Photoshop Text Effects

How to Create a Leather Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a leather text effect in Photoshop by using just a couple of layer styles.

Leather Text Effect

To create a leather text effect, you’ll need:

Step 1

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.

Leather Text Background

Then, write your text using the Spatha Sans font in #e3cdab color and 370px size.

Leather Text

Step 2

Double-click on the text layer and apply the layer styles shown below.

Leather Text Drop Shadow

Leather Text Inner Shadow

Leather Text Bevel and Emboss

Leather Text Contour

Leather Text Texture

Leather Text Satin

Leather Text Layer Style

Step 3

Right-click on the text layer and select Create Work Path.

Leather Text Create Work Path

Create a new layer on top of all the other layers and name it “stroke”.

Leather Text Stroke

Select a hard round brush of whatever size you like. The bigger the size, the thicker the stroke.

Leather Text Brush

Set #9e865b as the foreground color, grab the Direct Selection Tool, right-click on the path and select Stroke Path.

Leather Text Effect Stroke Path

Use the settings shown below.

Leather Text Effect Stroke Path Options

Leather Text Effect Stroke Path Result

Step 4

Cmd/ctrl-click on the text layer’s thumbnail to make a selection around the text.

Leather Text Effect Selection

Then, press Delete to get rid of the inner stroke.

Leather Text Effect Delete

Step 5

Double-click on the stroke layer and apply the layer styles shown below to give more depth to the text.

Leather Text Effect Stroke Drop Shadow

Leather Text Effect Stroke Bevel and Emboss

Leather Text Effect Stroke Contour

Leather Text Effect Stroke Result

Step 6

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.

Leather Text Gradient

Finally, set Soft Light as the Gradient layer’s blending mode.

Leather Text Gradient Layer

And we are done creating the leather text effect! Voila!

Leather Text Effect

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