I tried a really fun Photoshop sand writing tutorial. The sand in my photo did not have much grainy texture, so the results do not look authentic – like that of the tutorial. If you would like to try your hand at it, here some excerpts from the tutorial:
Sand Writing Tutorial Excerpts
- Create the Text: Type Text
- Change the text layers Blend Mode to Soft Light then duplicate it.
- Style the Text Layers: Double click the original text layer to apply an Inner Shadow effect.
- Play with the Angle, Distance and Size.
- Double click the copy text layer to apply Bevel and Emboss/Inner Bevel.
- Create the Outer Edges’ Brush and Stroking the Text: Right-click any text layer and choose Create Work Path.
- Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it 1, and pick the Brush Tool.
- Adjust Brush Tip Shape and Shape Dynamics.
- Pick the Direct Selection Tool (A), Stroke Path with Brush.
- Modify the Edges’ Stroke: Command-click the brush stroke layer to create a selection.
- Go to Select > Modify > Contract, and type in 3.
- Go to Select > Modify > Feather, and type in 2
- Turn off the layer.
- Select the Background sand layer, Command-J to duplicate the selection to a new layer. It will be called Layer 1. Drag Layer 1 on top of all layers.
- Style the Modified Stroke: Double-click Layer 1 to apply Bevel & Emboss/Inner Bevel:
Highlight Mode: Soft Light #ffe1ba
Shadow Mode: Linear Burn #d0c1ab.
Select Contour: Default.
Select Texture: Nature Pattern/Spiky Brush.
You now have basic writing in sand.
For a more detailed tutorial go to: How to Write in the Sand with Adobe Photoshop
Here’s how an Arbonne email collaboration turned out. My colleague created the sand writing and I put together the rest of the layout with localized and translated copy for: US English and US Spanish; Australia; Poland; Canada English and French; and the UK.
What will you create with this sand writing effect?