Create fresh and glossy text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create cool, crisp, and glossy text using different layer styles and multiple images.

Step 1

Create a new document size 850? 550 pixels with a resolution of 72 pixels per inch. Click on the foreground color pattern and set its color to # 22272d, and then set the background color to # 101115. Select the tool Gradient (Gradient tool) (G), click on the gradient thumbnail in the options bar to open the gradient editor, select the gradient “From main to background” (Foreground to Background) and click OK. Now install in the top bar Radial gradient (Radial Gradient). By pressing the left mouse button, create a direction from the center of the document to one of the corners to make a gradient background.

Choose a tool Text (Type tool) (T) and using the font “Franks” 230 pt, write the word “FRESH” in white in the center of the document. Decrease fill (Fill) text layer to 0%, and then double-click the key combination Ctrl + J to make two copies.

Step 2

Double click on the text layer thumbnail in the layers panel to open the parameter window Layer style (Layer Style). Select Stamping (Bevel Emboss) in the list on the left. Set the size to 27 pixels, uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light), install Angle (Angle) at 149 ° and Height (Altitude) at 58 °. Click on the “arrow”, which is located next to the thumbnail Gloss contour (Gloss Contour) and select Inverted cone (Cone – Inverted). Tick ​​on Smoothing (Anti-aliased), change Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) on Overlap (Overlay), make the backlight opacity up to 100% and change the opacity Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) up to 0%.

Now select Circuit (Contour) in the list and tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Select further in the list Stroke (Stroke). Set the size to 1 pixel. Change Stroke Type (Fill Type) on the gradient and set Angle (Angle) 90 °. Now click on the gradient thumbnail to open the gradient editor. Click on the right button Download (Load), select the “CHROMES.grd” gradient set previously downloaded along with the archive and click Open. Gradients will be added at the bottom of the list. Select the gradient “Stainless steel 10x” and click OK to close the gradient editor.

Choose next Internal glow (Inner Glow). Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft Light) and install Noise (Noise) at 100%. Now set the color to yellow (# c7bf5a) and click OK to close the color picker window. Install A source (Source): “From the Center” (Center) and resize to 20 pixels.

Next on the list, select Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay) and then click on the gradient thumbnail to open the editor. Double click on color control point in the lower left corner of the gradient, in the appeared color picker window set the color to # 016f6e and click OK. Now double click on color control point in the lower right corner and change the color to # fee847, click OK and then click OK again to close the gradient editor.

Now select Shadow (Drop Shadow). Set the opacity to 19%, uncheck Global coverage (Global Light), change Angle (Angle) at -143 ° and set Bias (Distance) by 18 pixels. Click OK to close the parameter window. Layer style (Layer Style). We created a style for our text. If you want, you can try different gradient fills.

Step 3

Double click on the thumbnail of the text layer copy to open the parameter window again. Layer style (Layer Style). Select Stamping (Bevel Emboss), change The size (Size) by 10 pixels, uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light) and install Angle (Angle) at 63 °, and Height (Altitude) at 69 °. Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased) and change Modebacklight (Highlight Mode) on Overlap (Overlay), Opacity (Opacity) of the backlight mode set to 100% and the opacity Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) up to 0%. Click OK to apply the layer style. So we added another glossy layer to our text.

Step 4

Double-click on the thumbnail of the second text layer to reopen the parameter window. Layer style (Layer Style). Select Stamping (Bevel Emboss), change The size (Size) 21 pixels, uncheck Global coverage (Use Global Light) and install Angle (Angle) at -121 ° a Height (Altitude) at 58 °. Tick Smoothing (Anti-aliased), change Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) on Overlap (Overlay), Opacity (Opacity) of the backlight mode set to 100% and the opacity Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) up to 0%.

Now select from the list Circuit (Contour), click on the “arrow”, which is located next to the thumbnail contour and select Semicircle (Half Round), tick on Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Select External glow (Outer Glow). Change blending mode (Blend Mode) on Linear light (Linear Light) and install Noise (Noise) by 19%. Select the color # dbffb7, click OK to close the color palette and resize to 7 pixels. Click OK to apply this layer style. We added the last glossy layer as well as the external glow to make the effect look more interesting.

Step 5

Open the Water Spray image, select the tool Move (Move tool) (V) and, holding the left mouse button, drag the image into our work, place it on top of the other layers. Then go to Editing> Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform) to change the size of the spray and move the image as needed so that the spray covers all the text as shown below. Press Enter to apply the transform.

