Here’s an Easy Way to Add Textures to Text in Photoshop
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We recently showed you how to crop images to specific shapes in Photoshop, but what if you wanted to do the same with text? With the popularity of calligraphy, watercolor textures, and gold foiling, you can very easily make your text look like it was handcrafted using Photoshop.

Step One

Using the Text tool, type out your text in Photoshop using a thick font. The color of the text doesn’t matter as it will soon get covered with a texture.

If you’re using a watercolor texture, a calligraphy or handwritten font will work best in this situation. (Be sure to check out our list of free, handwritten fonts for a good selection or find a font using this great free resources.)


In the example above, I’m using the free font Sophia.

Step Two

The method used here is very similar to that of cropping images to a specific shape. Go to FilePlace Embedded.


Navigate to the texture you are using to make your text look like it was painted and hit the Place button. I am using a free watercolor texture from a Free Design Resources kit. (You can use other types of paint textures, gold foiling textures, and more.)


If the image is covering your text, hit enter. If it isn’t, you can enlarge the texture using the handles at the corner of the image to change its size. (Be sure to hold down the Shift key if you want to maintain the image’s proportions.)


Step Three

Go to your Layers panel. (If it isn’t displayed, go to Windows Layers.) You should see three layers in your file – the background, the text, and the image of your watercolor texture.

Make sure that the watercolor texture is placed above the text. Right click the watercolor layer and click Create clipping mask.


The texture should now be restricted by the boundaries of your text.


Step Four (Optional)

If the watercolor texture isn’t placed exactly where you want it, make sure that you have the watercolor texture layer selected, and open the Marquee Tool. (The keyboard shortcut is M.) You can move the texture around by clicking Control/Command and then dragging the image around with your mouse.

If you want to resize it, right click anywhere on the text, and click Free Transform. This will reactivate the bounding box around the texture and you can resize it in the same way detailed above when placing the image.

What Photoshop tricks do you use on a daily basis? Let us know in the comments. 

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