Furry Text

This tutorial will show you an easy way to make text look furry.

You can use this tutorial for anything you’d like to make look furry, but for this tutorial we’re going to make the word “FUR” resemble its definition.

We’ll start with a darker bluish-grey color.

Choose the Grass Paint Brush.

Adjust the Angle Jitter in the Shape Dynamics of the Brushes options. You want it to be a little higher, so it rotates the brush as you paint with it.

Hold CTRL while clicking on your text layer in the Layers window – this will select around the text. Create a new layer above the text, maintaining the selection, and use your Paint Brush with your Grass brush you just altered. Choose a lighter grayish blue color, and a slightly darker one. When you paint with this brush it will pull shades from both your foreground and background colors in your palette, making more variation.

Now choose a couple darker colors and do another layer over everything. I used brush sizes between 20px and 30px for this.

Select the Dune Grass brush.

Select a couple colors more on the blue side, but still keeping them muted with grey.

Adjust the jitter for this brush as well.

Create a layer below the font’s layer and use your brush around the edges to make the fur peak out from behind the letters.

You can see already that the letters are starting to come to life! By the time we’re done, they could be breathing… that’s a little creepy.

Choose some lighter colors, even more blue, and create another layer below your previous one, and go around the edges again.

Add a layer over top of the all of the layers. You can either use the existing colors in your palette, or choose a couple different ones.

Add one more layer. Adjust the Scattering on the brush, taking it down to 1.

Now, choose some lighter colors and go over the top of the letters one more time on this new layer.

Now that didn’t take too long!

Here is our furry word:

By Kirin Knapp

Kirin Knapp is a graphic designer for the iEntry Network, publishing company of FlashNewz. A flash animator and illustrator, she is the creator of her home site, Inkdu.com.

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