Making glass text in Photoshop

Glass effects are among the popular effects and never go out of style. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create stylish and elegant glass text using only Layer styles (Layer Styles) Photoshop.

In this lesson you will find a couple of tips that will help improve the effect when using other types and sizes of fonts.

Final result

Source materials:

Step 1

Selection of an image with a background when creating a glass text effect is a very important process, it is necessary that the background make the effect gorgeous. You need to make sure that the background complements the effect of the glass text, but at the same time, it should not overlap the text or make it less noticeable or transparent.

This tutorial uses a background with a bokeh texture, but you can use any other image at your discretion, taking into account that some settings may need to be changed depending on the image you chose.

So let’s start by creating a new document 850 x 550 px. Move the Bokeh texture to our working paper, placing it on top of the layer with the background. Apply scaling to the bokeh texture if necessary, and then you can merge the bokeh texture layer and the layer with the background.

Font selection is another important part of the process if you want to get amazing results. The bold, elegant font is definitely the best way to demonstrate this effect.

So, write the text in capital letters using the Rialto font, the font size is 220 pt.

Decrease Fill (Fill) text layers up to 0%, and then duplicate the text layer three times, so you only get 4 layers with text.

Step 2

Double click on the original text layer to apply the following Layer styles (Layer Style):

Stamping(Bevel and Emboss)

The size (Size): 27
Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
Angle (Angle): 149
Height (Altitude): 58
Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): Cone – Inverted
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 3%

You can lower the opacity value of the backlight mode if you want to create a more subtle effect.

Circuit (Contour)
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

Stroke (Stroke)

The size (Size): 1
Type of strokes(Fill Type): Gradient(Gradient)
Angle(Angle): 90
Gradient (Gradient): stainless steel 10x – but you can also try other gradients by choosing CHROMES.grd from the set of gradients.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow)
Opacity (Opacity): 25%

Increasing value Opacity (Opacity) will make the effect more characteristic.

Shadow (Drop Shadow)

Opacity (Opacity): 19%
Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
Angle (Angle): -143
Bias (Distance): 18

Play with the parameter Angle (Angle) to change the angle of the shadow. You can also click on the shadow with the mouse + hold the shadow button + drag the shadow in the right direction, before pressing the OK button.

Now you can see the effect starting to form, however, it still looks too simple.

Step 3

Double click the first duplicate of the text layer to apply the following Layer styles (Layer Style):

Stamping(Bevel and Emboss)

The size (Size): 10
Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
Angle (Angle): 63
Height (Altitude): 69
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 0%

You can drag the small cross or circle inside the small circle to change the option values. Angle (Angle) and Height (Altitude) and you can immediately see what changes appear. Select the values ​​you like, then click OK.

This is a simple step, it adds more gloss to the upper edges of the text.

Step 4

Double click on the second duplicate of the text layer to apply the following Layer styles (Layer Style):

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss)

Depth (Depth): 150%
The size (Size): 15
Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
Angle (Angle): -129
Height (Altitude): 58
Gloss contour (Gloss Contour): Log
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 0%
Translator’s Note: If you do not have the corresponding gloss contour in the set, then you can edit the contour yourself.

Circuit(Contour)

Circuit (Contour): Half Round
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

This step adds shine and gloss to the bottom edges, and also adds a 3D feel to the text.

Step 5

Double click on the third duplicate of the text layer to apply the following Layer styles (Layer Style):

Stamping(Bevel and Emboss)

The size (Size): 21
Uncheck the box Global coverage (Use Global Light)
Angle (Angle): -135
Height (Altitude): 69
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
Backlight mode (Highlight Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 100%
Shadow mode (Shadow Mode) – Opacity (Opacity): 0%

Circuit(Contour)

Circuit (Contour): Cone – Asymmetrical
Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased).

This step adds shine to the center of the text. Play with different settings Angle (Angle) and Height (Altitude) parameter Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) to get a distinctive result.

Step 6

This step is selective, but it completes the effect. Create a new adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) through the bottom toolbar.

Create a gradient from transparent to fill color, color # 7c7c7c. Install Style (style) on Radial (Radial), and Scale (Scale) at 500.

Change the blending mode for the adjustment layer. Gradient (Gradient) on Linear dimmer (Linear Burn), layer opacity 30%.

Hint: This effect is 100% scaled. Therefore, you can go to the menu Image – Image Size (Image> Image Size), do not forget to put a tick in the box Scale Styles (Scale Styles), and then resize the image, making it either large or small at its discretion.

For larger sizes, you can download the full size of the Bokeh texture and then change the background to avoid pixelation.

And we have completed the lesson. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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