How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a grass action in Adobe Photoshop using two brushes, and a layer style with a grass pattern. At the end of the tutorial you will have an action that lets you perform almost the entire process with a single click.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

If you’d like to skip this tutorial but still wish to buy the action, you can head over to GraphicRiver and buy Grass Generator. The complete action has additional features, it works with 72 dpi and 300 dpi, and it also works with shapes.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this tutorial:

1. How to Create the Brushes

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new 350 x 460 px document.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Press D on your keyboard to reset the Foreground and Background colors. Then pick the Ellipse Tool (U), and change its mode to shape.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Start by drawing a long and thin oval shape.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Now pick the Convert Point Tool and Control-Click on the center of the shape.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Now click on the anchor point at the top to make it pointy. Do the same thing on the anchor point at the bottom.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Control-Click on the thumbnail of the Ellipse 1 layer to create a selection around the shape. Then go to Edit > Define Brush Preset…, name it Base Brush and click OK.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Pick the Brush Tool (B), and then Right-Click on the document and select the brush that we just created (Base Brush).

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Go to Window > Brush to open the Brushpanel. Then set these settings in Brush Tip Shape:

  • Size: 27 px
  • Flip X: Unchecked
  • Flip Y: Unchecked
  • Angle: 0º
  • Roundness: 100%
  • Spacing: 130%

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Select Shape Dynamics with these settings:

  • Size Jitter: 32%
  • Control: Off
  • Minimum Diameter: 7%
  • Angle Jitter: 35%
  • Control: Off
  • Roundness Jitter: 26%
  • Control: Off
  • Minimum Roundness: 100%
  • Flip X Jitter: Unchecked
  • Flip Y Jitter: Unchecked
  • Brush Projection: Unchecked

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Select Scattering with these settings:

  • Scatter: 62%
  • Both Axes: Unchecked
  • Control: Off
  • Count: 5
  • Count Jitter: 100%
  • Control: Off

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Select Color Dynamics with these settings:

  • Apply Per Tip: Checked
  • Foreground/Background Jitter: 100%
  • Control: Off
  • Hue Jitter: 2%
  • Saturation Jitter: 13%
  • Brightness Jitter: 11%
  • Purity: -1%

Color Dynamics makes no difference to the final result of this tutorial, but it’s important if you want to use the brush with other things.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Now click on the icon in the top right corner of the Brushpanel and choose New Brush Preset.Then name it Grass Brush 1 and check the Capture Brush Size in Preset box. After that, click OK.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Now let’s create a new preset. Go back to Brush Tip Shape in the Brushpaneland make these changes:

  • Size: 18 px
  • Flip X: Unchecked
  • Flip Y: Unchecked
  • Angle: 0º
  • Roundness: 100%
  • Spacing: 339%

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Don’t change theShape Dynamics settings; just leave it selected. Then select Scattering and make these changes:

  • Scatter: 50%
  • Both Axes: Unchecked
  • Control: Off
  • Count: 8
  • Count Jitter: 0%
  • Control: Off

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Leave Color Dynamics selected and save the preset as before, but this time name it Grass Brush 2.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

2. How to Create the Text and Install the Pattern

Step 1

Go to File > Open…, and open the background that you downloaded (Background-Grass.jpg).

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Pick the Type Tool (T) and write “GRASS”. Choose the Plump font, and then set the Size to 300 pt.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager.In the Preset Type, select Patterns, click load…, and choose Grass Pattern.pat. After that, click Done.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

3. How to Create the Action

Step 1

Go to Window > Actions to open the Actionspanel.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Let’s create a new set of actions. To do so, click the Create New Set icon, name it Grass Set, and click OK.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Click the Create New Action icon, name it Grass Text, and click Record.

From this point on, everything you do will be recorded, so keep an eye on the Actionspanel. If you make a mistake, click the Stop Playing/Recording icon, and delete the unnecessary step from the action Grass Text. Then click the Begin Recording icon to continue.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

With the text layer selected, go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename it1.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Create a new layer by clicking on the Create a New Layer icon, name it Grass 1, and click OK.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Select the layer 1 and go to Type > Create Work Path.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Now select the layer Grass 1. Then pick the Brush Tool (B) and select the Grass Brush 1 with these settings.

  • Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Pen Related Options: Unchecked

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Go to Window > Paths to open the Pathspanel. Then right-click the Work Path and choose Stroke Path.Choose Brush with Simulate Pressure unchecked, and then click OK.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Select layer 1. Then create a new layer and name it Grass 2.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Now pick the Brush Tool (B) with these settings:

  • Brush: Grass Brush 2
  • Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Flow: 100%
  • Pen Related Options: Unchecked

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Go back to the Paths panel. Right-click the Work Path and choose Stroke Path.Just like before, choose Brush with Simulate Pressure unchecked, and then click OK. After that, delete the Work Path.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Now select the layer 1 again. Then hold down the Shift key and click on the layer Grass 1to select all layers (except the Background layer).

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Right-click on the layer Grass 1 and choose Convert to Smart Object.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Now double-click on the layer Grass 1 to open the Layer Style window. Let’s start with Bevel & Emboss:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 26 px
  • Soften: 0%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Altitude: 30º
  • Gloss Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Mode Color: #ffffff
  • Highlight Mode Opacity: 16%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply
  • Shadow Mode Color:#000000
  • Shadow Mode Opacity: 30%

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 22%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: -90º
  • Distance: 14 px
  • Choke: 16%
  • Size: 4 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Dither: Unchecked
  • Opacity: 46%
  • Reverse: Unchecked
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 89%

Click on the Gradient Bar and make a gradient with these settings:

  • First Stop Color: #000000
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #FFFB9C
  • Second Stop Position: 100%

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Pattern: Choose the Grass Pattern that you installed at the beginning of the tutorial.
  • Scale: 25%
  • Link with Layer: Checked

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 31%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 23º
  • Distance: 12 px
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 1 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked

After that, click OK.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Rename the layer Grass 1 to Grass Text. After that, click on the Stop Playing/Recording icon in the Actions panel.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

And the result is:

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Congratulations, You’re Now Done!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a grass action in Adobe Photoshop.

We started out by creating our brushes, then we created the text, and while recording an action, we added a border to it using the brushes and a Path, then finally a Layer Style to make it look like grass.

Things to Remember Before Playing the Action:

  • Make sure that you have installed the Pattern.
  • Make sure that the Brush Opacity and Flow are set to 100%.
  • Make sure that you are playing the action with the text layer selected.

To play it, you need to select the action Grass Text and click Play on the Actions panel. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to leave your comments below. This action we just created is part of Grass Generator.

How to Create a Grass Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop