In today’s Photoshop tutorial I’ll show you some simple steps to give your type the appearance of soft and fuzzy animal fur. The process makes use of a real animal fur texture, which in this example is that of a Leopard, but a variety of results can be achieved by using source photos of different furry animals. The fur photograph will take care of the realism in the centre of the text, but we’ll also use a custom Photoshop brush to apply the soft fur effect to the edges of the hard letter edges, followed by some finishing touches to enhance the appearance.

How To Create an Animal Fur Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

The artwork we’ll be creating in this tutorial is a realistic fur effect. Depending on the animal your source texture is from, the result can depict a variety of colours and common animal prints to create a range of safari themed type styles. In my example I’ll be using a stock photo of Leopard skin from Shutterstock, but there’s a selection of free images available online if you don’t have your own pet cat, dog or Leopard that you can photograph while they’re sleeping!

Begin by creating a new document in Adobe Photoshop. I’m using a canvas of 2000x1500px. Set out your desired wording in a bold font so there’s plenty of letter area to be filled with the fur texture. Also be sure to increase the tracking to provide enough space for the fur around the edges.

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  1. Previously I mad this type effect using original animal fur and clipping mask in Photoshop. But your method is so easy to do than mine. Thanks for sharing such a great tips.

  2. As with all your tutorials, there are so many new techniques I learn. Thank you for the wonderful insight into your creative process(es)!

  3. this is fabulous !!! just what i needed to know.. thanks a ton for this tutorial!

  4. Chris, as always, this is amazing & due to its timing – a lifesaver! I’ve been doing 3D modelling and wanted to try a few quick mock0ups with fur in Photoshop. I’m not fluent in Smart Objects, but how time consuming/hard would it be to do the same thing just with a detailed object…I’m assuming I’d have to magically understand all it’s depths and shadows and convert it to a smart object in PS, right?

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