There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to create hand lettering, but far fewer on what you can do once you create your lettering. In this week’s tutorial, we’ll create a hand lettered photo composition using just photoshop. We’ll start with placing and coloring our lettering on a chosen photo, then go over the basics of masking and applying environmental shadows to give the final piece a polished look. As a bonus, I’m including the lettering used in the tutorial so you can follow along exactly if you’d like. Let’s get started!

Here’s that free hand lettering as an ai + eps file you’ll want to place in as a smart object:

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You can pick up the free photo used in the tutorial here.

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  • hey thanks for this tutorial! I had been wondering how to create this effect of lettering in front + behind an image. just came across your blog and am loving it – I’ll be back for more : )

  • As you know, I love your blog. ;]

    What if we wanted to offer this as a print. Do you have any tutorials on that? covering what the process looks like, from illustrator/photoshop to uploading it to our shop or etsy. Any specific setting we need to be aware of since people would print on their own??

    Thanks so much!!

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