In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a leather text effect in Photoshop by using just a couple of layer styles.
To create a leather text effect, you’ll need:
Create a new 1024 x 768px document. Place the texture stock on top of the background layer and rotate it to fit the document by going to Image > Image Rotation > 90° CW.
Then, write your text using the Spatha Sans font in #e3cdab color and 370px size.
Double-click on the text layer and apply the layer styles shown below.
Right-click on the text layer and select Create Work Path.
Create a new layer on top of all the other layers and name it “stroke”.
Select a hard round brush of whatever size you like. The bigger the size, the thicker the stroke.
Set #9e865b as the foreground color, grab the Direct Selection Tool, right-click on the path and select Stroke Path.
Use the settings shown below.
Cmd/ctrl-click on the text layer’s thumbnail to make a selection around the text.
Then, press Delete to get rid of the inner stroke.
Double-click on the stroke layer and apply the layer styles shown below to give more depth to the text.
This step is optional, but it will give a nice touch to the colors. Create a new layer on top of all the other layers, name it “Gradient” and set #797979 as the foreground color. Then, grab the Gradient Tool, select Radial Gradient from the Options Bar and create a Foreground to Transparent gradient by clicking and dragging from the center of the document to one of the corners.
Finally, set Soft Light as the Gradient layer’s blending mode.
And we are done creating the leather text effect! Voila!