Create Crispy Pastry Text Effect with Dark Chocolate Background in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, I will show you the process used to Create a Crispy Pastry Text Effect with Dark Chocolate Background in Photoshop. 

This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of Photoshop layers, image adjustments, layer masks are required.

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 or above.

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:


Melted Chocolate

Splatter Brushes (Pick one from the list)

Particle Brushes (Pick one from the list)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 770px with black background. We will prepare the chocolate b Load the Melted Chocolate image into Photoshop and select it:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document. Set the layer opacity for this new layer to 50%:

1 opa

Apply this levels adjustment to this chocolate layer:

1 lvs

Use a soft eraser, remove/fade the following area:

1 erase

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Load the pastry stock image into Photoshop. Select the following piece:

2 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, reduce its size and place it to the position shown below:

2 paste

We will duplicate this new pastry layer four times. To add variety to the overall text effect, we can use the following methods:

Use the free transform tool to rotate, distort each duplicated layer:

2 rotate

Use the levels image adjustment on each duplicate layer to adjust the contrast:

2 lvs

This is my effect so far:

2 after lvs

Step 3

We will add the texts onto the pastry in this step. Create a new layer, use the following chalk brush:

3 chalk

Write the texts onto the pastry:

3 handwr

We will use a particle brush as eraser to break apart the texts:

3 par

This creates an effect where the texts blend into the pastry:

3 erase

and here is my effect so far:

3 effect


Step 4

We will add some chocolate splash behind the pastry. Go to the meleted chocolate stock and create a new layer, use a splatter brush to paint a slash on the new layer:

4 pat

Make a selection on the new layer, go back to the background layer and copy the selection:

4 asel

Paste the selection behind the pastry, adjust its size to fit the pastry:

4 paste

Repeat this process and add the chocolate splash for all:

4 effect

To make the text more visible, I added the following “Drop Shadow” layer blend option to the text layer:

4 sha

and here is the effect so far:

4 effect 2

Use the particle brush to paint some small particles around the texts:

4 part

This is my final result: (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.