Design Red Hot Chili Pepper Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to design red hot chili pepper text effect in Photoshop. Along the way, we will be able to practice lots of layer mask, blending and image adjustment techniques. Have a try!

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This is an intermediate level tutorial.

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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Let’s get started!

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

Wood texture


Powder stock image

Chili pepper stock image

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 800px with the default white background. Load the Wood texture into Photoshop and select the entire image, copy and paste it to our document as shown below:

Reduce the layer opacity of this wood layer to 40%:

Adjust the color balance of this wood layer as shown below:

and we will have this wood background to work on:

Step 2

Use the font we downloaded at the beginning of the tutorial, type some texts onto our canvas:

Load the powder image into Photoshop, select the entire image:

Copy and paste the selection to our document, cover the text as shown below and set its layer blend mode to “Multiply”:

Set this new spice texture layer to a clipping mask to the text layer:

Duplicate this spice texture layer a couple times, cover all the texts as shown below:

I adjusted the colour of each texture layer so they differ from each other:

Apply the following “Bevel & Emboss” layer blending option to the text layer:

Here is the effect so far:

Step 3

We can add some particles around the text. Let’s go to the powder image, create a new layer and use a particle brush, paint some particles on the new layer:

Make a selection of the particle painting:

Go to the background layer and copy the selection, then paste the particle to our document:

Add the particles around the texts as shown below:

Step 4

We will be adding more spice texture to our texture. Grab a copy of the powder texture and paste it to our document, use the free transform tool to reduce its size, place onto the following position:

Again we change the layer blending mode to “Multiply” for this new powder layer, and you will see the following effect:

Repeat the above process, add more spice texture around the letters. You can use free transform tool to adjust the shape and size of the powder texture to fit our texts:

Step 5

We’re almost done :) To finalise this effect, we can add the chili pepper stock to our canvas (set its layer blend mode to “Multiply) as shown below:

We can flatten the image, duplicate the background layer and apply the following Ink Outlines filter:

This is the layer mask on the duplicated layer:

Set the blend mode of this duplicated layer to “Color Burn”:

and here is the effect so far:

I further adjusted the colour of the texts, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial! Leave me a comment below if you have any questions. Enjoy it? Help me share it around by using the share buttons at the top of the tutorial!

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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