*Updated June 2016 to reflect changes in Photoshop CC*

This is an update to an article I originally wrote for PhotographyBB magazine. It’s good fun and might be something you could use for graphic design or personal work – it produces quite a cute effect. The idea is to create some text that looks like it is covered in fur. The only tools you’ll need are the Type tool and the Brush tool.

1. Create a new document and let’s assume that this is going to print, so set the dpi to 300 and the dimensions to 1000 pixels wide by 1000 pixels high.

Furry Text 1 - New Document
2. Select the Type Tool (T)  and in the Options Bar at the top of the screen, set up your type.

Furry Text 2 - Type Tool Options

I’m using Open Sans Condensed Bold. This is a free font that you can download from Google Fonts here. This effect will work well with any heavy, bold font.

The colour you choose at this point doesn’t matter because we’ll be removing this text at the end.

I set the font size to 200 points.

3. Add some text to your document.

Furry Text 3 - Add Text
4. Create a new layer above your text layer and name it Fur.

Furry Text 4 - Add New Layer

5. Select the Brush Tool (B) and in the Options bar at the top, click on the drop down brushes menu and choose the Dune Grass brush.

Furry Text 5 - Select Dune Brush

5. The dune grass brush works by “scattering” the dune grass as you paint and varies the colour of each blade of grass based on the foreground and background colours. Select your foreground and background colours to be in a similar hue, for example light blue and dark blue. Click once on the foreground colour swatch to open up the colour picker. I used a foreground colour of #0066FF and a background colour of #000033.

Furry Text 6 - Select Color With Color Picker

6. Have a little bit of practice by dragging the brush near the letter so you can get a feel for how the brush works. You’ll see that by dragging backwards and forwards there is a build-up of dune grass and that the colours are varying between royal blue and dark navy, as we set up in our colour picker earlier.

Furry Text 7 - Fur Practice

7. Ok now that you have a feel for the brush, start to drag it around the letter. I’ve started at the top. See! It looks cute already.

Furry Text 8 - Horizonal Fur
 
8. There are two choices now, either to rotate the canvas around using the Rotate Canvas Tool (H) and keep working around the letter, or to rotate the brush. We’re going to rotate the brush, because I want to show you some of the options available in the Brushes panel. Open the brushes panel by choosing Window > Brushes or hit F5. Click on the words “Brush Tip Shape” (yes this is a button!) at the top left of the brushes panel.

Furry Text 9 - Brushes Panel

9. On the “Set Brush Direction” preview, click and drag the arrow and you will see the dune grass change direction. Either drag the arrow until the Angle reads about 55, or simply type 55 into the Angle field. Now paint along the vertical parts of the letters on their right side. Paint back and forward continously to get a good build up of “fur”.

Furry Text 9 - CHANGE BRUSH ANGLE

Furry Text 10 - Add vertical fur on the right side

10. Back in the Brushes panel, change the angle again so it is about -135. The dune grass will now look like it’s facing downwards. Paint along the bottom sides of the letters, again building up lots of fur and overlapping with the fur you’ve already painted in.

Furry Text 11 - Brush Angle of 135 degrees

Furry Text 12 - Paint Bottom Fur

11. Back to the Brushes panel one last time. Change the angle to about 110 degrees. Keep on painting with the brush, along the left side of the letters. Paint the inside of the letter until it is completely covered and you end up with two nice furry letters something like this;

Furry Text 13 - Final Fur Letters

12. The final step is to turn off the visibility on your original text layer, which should be invisible anyway as it’s covered in fur. And that’s it! Hope you enjoyed making fur in Photoshop.

 

I hope you’ve found this Photoshop tutorial useful and I would be really grateful if you would share it. Thank you so much! 🙂Save

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Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an illustrator, designer, author and design teacher based in Ireland. She has been teaching design for over 14 years and helps people learn Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom,Illustrator and graphic design skills to improve their job prospects and their business.

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