Create a glamorous New Year text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create glamorous and brilliant text using Adobe Photoshop using a pair of layer styles and brush settings. Let’s get started!

The final result:

  1. To complete the lesson, upload a gradient Chrome.grd file to Photoshop
  2. You will also need to add a standard brush set to Photoshop. Square brushes (Square Brushes). To load the brushes that were used in the lesson, go Editing – Sets – Set Management (Edit> Presets> Preset Manager), and in the window that appears, in the drop-down menu Type of sets (Preset Type), set the parameter Brushes (Brushes). Next, click the small arrow to the right of the dropdown menu. Type of sets (Preset Type), and then almost at the very bottom of the window that appears, select the option Square brushes (Square Brushes).

    When the dialog box appears, simply click the Append button, so you will add square brushes to the current brush set.

1. Create a background

Step 1

Create a new 1150 x 850 px document in Adobe Photoshop. Set the foreground color to # 424952, and the background color to # 16181b. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), set the gradient type Radial gradient (Radial Gradient), gradient colors from foreground color to background color.

Next, click + drag the gradient from the center of the canvas to one of the corners of the working document to add a gradient to the background.

Step 2

Open the original texture with glitter. Place this texture on top of the layer with Background (Background layer), change the blending mode for the texture layer to Soft light (Soft Light). Apply scaling to your liking.

2. Create text

Step 1

Create text using capital letters Sansblack Regular, text color # 9a9a9a. Next, go to the bookmark Symbol (Character) Window – Symbol (Window> Character). In the text settings window, change Kerning (Kerning) on Optic (Optical) and also set the value Tracking (Tracking) at 75.

If you decide to create more than one line of text, then in this case, each line of text should be on a separate layer.

Step 2

Choose a tool Move (Move Tool) and then select all the text layers in the layers palette. In the top control panel of this tool, click Alignment centers vertically (Distribute vertical centers) to even out lines of text.

Step 3

Group each text layer into a separate group, name each group according to the text (select the layer, and then go Layer – Group Layers (Layer> Group Layers)). This will help you organize work with layers in the layers palette.

Step 4

Duplicate each layer of text you have, and then decrease the value. Fillings (Fill) to duplicate the layer to 0.

3. Create an external stroke.

Step 1

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), and then go to the bookmark Brush (Brush), Window – Brush (Window> Brush). Choose a hard round brush, set the size (Size) brush 15, and also set Interval (Spacing) on ​​1.

Step 2

Right-click on the first layer with the text and in the appeared window select the option Create working circuit (Create Work Path). Create a new layer on top of the first text layer inside the group. Name this layer Stroke (Stroke).

Step 3

Choose a tool Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), set the foreground color to black, right-click on the work path and select the option in the window that appears Outline the contour (Stroke Path).

In the window that appears, in the drop-down menu Tool (Tool) select tool Brush (Brush), do not forget to uncheck the box Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure), and then click the ‘OK’ button.

Step 4

So we created an outer stroke. Press the (Enter) key to delete the work path.

Step 5

Using the same technique, add an outer stroke to the rest of the text you have.

4. Create a diamond stroke.

Step 1

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the hard square brush 10 px, and also set the following settings, which are listed below:

Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape)

Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics)

Step 2

Once again create a work path for the first text layer, create a new layer on top of the layer. Stroke (Stroke), name this layer Diamonds (Diamonds) and then set the foreground color to # a1a1a1.

Step 3

Stroke the outline in the same way when we created the outer stroke. So we add a diamond stroke around the text.

Step 4

Apply a diamond stroke to all the layers with the text that you have.

5. Adjust the diamond stroke.

Step 1

Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), select a hard round brush. Correct the overlapping areas along the stroke.

Step 2

Choose a tool Brush The (Brush Tool) with the square brush that we set up, click, and then lightly drag to fill the empty space that we just processed with the eraser.

Step 3

After the correction, the encircling diamonds should not overlap each other.

6. Add the Shadow layer style to the original text layer.

Step 1

Double-click on the original layer of the first line of text to apply the next layer style.

Add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Opacity (Opacity): 25%
  • Bias (Distance): 21
  • Swipe (Spread): 13
  • The size (Size): 21

Step 2

So we added a simple shadow. Now right-click on the stylized text layer and in the window that appears, select the option Copy layer style (Copy Layer Style).

Step 3

Select the remaining original text layers, then right-click on any of the selected layers and in the appeared window select the option Paste style layer (Paste Layer Style). So, we applied the same layer style to all selected layers.

7. Apply styling to the first duplicate of the text layer.

Double click on the first duplicate of the first line of text, to apply the following layer styles.

