How to Create A Dynamic Scribbled Text Effect

How to Create A Dynamic Scribbled Text Effect

Hand Drawn Text Effect Using Photoshop & Illustrator

This simple, fun tutorial will show you how to create a dynamic scribbled text effect using Photoshop and a little bit of Illustrator. With any luck, following these steps will have you using filters and effects that you either don't get to play with often enough, or may have never used before!

Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop 1600 x 900 px with a white background. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 2

Use the Text tool to create a new type layer, and enter your text. I have used Helvetica Neue Regular and typed the word 'Scribble'. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 3

Right click the text layer and Convert to Smart Object. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 4

Go the Filter > Distort menu and select Zig Zag. Enter -5 for the amount, 10 for Ridges and Out From Center for the Style. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 5

Set the fill opacity for the Smart Object layer to 0, and add an Inner Shadow style with the settings below. Also create a similar Drop Shadow style with only 1px for the Size. These 2 shadows together form a stroke/outlined effect with rough edges. scribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshop

Step 6

Duplicate the Smart Object layer and with the new topmost layer selected, go the Filter > Distort menu and select Twirl. Enter 4 degrees for the Angle. scribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshop

Step 7

Duplicate the top layer again and this time double click the Twirl effect in the Layers panel underneath Smart Filters. Change the angle of the Twirl effect to -3 degrees. scribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshop

Step 8

Adjust the layer styles for the same layer, change the Opacity to 50% in Blending Options, and disable the Inner Shadow effect. scribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshop

Step 9

We will now need the assistance of Illustrator to create some diagonal scribbled lines. Open Illustrator and create a new blank document at 2000 x 2000 px. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 10

Draw a large rectangle with a black fill that fits the exact dimensions of the canvas. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 11

Go to the Effect > Stylize menu and select Scribble. Use the settings in the screenshot below to create a suitable scribble effect. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 12

Copy the rectangle with the scribble effect from Illustrator and go back over to Photoshop. Create a new document in Photoshop with a transparent background, and paste the scribble effect in as a Smart Object. scribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshop

Step 13

Go to the Edit menu and select Define Pattern. scribble text effect in photoshop

Step 14

Go back to the original document in Photoshop and select the first text layer again. Add a Pattern Overlay with the pattern you just created. Deselect Link with Layer and then click Snap to Origin. scribble text effect in photoshopscribble text effect in photoshop

Result

Here is the final result: scribble text effect in photoshop I hope you enjoyed following this simple, fun tutorial! You can adjust the results by experimenting with different values for the ZigZag and Twirl filters. You also have tonnes of options available in Illustrator to tweak the scribbled lines effect. And don't forget that if you want to change the text you can edit the Smart Object without needing to redo any steps.

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