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Fuzz/Furry Text Effect (Works great as Grass!)

In this tutorial, I will show you a how to create a fuzzy text effect using a simple technique and a custom brush. This tutorial is written for users who have a basic understanding of the tools and techniques in Photoshop.

The Final Image

This is what we will be creating:

Fuzzy Text Final

Step 1: Setting Up the Document

Create a new document that is 1100 x 500px and fill with a brown color. For this image, I used a radial gradient to give the image a slight vignette.

Document with Brown Background

Step 2: Typing the Text

Select the Type Tool (T) and use a bold font to type anything you want. I’m using Arial Black set to a dark green color (#232B1E).

Type

Step 3: Rasterizing Type

To rasterize the font, right click on the text layer and select Rasterize Type

Raster Type

Step 4: Rounding Out the Text

To round out the sharp edges, apply the Median Filter (Filter>Noise>Median) with a setting of 14 px.

Rounded Text

Step 5: Setting Up the Colors

Set your foreground/background color to the following (this will be necessary for our custom brush to work properly):

BGFG Color

Step 6: Creating a Brush

Now, we want to add some fuzz to our text. To begin, we need to create a new brush. Open the Brushes Panel (F5) and use the following settings:

Brush Settings

Here are samples of the brush strokes using a pen tablet. If you dont have a tablet, go back in to your brush settings and go to the Shape Dynamics tab and set the Size Jitter’s Control to “Fade” with a setting of 35 or so.

Brush Test

We’ve made grass!

As you see the brush we’ve created allows the base of the stroke to be darker than the tip. This is important as it will mimic natural lighting.

Step 7: Starting The Fuzz

Create a new layer called ‘Fuzz Outside’ and start to draw in to fuzz, always starting your stroke from the base and moving out. you want to stay on the edge of the text for the first round.

Starting Fuzz

Finish each letter:

Outside Fuzz

Make it quicker!

To make this go quicker, copy and paste similar letters (as I did with the letter ‘Z’)

Step 8: Adding More Fuzz

Create a new layer called ‘Fuzz Middle’ and change your background color to a lighter shade of green. Start to make shorter strokes more inside of each letter as shown. These strokes should overlap some of the initial strokes.

Adding Fuzz

Pen Tablet vs. Mouse

If you aren’t using a pen tablet, you may have to adjust the bush’s Size Jitter in the Shape Dynamics tab and Background/Foreground Jitter in the Color Dynamics to get the right length of stroke with the right amount of color fade.

Finish each letter:

Middle Fuzz

Step 9: Adding Even More Fuzz

Create a new layer called ‘Fuzz Inside’. This time, make a few short strokes completely inside each letter as filler. It is not necessary to make alot of strokes. We will use a simple technique to add filler to the gaps.

More Fuzz

Finish each letter:

Guassian Blur2

Step 10: Adding a Blur

Select your text layer and give it a Gaussian Blur of about 3 px.

Text Blur

Step 11: Finishing The Fuzz

To complete the fuzz, we need to Add Noise set to 38%, Give it a Gaussian Blur of 1.3 px, and adjust the Levels (Ctrl + L) slightly to increase the contrast of the noise.

Fuzz Effects

Add a drop shadow to the Text layer:

Fuzz Shadow

Your image should resemble this:

Fuzz Final

Step 12: Starting the Highlights

If you want, you can add a highlight around the edge of the text to make it pop more. to do this, select all 3 of your ‘Fuzz…’ layers and merge them to a new layer.

Merging Layers

Step 13: Drawing Highlights

Next, Create a new Layer called ‘Highlights’ and with the color set to white, draw where you want the highlight to go.

Draw Highlights

Step 14: Adjusting the Low Lights

Adjust the Blending Mode of the ‘Highlights’ layer to Overlay and make this layer a clipping layer to the newly merged Fuzz layer

Clipping Layer

Step 15: Adjusting the Low Lights

To Finish, just give the ‘Highlights’ layer a large Gaussian Blur. You’re Done!

Fuzz Text Final

61 Comments

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    Lori Cobb (1 Point) December 6, 2010 at 3:36 am

    awesome job – great tutorial very easy to follow. I did it in PaintShopPro instead of PS had no problem at all! thank you

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    55-inch lcd (1 Point) December 3, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. It is short and simple to understand. No mumbo, jumbo. I do not know how to use Photoshop much, with the screenshot, it just opened up the world of PS to me. Thank you.

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    PRASAATH (1 Point) December 3, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Wen i Get a good job all credit goes to u masterji. i vil never foget dis help in my life. We r grateful to u ji

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    PRASAATH (1 Point) December 3, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Thank u Masterji ur really Great

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    Vivek Parmar (1 Point) November 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    nice tut once again. thanks for sharing it with us.