Double click on the name of the layer thumbnail and rename it to “Drops”, then change the value Fillings (Fill) at 0%. Now double click on the layer thumbnail to open the parameter window. Layer style (Layer Style). Select Stamping (Bevel Emboss) and check the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased), change Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) on Bright light (Vivid Light) and lower the opacity Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) up to 10%.

Now select Circuit (Contour) and change it to Inverted cone (Cone – Inverted), check the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Select Shadow (Drop Shadow) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 15%, uncheck Global coverage (Global Light), change Angle (Angle) at 113 ° and set Bias (Distance) up to 7 pixels. Click OK to apply the layer style. This style will make the drops transparent and realistic, and they will be perfectly combined with the text.

Hold down the Ctrl key, left-click on the text layer thumbnail to create an active text selection, then click Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask) (circle in a square) at the bottom of the layers panel. So you remove the extra drops that are outside the text, but you can remove the layer mask at any time and apply a layer with drops to any other text you create.

Step 6

Open one of the images of water droplets in the Gex78 folder (any image will do). Using tool Move (Move Tool) drag the image into our work and place it below the text layer. Double click on the name of the layer thumbnail and rename it to “Water BG”. At the top of the layers panel, change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay). Go to Editing> Free Transform (Edit> Free Transform) and resize the image as shown below.

Click icon Add layer mask (Add Layer Mask) at the bottom of the layers panel and press the D key and then the X key to set the colors Foreground and Background (Foreground Background) on black and white. Select the Gradient tool and click on the gradient thumbnail in the options bar, select the gradient From main to background (Foreground to Background) and click OK to close the gradient editor, then set Linear gradient (Linear Gradient) on the options bar.

Then place the cursor slightly above the top edge of the image with water droplets and, holding the left mouse button, drag the cursor to the bottom of the text. This will erase the top of the image, and the image itself will fade smoothly on our background. You can undo this step and repeat it again until you are satisfied with the result.

Step 7

Select the top layer, and then hold down the Shift key to select all layers except the Background layer and the Water BG layer. Go to Layers> Duplicate Layers (Layer> Duplicate Layers) and then click OK, then select Layers> Merge Layers (Layer> Merge Layers). Double click on the name of the duplicated layer and rename it to “Reflection”.

Go to Editing> Transform> Flip Vertically (Edit> Transform> Flip Vertical) to flip the merged layer. Choose a tool Move (Move Tool) and, while holding the Shift key, drag the reflection down until it touches the bottom edge of the text. Go to Filter> Filter Gallery> Distortion> Ocean Waves (Filter> Filter Gallery> Distort> Ocean Ripple) and set both values ​​to 9. This will make the reflection more realistic. If the Filter Gallery is inactive, go to Image> Mode> 8 bits /channel (Image> Mode> 8 Bits / Channel) and try again.

Change the blending mode of the “Reflection” layer to Hard light (Hard Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 65%. Then follow the same steps in steps 2 and 3 in Step 6 to erase the bottom of the reflection and create a dissolve effect using a layer mask and gradient. Make sure you drag the gradient from the bottom of the inverted text to get the correct dissolution.

Step 8

Click on the icon Create New Layer (Create a New Layer) at the bottom of the layers panel to add a new layer above the layer with reflection. Rename it to “Shadow”, then click on the foreground color pattern and select color # 464646, then click OK to close Color palette (Color Picker). Choose a tool Brush (Brush Toll) (B) and open the panel Window> Brush (Window> Brush). Click the tab Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape) and set Size (Size) brush 80 pixels, Form (Roundness) set to 50% as well Interval (Spacing) up to 50%. Now click Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics) and resize Swing size (Jitter) by 30% and make sure that for Control (Control) set to Turned off (Off) for all instances.

Change the blending mode of the “Shadow” layer to Multiplication (Multiply) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%. Now draw a shadow under the text. You can change the opacity value if you need to add a shadow.

Click on the icon Create a new adjustment layer (Create New Adjustment Layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient (Gradient). In the window that opens, click on the gradient thumbnail, and then double-click the control point on the bottom left and enter # 7c7c7c, then click OK to close the color palette. Now double click on the control point in the right corner, use the same color and double click OK. Return to the dialog box Gradient fill (Gradient Fill) and select a style Radial (Radial), set the scale to 500%, tick Inversion (Reverse) and click OK.

Finally, change the blending mode of the adjustment layer to Linear dim (Linear Burn) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 30%. So we completed the work on the effect, slightly adjusting the color.

Here is the final result. We got this effect using various styles of layers and different images with splashes and drops of water. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it turned out to be useful for you.

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