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Chocolaty Valentine’s Day Card Photoshop Tutorial


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Step 1

Start by creating a new document. I set my size to 2320×1436 pixels.

1 Image size


Step 2

Start by filling the background with a brown then using the Brush tool to paint a darker shade of brown. I used the colors #A1643B and #211712 (you can set these values in the Color Picker). You can use your own colors but keep the brighter color on the outer edges and darker color in the middle.

2 Background color


Step 3

Next, use the Liquify tool (Filter > Liquify). Use the Forward Warp tool to randomly smudge the background like shown in the image below.

3 Liquify tool settings


Step 4

Next, go to Filter > Distort > Twirl. Set the angle to around 368° then click OK.

Tip: Usually when you apply filters to an image you cannot go back and modify it without undoing. To overcome this, you can convert your layer into a Smart Object (Layer > Convert to Smart Object). Once your layer is a Smart Object, you can apply the filter and it will apply it non-destructively letting you edit the settings anytime you like.

4a Twirl Tool settings

Here’s what the Twirl looks like.

4b Twirl tool output


Step 5

Now that we’re done with our background, we can create the text. Start by using the Brush tool and draw the words “Valentine’s day” using a hard-edge brush. You can also use the Type tool and use any font you like. For this step, I will be drawing the text free-hand with the Brush tool. I used a 40px brush with a hardness of 100%.

5 text with free hand


Step 6

Go to Filter > Liquify. Warp the text to give it a melting effect like shown in the image below.

6 edited text using Liquify


Step 7

Next, we’re going to add some layer styles to the text. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow and apply the settings shown below. Don’t click OK yet.

7 Drop Shadow Tool settings


Step 8

Enable the Bevel and Emboss style then apply the settings shown below.

8 Bevel and emboss settings

Click on the Gloss Contour option to bring up the Contour Editor. Create a contour like shown in the image below.

9 Bevel and emboss contour

Enable the Bevel and Emboss > Contour style then adjust the Contour like shown in the image below.

10 Contour option settings