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    very very cool!! thank you and easy to understand!!

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    LaundryBasketcollapsible (1 Point) November 22, 2010 at 3:24 am

    keep writing nice tutorial

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    LaundryBasketcollapsible (1 Point) November 22, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Beautiful Z
    wow great tutorial

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    Sankumarsingh (1 Point) November 19, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Its AWESOME ………. a little different ………. Thnx .

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    great tuto i like it big thumbs up

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    Thank you very much, really cool, really useful.

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    ทาสีคอนโด (1 Point) November 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    Beautiful Font

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    web design websites (1 Point) November 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    great steps…thanks for sharing…..

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    fully crappy tips is this. I think something is missing in step 6. I can’t make the brush as u say

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    trimback (1 Point) October 25, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    WOW!!!! I have nothing but that to say. Oh and WOOOOW!!

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    Too fun! This will be great for the spring when landscapers start advertising. They always want something fun to make them stand out.

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    very cool this one. made some other chnages and it looked perfect..

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    Nice tut!
    But my result is not as nice as your result:(

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    Office interior chennai (0 Points) October 12, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Its great posting.useful… your are explained very clearly..thanks for sharing

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    Izdelava strani (1 Point) October 8, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Great tutorial, but in my opinion it would be better with some different background.

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    PhotoshopCandy – Free Psds (1 Point) October 8, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Wow, those are really nice techniques, way to go.

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    ShirleyTinkham (1 Point) October 7, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I love it. My only question is…how do you get the brush to go in the right direction to go along the top, down the sides and across the bottom. It seems as though it would just be upright. Yes, I’m a new*be…thank you!

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      Cactuskim (1 Point) October 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm

      He is not using a stamp type brush where you just click with the mouse to make a shape. He is using the brush tool like a paint brush with brush dynamics set…. in this case, a simple round 3 px. (with a mouse you would have to click and keep it clicked while moving the mouse the direction you want the stroke to go)

      With these type brushes, you draw with the brush same as you would draw with a RL paint brush or pencil, and that gives you the direction. The brush dynamics cause each stroke to taper to a point, and also have the graduated color.

      Hope this helps :D.

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    Tutorial Lounge (1 Point) October 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

    really cool tutorial with some techniques. thanks

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    you completely lost me, i hate you

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    Stefanos Trigas (1 Point) October 5, 2010 at 3:33 am

    AMAZING TECHNIQUE WITH GREAT RESULT :D

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    This is not spped way. I prefer to use ready fonts such as the collection Hand Made Font

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    DesignMango (1 Point) October 1, 2010 at 8:58 am

    A really great outcome. Superb

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    Photoshop Friends (1 Point) September 30, 2010 at 9:47 am

    niccce…! another great tutorial :)

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    nice tutorial but i am having difficulty in making the brush..

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    wow what a buatifull work.i like it,,,,,,,continew your works,,,

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    Cornelia Mladenova (1 Point) September 29, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Super cool! I will definitely use it! :):)

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    Warren Jerzyszek (1 Point) September 29, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Nice tutorial – I have seen similar text effects before but this one is quite simple and gives a similar effect, although it looks a little bit plastic I think it works really well, what would of really finished it off is adding a earthy/grunge brown background. I am looking forward to trying the tutorial out myself. Thanks for sharing.

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    Professional looks which i expected

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    Nazmul Huda Khan (1 Point) September 29, 2010 at 3:14 am

    I do not Understand :
    Here are samples of the brush strokes using a pen tablet. If you dont have a tablet, go back in to your brush settings and go to the Shape Dynamics tab and set the Size Jitter’s Control to “Fade” with a setting of 35 or so.

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    HI,
    i just wanted to thank you for this wonderful tutorial! It really helped me!
    Please contuine

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    Thank you so much for this tutorial, and for explaining the steps so clearly!

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    I’m pretty tired of all of these “create a (insert random object/scene)” tuts that are appearing on websites like this and especially PSDTuts, and these tuts rarely contain techniques that can be taken away at the end.

    But when something like this comes along it’s a breath of fresh air, a tutorial that actually tackles specific techniques, and though the final product may not be applicable to many other situations, the steps covered actually help broaden your thinking of certain tools, and compositing techniques. More tutorials like this are needed.

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    Giacomo Colddesign (1 Point) September 28, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Simply a great (and funny) work! Thanks for share!

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    Bjorgvin (1 Point) September 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I haven’t seen that before.. like a cartoonist fur effect.
    Well done!

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    Wow this is impressive.

    I cant think of a use for it as of right now, but this sure does look good.
    Gonna try it just for the fun of it. Thanks.

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    Marcell Purham | Webdevtuts (1 Point) September 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Great tutorial. Outcome was great!

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