Shiny Sticker in Photoshop

If you were a child in the 80s or in the 90s, then you may have been collecting shiny sparkling stickers and were not even ready to go to school if you did not collect them.
Today we will return that spirit of multi-colored holographic stickers. And you will return at a time when the unbearably bright gradients were beautiful.

We will use some “noise filters” to achieve this effect.

Note to the lesson:

The software that is used in this lesson in Adobe Photoshop CS6 you can use earlier versions, but not lower than CS3.
You may need to load the “Spectrum” gradient (Spectrum) used in this lesson.

To do this, go to Edit-Sets-Manage Sets.
If you have an older version of the program then in Edit-Manage Kit.

In the window that appears, select a type: Gradients or press (Ctrl + 3) in the upper right corner there is a small gear, click on it and at the very bottom select Spectrum “Spectrum” and click the add button, confirm your choice.

Lesson resources:

Step 1

Create a new document: File – Create (File-New) size 750×550. Using the tool “Fill” (Paint bucketTool) fill the document we created with a light gray color (e2e2e2). And duplicate the background layer by pressing the keys (Ctrl + J).

Double click on the copy of the background layer and apply the following parameters:

Inner Glow (Inner Glow)
Blend Mode: Soft Light
Opacity: 50% (Opacity)
Noise: 100% (Noise)
Color: cecece (color)
Source: From the Center (Source)
Size: 10 pixels. (Size)

Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)
Style: Radial
Scale: 150% (Scale)
Click on the gradient bars and set the following colors: Left – e4e4e4 Right – 868686.

And here we set the background style.

Step 2

Using the tool “Horizontal text(Text Tool) write any word in capital letters. Use the font “Chivo”. Keep track of the “Tracking” value. It should be 25. The color is white and the “Smoothing method” is soft.

Duplicate the text layer by pressing “Ctrl + J”.

Double click on the copy of the text layer and apply the following parameters:

Inner Glow (Inner Glow)
Blend Mode: Multiply (Multiply)
Opacity: 75% (Opacity)
Noise: 100% (Noise)
Color classification: f2f2f2 (color)
Source: From the Center (Source)
Size: 10 pixels. (Size)

Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)
Tilt angle: 0 (Angle)
Gradient: Select one of the gradients we added at the beginning of the lesson.

Do you have a nostalgic feeling?
Next, you need to duplicate this text layer (with which we have just worked) and place it at the bottom of all layers, since we will return to it almost at the very end of the lesson.

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it “Laser Stroke”. Click on any of the text layers and select “Create work path“(Create Work Path). Select the tool “Brush (Brush Tool) size 10 brush hard.

Open the brush panel Window – Brush (Window-Brush) or just press F5. Please note “Spacing” should be equal to 1%.

Stand on the “Laser Stroke” layer and using the tool “Arrow (Direct Selection Tool), right-click on the letters and select “Outline the contour“(Stroke Path) in the window, select the tool”Brush (Brush Tool) and make sure that you do not check the box “Simulate pressure“. And click OK.

And here we have done a stroke of the outline of our letters. You can deselect by pressing the Enter key.

Now we will remove the inside of the stroke. To do this, standing on the “Laser Stroke” layer, hold down the Ctrl key and click on any of the text layers to activate text selection. And press the key Delete. Then remove the selection by holding the Ctrl + D key combination.

Step 4

Standing on the “Laser Stroke” layer, make its selection, to do this, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer, you will have a selection of this layer, then you just need to press the Delete. And remove the layer itself

Translator’s Note: Important! After you make a selection of the “Laser Stroke” layer and delete the layer itself, leave the selection it will come in handy for us later.

Create a new layer above all and name it “Laser Stroke” again. In the color palette, set the colors: Primary-Black and Background color-White.

Go to: Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter-Render-Clouds) and now you can remove the selection by holding the Ctrl + D key combination.

Now we will give our edges a brilliant texture for this go to: Filter – Design – Pointillism (Filter-Pixelate-Pointillize) set cell size to 3.

And here we have created the illusion of glittering texture at the edges. The trick is to keep the narrow edges and the cell size as small as possible.

Step 5

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

Stroke (Stroke)
Size: 15 pixels. (Size)
The remaining parameters leave the default.

On this layer (on which we just created a black stroke), right-click and select “Rasterize Layer Style”(Rasterize Layer Style) (For older versions of Adobe Photoshop, you need to put this layer into a group and then right-click on this group and select“Merge group“(Merge Group). This will allow you to make the stroke a part of our text.

Standing on the layer that we rasterized earlier (at the beginning of the 5th step), make its selection, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer icon.

After you have loaded the layer selection with our black stroke, right-click on the copy of the background layer and select “Rasterize Layer Style” (Rasterize Layer Style) (For older versions of Adobe Photoshop, you need to put this layer into a group and then right-click on this group and select “Merge group” (Merge Group)

Rasterizing will help us duplicate the gradient, rather than applying it as a style to the duplicated part. Without removing the selection, press Ctrl + J to duplicate the selection on a separate layer.

You can remove the black stroke layer that we rasterized, duplicate the layer (which we rasterize the background) two more times and rename: 1-Back 2-Outer stroke 3-Inner stroke.

Step 6

With the Shift key held down, select several layers, namely: “Laser stroke” “Copy of text layer” (it is located directly below the layer with Laser stroke) ”Internal stroke” and press the key combination Ctrl + E and rename the resulting combined layer into “Sticker” .

Double click on the “Sticker” layer and apply the following parameters:

Stroke (Stroke)
Size 1 pix. (Size)
Position: Inside
Blend Mode: Multiply (Multiply)
Color: e5e5e5 (Color)

With the Shift key pressed, select the layer: “Sticker” and “Outer stroke” and merge them by pressing the key combination Ctrl + E.

