Glowing text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to decorate text with a brush using a simple pattern, brush settings, and layer styles.

The final image.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a document of size 1024 * 768 pixels. For this effect, we need a dark background, so fill the background with color 131313, then write the text in color # 2695c4. Use the font, size 250 pixels.

Change the value Fill (Fill) text layer to 0%.

Create a duplicate text layer.

Step 2. Double click on the original text layer to add a layer style (Add a layer style)
External glow (Outer Glow):
Change Blending Mode (Blend Mode) to Hard light (Hard Light), color at # 4ea6d0, and the size is 65 pixels.

This will add the first layer of glow to the text.

Now, double click on the copy text layer to add a layer style (Add a layer style)
External glow (Outer Glow): Change the color to # 1bbcff, size up to 29 and Contour.

Internal glow (Inner Glow): Change the color to # 00baff, size up to 9 pixels.

This will add another layer of glow to the text.

Step 3. Next we create a pattern. So, create a new document, size 32 x 32 pixels, and move on View -> Rulers (View -> Rulers), or just click Ctrl + R, so that the guides appear.
Move the guide until it is centered in the document. Do the same for the second guide on the left.

Set the foreground color to black. Activate the tool Elips (Ellipse Tool), and check the settings of the tool at the top of the settings panel, check the From Center box. This will help you create a circle shape in the center.

You can enlarge the image, if it is more convenient for you, and place the cursor in the center of the document (where the two lines of the guides intersect), press Shift (to create a “perfect circle”) and drag the shape out to form a circle.

The size should be approximately as in the picture below. You need to leave enough space in the corners of the document.
If you draw a small circle, there will be more empty space between the circles in the pattern, (and less space if your circle is large).

Right-click on the shape layer and select Rasterize layer (Rasterize Layer).

Activate the tool Rectangular area (Rectangular Marquee Tool), and, starting from the center of the document, draw a rectangle that covers a quarter of a circle.

Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) the selected part. It will be inserted on a new layer. Using the tool Move (Move Tool), move it and insert this part in the opposite corner.

Repeat these steps for the remaining corners, and remember to select the layer of the original circle again after each insertion, since the parts are copied to the new layers, and you need to copy from the original layer.

Remove the “Eyes” icon next to the white background to keep the background transparent.

Go to the menu Edit-> Define Pattern (Edit -> Define Pattern), write any name for the pattern.

And it is for this pattern that we are going to create a brush!

Step 4. Let’s go back to the source document and open the settings panel. Brushes (Brush) Window-> Brush (Window-> Brush). Select a soft brush and change its settings as shown below.
Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape):

Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics):

Scattering (Scattering):

Texture (Texture):
Here we will use the pattern, do not forget to select it and set the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 5. Right-click on the text layer, and select the Create Work Path command.

Set foreground color to # 2695c4, and activate the tool Outline selection (Direct Selection Tool).
Create a new layer between the two text layers, and name it Polka Dot.

Right-click on the work path, and go Outline the contour (Stroke Path).

Select the brush tool from the drop-down menu, and uncheck the checkbox Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure).

It will be a stroke. Brush (Brush). Press Enter to get rid of the path.

Press Ctrl and click on the text layer icon (thumbnail) in the layers palette to create a selection. Make sure the Polka Dot layer is the active (selected) layer, and click the button Delete, to get rid of the inside of the stroke.

Move on Select -> Unselect (Select -> Deselect) or press Ctrl + D to get rid of the selection.

Double click on the “Pea” layer, Add a layer style (Add a layer style)
Internal glow (Inner Glow):
Change Blending Mode (Blend Mode) to Bright light (Vivid Light), color # 65f2ff, source From the center (Center), and up to 10 pixels in size.

This will add a beautiful glow in the center.

Step 6. Set the foreground colors to black and the background to white, create a new layer on top of all layers, call it “Clouds”.

Let’s go to Filter-> Rendering-> Clouds (Filter -> Render -> Clouds).

Change the blending mode (Blend Mode) of the “Clouds” layer to Overlap (Overlay). This will add some changes to the glow intensity of the stroke.

Step 7. The following steps are optional. We will add some interesting, blurry glitter around the text to give a sense of space.
Open the settings panel Brushes (Brush) select a 26px star brush, change its settings as in the picture below.

Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape):
You can increase the distance value if you want to make more space between the sparkles.

Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics):

Scattering (Scattering):

Color dynamics (Color Dynamics):

Step 8. Create a new layer under the “Clouds” layer, and name it “Sparks”. Set the foreground color to # 0669b2 and the background color to # 00f4fd.

Add some sparkles around the text.

Duplicate the Sparks layer, and change the blending mode of the copy layer (Blend Mode) to Linear light (Linear Light).

Select the “Spark” layer again, and move on Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur). Change the Radius value to 3.

Blur will make sparkles shine.

That’s all, our text is ready. See you in the next lesson.

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