Create a Cat Word Art Shape Design in Photoshop CC

Hello, this is Jeff at Magical Fruit Tuts. In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you
how to make a word based design of a cat with words used to describe a cat’s characteristics. You can also use this procedure for a dog
or other animal. This tutorial improves and extends my previous
tutorial. Create an Animal Word Cloud Shape Design in
Photoshop CC Using the procedures of this new tutorial
adds background colors in the word shapes. Also all word text layers are placed in a
group to allow for easy layer styles that apply to all the words, For example Bevel
and Emboss and pattern layer styles. To begin load in an image of an cat or other
animal. Try to get a good profile or shape that would
easily identify which animal it is. You can use a silouette or an actual image
of a cat. If you have a photo of a cat you would like
to use. The procedure will be similar. However, you do not need to fill it with black
as using an actual image makes it easier for you to outline logical areas such as stomach,
shoulders, or legs . I am using this silouette image for this tutorial
– as a good full profile photo of a cat is hard to find.. A link is in the description area
Open your image and Save the image as a psd file. I named mine Cat1 I alway like to crop the image to a standard
size in case I want to frame the picture. Standard size frames are plentiful and inexpensive
For this image I estimate that an 10 x 8 frame or aspect ratio would work best. Choose the crop tool. Set the aspect ratio to 10 x 8. Here are the settings I used for the crop
tool Drag down the bottom crop line below the feet
where enough space is below the feet then drag up on the top crop line to leave
room above the cat Now click once on the cat and drag it to where
it looks good in the crop area When satisfied press the big checkmark or
Enter to accept. Press the hand tool to turn off the crop tool This image was a png image with a transparent
background If you are working with an actual image of
a cat you need to remove any background behind the cat. Use whatever method works best for you to
cut out the animal from the background then remove the background. You want to ignore whiskers, hair, or fur
sticking out you just want an identifable shape of the
animal. In this case, that step is unnecessary as
this is a transparent png hold down control or command while clicking
the add new layer icon on the bottom of the layers panel name the new layer background. make your foreground color a light blue
then press alt plus backspace to fill the it with the blue. Make the top layer active active name it Cat.
then control-click it to make a selection We want a smooth selection on the border of
the cat shape in order to apply an even stroke line around the border. If you are using an actual cat picture, Choose
select, modify, smooth from the menu. Use 12 for the smooth value. This should smooth out the selection. We don’t need that step for the already smooth
silouette. while the selection marching ants are still
showing, choose the paths panel. If you don’t have a paths panel, choose windows,
paths from the menu While in the paths panel, choose Make workpath
from selection icon. Markers will appear indicating the paths created
Go back to the layers panel and make a new layer above the the cat layer, name it Lines
Open you brush tool select a hard round brush, size 8 pixels
make you foreground color white or black whichever shows up best on the cat. I used white. back in the paths panel double-click the working
path and save it as path1 now right-click path1 and choose stroke path
Simulate pressure should be Not checked. Click on an empty area in the paths panel
to turn off the path The lines layer should now include an 8 pixel
smooth outline of the cat Move back to the layers panel
We are now ready to start drawing lines as guides for word and color placements For your referene, here is a chart showing
the locations of a cat’s muscles Use a white hard-round brush at size 8
If you have Photoshop CC 2018, it might be easier for you if you turned on smoothing
to around 50% Start laying out general areas where words
might be placed. I tried to follow the contours and flow of
the body. Try and avoid sharp angles. Remember we can easily erase and redo any
lines as we go forward. After filling in all the lines. Here is the preliminary setup of the reference
lines that I used. Select the Cat layer and lock it to avoid
accidentally painting over it. Move to the Lines layer
Now we will fill in the shapes with the background colors. Make a new layer on top and name it colors Use the magic wand tool set on contiguous
with a tolerance of 28 with anti-alias checked to select a shape. Then change the foreground color to a color. Press Alt Backspace to fill the shape with
the forground color Here I filled the middle shape with #DA0 708
Press Control D to deselect Continue filling each shape with a color. Here is the image after I filled all the shapes
with colors Here is a reference pic showing the colors
I used You can use your own colors for each shape
if you wish Move to the Lines layer – choose the padlock
to lock the layer so we don’t accidently change it. In the Colors layer, lock the pixels by pressing
the brush icon in the Lock Properties Duplicate the Colors layer name the duplicate
Swatch Choose Edit Transform Scale from the menu
Hold down the Alt and shift key while draging a corner in to shrink the image as demonstrated
Move the image to the bottom left corner. Press Enter or the Big Checkmark to accept
We will be using this image as a color swatch to make things easier. Next we will paint in word drafts to help
guide us later when we will place text inside the shapes Here is a list of Cat characterics that may
help you decide on what words to use on your cat art. I have listed them sorted by word lenght. You also may consider using your cat’s name
or breed. Add a new layer on top of the Swatch Layer
Name it Word Drafts Temporarily turn off the eye of the Colors
layer Now use a hard round brush size 30 to paint