Step 1

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Method (Technique): Tough faceting (Chisel Hard)
  • The size (Size): 30
  • Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Height (Altitude): 53
  • Circuit gloss (Gloss Contour): Ring
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Mode backlight (Highlight Mode): Linear shine (Linear Light)
  • Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – color # 3c3438

Step 2

Add a layer style Circuit (Contour). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add a layer style Texture (Texture). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Pattern (Pattern): Squares
  • Depth (Depth): 25%

Step 4

Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Double click on the gradient scale to set the gradient colors.

Step 5

To create a gradient, you need to double-click on the gradient scale to set Color checkpoints (Color Stops). By selecting each color control point, you can change the values Colors (Color) and Positions (Location) for this point.

Set the following gradient colors: # e14e8f on the left and # 7a1c46 on the right.

Step 6

So, we stylized the main part of the text. Copy / paste layer styles for the remaining first duplicate layers with the first line of text that you have.

8. Apply styling to the second duplicate of the text layer.

Double click on the second duplicate of the first line of text, to apply the following layer styles.

Step 1

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings for this style:

  • The size (Size): 30
  • Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Height (Altitude): 74
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Mode backlight (Highlight Mode): Linear shine (Linear Light)
  • Mode the shadows (Shadow Mode) – (Opacity) 0%

Step 2

Add a layer style Circuit (Contour). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Circuit (Contour): Half Round
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add a layer style Texture (Texture). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Pattern (Pattern): 10 px block
  • Depth (Depth): 20%

Step 4

So, we have added clarity, as well as gloss to the text. Copy / paste layer styles for the remaining second duplicate layers with text.

9. Apply styling to the outer stroke.

Double click on the layer Stroke (Stroke) inside the group for the first line of text, to apply the following layer styles.

Step 1

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Method (Technique): Tough faceting (Chisel Hard)
  • Circuit gloss (Gloss Contour): Ring
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Mode backlight (Highlight Mode): Linear shine (Linear Light)

Step 2

Add a layer style Circuit (Contour). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Circuit (Contour): Ring
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Style (Style): Mirror (Reflected)
  • Angle (Angle): 45
  • Apply gradient faucet 160.

Step 4

Add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow). Apply the following values:

  • Opacity (Opacity): 65%
  • Bias (Distance): 0

Step 5

So, we stylized the outer stroke. By using a gradient fill at an angle of 45 °, we created a specular reflection of brilliance, so you can also apply other gradients. Don’t forget to copy / paste these layer styles to the other stroke layers you have.

10. Apply styling to diamonds.

Double click on the layer Diamonds (Diamonds) inside the group for the first line of text, to apply the following layer styles.

Step 1

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Method (Technique): Tough faceting (Chisel Hard)
  • Circuit gloss (Gloss Contour): Ring
  • Put the tick in the window Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Mode backlight (Highlight Mode): Bright shine (Vivid Light)

Step 2

Add a layer style Circuit (Contour). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Circuit (Contour): Cone – Inverted
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Step 3

Add a layer style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the following settings for this style:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Soft light (Soft Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 45
  • Apply gradient Chrome bar 185.

Step 4

Add a layer style Shadow (Drop Shadow). Apply the following values:

  • Bias (Distance): 1
  • The size (Size): 3

Step 5

So, we stylized diamonds. Copy / paste these layer styles to the rest of the diamond layers you have.

11. Add shine

Step 1

Open the tab Brush ( Brush), select one of the Glitter brushes from the Star / Glitter brush set. The brush that was used in this lesson is SF-6.

In customization Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape), reduce the size of the brush depending on whether you want to add large or small stars / shine.

Step 2

In customization Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics), change the value Size fluctuation (Size Jitter) by 30% and the value Angle swings (Angle Jitter) at 100%. Thus, each time we click on the text with a brush and add gloss, the size and rotation angle of the sparkling highlights will also change.

Step 3

Change the foreground color to #ebebeb, create a new layer on top of all other layers with groups, name this layer Shine (Flares), and also change the blending mode for this layer to Bright light (Vivid Light).

Now start adding glitter to different parts of the text, as well as to the edges of the text.

Congratulations! We have completed the lesson!

In this tutorial, we created a simple background with a gradient fill, and then added a bokeh texture on top of the layer with the background. Next, we created text layers to which we applied effects.

After that, we set up the brush twice, created a work path, executed the outer stroke, and added diamonds. We also fixed the overlay of diamonds on each other, first we removed the overlay, and then added others.

Next, we applied a couple of layer styles to each layer that we created, using mainly the styles of the Emboss and Gradient Layer styles to give the text a shiny effect.

In conclusion, we adjusted the brush with glitter to add a sparkling effect to the entire text, changing the size and rotation angle of the brilliant highlights.

The final result:

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