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    Default Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text

    What We’re Making

    In this Text Effect Quickie, we’ll show you how to create delectable, dark chocolate text as shown in the preview below. Though the effect does take a bit of planning, you can download the Free Chocolate Effect Layer Style.
    chocolate preview - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    For this text effect to work best, a bold font should probably be used. I specifically chose to use Myriad.
    Step 1 – Setup the Background

    This text effect does require some preparation in order to give off the chocolate look. The background must have the appearance of a slab of chocolate, or else the effect will be lost.
    Set up a document, and use the Paint Bucket Tool to fill the background with a dark brown such as #140b07.
    Create a new layer. With a large, soft brush, and a foreground color of #371b0f (or a lighter brown) paint a dab in the center of your document. Use transform (Ctrl + T) to stretch it the width of your canvas (or further to give a nice, soft highlight).
    chocolate background - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    Step 2 – Setting the Type

    Using the Type Tools, set some type in your document. I chose the obvious word, “Chocolate” in All Caps. The text can be any color.
    type set - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    Step 3 – Making The Chocolate Text Effect







    Go into your text layers Blending Options (Right Click Layer > Blending Options).
    Apply the layer effects shown below, making any modifications as needed.
    Drop Shadow

    The angle for this shadow may need to be adjusted if the lighting for your specific needs is different.
    chocolate drop shadow - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    Bevel

    This effect makes our text pop out of the chocolate background. The Angle may need to be changed again to compensate for your lighting scheme.
    chocolate bevel - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    Color Overlay

    Not necessarily needed, but a Black color overlay will make it easy to adjust the brightness of your text later on if ever needed.
    chocolate color overlay - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    Gradient Overlay

    This is where we set the color of our type. You’ll need to create a new gradient fading from #1e0f08 to #371b0e. Once again, angle may need to be adjusted.
    chocolate gradient - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    effect complete - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
    Not Limited To Text

    This effect is of course not limited to text. Try working with custom shapes to create your own chocolate shapes! Keep experimenting!
    chocolate 2 - Text Effect Quickie: Delicious Chocolate Text
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