How to Create a Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop
How to Create a Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop

Learn how to create a 'Chocolatey Goodness' text effect in Illustrator and Photoshop. You'll learn the benefits of the burn and dodge tool while experimenting with Layer Styles.

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Chocolatey Goodness Photoshop Tutorial


Step 1 - Create a New Document

Choose File > New or press Ctrl/Command + N. The size of my canvas is 1600px (width) x 916px (height) but choose any size you wish.


Step 2 - Background

Grab the Paint Bucket Tool, pick #7f3e08 brown color and fill the background.


Step 3 - Stripes

Create a new layer name it 'Stripes'. Grab your Rectangular Marquee Tool, draw out a long rectangular shape. After that fill it with #602e06 (Edit > Fill > Color).


Step 4 - Duplicate

Once you've filled the rectangle, duplicate the 'Stripes' layer (right click 'Stripes' layer and click 'Duplicate Layer', click 'ok'). Repeat this step as need be, so that it looks like mine. Once it looks like my image merge all of the stripe layers.


Step 5 - Rotate

Rotate your 'Stripes' Layer (Edit > Free Transform or 'ctrl T') I rotated mines to 39 degrees. Duplicate this 'Stripe' layer again and place it next to your first 'Stripe' layer. Merge both layers. Grab your Rectangular Marquee Tool and make another rectangular shape that covers a little bit less than half of the canvas and press 'delete'.


Step 6 - Illustrator

Fire up Adobe Illustrator. Create the same size canvas as the one you made in Photoshop (File > New) 1600px X 916px.


Step 7 - Chocolate Drips

Next, we will be creating the drips in Illustrator. Of course you can do this in Photoshop but for me it's easier to do it in Illustrator. Grab your Pen Tool (P) and mimic the curves and drips that I have made in Illustrator. At this time it doesn't matter what color you make the drip because when we transfer it over to Photoshop we will change the color.


Step 8 - Transfer drips to Photoshop

Transfer these drips over to photoshop by 'drag and drop' or save it and open it up in Photoshop. Once you have placed the drips in Photoshop, 'rasterize' the layer (right click on the layer > rasterize) and name it 'Drips'. Soften the areas of the drips with a soft round brush. In the image below I have circled the areas in red that have some areas that need to be softened.


Step 9 - Duplicate Layer and add Layer Styles

Duplicate your 'Drips' layer three times. On the original layer, makes sure that the 'fill' is at 0% then double click the layer so that the Layer Styles dialog box pops up and apply these settings. For the Inner Shadow I used #22190a.


The color I used for Inner Glow is #855100.


The color I used for Highlight Mode #ffe8b8 and for Shadow Mode #cfb788


The color I used for Satin #633701


Step 10 - 2nd Drips layer

If you've done everything right this is how it should look so far. Go on to your 2nd Drip layer (which should also have a 'Fill' of 0%) and add these layer styles.


color #602e06


Step 11 - 3rd drip layer

Add these effects to your 3rd layer. Inner Shadow #000000




Step 12 - Last Drip layer

This is how mine looks at this point. Continue to add these settings to the last drip layer.


Use the photo of water in the beginning of this tutorial for the pattern overlay. Also change the picture of water to black and white before adding it as your pattern.


Step 13 - Highlights

Create a New layer (above your Drip layers) and name this layer 'Highlights'. Grab your Brush Tool and select a soft round brush with a size of 12px and a color of #ec9f04. Then on your 'Highlights' layer brush in some highlights in different areas of the drips.


Step 14 - Blur Highlights

Once you have brushed in some highlights like the image above. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Once you've done the Gaussian Blur change this layer to 'Soft Light' with an Opacity of 70%


Step 15 - Smudge Highlights

Take your Smudge Tool (size 50px and a Strength of 50%) and smooth out your highlights. So that it looks like the picture below.


Step 16 - Chocolate Text

We are now done with the chocolate drips! Time to move on to our text effect. The font that I will be using for this tutorial is "Old Sans Black". I attached a link at the beginning of this tutorial for you to download. For my text I typed out each individual letter and line them up so that each letter touched one another. Once you have typed out each letter, rasterize each letter and merge the letter layers. You can name this layer 'Chocolate' or whatever you like.


Step 17 - Chocolate Layer Styles

Duplicate this text layer four times. Make your top 3 'Chocolate' layers invisible by clicking the eye icon next to the layer. On your first 'Chocolate' layer add these Layer Styles. Make sure the Fill on this layer is at 0%. The image below is how your first 'Chocolate' layer should look once you apply the layer styles.


