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Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text

Learn how to quickly design some delectable, rich dark chocolate flavored text! A single look at text like this will make any chocolate lovers mouth water instantly!

This is a Text Effect Quickie — a tutorial that teaches an effect quickly, yet is an effective technique that can be used time and time again. If you’re looking for advanced tutorials, be sure to check out the rest of our Photoshop Tutorials on Tutorial9!

What We’re Making

In this Text Effect Quickie, we’ll show you how to create delectable, dark chocolate text as shown in the preview below. Though the effect does take a bit of planning, you can download the Free Chocolate Effect Layer Style.

Chocolate Text Effect Preview

For this text effect to work best, a bold font should probably be used. I specifically chose to use Myriad.

Step 1 – Setup the Background

This text effect does require some preparation in order to give off the chocolate look. The background must have the appearance of a slab of chocolate, or else the effect will be lost.

Set up a document, and use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill the background with a dark brown such as #140b07.

Create a new layer. With a large, soft brush, and a foreground color of #371b0f (or a lighter brown) paint a dab in the center of your document. Use transform (Ctrl + T) to stretch it the width of your canvas (or further to give a nice, soft highlight).

Chocolate Text Effect Background

Step 2 – Setting the Type

Using the Type Tools, set some type in your document. I chose the obvious word, “Chocolate” in All Caps. The text can be any color.

Set Type in the Document

Step 3 – Making The Chocolate Text Effect

Go into your text layers Blending Options (Right Click Layer > Blending Options).

Apply the layer effects shown below, making any modifications as needed.

Drop Shadow

The angle for this shadow may need to be adjusted if the lighting for your specific needs is different.

Chocolate Shadow Effect


This effect makes our text pop out of the chocolate background. The Angle may need to be changed again to compensate for your lighting scheme.

Chocolate Bevel Effect

Color Overlay

Not necessarily needed, but a Black color overlay will make it easy to adjust the brightness of your text later on if ever needed.

Chocolate Color Overlay

Gradient Overlay

This is where we set the color of our type. You’ll need to create a new gradient fading from #1e0f08 to #371b0e. Once again, angle may need to be adjusted.

Chocolate Gradient

Chocolate Effect Complete

Not Limited To Text

This effect is of course not limited to text. Try working with custom shapes to create your own chocolate shapes! Keep experimenting!


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    Megan Sax (1 Point) October 12, 2010 at 11:02 am

    This is awesome and I’m finding it perfectly timed. I was just working on a project that needed something like this. There were a few steps you took that I didn’t consider and it has helped what I had immensely. Thanks man!

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    SC Gowda (1 Point) July 7, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Simple, elegant and most of all…..yummy!!

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    freemh (0 Points) May 18, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Great Tutorial , very clean style

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    Thanx.Great Tutorial.Nice Learning Methods.Cheers!!!

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

    great i never seen before.55

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 1:45 am

    great i never seen before.48

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:02 am

    great i never seen before.43

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    evilkitty75 (1 Point) November 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    mmmmmmmmmm thx for this delicious tut

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    thank you so much.. your tricks are helping me out.. :)

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    where is the download link? *_*

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) May 3, 2009 at 3:50 am

    I like the second result, the one with some clouds effect, its cool…

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    Christian Kahle (1 Point) April 17, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    indeed simple but looks nice :D

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    The only thing I see are a bunch of black boxes.

    What’s up?

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    Chris Trevino (1 Point) February 23, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Sweet. I never thought of making a blurred shape then distorting it to get a lighter diffused color. I usually make a gradient layer.

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    White Chocolate (0 Points) January 29, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    How do you install the effect?

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    NetOperator Wibby (1 Point) October 12, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I am quite hungry now. Thank you for another great tut.

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    Very nice :_)
    Thanks 4 this 1, 2…

    though i’ve question of probably quite different matter, but it makes me rrrrreeeeleee angry,
    done this tut nice&quick, happy with the effect, but while exporttinh to jpg, I get lots of rough edges on the brush-made-gradient. Like if there was very sharp transition to next steps of Do Some Of You Get Similar Problem brown…. Is this a matter of my monitor (GatewayFDP2485W) which I want to doubt in, or the question of PC vs. Mac, or a problem with brown colors, or a problem with calibration – which BTW is not that bad…

    Thanks for any feedback on this.

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    @Photoshop Noob – Hey mate, sorry – I should have linked to our tutorial that explains that. If you need help creating a custom gradient, give our Layer Styles in Photoshop Tutorial a quick read ;)

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    Photoshop Noob (1 Point) August 5, 2008 at 8:33 am

    How do you create a new gradient ??
    help would be much appreciated

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    Thanks Annana! Nice suggestion you’ve got there – appreciate your insight!

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    Annana (1 Point) July 4, 2008 at 7:47 am


    Nice, thank you! I found something nice to add: if you add another layereffect to the textlayer – bevel >texture – and choose this pebble-kindofstone texture, scale it REALLY big (370%) and take the depth down to 90%, you end up with a really tasty AFTEREIGHT SURFACE!

    Thanks for teaching me photoshop and keep up with those nice tuts, please!

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    CGOnlineTutorials (1 Point) June 27, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Hello David,
    Nice tutorial little tutorial that you have posted. Effect is quit good and mouth watering.

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    I just tested it, and it seems to be working Ok for me. Are you having trouble downloading it, or installing it paulgeo?

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    paulgeo (1 Point) June 19, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I am having trouble downloading the free layer style…

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    Thanks for all the feedback folks. I’ll be releasing several more “Text Effect Quickies” over the next few weeks in between other articles. Hope you enjoy them just as much as this one!

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    güzel çalışma teşekkürler

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    Much better then the bubbles one. And I like the video.

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    Tyler Bramer (1 Point) June 17, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Now I need to go get some chocolate. This looks great. Its fast and looks just like chocolate.

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    Tutorials Guru (1 Point) June 17, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    cool tutorial :)

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    Derek (2 Points) June 17, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    This will come in handy one day. Short and simple, thanks!

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    Amazing effect!!
    I did tried and it looks awesome!
    Thank You!

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    bl4kdev1l (1 Point) June 17, 2008 at 2:32 pm


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    Hot! :D:D:D
    Hot chocolate lol

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    Blue Buffalo (1 Point) June 17, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    That’s sweet….literally!

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