Create an Easy Stitched Fabric Type Style in Photoshop

Create an Easy Stitched Fabric Type Style in Photoshop

Stitched fabric type can add a realistic element to your designs. It’s an appealing and stylish look that is easy to create using layer styles and a few fabric patterns. Let’s jump in and give it a try.


First up… Here’s a look at what we’re creating.

Step 1 – Installing the Patterns

For this tutorial, you’ll need to download and install our fabric pattern sample pack.

To add these patterns to Photoshop… Choose the Paint Bucket Tool (G), and select Pattern from the drop down box in the top toolbar.

Now click the drop down arrow next to the pattern thumb in the top tool bar. Click the small arrow in the top right corner of the pattern thumb window, and select Load Patterns.

Navigate to the .pat file that you extracted from the pattern sample .zip file. Now you should have three new patterns loaded.

Step 2 – Creating the Background

Create a new Photoshop document 600×600 at 72dpi. Using the Paint Bucket Tool, fill the background layer with WG Fabric Pattern 1 (the dark blue swatch), from the patterns panel.

Now create a new Gradient Fill Layer, by clicking the icon at the bottom of the layers panel and selecting Gradient from the drop down.

Double click the gradient fill layer’s thumbnail and create a transparent to black radial gradient. Click okay and set the fill layers blend mode to Soft Light, and opacity to 50%.

This gives our background a slightly lighted look.

Step 3 – Adding the Type

Now let’s add our type. I chose Lobster as my font face. Choose a size that fills the document.

Now it’s time to apply some layer styles, starting with a Drop Shadow.

Next up, let’s add an Outer Glow. Note the noise level. This adds the slight ragged edge that we need.

For the pattern overlay, we’ll be using the 2nd pattern from the sample pack.

And finally, for the stroke we’ll be using the 3rd pattern from the sample pack.

After applying these layer styles, you should have something like this:

And that’s it folks. An easy fabric type style in minutes!

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61 Comments

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  1. Pamela Brackett

    Wow. Loved this tutorial – perfect for crafter/sewer/stitcher people…

  2. Diablo

    the download and join and sign up butten psd for free download uplouding.

    may be?

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  3. sam

    waaaaaw, nice one…. thank you.

  4. Paul

    Love it!

    I adjusted the Opacity of my patten overlay to let some of the layer colors come through – great if you aren’t using a font layer.

    Thanks!

  5. xrysalida

    Perfect! Thanks for that! Waiting for moreeeeeee!!!!!

  6. this is great… can i get more tuorial??

  7. i am new graphic designer so it will be very helpful for me. thanks for tutorial.

  8. Nice, clean effect and easy to follow the tutorial

  9. hanan

    so nice… great idea

  10. o yeah. Thanks.

  11. Wow. This is very simple and very amazing!

  12. Great and easy to follow tutorial. Loads of blogs can learn from your step-by-step way of making tutorials easy to understand for the beginner and adding the ‘Source Files’ needed.
    LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY MORE TUTORIALS IN 2013.

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  13. Ru

    this is so cute!! Great tut. :)

  14. I found this to be very interesting. At first when applying the the layer blends to the “texts” layers, I found them to be tacky looking but useful and applicable to other interesting stuff later in mind, although once step by step further applying the other blends to the “texts” and it really started to pop out and form together.

    Great job, amazing tut + inspiration, thanks a lot!

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