in draft placement letters inside the shape. Vary the size depending on the size and shape
needed. With your brush tool active, Alt-Click the
red color in the small swatch image to sample the active color. Now start Drawing in the the word Brave in
the Red middle shape. The letters dont have to be perfect they are
just a rough guide so we know how they will fit in the shape and approximately where we
will put the text letters later. Don’t worry if the letters cover the white
lines a little as we will fix that once we finish adding the word drafts for all the
shapes. Continue drawing words in the rest of the
shapes. for some of the words it might help to rotate
the image for example choose Image, Image-rotation,
90 degree Counter-clockwise to enter words in the tail and other vertical
oriented shapes Chose the Brush Tool
Alt-Click to sample the color Also, you can allways use the eraser tool
to correct or redo as needed Here I have finished adding in all the word
drafts. Now we will remove any letters that drifted
over the white lines add a mask to the Words Drafts layer
While the mask is selected, control click the Lines layer to select only the lines
now choose Edit Fill and fill with black. DeSelect the selection
We are now ready to start adding the text letters shapes. In the Lock options click the brush icon to
lock the pixels of the Word Drafts layer Add a new layer above the Word Drafts layer
Select the Type Tool Choose a font for this word I used Berlin
Sans FB Demi, At 30 points for most larger shapes I used Impact font. Click on the color box in the text options
strip. When the color picker appears, click on the
blue in the word Adventurous Click the character panel. If you don’t see the character panel choose
window, character from the menu Change the horizontal scale to 120% to make
sure you have enough space between the word letters to be able to select them one at a
time also turn down the Words Drafts opacity to
about 40% Move back to the new empty layer this would be a good point to backup your
work The Type tool should still be active
type in your word in a blank area near where it is going to be placed
right click on the word and choose Rasterize Type
use the rectangular marquee tool to surround the first letter
Press Control T to engage the Transform Tool Stretch out the letter to about the length
needed rotate it to the approximate angle
drag the letter down to its approximate position adjust the letter width if necessary
Stretch it so the top and bottom of the letter are just touching the white lines
Now right click in the middle of the letter and choose warp
Use the warp tool to move the top and bottom of the letter to the shape lines
press enter to accept. deselect We will make further adjustments when the
entire word is entered. Continue placing the rest of the letters one
at a time into the shape Use the rectangular marquee tool to surround
the next letter Control T for the transform tool
Stretch for height and width rotate
place in position Adjust top and bottom
right click choose warp tool Adjust with the warp tool. press enter or the big checkmark to accept
DeSelect Also note that any letter color covering the
white shape line will be removed later, so you can use that to your advantage. For example here I am entering the E in Adventurous
Notice that I extend the top and bottom of the E into the white lines
I did the same with the V This should look nice when the color is removed
from the lines later. such as this Here I have finished entering the word Adventurous
Next you can further adjust the letters Use a hard round brush. Alt Click somewhere in the word to sample
the color then paint on the letters to extend them into
corners and make them more even with the shape outline
as demonstrated. When finished with the word and the word’s
layer is still active Control click the lines layer, then press
delete. deselect
this will remove any color paint on the white lines to move to the next word
with the brush tool active Alt Click the color on the swatch of the next word you want to
work with to sample it Select the Text Tool
choose a font and font size
and type in the word near the shape it goes in
double click the Text layer In the character panel change the horizontal
scale to 120% press enter or the big checkmark
rasterize the type start the letter placement procedure as you
did earlier Finish the word, then work on the remaining
words Here, I have finished entering all the words
on the cat. I changed the spelling on watchful and playful
When you reach this point, make sure to save your work After saving your work
Close the Character Panel if it is still open Delete the Word Drafts layer
and the Swatch layer as we no longer need them
Next we will put all the words in a group in order to allow for easy layer styles that
apply to all the words and to save space Select the top word layer
then hold down shift while selecting the bottom word layer
then right click and choose group from layers Name the group Words Based on the way we set things up, there are
many variations we can easily use. For example for the basic design,
turn off the eye of both the Lines Layer and the Cat Layer
Move to the Background Layer Add a solid color adjustment layer
while inside the color picker try various colors till you find one you like
I used # 020 244 For another variation,
Move to the Words group and add a bevel and emboss layer style
here are the settings that I used. You can also easily add gradient or pattern
layerstyles to the Word Group. double-click the Words effects
then double-click pattern overlay checkbox and choose a pattern There are many possibilities of variations. Here is a wood cutout variation. I will show you how to do this and other variations
infuture tutorials this concludes the tutorial, thanks for watching

1 thought on “Create a Cat Word Art Shape Design in Photoshop CC

  1. Im having a hard time trying to correct all the words that went over the white divisory line, try to follow what you do but i dont get the same results.

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