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

July 31, 2019 posted by

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!


100 Replies to “Photoshop Tutorial: Wrap Text & Graphics onto Complex Surfaces with Displacement Maps”

  1. Neil Tsakatsa says:

    This guy is very very Professional !

  2. sakura swann says:

    thank you

  3. Tori’s House says:

    Great video!

  4. Lenin Carrion says:

    I enjoy very much your tutorials. Thank you.

  5. jennifer lawrence says:

    this video is good but man voice is alpago

  6. Pavel Ivanov says:

    how about the same think on the android

  7. salem.fotografy says:

    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

  8. Jonathan Bisher says:

    Very Interesting, never used displace before. Thanks!

  9. Xun N/A says:

    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.

  10. Keith Aguilar says:

    Are you Stan Lee….cause you sound like him.

  11. WaLya Express says:


  12. Haytham Nour El-deen says:

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

  13. Muhammad Aqeel says:

    V nice Tutorials Sir Thank you so much

  14. françois francois says:

    fantastique , bravo

  15. Не счесть алмазов в каменных пещерах says:

    Полезный урок. Браво маэстро!!!

  16. Sung andrew says:

    I always thank at your teaching.

  17. Shahzada Fahad says:

    wowww awesome

  18. One Crazy Gamer says:


  19. #MainMan Trinity Music says:

    So professional man! Come to kenya One day, I have your gift!

  20. دروسك - DROSAK says:


  21. Jawaid Akbar Chaudhry says:

    Very well explained tutorial

  22. BOSS'S BASS says:

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

  23. Tel Nomreleri says:

    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

  24. Aakash Khan says:


  25. philip cobbinah says:


  26. theREAL. O says:

    you are the best Photoshop tutor in yt!!!

  27. Elvis Fercon says:

    very very incrível!!!

  28. Luciano says:

    Excelente, obrigado.

  29. Sofiane Kof says:

    very very good

  30. Crow Armbrust says:

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

  31. Shan says:

    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…

  32. 60s.Tango says:

    He's best

  33. Dave Coffin says:

    Fantastic presentation. Much appreciated.

  34. moha simo says:

    Nice video !! very good

  35. ata7007 says:

    ..thank you

  36. mehmet akyel says:

    Gerçekten harikasınız!

  37. Elena Diego Marcote says:

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

  38. Andy Fair says:

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

  39. Prem Krishna says:

    brw How to Get Camera Raw Option
    can u Do Dat Viodeo

  40. Venkat Penumalli says:

    please tell me how to download Photoshop cc for free full version

  41. I Am DKhairho says:

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

  42. Werner Co says:

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

  43. Javanshir Shukurov says:

    Təşəkkürlər! Çox faydalı dərslikdir.

  44. Kid says:

    actually u can view it without the sound

  45. Antonio Lima says:

    Very good thank you.

  46. Romana Goikova says:

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

  47. Abhinn Acoustician says:

    seriously you're a GOAT Marty !!

  48. Maxim Nyc says:

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

  49. Greyman Media Rss says:

    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.

  50. Colin Short says:

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

  51. arun jes says:

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

  52. Gatoszilla78 says:

    Best tutorial ever. Very good for beginner or higher 🙂

  53. ibrahem lie says:

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

  54. Photoshop Automation says:

    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

  55. M M says:

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

  56. Al Amin says:

    please upload about image manipulation

  57. RDYS says:

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

  58. ballu TNT says:

    Excellent technique

  59. STH 2018 says:

    Photoshop CS6 Extended doesn't have symbols.

  60. kohati pukhtun ? says:

    how to make movie text plz solve it.

  61. Quân nguyễn says:


  62. MAVERICK says:

    Love your videos, sir!

  63. Django Littacker says:

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

  64. Salmo91 says:

    I enjoed. very good.

  65. Julz Goodrum says:

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

  66. EZEEY says:

    thanks bltv

  67. EZEEY says:

    give me a link of PS

  68. Jari Ullah says:

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

  69. Brian Jennings says:

    Great tutorial Marty! Very instructive as usual.

  70. Elizabeth Ann Schilling says:

    GREAT! Can't wait to watch more…

  71. AlphanumericSkeptic says:


  72. infundere says:

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

  73. Khushaim & Jamal Co. Ltd. Kjco says:

    super dear

  74. Purba Khan says:

    nice Mary

  75. neuemage says:

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

  76. HobbitDD says:


  77. Orion says:

    very nice 👍👍👍

  78. Lucie says:

    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?

  79. Moyd Wathiqi says:

    I like your tutorials. Great work!

  80. Graphic Design Tutorials says:

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

  81. Nibras Hamdan says:

    One word … PERFECT!!!

  82. Ahmed G. Obaid says:

    You are the best

  83. shathi ferdous says:



    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.

  85. Nicole Langford says:

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

  86. Meettheguest says:

    Thank you

  87. Future Tech Future Tech says:

    very nice.thaku

  88. Amanda Lemos says:

    YOU ARE AWESOME! I love ALL your videos

  89. Kankan Roy says:

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

  90. Jón Steinar says:

    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?

  91. blueridgepics says:

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

  92. Anwar Kabir says:

    Excelente …

  93. Muhammad Salman says:

    Great Sir

  94. PeiN Akatsuki says:

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

  95. Mak Chung says:

    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?

  96. Tubeless TUBE says:

    U r specialist in DISPLACEMENT effect sir..thank u

  97. J.J. Fecik says:

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

  98. Ghifari Akbar says:

    is ghis robot

  99. Kristy & Paper Arts says:

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

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