Easter is coming soon and what better way to usher it in with a special tutorial featuring beautiful tulip blooms! In this edition, I will be showing you how to create a typography using flowers. We will be mainly using layer masks and the Puppet Warp tool in photoshop to achieve this effect. Let’s begin!
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Time: 2 hours
Stock Photos Needed:
Green Grass Background. Image ID : 10609229
Yellow Tulip Flower: Image ID : 19704711
Pink Tulip Flower: Image ID : 19704709
White Tulip Flower: Image ID : 19704710
For your background you want to choose something minimal. I am using a simple grass field and sky image (ID:10609229).
Second, with a plain dark font, type out “EASTER” and position it in the middle of the image. The font you use doesn’t matter!
Once you have extracted your flowers from their backgrounds, group them together and name the group “Original Flowers”. You will be constantly duplicating these layers as needed. A quick way to duplicate a layer is to hold Alt and then click and drag the layer either up or down.
We are going to create the “Easter” type. Duplicate one of your flower layers, drag the layer out of the “original flower” group, and position it so that it will be the back of your “E”
* Try to keep it to about 3-4 leafs per letter.
Now we are going to work on the curved letters. The only difference between the curved letters and the straight letters is that to achieve the curve we are going to use the Puppet Warp tool.
We are going to add shadows to the individual leafs so they are not as flat looking.
Go into your “E Leafs” folder and clip a new layer into the leaf that is creating the top line of the E. Keep the mode set to “Normal”. With a soft round brush set to a dark green (#121d00) paint a shadow where the leaf creating the side of the E overlaps the top leaf.
To create more contrast we are going to add more high and lowlights. Clip a new layer into the “Easter” group and set it to “Soft light”. With a soft round brush, set to 30% flow, paint black where the areas are darker.
To make the typography stand out more we are going to add a glow behind it.
Duplicate your “Easter group” and merge it together. Place it below the original Easter group. Bring the Fill down to 0%. Using the layer effect “Outer Glow” and a large light green (#a9e100) glow to the layer. Since your “Fill” is set to 0%, only the glow should show.
Group the two layers together and name it “Glow”
Go back into the glow group and duplicate the layer with the glow on it. Remove the glow and bring the fill back to 100%. We are going to use this layer to create a shadow.
Bring the layer you just duplicated out of and below the “glow” group and go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation and bring the Lightness down to -100.
Using the move/transform tool create something similar to what you see below:
To finish it off, I added three Color Lookup adjustment layers on top of everything. In the order from top to bottom they are:
“TealOrangePlusContrast” set to 35%
“Crisp_Warm” set to 35%
“FallColors” set t0 61%
I also added a “Happy” type in the font “League Script Thin” and added a white stroke layer effect to it.