How to Create a Floral Typography Text Effect in Photoshop

hello everyone this is Chris from spoon
graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe Photoshop today I’m
going to show you how to create the popular floral typography effect where
type is combined with images of flowers to create pretty artwork we’ll begin by
producing a composition of floral illustrations then add the type and
arrays specific portions of the artwork to make it seem like the flowers
surround the text with some petals and stems appearing on top and others
underneath so enhance the effect I’ll then show you a clever shading technique
that helps to add depth with slightly more realistic drop shadows in order to
create this effect we first need some floral assets these could be flower
photos that have been isolated from their backgrounds drawings or
illustrations I’ll be using a ready-made set of vintage flower graphics by
eclectic anthology in this tutorial there are only seven dollars and there’s
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artwork so to begin open up Adobe Photoshop and create a new document I’m
using a canvas of 3000 by 3000 pixels at 300 PPI
but yours may vary if you’re building a poster album cover or whatever open up
all your floral assets into Photoshop to go to select and all to make a selection
then edit and copy close the image and paste it into your main canvas with edit
and paste use the command or control key on windows and t chakra for transform
then scale and position the flower to start filling the background with floral
graphics to speed up the workflow of copying across all the other flower
graphics try incorporating shortcuts like Kommandant tab to switch documents
command + a to select all commanders C to copy command + W to close and command
+ V to paste rotate and scale each flower graphic to build a nice
composition which fills most of the background area while transforming an
image right-clicking and choosing flip horizontal can help you better fit the
shapes of the flowers if you ran out of flowers duplicating
existing images can help to fill in any remaining space flipping in rotating the
graphics here also helps disguise any repetition hiding any stems that have an
abrupt ending behind other flowers also helps keep things looking tidy do this
by dragging the layer underneath another in the last Ike select the topmost layer
and then hold shift and click the bottom flower layer press command + G to create
a group of these elements select the background layer to add a custom color
use the eyedropper to find a suitable hue from the existing colors used in the
illustrations fill the background with the alt and backspace shortcut activate
the type tool and enter your word or quote I’m using Futura bold from the
Adobe fonts library don’t forget to give it a white fill so it is visible against
the darker background drag the text to the top of the last Dyke then press
command + T to scale it to size I’ve split my wording of bloom over two lines
let’s set the paragraph alignment to the right but any text or quote layout can
be used turn off the visibility of the text and background layers for a moment
then select the group of flower images go to layer and merge visible but hold
the Alt key while clicking to make a copy on a new layer drag this layer to
the top of the last Dyke then bring back the visibility of the other layers add a
layer mask to this merged layer and then select the brush tool setup the tip with
100% hardness begin painting within the mask to erase portions of the flowers to
bring back the text make sure you’re painting with black to arrays or switch
to white to restore the reason we created this additional flower layer is
to make it easy to erase the parts over the text otherwise it would be difficult
outlining the letters exactly arrays the flowers wherever they obscure the
letters too much but look out for leaves or petals that overlap without making
the text too unreadable removing parts of some flowers but not others gives the
impression that the letters are interweaved between them
to enhance the effect at a drop shadow by double-clicking the layer to bring up
the layer styles set up the distance and size to produce a soft shadow then bring
down the opacity so it’s not too prominent to create a slightly better
looking drop shadow effect and to remove the unwanted shading on the areas that
have been erased right-click on the drop shadow effect
and choose create layer select the new drop shadow layer and press command + T
right click and choose warp then bend and stretch the shadow keeping an eye on
the areas that overlap the text just the shadow so it looks like those
overlapping leaves and petals are lifting from the screen to move the
unwanted shading add a layer mask and fill it with black to erase everything
then use a white brush to bring back the shadows and just those areas within the
letters the final result is a pretty floral type effect where the letters and
flowers are intertwined if you enjoyed the tutorial entering new tips a like on
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and I’ll see you in the next one

17 Replies to “How to Create a Floral Typography Text Effect in Photoshop”

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  2. When composing an image like this by arranging smaller images, I have taken to converting the layers to smart objects before scaling or rotating. It's not so important if you get the positioning right first time, but if you decide you want to move or rotate again, it has the original resolution to work with. Every time you apply a scale or rotate transformation on a normal layer, it throws a way a little resolution, and it can build up over time if you like to fiddle and nudge things around!

  3. Seperating shadows to a layer to warp them? Would never ever have thought of that. Brilliant as always Chris. Thanks a ton!

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