Create Bone Claw Typography in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Bone Claw Typography in Photoshop.

Inspiration of this tutorial came from this work here.

This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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 stocks:

Bone Stock Image by FantasyStock

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1200px*1200px with black background. Use a soft round white brush to paint background light in the centre: (set brush flow and opacity to be around 40% for a subtle light effect)

1 bg light

Use any font you like, type a letter onto our document – we will use it as a guide for the bone texture application later on:

1 type

Load the bone stock image into Photoshop, select the following area from the stock image:

1 sel

Copy and paste it to our document, place it on the left side of the letter A:

1 paste

Use a small eraser, tidy up and smooth the edge of the bone if your selection wasn’t perfect in the previous step:

1 erase

Step 2

Apply the following the adjustment layers as clipping masks to the bone layer in the previous step:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs


2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will go back the bone stock image and select another piece:

3 sele

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it to this following position:

3 paste

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks for this bone layer:

Black and White

3 bw


3 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will make some bone claws in this step. First we group the right bone layers made in Step 2 together, then right-click on the layer group and choose “Merge Group”:

4 merge group

Reduce the size of the bone to a small scale:

4 resize

Duplicate this small bone layer a few times – then re-size, rotate each duplicated layer to form a claw shape:

4 dup

Place the bone claw to the left side of the letter A:

4 add

Duplicate and add more bone claw to our texts, and cover the right side of the letter A as shown below:

4 effect

Step 5

We can use a particle brush to paint some small particles around the text:

5 paricle

Turn off the original “A” text layer. Add a new layer below the text layer, paint or render some cloud, use the Warp Tool to warp the cloud as shown below:

5 cloud warp

5 warp

This creates some motion in our text effect:

5 effect

Step 6

We’re almost done! To finalise the effect, we can flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following Noise filter to the duplicated layer:

6 add noise

Add the following Selective Color adjustment layer on top to fine-tune the colour:

6 sel whites

6 sel neutral

6 sel blacks

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


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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  • Leandro Toledo

    Awesome! Thanks!

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