Creating a Strawberry Text Effect with Adobe PhotoShop

This tutorial shows you how to make text look like it's made from strawberries, but with a little imagination you can customize the procedure to come up with your own idea.  For this assignment, however, I would like you to do the strawberry text using your name.

Getting Started:

Open a new PhotoShop project and choose 110 pixels by 100 pixels and a resolution of 300 pixels/inch. Save the file into your PhotoShop project folder.

Pick a suitable red foreground colour and fill the canvas. (Go to Edit --> Fill)

If you don't see the panels on the right go to Window on the menu bar and select Layers

Pick a suitable colour for the strawberry seeds and select the ellipse tool.

Draw an ellipse to represent a seed.

Right-click on the new layer to bring up the Blending options.

Set the Outer Glow similar to the settings to the left.  This will give the seeds a more realistic 3-dimensional look.

Duplicate the seed layer and arrange the seeds in a random, realistic pattern.

When you are satisfied with the seed pattern save your project! It might be a good idea to make a back-up copy. (Go to Save As, then give the file a different name).

Now go to Layer --> Merge Visible to combine all the layers.

Go to the Edit menu, Define Pattern.  Give the strawberry pattern a suitable name. "Strawberry" works for me.

Open a new canvas and set the size to 600 pixels by 400 pixels with a resolution of 300 pixels/inch.

This will be where you will be printing your text, so give the file a suitable name and save it to your PhotoShop projects folder.

I chose Comic Sans font, 36 pt, but you can pick whichever one you like.  Something with rounded edges might be more suitable for the effect we are trying to achieve. 

I started with a red foreground colour, but it doesn't really matter because the strawberry pattern will override it.

Right-click on the text layer to bring up the Blending options. You will be applying a total of five styles to  your text.

Select Drop Shadow at the top of the list in the Layer Style window.

Select the following:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply

  • Opacity: 32%

  • Angle: 120

  • Distance: 2px

  • Size: 3

Select Inner Shadow and choose the settings to the left.

Select Inner Glow and choose the settings to the left.

Select Bevel and Emboss and choose the settings to the left.  Feel free to experiment with the settings.  Try changing the Size and Depth.

The last setting will be to apply the strawberry texture that you created.

Select Pattern Overlay and click on the coloured pattern box. You should see your strawberry pattern. Select it and you're done!