Create a Sweet Chocolate-Coated Text Effect

Create a Sweet Chocolate-Coated Text Effect

This Photoshop tutorial is thought for greedy people (like me!). Today we will create a delicious chocolate-covered text effect. We will create some details on paper, then we will work with layer styles to achieve the nice result.


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Step 1

Open a new document in Photoshop. Since I want to create a wallpaper, my size is 1920×1200 pixels, but you can set up to the size of your desktop. Resolution is 72 pixels/inch, which is perfect while working on a computer destined project.

create a new document in Photoshop

Step 2

Using the Candice font, write “Sweet” with the Horizontal Type tool (T). Font size is 380pt. Choose a light color because we will print this document and we will sketch over the text to create the chocolate pending effect.

write on same text

Step 3

Print the image. I think it’s easier to create the chocolate effect on paper rather than immediatly use the pen tool. For those who have a tablet, it’s more convenient to work directly in Photoshop. However I decided to dirty a bit my hand.

Start painting the chocolate as shown in the following screenshots:

sketching over the text 1

skecthing over the text 2

Step 4

Scan the image and paste it on your Photoshop document. Place it above the text and reduce the opacity of the sketch at around 30%. In this way you can take the sketch as a reference while using the pen tool in the next step

paste in the sketch

Step 5

With the pen tool in Paths mode start tracing the chocolate border. Start from the “S”

use the pen tool to trace chocolate border

Step 6

Create a new layer and set the foreground color to brown (#602b0b). With the pen tool still active, right-click on the canvas and select “fill path”. In the next window set “use foreground color” and hit OK. Right click again and select “delete path”.

create and fill the path with the pen tool

Step 7

Use the same technique to create the other shapes, then hide the sketch layer visibility.

Select all the chocolate shapes and group them (ctrl+G) to make order.

hide sketch visibility

Step 8

At this point we will add some layer styles. Let’s start from the text. Hide the chocolate group for the moment. Right-click on the text layer and select “blending options”. We will add gradient overlay, bevel and emboss, satin and inner shadow. The aim is to create a kind of golden 3d text effect. The following screenshots will show the settings.

adding gradient overlay

adding bevel and emboss

adding inner shadow

adding satin

The text is complete. It remembers me text effects used on cereal packaging.

the text is complete

Step 9

We can now make visible chocolate group and select the first shape, in my case the chocolate that covers the letter “S”. Right-click and select blending options to play again with layer styles. We will add bevel and emboss, satin and inner glow to create the chocolate-styled effect.

adding bevel and emboss

adding satin

adding inner glow

Step 10

Copy this layer style (right-click>Copy Layer Style) and paste it on all the other chocolate layers. Just one thing to modify: about the bottom chocolate mark, increase the bevel and emboss size. We’ve done! You can add a nice radial gradient to the background to finalize the work.


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  1. Its mouth watering… Yammy…

  2. Very nice lovely tut Sebastiano thanks share!
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  3. Nice tutorial! Like the font that you used too.
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  4. Delicious… Thanks for the tutorial.. Tweeted it :D

  5. Taeminnie

    Wow, this is cool.
    anyway, what version of photoshop do you use?
    Mine is CS 2, since i’m still a beginner of design, i wanna ask you, whether CS 2 can make this kind of design or not.
    Thanks a lot :)

  6. It’s easy effect, but nice idea!

  7. you did excellent job in this amazing tutorial.
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  8. Just saw this on tutorial king. Great job my friend very readable and a nice end result
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  9. Thanks to you all guys for your compliments!

  10. hildergarn

    Seems great the tutorial. I’m going to try drawing the chocopart using pen tool since i don’t have tablet nor Scanner LOL.

  11. I’ve just stumbled upon your site while searching for a tutorial on an related subject. Glad I did too. There’s a lot I like. Anyway, you’ve been bookmarked and I’ll be back soon. :)

  12. Learning curve for every designer should be +ve…We have to learn from everyone..Thanks for tutorial..Learned! :)

  13. Hi, I liked the end result, this tutorial has served very well for me because it was Easter and I qria do something cool, here you can see how it was my end result (I have this wallpaper for my girlfriend: D) thanks!


  14. Rita

    Sweet! I’ve been trying to design a textual logo incorporating elements somewhat like this for a mini project I’m doing and I can’t manage to get it looking as chocolate-y as this. It was a little bit off somehow, proportion-wise, especially the chocolate drips. In the end, I decided to use the professional services of an online logo design site instead ( and got the logo I wanted at an affordable price and fast too, within 24 hours. I did provide this link for reference and inspiration to my designer as I liked how yours look. I’m not going to design a logo without any professional help anytime soon although it’s fun designing it or trying to at least. Thanks for the tutorial though. It’s inspirational…

  15. Vivian

    Wonderful tutorial!! Simple and very useful, thanks very much!

  16. catalina niño

    hermoso me encanto felicidades :D

  17. Hi Sebastiano,
    I am looking your graphic designs which are really fantasist.

  18. Hoai`

    i like is very beautyful

  19. I need it . thanks you so much

  20. Nice Tips and nice effect. it is helpful to make a new effect…

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  23. Black J

    greet job man…you realy helped me on this one

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