Wax Seal – Photoshop Tutorial

Skill level
Intermediate

Whether you’re creating a website, or stationary, a wax seal always makes thing look more professional! This tutorial will walk you through the process of creating a wax seal.

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I encourage you to experiment with the Layer Styles to get the exact result that you’re looking for.

Step 1

Start off by creating a new document at the dimensions of your choice. As always, I prefer to start with a 1280 x 720 pixel document.

Step 2:

Fill your background with a dark color. This will allow us to achieve a nice contrast from the seal. I’m using a dark ‘linen’ style texture, which you can learn to make here!

Step 3:

With your Ellipse Tool active, draw out a perfect circle (holding down your Shift key) in the middle of your document. This will define the size of your seal.

Step 4:

To stray away from a perfectly smooth shape, let’s add a distort filter. To make sure we’re able to edit the shape later on, convert it for Smart Filters first. Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. Once it’s converted, we’re going to add a Wave filter. Filter > Distort > Wave. The following settings gave me a nice ‘ripple’ effect.

Step 5:

Now that we have our shape set, let’s add our Layer Styles!

Step 6:

With your Ellipse Tool active again, draw out a slightly smaller circle inside the shape we just worked on. It should be only a few pixels away from the inner edges of the larger shape.

Step 7:

Again, to pull away from the perfect edges, we’re going to distort it. Make sure to convert it for Smart Filters first, then add a ZigZag filter. Filter > Distort > ZigZag.

Step 8:

When you’re happy with the new shape, it’s Layer Style time!

Step 9:

When the second shape is complete, we want to create one more shape that’s slightly smaller. To make things easy, start by duplicating the shape you just created. This can be done using the Command/Ctrl + J shortcut. Once duplicated, scale it inwards slightly.

Enter Free Transform mode. Edit > Free Transform, or Command/Ctrl + T.
Hold down Alt/Option as well as Shift, then drag any corner of the transform box inwards.
Press Return/Enter to apply the transformation.

You’ll be left with an identical, but smaller shape:

Step 10:

As we don’t want an identical looking shape, let’s alter the Layer Styles of our newly duplicated shape.

Step 11:

The last element, is of course the text! You can use any font that you wish, but a nice curvy font usually works well for these designs.

Step 12:

You guessed it, Layer Styles!

Final Result