Drop Shadow #5e2600


Inner Shadow #22190a


Inner Glow #855100


Bevel and Emboss (#ffe8b8 Highlight Mode & #cfb788 Shadow Mode)




Satin #633701


Step 18 - 2nd 'Chocolate' layer

Make the 2nd layer visible by clicking the box next to the layer and apply these settings. The Fill on this layer is also 0%. Drop Shadow #602e06


Bevel and Emboss




Step 19 - Third 'Chocolate' Layer

This is how your text should look so far. Make the third layer visible and apply these settings to this layer. This layer also has a 'Fill' of 0%.


Color Overlay #602e06


Step 20 - Text Reflection

This is how your text should look. Now we will add the reflection. Now on your fourth 'Chocolate' Layer (make it visible) bring up your Layer Styles and change the Color Overlay to Black #000000


On this layer go to Edit > Transform > Distort and flatten the text like the image below.


Take this layer and place it underneath your Chocolate Text Effect. Once you have done this, Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (7.2px). Change the Layer settings to Soft Light and a Opacity of 50%


To bring out the reflection a bit more grab your Burn tool (25px, Range:Shadows, Exposure: 46%) And on your 3rd 'Drips' Layer 'Convert it to a Smart Object' and 'Rasterize' it. In the image below I have circled the areas in red that I have brushed in some burn areas.


Step 21 - Cherries on Top

Now we are done with the that! We are almost finished, hang in there with me. Time to add the cherries. First create a New Layer and call it 'Cherry' make sure that this layer is above the 'Chocolate' text and 'Drips' layer. Grab your Brush Tool (a Hard Round Brush, I used 97px brush) and place it wherever you like on your canvas. #f50000


Now with your 'Cherry' layer selected go to Edit > Transform > Warp and try and get your cherry like the picture below.


Now once you have shaped your circle like a cherry grab your Burn tool again (25px soft brush, Shadows, Exposure:22%) and shade in the area like my cherry below.


Double click your 'Cherry' layer so that the Layer Styles box pops up and add the Inner Shadow


Step 22 - Time to make this cherry shine!

Create a New layer on top of your 'Cherry' layer and name this layer 'Shine.' Grab your Brush Tool (27px soft brush #ffffff) and make a circle motion on this 'Shine' layer. Put the Layer Opacity at 48%.


Create a new layer and name it 'Shine 2.' And with your Brush tool (10px) place two dots on top of the cherry so that it looks like the image below.


Create a new layer and name it 'Shine 3.' Grab your Brush tool again (18px) and make your cherry look like the one below. Change the Layer Opacity to 35%.


Step 23 - Add the Stem

Create a New Layer and name it 'Stem.' Grab your Rectangular Marquee Tool and make a rectangle on your canvas. Once you have done so fill it with #109b01


Then Edit > Free Transform and rotate your stem like the image below.


Once you rotated your stem then Edit > Transform > Warp and create a stem-like shape. After that take out your Burn tool and burn one side of the stem and on the other side use the Dodge tool so that it looks like the image below.


Step 24 - Let's Add One More Cherry

This is how it looks so far but I think it needs one more cherry.


Take your 'Cherry', 'Shine', 'Shine 2', 'Shine 3' and 'Stem' Layer and place them all in a group. Select all of these layers and drag them to the folder icon like the image below. And you can name this group 'Cherry.'


Duplicate this group (right click layer 'Duplicate this Group') it will automatically be named 'Cherry copy' which is fine. Take 'Cherry Copy' and resize and put it over in front of the letter 'C.' Also go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal so that it looks like the image below.


Step 25 - Almost Finished!

Go back to your 3rd 'Drips' Layer and grab your Burn tool and place it under the areas of the cherries. Then you will be done my friend!


You can play around with the color of the drips to get a different effect like the one below. Mmmm Yum!


Final Results


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profileHello! I'm a 20 yr old aspiring Graphic Designer. Currently I'm attending Florida State University in Tallahassee,FL majoring in Graphic Design. I've been designing for almost 3 years now.

- Ashlee Harrell

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6 comments on “How to Create a Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop”

  1. This is actually excellent ! unique tutorial. I never seen such.
    Thank you thank you ! Really thank you for this tutorial !
    Wish you all the best for your work in graphic designs . . .
    best luck. Thnkies once again.

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