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floral typography composition

Hello MabLab community!!!

I’m finally back with a new tutorial. Today I’m gonna share with you my workflow to reproduce floral typography compositions like this one!!

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floral typography composition


The last couple of months have been kinda busy as I recently changed job and my routine changed accordingly, so I had to organise things differently. I’m back now though, and more determined than ever to stick to my one-post-a-month schedule. I hope I won’t let you down, guys!!

Back to the tutorial, I’ve been seeing a lot throughout Pinterest beautiful floral typography compositions. Floral typography could be a great idea for poster art or also DIY wedding invitations. So I thought it could have been a nice idea to set up a tutorial about it. I was also considering to add more on this subject in my next posts, talking more in detail of a couple of topics mentioned in the tutorial, such as how to cut out objects from their background. Let me know what do you guys think! Now, as usual, let’s watch the tutorial first and for more details, there’s always e detailed description below!



1. Choose the background colour and import the floral arrangement into your document

First thing first is the background colour. I chose a light turquoise which matches well the floral arrangement I used. Import the floral arrangement into your document by just opening your image and duplicating the layer choosing as destination your main document.

Once the floral arrangement will be imported into the main document I would suggest to convert it into a smart object. One of the many advantages of doing this is that you can resize your image without affecting resolution.

Make adjustments to your smart object (if needed)

After having browsed all over the net, I found a floral arrangement which was fine for my project but still not perfect. In the tutorial, you can see that I made a couple of adjustment to it. I got rid of a couple of leaves that seemed a surplus to me. Since you are using a smart object you need to double click on the layer where the smart object is and you’ll be redirected to the original image where you can make the adjustment you think necessary. All the changes you make at this stage will be transported into your main document once you’ll save the file. I used a mask layer to hide some of the leaves so none of the changes I made would have been irreversible. As you can see in the tutorial, when using mask layers, the rule is always that black hides and white shows.


2. Type your letters

Once you’re happy with the overall result you can start typing the letters that will form the message you want to communicate with your floral typography.

Each letter needs to be on a different layer. This will make easier the later stages of the project. Once you are happy with the size of them, you can rasterize the layers. You don’t necessarily need to do this as you’ll still be able to apply masks and shadows as explained further in this post.


3. Add a square frame around your floral typography

This step is not mandatory, but one of the main features of many floral compositions I’ve seen on Pinterest have this feature. You can add the frame by using the rectangular marquee tool and drawing a square selection. Then, you need to go to Edit > Stroke and from here you can choose the width of your frame and the colour, in our case white as our letters.


4. Bring some of the flowers over the letters

Once you are happy with the position of each letter in the composition you can to start to bring some of the flowers over the letters. This is one of the main features of floral typography as letters need to seem naturally placed in the floral arrangement. We are gonna use again mask layers to hide portions of the letters and the pen tool to draw the areas of the letters we want to hide. THE one important tool to use at this stage is the pen tool. One of the many advantages of using the pen tool rather than the Lasso tool to make selections is that you can save the path you’ve drawn and use them again later. This will save us tons of time when applying shadows afterwards.


5. Add shadows

Even if the letters seem more naturally placed in the flower arrangement now, the overall result is still too flat. We are gonna use shadows to create hierarchy and bring more depth to the composition.

Double click on the layer where you want to add shadow. You’ll be redirected to the layer style tab where you need to activate the section “drop shadow”. Play with the settings until you’ve created a very soft and smooth shadow. Once you’ve done this with all your letters and the frame, you can add a bit of shadow underneath the flowers which have been brought over the letters. This is when the paths we’ve used to hide portions of the letters and that we saved so far, will help us a lot. You can retrieve each and every single path and convert it again into a selection. Invert the selection, so you won’t be painting over the flower but over the letter. Create a new layer and place it above the letter you want to create the shadow for. Start painting the shadow using the brush tool and a dark grey / black colour. You can always adjust the opacity and fill of the layer afterwards to keep the shadow similar to the others.

Aaaand….you’re done!!!!

Free your creativity and have fun!


Hope you found this post useful! I would be thrilled to hear your technique, so if you have any suggestion just type it in the comments here below!


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