Creating watercolor brush lettering is easy with Photoshop Elements!
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I really hope that the watercolor trend doesn’t die out soon. I’m really in love with how beautiful it is and I just absolutely adore watercolor lettering. You can create watercolor brush lettering with an actual watercolor brush like I showed you over on Facebook the other day OR you can do it digitally with Photoshop Elements.
Today, we’re going to do it digitally. As you know (or maybe you don’t know), I’m a fan of Photoshop Elements. I like to think of it as a watered down version of Photoshop (but not in a bad way). It’s perfect for the beginner graphic designer. One of my favorite things to do in Photoshop Elements is to take textures and layer them onto text. This is how we are going to create watercolor brush lettering.
HOW TO CREATE WATERCOLOR BRUSH LETTERING WITH PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS
First, open a new document by clicking FILE > NEW. Next, set your page dimensions. I usually use 5″ x 7″ or 8″ x 10″. Today I’m creating an 8″ x 10″. Set the dpi to 300 and the background to white.
Next, select the TEXT tool (the “T” in the column on the left of the screen) and pick a brush lettering font from the drop down menu. If you don’t have any brush lettering fonts installed on your computer, check out some of my favorites. If you need help installing fonts, this post will show you how.
Once you have selected your font, type your phrase. Your text will automatically be added to a new layer as you can see below. You can resize your text by dragging the corners of the bounding box.
The next step is to open up a watercolor file. You can find amazing watercolor clip art on Creative Market or Design Cuts. If you are looking for a free watercolor file to try out, I have created several sets including a Valentine’s Day set, a pink set, a blue set, and fall colored set.Create beautiful watercolor brush lettering using Photoshop Elements!Click To Tweet
Once your watercolor file is open, your screen will look like this, with two tabs at the top. To show both files side by side, click out LAYOUT > ALL COLUMNS at the bottom of the screen.
Drag the watercolor file from the layer panel and drop it onto your text file. Adjust the watercolor file to cover the text.
Now here is where the magic happens. We are going to create a clipping mask so that the watercolor only shows up inside the letters. To do this, first make sure that the watercolor file is at the top of the layer panel. If it isn’t, you can just drag it to the top.
Select the watercolor file in the layer panel. The screenshot below shows the background file selected but you need to select the watercolor file. Hit CTRL-G (Or Command-G on a Mac) and watch what happens.
It’s like beautiful watercolor magic goodness.
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