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Photoshop Tutorial: Wrap Text & Graphics onto Complex Surfaces with Displacement Maps

October 22, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to fuse text and graphics onto complex textures using displacement maps and blend modes. This is an update of tutorials I’ve done on
earlier versions of Photoshop. I provided this terrycloth towel image that
you can download. Its link is in my video’s description or project files. The first step is to convert it into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. Click the icon at the upper, right corner
of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Next, we’ll create the displacement map, which
will wrap our text and graphics around the contours and texture of the terrycloth towel. Displacement maps look best when they’re slightly blurred, so go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 1 pixel and click OK or press Enter or Return. If you want to adjust your displacement map’s
brightness and contrast, it’s easier to see as a grayscale image. To do this, click the Adjustment Layer icon
and click, “Black, White”. Click back on the Adjustment layer icon and
this time, click “Levels”. Go to the Input black slider and drag it to
where the histogram starts to rise. Feel free to adjust its midtones and highlights, as well. To save your Displacement Map, Shift-click
the Smart Object to make all the layers active, as well, and convert the active layers into one Smart Object. Open back the list and this time, click “Duplicate Layer”. In Destination, click “New” and name it. I’ll name it, “Displacement map”. Go to File and “Save As”. I’ll save it to my desktop, so I can find it quickly. Save it as a Photoshop PSD file and click “Save”. If you see this message, just click OK. Open back up the original terrycloth document
and open your History panel. If you don’t see it, go to Window and History. Find “Convert to Smart Object” and click it. Doing this reverts your image to the point
before you blurred it, made it grayscale and adjusted its levels. Next, we’ll add the text. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and pick a font. I’m using “Bebas Neue Regular”. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link as well. I’ll make its size 170 points, but feel free
to choose whatever size you’d like. I’ll make the anti-aliasing, “Sharp” and Center Alignment. The color is irrelevant. Click on your document and type out your text. To reposition it, open your Move Tool and move it. Let’s add a graphic to our image. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Open your “Custom Shape Tool” and pick “Pixels”. If you’re using version CS5 or earlier, the
Pixel icon is here. Open your shape thumbnails and the gear icon
to open your list of Shape groups. If you want to see all of them at once, click “All”. I’ll click “Symbols”, since the shape I want is in this group. After you pick a group, you’ll see this message. Click OK to replace your current shapes with
the new shapes you just picked. I’ll click this one and click the gear icon at the top. I’ll tick “Defined Proportions” and check “From Center”. I’ll go to the center of my document and drag
out the shape. To remove areas of the shape that’s hiding
your text, open your “Rectangular Marquee Tool” and drag the tool over one line of your
text making sure it’s equidistant from their edges. If you have more than one line of text, click the “Add to Selection” icon and drag your Rectangular Marquee tool over your other line of text. Alt-click or Option-click the Layer Mask icon
to make an inverted layer mask of the selection. The black areas of the layer mask hide that
corresponding area of the image. Next, we’ll convert the combination of our
text and graphic into a Smart Object, so we can add filters to it and modify the filters at any time. Shift-click your text to make it active, as
well, and convert the 2 layers into one Smart Object. Reduce the Fill to 0%. This makes our graphic invisible, but will
retain the full visibility of any filters that we’ll be adding to it. Double-click an empty area of the graphic
to open its Layer Style window. Click “Color Overlay”. Pick “Linear Burn” for its Blend Mode and
click the color box. Pick a color. Muted colors will look better than bright
colors over the terry cloth towel. Since I know what color I want, I already
typed it in to the hexadecimal field. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. The Style is “Pillow Emboss”, the Technique
is Smooth and the Depth is 1000%. The Direction is Up, the Size is 10 pixels
and soften it 2 pixels. Check Global Light. The Angle is 55 degrees and the Altitude is
26 degrees. The Highlight Mode is “Linear Dodge, the color
is white and the opacity is 15%. The Shadow Mode is “Linear Burn”, the color
is black and its opacity is also 15%. Then, click OK. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. We’ll keep the default scale settings of 10,
“Stretch to Fit” and “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Find and click your “Displacement map” PSD
file that you saved earlier and click “Open”. Immediately, our graphic wrapped itself over
the contours of the terrycloth towel. Let’s smooth the edges of our graphic on the towel. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 1 pixel. Next, I’ll show you how to give your graphic
a second color. Let’s say, I want to the globe to be another color. With my Rectangular Marquee Tool still active,
I’ll drag rectangular selections between the globe and the text. I’ll click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask of the selection. To see my globe again, I’ll make a copy of
the layer by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. I’ll click the copy’s layer mask and invert it
by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + I. To change the color of my globe, I’ll double-click
“Color Overlay” to see it in the Layer Style window. I’ll click the color box and pick another color. Since, I already know the color I want, I’ll
type it in and press Enter or Return twice to close both windows. thanks for watching!


