* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
* the size of the final result image is 1024 * 768
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
* Leaves Brush.
- This effect needs a soft bright Background. So set the Foreground color to #e8e8e8 and the Background color to #8e8e8e, then, create a Radial Gradient starting from the center of the document to one of its corners.
- Create the text using the color #e085a5. The font used is "LTZapfino Two", (you can use a similar free font like Easy Street Alt EPS), and the size is 450px.
Double click on the text layer to apply the following styles:
- Drop Shadow: Change the color #e085a5, the Distance to 0, and the Size to something around 20px.
- Inner Glow: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the color to #f2d4de, and the Size to 10.
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 735, the Size to 7, the Gloss Contour to Cove - Deep and check the Anti-aliased box for a smoother result, and change the Shadow Mode color to #e085a5.
The text should look like this:
Load this brush into your Brush panel (Window - Brush), and modify its settings as below:
- Change the Spacing to 100%.
- Under Shape Dynamics, change the Size Jitter to 100%, and the Angle Jitter to 100% as well.
- Under Scattering, change the Scatter value to 1000%, and check Both Axes box. Make sure that the Count is set to 1, but you can increase the value if you want more leaves scattered around the text.
- Finally, under Color Dynamics, Change the Foreground/Background Jitter to 100%.
- Create a new layer under the text layer and call it "leaves".
- Right click on the text layer and choose Create Work Path. Make sure to select the "leaves" layer once again so that it is the active layer.
- Set the Foreground color to #ffe3f2 and the Background color to #e90052. Then, right click on the path and choose Stroke Path.
- Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and check the Simulate Pressure box.
- Change the "leaves" layer's Blend Mode to Overlay.
- Duplicate the "leaves" layer.
- With the "leaves copy" layer active, go to Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur, and type in 2.5 for the Radius.
- The blur will make the leaves look softer, so you can increase or decrease the Radius value as you like.
And that's it!