Step 7

Double click on the “Back” layer and apply the following parameters:

Stroke (Stroke)
Size: 1 pix. (Size)
Blend Mode: Soft Light
Color: dcdcdc (Color)

Inner Shadow (Inner Shadow)
Opacity: 25% (Opacity)
Offset: 1 pix. (Distance)
Size: 0 pix. (Size)

Inner Glow (Inner Glow)
Blend Mode: Soft Light
Noise: 100% (Noise)
Color: ebebeb (Color)
Source: From the Center (Source)
Size: 13 pixels. (Size)

Color overlay (Color Overlay)
Color: dcdcdc (Color)

And so we gave our layer a sticker effect.

Step 8

Stand on the “Sticker” layer so that it is active, use the tool “Polygonal Lasso or the “Polygonal Lasso Tool”. Create guides where you want to bend the stickers. You need to click once to enter a point at each point, then release to drag and add another point.

Then go to: Editing – Cut (Edit cut) then Editing – Paste Special – Paste instead … (Edit-Paste Special-Paste in Place). And now the area we carved out got the same place on the already on another layer.

Go to: Editing – Transform – Rotate 180 degrees (Edit-Transform-Rotate 180 °). With the tool “moving (Move Tool) use the arrow keys on the keyboard and move the layer (if necessary) and until the edges of the cut out part match the sticker.

Double click on the layer with the cut corner and apply the following parameters:

Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)
Angle: -58 degrees. (Angle)

Click on the gradient bar and adjust the following colors:
Left: Black (000000) Right: Position 70% White (ffffff) and Right: Black (000000)

After you click OK you can get the tool without leaving the “Layer Styles Panel”moving (Move Tool) and adjust the shadow as you like.

And here we have added a little shadow on the main sections of the sticker.

Step 9

Make a selection of the layer in the folded corner, to do this, hold down the Ctrl key and left-click on the layer thumbnail.

Create a new layer and place it above the rest. Name it “Home Shadow.” Change its blending mode to “Multiplication” (Multiply) Use the tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) the brush is round and soft. In the color palette, set the color: Foreground 898989. Stand on the “Main Shadow” layer. With a soft brush, go to the top where the edge of the text is bent. This is necessary in order to create a more natural shadow.

Select the “Sticker” layer to do this, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail, and now we will exclude the layer from the bent edge, hold down the Ctrl + Alt key and click on the thumbnail of the corner layer.

Create a new layer and place it below the bent edge layer and name it “Lower Shadow” change its blending mode to “Multiplication” (Multiply) Then use a soft brush with the same color that we set earlier and go over the very tip of the edge. This is necessary in order to create the effect of the fact that the corner really bends down and creates a falling shadow.

Without removing the selection, select the “Back” layer to do this, hold down the Ctrl key and left-click on the layer thumbnail (which we created in the 6th step) here we need to remove the main layer “Sticker” and hold down the Ctrl + Alt key and click on the thumbnail layer.

Using tool “Brush” (Brush Tool) change the opacity of the brush on the panel from top to 30%. The shadow should start in the center and end at the edges. (Remember to change the Opacity back to 100% when everything is ready.) And deselect Ctrl + D.

Shadows may seem too dark or expressionless, but we will fix this when we add “Noise” filter in our work.

Step 10

Move the remaining text layer (which we worked with in step 2) above the “Sticker” layer. While standing on this text layer, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the “Sticker” layer to: Selection – Inversion (Select-inverse).

Right-click on the text layer and select Rasterize Layer Style(Rasterize Layer Style) (or group and merge it) without removing the selection, press the Delete key to remove the extra parts of the layer. And then deselect Ctrl + D.

Go to: Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter-Noise-Add Noise). The effect is 35% and note that there is no tick on the “Monochrome” function.

This is another trick about adding a hologram effect.

Step 11

This step is not necessary, because we have done a great job in achieving this effect. Here we will add another inscription.
Write any word with “AkaDora” font of any size.

Double click on the text layer and apply the following parameters:
Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)

Click on the gradient bars and select the one you used to create the main text, or for a change you can choose according to taste.

Go to: Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter-Noise-Add Noise) This time, set the effect value to 100% and confirm the command.

Translator’s Note: If you add a “Noise” filter, a message appears stating that you do not rasterize the text layer and suggest that you rasterize it.

And here we have created a complete lesson work.

Step 12

Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it “Texture” while standing on the layer “Texture” go to: Filter – Convert for smart filters (Filter- Convert for Smart Filters).

In the color picker, set the default colors (Black and White). Standing on the “Texture” layer go to: Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter-Render-Clouds).

Next, go to: Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter-Noise-Add Noise). Effect: 100 (Amount) Distribution: Uniform (Distribution) and check the box “Monochromatic”.

It remains quite a bit to complete our work. Go to: Filter – Filter Gallery – Sketch – Torn Edges (Filter-Filter Gallery-Sketch-Torn Edges). And adjust the filter: Tone balance: 35 (Image Balance) Softening: 6 (Smoothness) Contrast ratio: 17 (Contrast)

Such a result you should get after setting and applying filters.

Set the blending mode for the “Texture” layer “Multiplication” (Multiply), and change the opacity to 5%. The texture gives the text “Stained Glass”.

If you need to change the parameter of one of the filters, you can do this by clicking on the arrow that is located on the layer to select the filter that you need to tweak and double-click on it with the left mouse button.

And also you can go back to the layers on which we created the shadows and adjust their level of opacity. For example: The layer “Lower Shadow” opacity 75% and “Main Shadow” Opacity 10%.

That’s all! We did it. I hope you liked the tutorial and you learned any useful actions for working with the program Adobe Photoshop.

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