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How to Create a Cartoon Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial I will show you how to create an easy cartoon text effect, using a pattern and a layer style. 

This text effect we will be creating is a part of Cartoon and Comic Book Styles from my Cartoon and Comic Book Collection.

Cartoon and Comic Book Styles
Cartoon and Comic Book Styles

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this tutorial:

Before you start creating the cartoon text effect, download and install
the font and the pattern into your Photoshop, and also download the
background.

1. How to Load a Document Background

We will use the Stars background from the Tutorial Assets as our document background. It is an 850 x 600 px JPG file. Go to File > Open and open star-background.jpg.

Star Background

2. How to Create and Warp Text

This text effect is made of one layer, so you can save it as a new style in your Styles palette when you are done.

Step 1

Pick the Type Tool and select the Brady Bunch Remastered font. Set the Font Size around 212 pt. Write “SMASH!” with capital letters and with any color.

Type tool

Step 2

Now we need to stretch the letter spaces. Select the text layer, and then go to the Character panel and change the Tracking to -20. If you can’t see the character panel icon, go to Type > Panels > Character Panel.

Font tracking

Step 3

The last step before we start applying the layer style is to warp our text. Right-click with your mouse on the text layer and select Warp Text from the menu. Set the Style to Arc, select Horizontal, and set the Bend to 30% and Horizontal Distortion to -30%. Now hit OK to apply the changes.

Warp text

3. How to Create a Cartoon Text Effect

Step 1

Select the layer SMASH! and Double-click the layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 10 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Shape Burst
  • Angle:
  • Check the Dither box
  • Set the Gradient with these 2 color stops:
  • First gradient stop Color #f80000 and Location at 45%
  • Second gradient stop Color #000000 and Location at 59%
Add a Stroke

Step 2

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal with the Color #fff000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light before setting Angle: 180°
  • Distance: 3 px
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 0 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Add an Inner Shadow

Step 3

Add a Satin effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal with the Color #fff000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 2 px
  • Size: 0 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Uncheck the Invert box, if checked
Add a Satin

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Click on the Color box and choose the color #fff000
  • Opacity: 100%
Add a Color Overlay

Step 5

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Click on the Pattern box and choose the Red Dots pattern
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Scale: 100%

Now you can change the pattern position: just Left-click and Drag your mouse over the text in the document to move the pattern up or down.

Add a Pattern Overlay

Step 6

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Set Color of glow #fff000
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 94%
  • Size: 11 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Add an Outer Glow

Step 7

As a final step, add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply and pick the Color #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light before setting Angle: 120°
  • Distance: 8 px
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 20 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box

Hit OK to apply the layer style.

Add a Drop Shadow

Congratulations! You’re Done!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a cartoon text effect in Adobe Photoshop.

We
started out by creating and warping our text, and then we added multiple different effects in order
to create our final text effect.

Final Result

I hope you’ve enjoyed
this tutorial, and if you like the final effect, don’t forget to save
this style to your Layer Styles palette for future projects.

This text effect we just created is a part of Cartoon and Comic Book Styles.

Cartoon and Comic Book Styles
Cartoon and Comic Book Styles