The question is, how can I get it back to the original position which is not tilted? Thanks in advance!

Again, great work man! Keep it up. reply
2:59 AM Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Hi Mike,

sorry for the late reply. If you used the graphicburger embroidery mock-up that is not my file so I can not give you assistance. reply
1:35 AM Friday, February 26, 2016
Will the embroidery pack work with Photoshop CS4?

The instructions were great btw, I was following along thinking that gosh it didn't look right, but then when it was all done it looked pretty nice! reply
2:23 AM Friday, February 26, 2016
If you are talking about the 2 embroidery premium actions from graphicRiver, the answer is "yes" they work with Photoshop CS4 . reply
3:30 AM Saturday, March 19, 2016
Lace and Denim Embroidery made in Photoshop by feola reply
Doni Hutagalung
Doni Hutagalung
11:00 AM Sunday, May 29, 2016
heres my artwork, hey thank you for this tutorial fellas! reply
9:15 AM Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Wow this is cool! SO I have been looking to create a Herbalife 24 emblem so I can brand my clothing. Would you be able to help me ? We do have access to EPS, JPG, PDF and PNG but need a DST file.

If you search for herbalife24 gears on google you will see what I am referring to.

Russell reply
9:19 AM Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Hi Russell, unfortunately I don't know how to convert a PSD or AI file in DST file.
I am only working with Photoshop and I also have this premium Photoshop action for creating embroidered badges:

But they are not 300 DPI print ready. reply
1:24 AM Friday, December 02, 2016

I have been trying to follow each step by step. But there is something I am missing. The 5th step after applying the 4 styles doesn't look like the 5th step here. It is still retaining the colour.

I am using the settings as you have given. Is there something I am missing reply
1:26 AM Friday, December 02, 2016
Please read the tutorial again as I made some changes.. You have to set the Fill to 0% for the Embroidery 1 and for the Embroidery 3 layers. reply

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