Placing Text on an Irregular Surface
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Add Text to an Irregular Surface in Photoshop
It is common in Photoshop composite text and other elements into a single image. Unfortunately, all objects are not flat, square boxes. In this example we will composite text on wood siding using the Displace filter. A link is included to the blue siding image or you can use an image of your choice.
Download the demo file by clicking the Download Image button below.Download Image
Open the image in Photoshop and choose Image > Duplicate. You should now have two versions of the image.
With the duplicate image selected, let's covert it to a black and white image by choosing Image > Adjustments > Black and White. Adjust the settings if necessary to create a usable grayscale image.
Choose File > Save As to save your grayscale image. Choose Photoshop for Format type.
Returning to the original image, click the Text tool, set the options at the top of the window and add your text to the image.
With the Text Layer active, right-click the layer and choose Rasterize Type.
Choose Filter > Distort > Displace. Set the Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale to 8 and select Stretch to Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels. If you are using a different image you may find that your scale values will need to be adjusted.
Click OK, then navigate to your grayscale image and choose Open.
Set the Text layer Blending Mode to Linear Light, then adjust the layer Opacity to soften the effect.