Chocolate Text Effect in Photoshop for Valentine’s Day

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It’s February! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Last year, I showed you guys how to create a ‘Snow Heart‘ effect using an image, and the magic of a custom brush. This year, we’re going to sweeten things up by creating a delicious chocolate text effect using Layer Styles!

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Chocolate Text Effect

The Document

As with most projects, the size of your document can vary depending on screen resolution and personal preference. For this tutorial, I’m going to be starting with a 1280 x 720 pixel document, with a simple pink/purple radial background.

Chocolate Text Effect Document

The Text

For a design like this, as well as many text effects, a thicker font is usually best. Thick fonts give you more room to work with when applying Layer Styles. Using the Bubble Boddy font from, your word of choice can be typed out in the center of the document using a brown font color. #2d1b07.

Chocolate Text Effect Font

Layer Styles

Now that the text has been typed out, it’s time to add some Layer Styles to this text layer. This will give our text the ‘chocolate’ feel to it.

Chocolate Text Effect Bevel

Chocolate Text Effect Contour

Chocolate Text Effect Texture

Chocolate Text Effect Inner Shadow

Chocolate Text Effect Shadow

Once your Layer Styles have been applied, you should have something that looks like the image below. If it doesn’t, make sure that you’re using a dark brown for the font’s color, and depending on the size of your text, you may need to text out different values within your Layer Styles.

Chocolate Text Effect Layer Styles


Now that the main chocolate text is complete, let’s add a layer of frosting. Start by duplicating the current text layer, clear the Layer Styles (right-click on the layer in the Layers panel > Clear Layer Styles), and change the color of the text to a bright pink: #dd4fa2.

Chocolate Text Effect Duplicate

The Mask

Before we start adding Layer Styles, let’s add a Layer Mask to exclude part of the frosting. With your Rectangular Marquee Tool active, create a selection around the part of the frosting you’d like to keep. The top 1/4 should work well.

Chocolate Text Effect Marquee

When that’s been selected, add a Layer Mask to this layer using the icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Chocolate Text Effect Layer Mask

Once the Layer Mask has been added, make sure it’s active (white box around the mask, as seen above), then add a ZigZag filter (Filter > Distort > ZigZag) to give the frosting some curves.

Chocolate Text Effect ZigZag

Layer Styles

Now we can go ahead and apply a few Layer Styles to the frosting layer.

Chocolate Text Effect Bevel

Chocolate Text Effect Texture

Chocolate Text Effect Shadow

Final Result

Once all the Layer Styles have been added, you should have a result like the one seen below. Again, if it looks different, you may need to adjust your Layer Styles.

Chocolate Text Effect

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

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  • Nick Hjorth Lauritzen

    Must say, Howard you are stille the best online photoshop instructor out there!

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  • Shayla Kuper

    Everything you show us is wonderful and inspiring! Keep it coming!!

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  • Tommy Smith

    That looks cool but i think in need a bite mark and crumbs lol

  • Tomček Kowalček

    Looks great. Kinda reminds of your “BEER” tut 🙂

  • uhanepono1

    NIce little tut

  • play4fun

    Amazing tut, i made one a little bit different on my own 🙂

  • play4fun

    Amazing tut, i made one a little bit different 🙂

    • NiCkel

      where’d you get the patterns? I couldn’t find them online! :/

  • LOVELY WORK…. one word… OSM..
    Chk mine .. Happy Valentines Day 2013..

  • uhanepono1

    NIce tut. Here is the one I made using it as a guide. thanks, U 

  • Marjan Žitnik

    dribbble style 🙂

  • Hjalmar Bruggeman

    Don’t forget people. Friday is Howards B-day

  • Kelly Basden

    I’ll be on this one this evening after my wife has retired. I have gone over it at least ten times in the last week. Thanks Howard. You’re a champ.

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  • Christina Stillwell

    i like the idea but i think its a little unfair that you don’t tell us where the patterns come form i have photoshop CS6 and i don’t have the patterns used so mine didn’t turn anything like this not to mention details on the text part are very slim but over all really nice idea thank you.

  • Toni Ocampo

    Cool tutorial! Here’s my version:
    Who’s on tumblr? Follow me. 🙂

  • jgreeme

    Cool tutorial look at my version [IMG][/IMG]

  • Lovely tutorial we love to share in our site

  • Harshit Pandey

    cool tutorial… watch some here –

  • Darshan

    where can i get the patterns of this tutorial ??


    What a tutorial! Mind blowing. Can you share some more on valentines day greetings, how to create them.