Utilizing a few transform tools such as free transform, object warping, and/or shear tool, you’ll soon realize how easy it is to create a smooth twist-and-turn effect of text to wrap around an object. This effect can also be enhanced by adding in necessary details like shadows and tones to create depth. With minimal trials-and-errors, you should be able to create a gracefully-flowing set of text through an object!
Before & After:
Part 1 – Model
Start off by finding a suitable image. I couldn’t find one, so I’ll merge the following 2 images instead (attach Model A’s arm to Model B).
|Model A||Model B|
To begin with, remove the left arm of Model B by Clone-Stamping (select Clone Stamp > hold Alt > click to sample area) the white background.
Next, remove the model’s fingers from the thigh carefully Sampling the area and Clone-Stamping it upwards.
Notice that the arm color is slightly different from the model. Select the arm area and applyFeather. We can use several Adjustment Layers (contrast, color balance, etc) to make similar the arm and the model.
We’re done with the initial image.
Part 2 – Text
We can prepare the text either in the same workspace or in a new file. Select an appropriate font and size, and paste the full length of text into Photoshop as a new layer. Duplicate the text layer and rasterize it (while keeping an un-rasterized layer so that changes can still be made whenever needed).
From now on, the steps will become quite redundant. Every set of text you do should be in a layer of its own, and for your own conveniences, I suggest you to rename it accordingly.
It is looking a bit messy now so I’ve decided to mask away any texts that are supposedly behind the model’s leg. Select one of the layers, click on the masking icon and start brushing. Repeat for all the layers involved.
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