  • Reply Neil Tsakatsa April 24, 2017 at 12:46 am

    This guy is very very Professional !

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    thank you

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    Great video!

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    I enjoy very much your tutorials. Thank you.

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    this video is good but man voice is alpago

  • Reply Pavel Ivanov April 24, 2017 at 1:39 am

    how about the same think on the android

  • Reply salem.fotografy April 24, 2017 at 1:54 am

    thank you so much , i didn't pick the difference between this technique and the earlier tutorials that used a brick wall as displacement map..felt they are exactly the same, would you please highlight the difference..thank you

  • Reply Jonathan Bisher April 24, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Very Interesting, never used displace before. Thanks!

  • Reply Xun N/A April 24, 2017 at 2:47 am

    hello marty,thank you for your marvelous tutorial. I see you use displacement map so frequently, but it's not so easy to understand it for me, would you mind making a video to explain how that works? Thanks.

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    Every time i watch your tutorials, I learn a new thing

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    Very well explained tutorial

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    Hey Marty, this is the best tutorial I have ever seen on youtube. Thank you ver very much

  • Reply Tel Nomreleri April 24, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for this great lessons. They are very useful. I have a favour. Please Show me how to make the Separation of the RGB and black-and-white files for printing on T-shirts. Only the object was printed, and the remaining parts were either PSD or PNG transparent. And still that the file was a tram. thanks in advance

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    you are the best Photoshop tutor in yt!!!

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    very very incrível!!!

  • Reply Luciano April 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Excelente, obrigado.

  • Reply Sofiane Kof April 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    very very good

  • Reply Crow Armbrust April 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    High quality content as always Sir Marty! Thanks for this awesome tutorial!

  • Reply Shan April 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    None other youtuber can't compete with the way he teaching the stuffs. Even a person who don't what is photoshop can follow him without a single doubt in the steps. Hats off…

  • Reply 60s.Tango April 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    He's best

  • Reply Dave Coffin April 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Fantastic presentation. Much appreciated.

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    Nice video !! very good

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    ..thank you

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    Gerçekten harikasınız!

  • Reply Elena Diego Marcote April 24, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    WOW! What an effect! The best displacement map tutorial by far. A lot of thanks!

  • Reply Andy Fair April 25, 2017 at 12:26 am

    This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Reply I Am DKhairho April 25, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Great tutorials! They continue to assist me in advancing my graphic design skills! Thanks for the continued help!

  • Reply Werner Co April 25, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Thank you for the pace, simple and detailed explenations. keep the good work

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  • Reply Kid April 26, 2017 at 11:05 am

    actually u can view it without the sound

  • Reply Antonio Lima April 26, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Very good thank you.

  • Reply Romana Goikova April 26, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for tutorials. They are the best. Clearly described. Great job, THANK YOU !!!

  • Reply Abhinn Acoustician April 26, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    seriously you're a GOAT Marty !!

  • Reply Maxim Nyc April 26, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Wspaniały Tutorial , nie znam języka angielskiego , ale wszystko jest dobrze wytłumaczone i działa mi nawet na CS5 🙂 dziękuję bardzo !

  • Reply Greyman Media Rss April 27, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Hi Marty, thank you..I have learnt a lot of PS skills from Blue Lightening TV, You are the first then Andrew Kramer for After Effects. you people turned my career into something unbelievable. thanks again.

  • Reply Colin Short April 27, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Now THIS! is how to make a tutorial. Very instructive – straight to the point without waffling.

  • Reply arun jes April 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Dear sir how to create realistic atmosphere for photoshop please post next video tutorial

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    Best tutorial ever. Very good for beginner or higher 🙂

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    I was honored to be informed on your hands. Thank you

  • Reply Photoshop Automation April 28, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Marty !! you always Rock ! nice and clean tutorial and even if i already know this technic but your way doing this so good that i've watched the video to the end 🙂
    Thank you

  • Reply M M April 29, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Marty, what version of Photoshop are you using here? I have 7.0. Can this process be performed on version 7.0 ?

