In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Cool Liquid Text Effect with Feather Brush Decoration in Photoshop. This is an intermediate level tutorials and some steps can be a bit tricky, but why not have a try!

We will be heavily using the liquid filter (which in my opinion is one of the most versatile tools in Photoshop) in this tutorial. I won’t be going through each command of the liquify filter (there will be a basic tutorial here on PSD Vault very soon about this topic), however, I want you to have a go at it regardless and see how far you can go.

We will also be making a feather-like brush and create some ink effect, so there is a lot to learn in this tut :)

Have a try!

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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Ok Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stock:

Font

Step 1

Create a new document size 1400px * 900px, use Gradient Fill to fill the background with the following radial light: (light grey to white)

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Type some text onto the canvas we the font we downloaded: (no need to use the same colour as I used here)

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Step 2

We can give the text a little bit of depth by adding some blending effect:

Inner Shadow

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Bevel and Emboss

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Gradient Overlay

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and here is the effect so far:

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Step 3

We’re onto to fun part – liquify the text. Duplicate the text layer once, go to Filter > Liquify, you will see this window come up, click OK to continue:

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Select the “Forward Warping Tool” with the following settings:

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Start liquifying from the edge, adjust the tip size as you go to ensure you get the right shape:

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You can also break apart the text with forward warping tool:

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Keep going until you get something like this: (can be a bit tricky – you need patience, a lot!)

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Step 4

Now we can add some ink effect to the image. Normally we can do this via cloud, however, I want to use brush instead this time – would be great to practice some painting skills here.

Grab the following brush, make sure you set the opacity and flow to around 20%:

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Use this brush to paint some patterns as shown below:

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Resize it as shown below:

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Select the eraser tool, apply the following settings (use same brush as above):

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Use this eraser to gently remove bits of the brush, you will eventually see this effect below:

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Duplicate this layer a few times, resize and rotate them around, then attach them to positions shown below:

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Step 5

We can add some highlights around the text to make it shine. To do this, use a soft white round brush to paint some random dots around the text:

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Some innovation we can do here –

1. We can perspective the light dots to form a bursting effect:

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2. We can also compress the group so it forms some series of light stripes:

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Rotate and attach this light stripe to left and right side of the text, as shown below:

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Also paint some white dots over the text, and here is the effect so far:

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Step 6

Now we’re onto creating the feather shape. Firstly draw an oval and fill it with some colour:

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Again we use liquify filter to make a feather-like shape: (this can be a bit tricky, you need to be patient!)

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Resize it to a small size if necessary:

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Step 7

Now we can start defining this brush. Ctrl + Left-click the thumbnail of this feather layer to select it:

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Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset …

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Give this brush a name and click OK:

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Press F5 to bring up the brush window, apply the following settings:

Shape Dynamics

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Scattering

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Other Dynamics

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Use this brush to paint over the image on a new layer, adjust the brush size, flow and opacity as you see fit:

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Step 8

We’re almost done! For some final touch-ups, we can flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following smart sharpen filter to the duplicated layer:

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Duplicate this sharpened layer once, add the following Lens Flare Filter to this duplicated layer:

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Add a Photo Filter image adjustment layer on top to give the image a warm finish:

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and here is the final effect: (click to enlarge)

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That’s all for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful :) Till next time, have a great day!