Make the text from sequins in Photoshop

This lesson explains how to create stunning shiny text with Photoshop styles, filters, and brushes.

Here is the final image that we get at the end of the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document with dimensions of 1350×1000 pixels. Set foreground color # 525252, and the back # 0d0d0d. Draw a radial gradient from the center of the document to one of the corners; make sure that you select a gradient from foreground to back.

We go to Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Set the Effect (Amount) to 5%, Distribute (Distribution), put a Uniform (Uniform), and tick the Monochrome (Monochromatic).

Step 2. Writing text using color # ffeb0f. A 377px Titania font was used. Copy the text layer, now you have two copies.

Double click on the copy of the text layer (the one above) to apply the following styles:
Shadow: Change the color to # 383838, set the size to 10.

Inner shadow: Change the color to # 625841, set the size to 13, the contour is Semicircular.

Stamping: set the depth to 450, size 10, the gloss contour of Lag, and put a check mark on Smoothing. Also set the color to Backlight Mode # fff119, and to Shadow Mode # 8a7b3e.

Circuit: just tick the Smoothing.

Here is how our text should now look:

Step 3. Click on the layer thumbnail by holding down the Ctrl / Command key to create a selection.

Set foreground color # 7d6905, and the rear # d3c614. Create a new layer above the rest, name it “texture”. Fill the selection on the new layer with the foreground color, press Ctrl / Command + D to remove the selection.

Step 4. Now we are going to use several filters to create a brilliant texture. First we go to Filter> Sketch> Postage Paper (Filter> Sketch> Notepaper). Set the following settings:

Now go to Filter> Texture> Stained Glass (Filter> Texture> Stained Glass) and set the following settings. The last setting (Light Intensity) adds brightness to the center of the texture, so if you want more brightness, you can increase the value.

And the last filter, Filter> Stylization> Edge Glow (Filter> Stylize> Glowing Edges), make the following settings:

Change the “texture” layer overlay mode to Overlap (Overlay).

That’s all for the text effect. Now add some sparking using the tool. Brush (Brush tool).

Step 5. Open the brush panel Window> Brushes (Window> Brush) and choose a round hard brush. Set the following settings:

Step 6. Right-click on the text layer, select Form a work path (Create Work Path).

Set foreground color # d3c614, rear # ffff08. Create a new layer above all the others and name it “sparkling”. Switch to the tool Direct selection (Direct Selection Tool).

Right click on the contour, select Contour Stroke (Stroke Path).

Select the Brush tool from the drop-down menu of the tools; make sure you don’t check the Simulate pressure (Simulate Pressure).

In this way, we draw the outline of the brush we just created.

Set the Sparking layer to the blending mode Linear Light.

Step 7. The last thing we need to do is add a shadow to the text so that it does not merge with the background and has greater depth. Therefore, double click on the original test layer (the lowest one), set the following settings:

Lower the fill of this layer to zero, so that only the shadow remains visible.

Final image:


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