Ever wanted to add a little more flare to your text? You can use a texture effect to make your text pop.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to take your regular plain boring text and use a clipping mask to add a texture. You can use this method to add and kind of texture to your text.

This tutorial is a beginner to intermediate level.

Textured Text Effect

What you need:

  1. Texture 1
  2. Texture 2
  3. Font
  4. Fractal Brushes


Step 1

To start your textured text effect. Create a new document the size doesn’t matter. Just make sure that it is large enough for you to fit the text that you want to texturize. We will be using a black background to start with. As we go forward we will create a nice background for our text.

Load the “Metal Texture 1” image into Photoshop, copy & paste the image into our canvas. Use the free transform tool to adjust the size  to fit the size of our document:

Reduce the layer opacity for this metal texture layer to around 24%:

Use the free transform tool to increase the size of the image to cover the entire canvas.

Apply the following image adjustments to this metal texture layer:

Black & White


And here is the effect so far:

Use the fractal brushes you downloaded, or any other brush of your choice, paint some fractal patterns over the texture. The fractal painting should only be barely visible so please make sure you set your brush opacity to around 20%:


Step 2

Use the font of your choice and type some characters onto our canvas:

Apply the following layer blend options to the text layer to give it a bit of depth:


Bevel and Emboss

Drop Shadow

and here is the effect so far:


Step 3

Now we will be applying the next texture to our text. Load “Texture 2” image into Photoshop.  Cover the entire text layer as desired

Make sure your texture later in above the text layer in the layer panel

Right-click on this new texture  layer and select “Create Clipping Mask”

Then it should look like the image below

To darken the metal texture over the text, duplicated the metal texture layer twice and set both new layers as clipping masks. Changed the layer blend mode for the new layers to “Color Burn” and “Multiply”. You can also change the opacity to your liking. Your textured text effect is close to looking like it should when complete.

At this point, you are done adding a texture effect to your text. Now you can just add finishing touches or whatever else you need to complete your project. You textured text effect is now done.


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