  • Reply Al Amin April 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    please upload about image manipulation

  • Reply RDYS May 1, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Thanks so much. Easy to follow and fun to use. !

  • Reply ballu TNT May 1, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Excellent technique

  • Reply STH 2018 May 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Photoshop CS6 Extended doesn't have symbols.

  • Reply kohati pukhtun ? May 2, 2017 at 9:38 am

    how to make movie text plz solve it.

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  • Reply MAVERICK May 2, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Love your videos, sir!

  • Reply Django Littacker May 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Technique, voix, rythme : tout est parfait ! Bravo !

  • Reply Salmo91 May 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    I enjoed. very good.

  • Reply Julz Goodrum May 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you!!! For this amazing channel. And the hard work you put in it.

  • Reply EZEEY May 5, 2017 at 4:15 am

    thanks bltv

  • Reply EZEEY May 5, 2017 at 4:19 am

    give me a link of PS

  • Reply Jari Ullah May 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    thanks for sharing this video with nice effects.. Can we use displacement map for creating 3d images from 2d images?

  • Reply Brian Jennings May 7, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Great tutorial Marty! Very instructive as usual.

  • Reply Elizabeth Ann Schilling May 12, 2017 at 11:57 am

    GREAT! Can't wait to watch more…

  • Reply AlphanumericSkeptic May 14, 2017 at 5:30 am


  • Reply infundere May 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

    for some reason my displlacement effect never works, Anyways this channel is really cool

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    super dear

  • Reply Purba Khan May 17, 2017 at 7:30 am

    nice Mary

  • Reply neuemage May 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    What happened to good old CtrlShiftU and CtrlL
    xD not everything needs to be reversible

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  • Reply Orion June 4, 2017 at 5:29 am

    very nice 👍👍👍

  • Reply Lucie June 7, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    I'm doing/missing something–I can't get the word "map" to drop down. If I hit Enter after the word "Displacement"; it drops the word "map" on top of the word "Displacement" and moves them both together. Help, anyone?

  • Reply Moyd Wathiqi June 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I like your tutorials. Great work!

  • Reply Graphic Design Tutorials June 14, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Nice Tutorial Sir. Please keep it up. Thank you so much.

  • Reply Nibras Hamdan June 19, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    One word … PERFECT!!!

  • Reply Mr. Lucifer June 23, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    You are the best

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  • Reply TWE SHELLSHOCKR September 10, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Marty, you have helped me in so many other ways in photoshop! Thank you very much. This is what I needed to watch to apply this technique to my homework assignment.

  • Reply Nicole Langford October 31, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    how does this work with a logo that i dont want to change the color of?

  • Reply Meettheguest February 18, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply Future Tech Future Tech March 27, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    very nice.thaku

  • Reply Amanda Lemos March 30, 2018 at 5:01 am

    YOU ARE AWESOME! I love ALL your videos

  • Reply Kankan Roy April 9, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I'm following you from year of 2014 and I always salute you as a @Photoshop #Photoshop Legend…
    Thanks #Blue_Lighting_TV #BlueLightingTV

  • Reply Jón Steinar April 17, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    The logo it self does not distort according to the folds and keeps the overall edges of the shape. Would it maybe be useful to use liquify or puppet warp to adress that?

  • Reply blueridgepics May 1, 2018 at 1:59 am

    A fantastic and easy to understand tutorial. Thank you, Marty!!!

  • Reply Anwar Kabir May 12, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Excelente …

  • Reply Muhammad Salman July 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Great Sir

  • Reply PeiN Akatsuki September 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    The best…fucking awesome man..thanks for this tutorial..:)

  • Reply Mak Chung October 1, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    hello Marty. this is really awesome. I've been watching your videos since yesterday and it is very informative and I'm learning a lot.

    i just want to ask if you need to do the same steps if you want to make the logo/text appear as if it is pressed or embossed in the background photo/texture?

  • Reply Tubeless TUBE October 7, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    U r specialist in DISPLACEMENT effect sir..thank u

  • Reply J.J. Fecik December 17, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    I remember the first one of these! Love that you are updating! Just AWESOME! Thank you!

  • Reply Ghifari Akbar January 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    is ghis robot

  • Reply Kristy & Paper Arts March 8, 2019 at 1:48 am

    I really dig this video. Blue Lighting explains so many tutorials in groove ways…TY for sharing your talent & knowledge…

  • Reply Edaj Info August 11, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Wow this usefull video tutorial., I learned a lot. check out my work guided with this tutorial. really amazing 🙂 @GzpU

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