Beer Text (St. Patrick’s Day) – Photoshop Tutorial

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and that can only mean one thing! Obnoxious drunk people! If you’re like me, who plans to stay home with a nice cup of cocoa and Photoshop, this tutorial may be what you’re looking for!

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We’re going to walk through the process of creating beer text! This design can go in many directions, so make sure to experiment with the Layer Styles to get the exact result that you’re looking for!

Step 1:

The first step, as always, is to create our document. The size is up to you, but I’m going to create my standard 1280 by 720 pixel document.

Step 2:

In terms of the background, this is also up to you! I put together a quick green ‘linen’ texture, like the one from the tutorial I wrote on Tutvid.

Step 3:

Once your document is set up, we can start our design, starting with the text! I found that a nice thick, large font worked well for this design. Remember, if you go with a different font or size, you will likely need to alter the Layer Styles in this tutorial.

When your text settings are set, go ahead and type our your word of choice in the center of your document.

Step 4:

Now that your type is in place, it’s time to add a few dozen Layer Styles! These will help give our text color, and the ‘glass’ feel to it.

Once the Layer Styles have been applied, you should have something like this:

Step 5:

Once your text’s Layer Styles are complete, we’re going to create a few layers inside the text using Clipping Masks. For this to work, it’s very important you paid attention to the Advanced Blending options (first image in Step 4). This will allow you to clip layers inside layers that contain overlays.

The first layer we’re going to add will a bubbly texture. Start by creating a new layer in the Layers Panel and fill it with black. Once it’s created, right-click on the layer, and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Step 6:

Once the black layer is inside the text, let’s add a filter. Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint. Select the Medium Dots type. This will add speckled white dots throughout the layer.

Step 7:

When the Mezzotint has been applied, in your Layers Panel, change the Blend Mode to Soft Light and the Opacity to 35%.

Step 8:

Now to soften the texture out, add a Gaussian Blur. Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Step 9:

Now that the ‘bubbles’ are complete, let’s add some ‘foam’ at the top of the text. This will be a two parter. Start by grabbing your Rectangle Tool and draw out a shape on the top half of your text.

Step 10:

As we did before, right-click on the layer in your Layers Panel, and Create Clipping Mask.

Step 11:

When the layer is clipped, we need to add a few Layer Styles. Here they are!

This will leave you with straight foam:

Step 12:

Obviously, the foam needs to be distorted a bit. Before you start adding filters, make sure to convert it for smart filters first! Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Once it’s been converted, let’s add a few filters, starting with Wave.

Filter > Distort > Wave

Now let’s add a ZigZag. Filter > Distort > ZigZag

You should have something like this:

Of course, if there are any areas that you want to exclude, you can simply add a Layer Mask and paint black.

Step 13:

The last major step we’re going to take, will be to add water drops. To create these, we’re going to create a custom brush, and Layer Styles. Let’s start with the brush! If you don’t see your Brush Panel on the right, activate it by going to Window > Brush. Go through the following sections:

Step 14:

Now that the brush is complete, on a new, clipped layer, paint on your document. You can even decrease the brush by using the [ key to add some smaller drops.

Step 15:

Once the drops have been painted on, it’s time to apply Layer Styles! Here they are!

This should leave you with pretty nice looking water drops:


This should give you a starting point to creating your own “Beer Text” in Photoshop. Experiment with the Layer Styles to get the result that you’re looking for! Enjoy!

Download the PSD!

  • Hrvoje17zg

    Awesome as always! Honestly, trough learning from your tutorials, I found that I wanna do graphic design for a living and for a hobby! Thank you a lot! 🙂 

  • Michelle Pinsky


  • Marcin Stańczak

    Nice one! IceFlow I love your tutorials… I learn a lot and sometimes I use it to my work : )

  • Niklas Mollenhauer

    finally something that has to do with germany

  • iAidan

    @IceflowStudios what the hell man it should say genius!

  • j2468dm

    How do you make the linen texture green, or any other color? Do you just change the base color?

    • IceflowStudios

       @j2468dm Yep! Or just add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment, with “Colorize” checked on.

  • Anonymous123

    You are, without a doubt, the most experienced Layer Style user I’ve ever seen. I usually try to avoid usuing Layer Styles to such an extent. Good tutorial though. 

  • Aubrey Taylor

    Guys who don’t drink are HOT. 

  • SimonTablazon

    Wow, that is BEAUTIFUL. The layer styles were mind-blowing.

  • blitzfire911

    @IceflowStudios My creation for an Irish friend of mine. Thanks!

  • Paul Wilson

    Days like st patricks make me ashamed to be irish…

  • Paul Wilson

    I think what I mean is, to be irish IN ireland, the place is a fucking dive on paddys. New york looks deadly though 😛

  • angelusdesigns

    @IceflowStudios where do you get the pattern overly for doing the froth?

  • angelusdesigns

    @IceflowStudios great tutorial thanks

  • Tyler Allen

    Damn. This would have been great earlier in the week when I was designing a beer list for a local bar.

  • Tyler Allen

    Bookmarked for future reference.

  • Thee Chad

    Will there be a video for this tutorial or just the text version?

  • IceflowStudios

    Thee – The video should come next week.

  • Thee Chad

    Awesome can’t wait.

  • AJ_21

    Can I download the PSD of this tutorial? I feel I can´t visualize on my head each layer style. I´m really enjoying this reading tutorials. Hope you can help me out here. 🙂

    • IceflowStudios

       @AJ_21 I’ll see if I can upload it in a few.

    • IceflowStudios

       @AJ_21 Updated. Check the bottom of the post.

      • AJ_21

         @IceflowStudios Thank you very much!

  • Oliver Gratton

    The water droplet bit at the end was really helpful, thanks a lot.

  • Guest

    great tutorial, but can you give a link to download the pattern?

  • very detailed and realistic looking!!!

  • steveeedcdsvsd

    Great tut! You should make one for guiness looking text =]

  • Hello and Thank you, have a beer and a cheer at using your beer slightly modified, I follow all your great tutorials 🙂 Cheers, Freda

  • samandar1676

    Hi thanks for created such a useful tutorial it’s very nice

  • Azmat Hasin

    yaa i have tried and i have made it also

  • Azmat Hasin

    yaa i have tried and i have made it also

  • John Ortega

    Yup made it using your tutorial. Thanks

  • Good one!

  • go_ogle

    Thank you so much

  • Sudeep Pradhan

    Great!!!!! Love this tutriol

  • Good tutorial. You real pasyan!

  • tazmanicus

    Looks great but I’m a bit lost in the part where i have to fill the new layer with black(5:27′) any help?

  • great job

  • Paavo Pannukakku Pohjolainen


  • Brent Skeppers

    What about something a little more Red White and Blue?

  • GuillaumeTaillard

    At the final step when I click on Window>Brush, all the kind of brush are locked.
    Could someone help ??

    • Iceman

      you have to select a layer and the brush tool

  • DaniloRamos

    Tutorial muito locooo !

  • DreyDrey

    where can i download the foam pattern? my photoshop just give me 2 patterns…

  • Komal Sanathra

    really good work .