In this tutorial, you will learn how to create an electric text effect using textures and brushes. This effect can be used for both plain text and various shapes.
1. Create a textural background.
Open the dark wall texture in Photoshop. Move on Edit – Define Pattern (Edit – Define the pattern) and save the texture as a pattern. Now you can close the document.
Create a new document and add a new layer, which we call “Background Texture”. Fill it with any color. Then add a style to the layer. Layer – Layer Style – Pattern Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Pattern Overlay), using the pattern we created in the previous step.
2. Create a vignette
Add a layer style to the background. Inner Glow (Inner Glow) using black in the style settings. The size of the glow depends on the size of the working canvas.
We write any text. I used the Intro font, which is available absolutely free. If you do not know how to install new fonts in Photoshop, read about it in a special lesson (http://www.psd-dude.com/tutorials/install-font-in-photoshop.aspx).
Add the following styles to the text layer: Drop Shadow (Shadow), Inner Shadow (Inner shadow), Inner Glow (Internal glow) and Bevel and Emboss (Embossed). Also set the parameter Fill (Fill) layer at 0%.
3. Add the texture of electricity
Create a new layer and call it “Electrical Texture”. Load the zipped texture and paste it onto this layer.
4. Apply the parameter Blend If (Overlay, if)
Parameter Blend If (Overlay, if) determines how the tonal areas of the upper and lower layers are mixed together. This feature is in a window with layer styles. At the bottom of this window you will find two black and white stripes with black and white sliders. Moving the sliders in the opposite direction (right / left), you mix certain tonal areas of the upper layer with the lower.
Open the layer style window for the “Electrical Texture” layer. Move the black slider to the right, as shown below. Notice that the dark tones are now hidden.
5. Add a glow
Click the right mouse button on the “Electrical Texture” layer and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object). Now add the following styles to this layer: Outer Glow (color # ff3000) (External glow), Inner Glow (color # fd3c00) (Inner glow), Color Overlay (color #ffffff) (Overlay color).
Create a new layer and call it “Lightning Texture.” Load the texture with lightning 2 and transfer it to this layer. Change layer blend mode to Screen (Lightening).
Add an adjustment layer Layer – New Adjustments Layer – Gradient Map (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map) to the lightning texture. Then we transform the adjustment layer into a clipping mask (Ctrl + Alt + G) and set its blend mode to Color (Chromaticity). We also add a correction layer for lightning. Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and transform it into a clipping mask.
Select the lightning texture layer and both adjustment layers, then click on the button Create new group (Create New Group) at the bottom of the layers panel. We call the group “Texture lightning.”
6. Apply mask to the group
If you want to mask several layers at once, then you first need to combine them into one group, as we did in the previous step. Then add a mask to the group by clicking on the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. With a soft brush (B) of black color we paint over the mask, adjusting the opacity of the tool to get the desired result.
Create a new layer and call it “Glare.” Set its blend mode to Overlay (Overlap). White brush lighten the areas you want to make brighter.
If you wish, you can add more details using a set of brushes that can be downloaded from the link at the beginning of the lesson.
We add adjustment layers as final touches:
- Hue/ Saturation (Hue / Saturation): click on the mask of the adjustment layer and go Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds). Before applying the filter, make sure that the foreground color is set to white and the back color to black.
- Gradient Map (Gradient Map): Set the blending mode of the adjustment layer to Hue (Color tone) and choose the colors for the gradient: # 97461a and #efdbcd.
- Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast)
Let’s apply another filter. Filter – Other – High Pass (Filter – Other – Color Contrast) to increase the sharpness of the picture.
Here is the final result of the work.