Create a holographic effect for text in photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a simple holographic text effect using layer styles and filters. Let’s start!

I was inspired to create this text effect by the various layer styles available on GraphicRiver.

1. Create a texture base for the background.

Step 1

Create a new 900 x 600 pixel document with a white background. Then right-click on the layer. Background (Background) and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object). We call the resulting smart object “Texture”.

Step 2

Set the foreground and foreground colors to black and white, respectively. Next, go Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds).

2. Create a holographic texture

Step 1

Move on Filter – Filter Gallery – Texture – Grain (Filter – Filter Gallery – Texture – Grain) and apply the following settings:

  • Intensity (Intensity): 100
  • Contrast (Contrast): 0
  • Grain Type (Grain type): Clumped (Lumps)

To add new ones without closing the window with filters, click the buttons New effect filter (New effects layer) in the lower right corner of the window, and then select the filter you want.

Step 2

Move on Stylize – Glowing Edges (Styling – Edge Glow) and apply the following settings:

  • Edge Width (Edge width): 2
  • Edge Brightness (Edge Brightness): 6
  • Smoothness (Softening): 7

Step 3

Move on Artistic – Watercolor (Imitation – Watercolor) and apply the following settings:

  • Brush Detail (Detailing): 3
  • Shadow intensity (Depth of shadows): 0
  • Texture (Texture): 1

Step 4

Move on Artistic – Film Grain (Imitation – Film grain) and apply the following settings:

  • Grain (Grain): 3
  • Highlight Area (Area of ​​Lights): 0
  • Intensity (Intensity): 10

Step 5

Move on Brush Strokes – Dark Strokes (Strokes – Dark Strokes) and apply the following settings:

  • Balance (Balance): 0
  • Black Intensity (Black content): 0
  • White Intensity (White content): 2

When finished, click OK to close the window with filters.

Step 6

Apply Filter – Distort – Wave (Filter – Distortion – Wave) with settings as in the screenshot below. But you can use any other parameters.

Step 7

This will be the base texture for creating the effect. You can change its size depending on what size your final lesson result will have.

Next we go Image – Image Size (Image – Image size). Install Width (Width) by 1200 pixels, and Height (Height) – 750 pixels.

We save this document and do not close it, as we will need it later.

3. Create a vignette background

Step 1

Create a new document with the size of 900 x 600 pixels, click on the button. Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Solid Color (Colour).

Use dark color, for example, # 201c20.

Step 2

Now in the same menu, select Gradient (Gradient). To fill, use colors # 909090 (left) and # 000000 (right).

Gradient style set to Radial (Radial) and Scale (Scale) – to 250. Then we change its blending mode to Soft Light (Soft light).

4. Add text and glyphs

Step 1

We write any text using the Premier Script font and size 200 pt.

Step 2

Since this font has many embedded glyphs, you can access them by highlighting a single letter in the text and then selecting the glyph in the tooltip that appears.

Step 3

Another way to access the font glyphs is to go to the menu. Type – Panels – Glyphs Panel (Text – Panels – Glyphs panel).

Select the letter that we want to replace, and select the desired character on the glyph panel.

Step 4

Before proceeding to the next step, carefully study the text and make all the necessary changes in the letters.

Step 5

Duplicate (Ctrl + J) the text layer.

5. Create a glass stroke.

Double click on the original text layer to apply the following layer styles:

Step 1

Add a layer style Bevel and Emboss (Emboss) with the following parameters:

  • Style (Style): Outer Bevel (Contour stamping)
  • Size (Size): 6
  • Gloss Contour (Gloss contour): Ring – Double (Double ring)
  • Put a tick in front Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Highlight mode (Backlight mode): Vivid light (Bright light)
  • Shadow mode (Shadow mode): Linear burn (Linear dimmer)
  • Color classification: # 222222
  • Opacity (Opacity): 15%

Step 2

Add a layer style Contour (Contour) with the following parameters:

  • Contour (Circuit): Log (Report)
  • Put a tick in front Anti-aliased (Smoothing)

Step 3

Add a layer style Inner Shadow (Inner shadow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend Mode (Blend Mode): Color Burn (Blackout basics)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Distance (Offset): 1
  • Size (Size): 1

Step 4

Add a layer style Outer Glow (External glow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend Mode (Blend Mode): Normal (Normal)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Color: #dbd6dd
  • Spread (Swipe): 10
  • Size (Size): 7

We get the following stroke with glass effect:

6. Create a glossy effect.

Double click on the copy of the text layer to apply the following layer styles:

Step 1

Add a layer style Bevel and Emboss (Emboss) with the following parameters:

  • Size (Size): 10
  • Uncheck with Use Global Light (Global coverage)
  • Angle (Angle): 84
  • Altitude (Height): 42
  • Gloss Contour (Gloss contour): Ring – Double (Double ring)
  • Put a tick in front Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Highlight mode (Backlight mode): Vivid light (Bright light)
  • Shadow mode (Shadow mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 10%

Step 2

Add a layer style Contour (Contour) with the following parameters:

  • Contour (Circuit): Rolling Slope – Descending (Wavy downward slope)
  • Put a tick in front Anti-aliased (Smoothing)

Step 3

Add a layer style Inner Glow (Internal glow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend Mode (Blend Mode): Vivid Light (Bright light)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Color classification: # 697b99
  • Source (A source): Center (From the center)
  • Size (Size): 5
  • Contour (Circuit): Cone – Inverted (Inverted cone)

We get this effect:

7. Apply the texture to the text.

Step 1

Go back to the document with a holographic texture, press Ctrl + A to select the entire document, and Ctrl + C to copy the selected area.

Step 2

Go to the main document with the text and press Ctrl + V to paste the copied texture. Name the texture layer “Texture” and change its blending mode to Screen (Lightening).

Right-click on the “Texture” layer and select Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask) so that the texture acts only on the text layer.

Step 3

Select a copy of the text layer and change its color to any other. In the lesson used color # 72757a.

8. Apply adjustment layers

Step 1

Move on Layer – New Adjustment Layer (Layer – New adjustment layer) and add Vibrance (Juiciness). Transform this layer into a clipping mask for the “Texture” layer and set the parameter Vibrance (Juiciness) at 50.

Step 2

Add an adjustment layer Curves (Curves). Change its blend mode to Luminosity (Brightness) so as not to distort colors, and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 80%.

Adjust the three RGB curves to get the desired result.

Step 3

This is what the customized RGB curves look like. However, you can skip this curve setting if it is not necessary. Also try experimenting with the opacity of the layer to get the result that’s right for your job.

Great job, we are done!

At the beginning of the lesson, we used a large number of different filters to create a holographic texture.

Then we added two text layers and applied layer styles to them to give a glass effect. Finally, they added a holographic texture and adjustment layers to the text to complete the creation of the effect.

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