Create a shiny text in Photoshop

Photoshop has a lot of useful panels, for example – Layer Style. The settings of this panel will help you to achieve very interesting effects by spending a little time and effort. If you understand the settings in more detail, you can create unique individual effects. In this lesson, I will show you how to create an interesting space view for plain text. Let’s start!

Lesson details:

– program: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (also, all versions from CS3 and later will do);
– time consuming: about 50 minutes;
– complexity: medium.

Initial materials for the lesson:

Author’s Note:

– before starting the lesson, download all the resources, install the font and patterns;
– Before starting the lesson, open the source with the texture “Metal” in Photoshop. Switch to Editing – Define a pattern (Edit – Define – Pattern) and press OK, to add texture to the template library.

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 1024 x 750 pixels. Open the “Space Dust” image and place it in the main working document above the background layer.

Then, scale the size of the space image relative to the main document size. The original texture is quite large. So, if you want to create a bigger job, you can do it boldly.

Double-click the left mouse button on the layer with cosmic dust, this will allow you to quickly go to the settings Layer style (Layer style). In the menu that appears, select the effect Overlapping pattern (Pattern Overlay).
In the effect settings, set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), and the pattern view is “Hex Metal Mesh” (from the “Metal Mesh” set).

Now your space background looks something like this:

Step 2

On a new layer, create capitalized text using the font “Garnet”.
In tool settings Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) set the color to # 1e4d6e and the font size is 250 pt. Then go to the symbols and paragraphs palette and set Tracking (Tracking) 100 pt.

Create two duplicate text layers. Stand on the second copy layer and lower the value. Fillings (Fill) to 0%. Now let’s start adding styles to our text.

Step 3

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

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

Circuit (Contour):

Stroke (Stroke): set the stroke type to a gradient, and use the “stove pipe 155b” gradient from the “CHROMES” set.

Applying the above layer styles, we got a beautiful outer stroke of the text.

Step 4

Go to the first copy layer with text. Double-click on a layer to open the Layer Style settings. Enter the following values:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

Circuit (Contour):

Gloss (Satin):

The text has acquired a more volumetric view:

Step 5

Add layer styles to the second copy layer with text.

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

Circuit (Contour):

Gloss (Satin):

Thus, we have achieved depth and added more shine to the letters.

Step 6

Hold key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of any of the text layers.

Create a new layer above the layer with the first copy of the text layer. Name this layer “Texture” (Texture). Set the foreground color to # 081f30, and the background color is white.

Then go to Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render – Clouds).
Deselect the outline of the text by going to Selection – Deselect Selection (Select – Deselec).

Standing on the “Texture” layer, use Filter – Appearance – Crystallization (Filter – Pixelate – Crystallize).

Switch to Filter – Filter Gallery – Strokes – Focus on Edges (Filter – Filter Gallery – Brush Strokes – Accented Edges).

We got a texture with bright cracks:

Use another filter. Filter – Filter Gallery – Strokes – Oblique Strokes (Filter – Filter Gallery – Brush Strokes – Angled Strokes).

This filter allowed to make the texture more distinct.

Add a cracked texture with a bit of sharpness. To do this, go to Filter – Sharpness – Smart Sharpen (Filter – Sharpen – Smart Sharpen).

At this stage, your text has a similar appearance:

To make the texture look less intense, change the blend mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 7

Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones. Name the new layer “Noise” (Noise). Set foreground color to # 1a1a1a. Hold key Ctrl and click on the thumbnail of the text layer.

Switch to Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter – Render – Clouds). Deselect by going to Selection – Deselect Selection (Select – Deselec).

Add a little scuff. To do this, use Filter – Texture – Grain (Filter – Texture – Grain).

Blend mode (in the next mod) of the “Noise” layer change to Soft light (Soft Light), and lower the opacity (opacity) to 50%.

Step 8

Stand on the top layer. Hold keyShift and click on the original text layer (in order to select all the layers). Then press the key combination Ctrl + G, in order to create a group of selected layers. Name the group “Text” (Text).

Create a duplicate of the “Text” group. Disable the visibility of the original group. Standing on a group-copy, go to the menu Layer – Merge Group (Layer – Merge Group).

Activate on the toolbar Rounded Rectangle (Rounded Rectangle Tool). In the tool settings, set the radius to 10 pixels, and the drawing mode to layer shape (shape). Draw a rectangle of such size that it completely overlaps one letter. Drag the layer with the rectangle below the layer with the merged text group.

Add layer styles to the rectangle:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss):

Circuit (Contour):

Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay):

Overlapping pattern (Pattern Overlay):

After the changes, you should get this tile:

Step 9

Duplicate the tile rectangle as many times as you have letters.

Double-click on the merged text layer, and enter these values ​​in the Layer Style menu settings:

With the last action, we added a shadow to the text. The reason why we didn’t add a shadow earlier is that when merging a group our text layer was rasterized. If we added the shadow earlier, it would also be rasterized and converted to a solid color, but we need the shadow to interact with the background in the Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 10

Activate the tool Polygonal Lasso (Polygonal Lasso Tool). Standing on the layer with the merged text, click on the upper left corner of the letter above the letter in order to put the first point. Continue to dot the letters until you return to the original first point. This will create a selection around the letter.

Next, press the key combination Ctrl + J in order to copy a letter and its shadow on a separate layer.

Repeat the previous two steps with the remaining letters. When each letter is on a separate layer, turn off the visibility of the layer with the merged text.

Now you can change the arrangement of letters or tiles. To do this, stand on a layer with a letter (or tile) and go to Editing – Free Transform (Edit – Free Transform). Then expand the letter (tile) as you like. Do not forget – in order to apply the changes, you need to press Enter.

Step 11

Create a new layer on top of all the previous ones and name it “Glow”. Blend mode of this layer change to Linear light (Linear Light).

Set foreground color to # 6dcff6. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). Brush type – round, soft; size – 35 pixels ..
Now, on the “Shine” layer, draw points on the faces of the letters.

Then go to Filter – Distortion – Ripples (Filter – Distort – Ripple). Enter the settings as shown below:

Using filter Ripple (Ripple), we got a beautiful highlight on the letters:

Add the final touches. On top of all previous layers add an adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map).

Double-click on the thumbnail of the Gradient Map layer to go to the gradient settings menu. Download the CSP True Sky Gradients collection to the library. And select the gradient you like from the list. Then change the blending mode of the Gradient Map layer to Overlap (Overlay) and lower the layer opacity to 50%.

This lesson is over! I hope you found it useful.

Author: Rose

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