Shining Text Effect in Photoshop

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Open Photoshop and create a new document. I used the size of 2560×1440 pixels. Then using Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)) fill the background with a radial gradient of two colors 3d2626 and 060404.

Step 2. Using the tool “Oval selection (Elliptical Marquee Tool (M)) select the oval, then create a new layer and select Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)). Use only black and light gray for fill. Fill the selection with a radial gradient as shown in the image below.

Step 3. Click Edit> Define Brush (Edit> Define Brush) to create a new brush.

Step 4. Click Window> Brushes (Window> Brushes). Use the Brush Tip Shape, Shape Dynamics, Scattering, Color Dynamics and Other Dynamics options as shown in the picture. below.

Step 5. Create a new layer and using Brush (Brush Tool (B)) you just created, draw some circles.

Step 6. Create another layer and create a folder for the layers. The new layer will be inside the folder in the palette layer. Change Folder Blend Mode (Blend Mode) to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge). Then, take the Tool Brush(Brush Tool (B)), select the white color and select with a large soft brush some areas (in the figure they are marked 1-4).

Step 7. Add a new layer and use the Tool Allotment (Rectangular Marquee Tool (M)), create a rectangular selection. Fill the selection with a white and black linear gradient. After that, change the blending mode (Blend Mode) on Lightening Basics (Color Dodge) to create a beautiful light effect.

Step 8. Duplicate the light effect layer several times. Rotate and resize them to create different lighting effects. Hint: use Eraser tool (E) to mix some light effects by superimposing them on each other.

Step 9. Create a new layer and place it in a folder. Change the Blend Mode (Blend Mode) folder to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge). Via Brushes (Brush Tool (G)), using white color, make some bright spots (1-3).

Step 10. Add another layer on top of the rest. Fill layer Gradient (Gradient Tool (G)) using red, yellow, green and blue colors. Changes Blend Mode (Blend Mode) of this layer on Overlap (Overlay).

Step 11. Create a new layer and fill it with a chess pattern. You can take it in the archive. Then go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) using 10 pixels for the radius. After that change the blending mode (Blend Mode) to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge).

Step 12. Then for this layer use Filter> Plastic (Shft + Ctrl + X) (Filter> Liquify). Using Twirl clockwise Tool (Twist) (C) and Bloat tool (Bloat) (B) to deform the layer model.

Step 13. Select all layers and press Ctrl + E to merge the selected layers. Duplicate the resulting layer. Go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Use 20 pixels for the radius. Then change the blending mode to Lightening and set the opacity to 50%. Press Ctrl + E again to create the final design layer.

Step 14. To create text effects we will add a new layer with a new background. You can repeat Step 1 and just change the gradient color to 3b2500 and 130f08.

Step 15. Select Horizontal Text (Horizontal Type Tool (T)) and write, for example, “” Lost in Space “, as shown in the image below. Make the words” Lost “and” Space “much more than” in “. Then change the font to Val. You can download it from the link in the archive. Use white color.

Step 16. Go to Layer> Layer Styles> Shadow (Layer> Layer Styles> Drop Shadow). Using Multiplication (Multiply) for Blending Mode (Blend Mode), color is black, angle is -90 degrees, set offset and swing to 0, Size – 30.

Step 17. Now select Inner shadow (Inner Shadow). Change Blend Mode to Lightening Basics (Color Dodge) and set the white color, the opacity is 100%, the offset is 2 pixels, pull down – 1, and the size is 5 pixels.

Step 18. Move the layer with the design that was created earlier, above the other layers, in particular above the text layer. Then go to Layers> Create Clipping Mask (Layer> Create Clipping Mask).

Step 19. Then go to Google Images, pick up some photos of the eclipse, I found an amazing Eclipse. Copy it and paste into your design. Go to Image> Correction> Levels (Image> Adjustments> Levels). Increase the intensity of black. Change Blend Mode (Blend Mode) to Lightening (Screen). Then, go to Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set a radius of 5 pixels.

Step 20. Duplicate the eclipse layer and place it in a different part of the text. It should look like light comes out of the text.

Merge all layers and then add some noise. Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). The effect is very simple and will not take you more than 20-30 minutes. But this is a good exercise for those who want to play with light effects in Photoshop.

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Author: Fabio Sasso

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