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Enhance your harvest designs with drippy caramel text

Added on Saturday 24th of October 2009 04:23 am EST


Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4

Operating Systems:

Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Just any ol’ text won’t do for your fun harvest designs; you need something with seasonal flair. We have just what you’re looking for—creamy caramel text that’s as drippy as you want it. Looks so good you’ll want to take a bite!


To create creamy, drippy caramel text, we’ll:

•     Prepare the document and set the type in preparation for this effect.

•     Liquify the text to perfect drippiness.

•     Add just the right layer styles to give the text a caramel look.


As you walk through stores this time of year, you probably have a hard time escaping pumpkin décor, cornucopias, and other harvest items—albeit mingled in with the holiday decorations! Well, there’s no reason why you can’t jump on the bandwagon and add a fall festive flair to your designs with this caramel text effect, shown in Figure A.




Set the foundation


Before you get into the fun you have to create a new document and type some text. Follow along with our steps to produce the text shown in Figure A.


To set up the document and add some text:

1.       Press D to set the foreground and background colors to their black and white defaults, and then press X to swap the colors so white is the foreground and black is the background color.

2.      Create a new document with the settings shown in Figure B and click OK. You should wind up with a new 4” wide, 2.5” high, 300 ppi, RGB document with a black background.



3.      Set the foreground color to a yellow hue. We set ours to R:236, G:208, B:51.

4.      Select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel.

5.      Set your type options on the tool Options bar. A thick, rounded font works best for this technique. We used 65 pt. Arial Rounded MT Bold.

6.      Click on the canvas and type caramel, as shown in Figure C. Adjust the font size and reposition the text as necessary.



Make it drippy


Caramel is sticky and gooey, and you want to give your text the same look. So next, you’ll liquify the text and add as much—or as little—drip as you want.


To make the text look drippy:

1.       Duplicate the text layer to preserve it in case you want to go back to it later; you’ll rasterize a copy of this layer.

2.      Turn off the visibility for the original caramel type layer by clicking the eye icon to the left of the layer thumbnail.