Glass text in Photoshop

In this very simple tutorial, you will learn how to create colorful, sparkling glass text using filters and layer styles.

Final result:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

Create a new document (File – Create) with the following parameters: Width: 1250, Height: 750 px, resolution 300. Next we need to fill in the document created by us in black. Duplicate the layer by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J).

In the color picker, set the following colors: foreground: black (000000) background color: (ffffff). Now we have to create a small “Northern Lights” on which our text will be located. Go to Filter – Rendering – Fibers (Filter – Render – Fibers) and customize it. Mismatch 20 and intensity 5.

Go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur), change the angle to 90 degrees and the Offset to 1000.

Change the blending mode to “Linear dimmer”(Linear Burn). As a result, our layer will remain empty, black, but it doesn’t matter the colors we will add later.

Step 2

Using the tool “Horizontal text (T) ” (Type tool) and “Playball” font (download link is available in the preface) write any word or sentence in Latin letters.

Standing on the text layer, change the “Fill” value to 0 and duplicate the layer by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J).

Step 3

Double click on the original text layer and apply the following parameters:

Stamping: Style-External bevel, Method-Hard cut, Gloss contour-Inverted cone, put a tick near “Smoothing” Backlight mode-Linear light, Shadow mode-Multiplication, Color-Gray (b5b5b5)


Circuit: Inverted cone, and put a tick near the “Smoothing”.


Stroke: Size-7pix, Position-Outside, Blend Mode-Normal, Opacity-0%, Stroke Type-Color, Color-White (ffffff).


Shadow: Blend-Multiply Mode, Color-Dark Gray (474747), Opacity-75%, Tick the “Global Light”, Offset – 11 pixels, Swipe – 0%, Size – 8 pixels.

And so we created the first layer of glass text.

Step 4

Double click on the copy of the text layer and apply the following parameters:
Stamping: Style – Internal bevel, Method – Smooth, Depth – 100%, Direction – Up, Size – 13pix, Softening 0 pixel, Gloss Contour – Wavy downward slope, Put a tick next to “Smoothing”.

Circuit: Contour – Gaussian Inversion, and tick the box “Smoothing”.

Internal luminescence: Blend mode – Overlap, Opacity – 75%, Noise – 100%, Color – White (ffffff), Method – Soft, Source – From the Center, Tightening – 0% Size – 20 pixels.

And here we have created the second layer of glass text, it’s time for us to decorate our previously created background.

Step 5

Use the “Brush (B) ”(Brush Tool) Select a large soft brush and create a new layer between the copy and the original background layer and name it“ Color ”and paint the background with any colors you like.

The screenshot below shows the colors that the author used.

And here is our final result:


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