Branding Iron Text Effect

In this easy Photoshop tutorial you’ll learn how to design a very cool-looking branding iron effect, using the type tool, a few shapes, and a fair few layer style effects.

Final Image Preview

This is the outcome from the tutorial:

Branding Iron Text Effect

Note: This is one very old PhotoshopStar tutorial created by Eli that was updated as i was receiving a lot of requests about it.


Step 1

Start by creating a new document in Photoshop. Any size will do, but for this tutorial the size is 600 x 300 pixels, with the default resolution of 72. After this, you might want to choose a nice background for your canvas. The texture used here is Wood texture I by ResurgidaResources. Resize the texture till it fits in your document.

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Step 2

Get the Horizontal Type Tool out and write your desired text, preferably something short, if you can. The font used is called Impact, and the size is 200 pt. Also, you can feel free to use any color you want for the text at this stage.

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Next, the border for your shape. Find and get out the Rounded Rectangle Tool, then set up your settings as similar to the ones shown below as you can/want:

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Now you’ve got your tool and settings set up, create a new layer (underneath your text layer), then draw a shape the suitable size, a just so it hangs around the outside of your text.

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Next, change the Fill value for this layer to 0%.

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Then apply a Stroke layer style.

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Now your shape should look like this:

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Finish off this step by merging your two layers together (the text and shape layers), so the whole shape is on one single layer. You can do this by selecting both layers, then going to Layer -> Merge Layers.

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Step 3

The shape still needs a few more changes before we finalize it. Start by filling your shape with a red color, do this by clicking the little icon near the top of your layer’s palette that ‘locks the transparent pixels.

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After you’ve locked the transparent pixels, fill your shape with a red color, the color used here is #ac2009.

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Finish off this step by rotating and maybe resizing your shape slightly. Press Ctrl + T to go into the Transform Mode, and hit Enter when you’re done to get out of it.

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Step 4

Now we’re finished with the shape, let’s add some effects. Right-click your layer in the layer’s palette and go to the Blending Options. Click and apply the following layer styles/settings:

– Inner Shadow: Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, the Opacity to 40%, the Distance to 3, and the Size to 2.

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– Inner Glow: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the Choke to 10, and the Size to 6.

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– Satin: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay.

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– Gradient Overlay: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the Opacity to 40%, check the Reverse box, and set the Style to Reflected.

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– Pattern Overlay: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the Opacity to 40%, and set the Pattern to Rusted Metal.

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Now your shape should look pretty much like this:

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Step 5

Looking good so far! This step is optional, in which we’ll erase away a bit of the shape to give a bit more of an interesting effect. Start by creating a new layer, then merging your shape and blank layer together, this is basically applying the layer styles to the pixels, so they’re not really there anymore.

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After doing this, get out your eraser tool and select a grungy brush. Erase away a bit of your shape like so.

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Step 6

When you’re pretty much all finished with your shape, go into the Transform Mode (Ctrl + T), and size your shape down to about 60.0% of it’s original size. This is what the shape should look like:

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You can as well go ahead and create a new layer right beneath the Shape layer, then, create a Radial Gradient the goes from Transparent at the center of the document to Black at the corners, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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Finally, you can add some Black grungy strokes as shown below:

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Final Image

And now we’re pretty much finished with this tutorial, I hope it was sufficient for you all! I also hope you enjoyed this tutorial, I know I did!

Branding Iron Text Effect

30 thoughts on “Branding Iron Text Effect

  1. yenis aka chato says:

    Man this sh** is tight ….. i love it…. keeep bringin on more tutorials…woooooooo!!!!!!!!

  2. Aze says:

    Hey! I make a point of specifying that your Tuto is excellent, but I would like you to borrow it to put it on a site, I can? I would put a bond towards your site.

  3. Nikhil says:

    thats something easy & very nice

  4. jossy says:

    how can i use that pattern its a jpg but it must be PAT .

  5. Sunny says:


    you can make a picture into a pattern by defining it, i forgot how… but google can help, try searching for “defining pattern photoshop”

    =) cheers

  6. govindaraj says:

    it is very nice text effect & easy way to create text effect i love it

    well don
    thanks for

  7. ramesh says:

    it is nice


  8. santosh says:

    so well.

  9. pat says:

    I am a beginner, but this tuto did not make me
    want to pull my hair out. Thanks.


  10. DVDdeDVD says:

    thank dude

  11. tehshogun says:

    Hey dude I’m enjoying messing with your tuts there nice and simple im getting really nice effects for sigs and other designs from them keep up the good work


  12. mj says:

    nice love it

  13. socheata says:

    i like it…

  14. mangesh says:

    good job

  15. Sab says:

    weldone dude it was sooo hot ……

  16. jackie says:

    hey liked it man thnx

  17. Junaiz says:

    Hey pal,……………fantastic work

  18. mahesh says:

    very nice and cool… tips all very use full me let continue… urs job man…

  19. Tylor says:

    Yeah! I love it! I just made it and it looks great!

  20. Gary says:

    This was extremely helpful.
    Thank you so much.

    The only big change I made was to cool down the brand with a black color overlay set at like 70% opacity.

  21. Susan says:

    Your branding iron logo looks great….cannot wait to try it!!

  22. Chantal says:

    Great site with lots of tutorials, to get to know PS it is awesome, thanks for all the work in this site

  23. christopher says:

    I like it very much and so thanks
    thank you for everything

  24. Abdul Mannan Asif says:

    i enjoy it to Much.
    Tanks, Share moor with us

  25. BallsToThat says:

    Balls to this. Just kidding. I just did it, and it looks great.

    Thankies matey!

  26. Fatimatu says:

    looks great. i luv it

  27. anand says:

    Thanks for sharing such a nice post….I have downloaded and used various combinations of brushes along with eraser tool to give a more scary look………

  28. caleb says:

    yeah, have tried it thats awesome good look work wow!

  29. 2fast4u247 says:

    Help! I have only 2 default pattern overlays, and the Rusted Metal isnt one of them! (PS CS5)

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