This Valentine’s day, show your true love with a Valentine’s Day card! Whether it’s for your partner or yourself, you’ll have a fun time making it. This tutorial will show you how to create an easy swirling background and how to use layer styles to create a chocolaty text effect. Once you’re done, feel free to customize it with personal photos or just a few cute hearts.

Preview of Final Results


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.

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19 responses to “How to Create a Chocolaty Valentine’s Day Card for Your Girlfriend”

  1.  Avatar

    No step 15.

  2. Inxzen Avatar

    Who else thinks this is Amazing?

    1. Chinedu Hector Avatar
      Chinedu Hector

      Hand raised

  3. Dickolus Avatar

    amazing im eating this its awesome cool 4 lyfe unstopable

  4.  Avatar

    cool, but how to make the love shape like that?

  5. Jas Avatar

    i have downloaded the psd , but unable to edit the letters … i want to put my name .

    If not can someone help me in creating a logo/signature to keep for all my photographs ?


  6. Anna Avatar

    Looks great, definitely try to do myself.

  7. Rusty Shackleford Avatar
    Rusty Shackleford

    Very difficult.
    Do not recommend unless you like tearing your hair out.

  8.  Avatar

    Very difficult

  9. gabrielle Avatar

    It’s gorgeous and very easy, thanks a lot for this tutorial, i inspired to make my logo.

  10. ricardo from 7th Avatar
    ricardo from 7th

    **** this

    1. jameson the 54th Avatar
      jameson the 54th


  11. LaurexZ Avatar

    where to get these font? how are they called?

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      The author didn’t use any font – it was hand-drawn (see step 5)

  12. specialk Avatar

    but I don’t have a girlfriend

    1. DiamondDulcePreciousSerentiy Avatar

      i can be ur girlfriend :)

  13. neelu Avatar

    Thanks for this tutorial

  14. Kenville Kerr Avatar
    Kenville Kerr

    this easy to do

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