Fast & Easy Way of Creating Fur (or Hair) Text

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In this video training tutorial I will show you how to create a Fur Text Effect (or hair) using Photoshop. Although the results are very realistic, there is no Photoshop 3D used at all! Only very clever techniques using layers, and masks!

The whole project won’t take you more than 20 minutes to complete and it is a very useful technique that you can apply to many other projects.

You can use whatever image of a furry creature that you like to achieve this effect. I will use a picture of my cat  but feel free to use any other image of hair or fur to complete this Photoshop text effect.

In This Fur Text Effect Tutorial You Will Learn How To:

02:20 – Add texture to a font.
04:45 – Use a brush to add more detail to text.
05:50 – Create a custom brush.
08:22 – Make a work path from a selection.
08:45 – Stroke a path using custom brush.
12:00 – Add layer styles to create depth.
13:50 – Add hi-lights and shadows to the text.

Photoshop Fur Text Effect – Final Image:

Furry Text

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  1. skoville says

    This one had me going. The stroke path was always grayed out. Every time I selected the path, the layer would deselect. It was unseen, so it took a while to find the problem. What would cause it to do that? Yours didn’t.

  2. mr-Tano says

    Although it’s good to know how to make a custom brush, there is another way(!) … to rotate the brush.
    Select the “Dune Grass” or “Grass” brush. Go to the Brush window, and then to Shape Dynamics.
    Set the Control of the Angle Jitter to Direction (the bottom one in the drop-down menu).

    Note: click and drag the brush (your mouse) clockwise.
    (If you go counter clockwise you’ll get the bottom part of the brush on the outside.)
    Just play around with it and have fun! :)

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