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Create Glossy 3D Text with Strokes and Layer Styles

Updated on February 9, 2016

In this Photoshop tutorial I am going to show you how to create glamorous 3D Text with default Adobe Gothic Std Font, multiple strokes, Black Weave Texture which is exclusive for the program and other Blending Options.

The 3D effect is achieved by means of Bevel and Emboss so you can create the effect with any version of Adobe Photoshop. I haven't used special 3D instruments.

The newest Photoshop versions offer creating of multiple strokes on only one layer but it won’t help you in this tutorial as we have to rasterize any separate Stroke and apply new Blending Options on it.

The tutorial is very detailed so it is suitable for Beginners.

On the following screenshot you can see the final result:

Create a New Photoshop Document and Colorize the Background Layer

While implementing the first two steps, you are going to create a new .psd file which Resolution and Color Mode depend on whether you intend to print the final result.

After you have prepared your document, you have to fill your first transparent layer with dark green color, using Paint Bucket tool.

STEP 1

Start your work with creating a new .psd file (File, New). Name your Photoshop document Glow Text or use another title you prefer. Set the Width of the document to 1200px and Height to 700px. Insert 72 or 96 Pixels/Inch for Resolution. Choose also RGB for Color Mode and Transparent for Background Contents. If you need to print this Text Effect, set its Resolution to 300 Pixels/Inch and select CMYK for Color Mode. Press OK button and you'll see transparent Layer 1 in your Layers panel. Rename this Layer 1 to Background (double click on the layer name and write the new name in the white space).

STEP 2

Go to the Tools bar and change the Foreground Color to #121b01 then grab Paint Bucket Tool from the Tools bar (or go to Edit, Fill, Foreground Color) to colorize your Background layer.

Type the Text Using Thick Default Font and Create Four Duplicates

In the coming two steps your task is to type the Text with Adobe Gothic Font which is default for Photoshop. Certainly, you can use another Font but you will probably need to adjust the settings of the Blending Options you should apply as their look depends on the size and shape of the object.

After the Text is ready, you have to create four duplicates of its layer. You should apply four layer styles to the original Text layer then you have to add 3D Effect to the first duplicate and three Stroke layer styles of different size to the rest of the duplicates which you have to place in a new group called Stroke.

STEP 3

In this step we'll start to create our Text Effect. Firstly go to the Tools bar, select Horizontal Type Tool (or simply press T), choose the default Adobe Gothic Std Font from Font Family drop down menu and set the Font Size to 250pt. Choose also #cab9c9 for Text Color then type Word in Capital Letters.

As we are going to apply thick strokes to our Text, we need a bigger Tracking so after you have typed the Text, highlight it and click on Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels icon in the Options bar then Set the Tracking for the Selected characters to 100.

With the Word Text layer selected, press Ctrl+G (Layer, Group Layers) to place it in a Group and name the newly created Group Text.

STEP 4

We need to make a few copies of our Text layer in this step, so while Word Text layer is selected, press Ctrl+J four times (Layer, Duplicate Layer). Reduce Fill Opacity of Word copy, Word copy 2, Word copy 3 and Word copy 4 layer to 0%.

Apply Pattern, Colors, Glow and 3D Effect on the Original Text and its First Duplicate

In Steps 5-9 your work will be only in Text group. Firstly you have to select the original Text layer, then add Black Weave Texture (exclusive for Photoshop), yellow to violet Gradient, orange Glow plus default Bevel and Emboss.

After the work on the original Text is ready, you should select the copied Text layer above it and apply navy blue to black Bevel and Emboss.

STEP 5

Now we are going to place the Text layers in separate groups. Firstly select (holding Shift key) both Word and Word copy layer and press Ctrl+G (Layer, Group Layers) to put them in one Group. Call this Group Text. Secondly, highlight Word copy 2, Word copy 3 and Word copy 4 layer, press Ctrl+G to group them and name this new Group Strokes.

Right click on the original Word Text layer and select Blending Options (Layer, Layer Style, Blending Options). Tick Pattern Overlay in the opened Layer Style dialog box and change its settings like this:

Blend Mode: Overlay

Opacity: 100%

Pattern: Black Weave (128 by 128 pixels, RGB mode)

Scale: 145%

Link with Layer: checked.

Still don't close Layer Style box as three more Blending Options are to be applied on Word Text layer.

STEP 6

Now tick Gradient Overlay Layer Style and insert the following settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay

Dither: unchecked

Opacity: 100%

Select Yellow, Violet Gradient

from the Gradient picker.

Reverse: unchecked

Style: Reflected type of gradient

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Scale: 120%.

STEP 7

The third Layer Style to be added is Inner Glow. Insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Noise: 30%

Color of Glow: #f38d43

Technique: Softer

Source: Center

Choke: 0%

Size: 65px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Range: 50%.

Jitter: 0%.

STEP 8

Now only check Bevel and Emboss Layer Style without changing anything. Leave all settings as by default.

Press OK button to close Layer Style dialog box.

STEP 9

This time select Word copy layer and apply this Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 1000%

Direction: Up

Size: 18px

Soften: 0px

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Altitude: 30 degrees

Gloss Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: not checked

Highlight Mode: Screen

Color for Highlight: #127874

Opacity: 75%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000

Opacity: 100%.

Press OK button to apply the 3D effect and to close Layer Style box.

This should be your result after applying Blending Options on both layers in Text group:

Apply Three different Stroke Blending Options to the Text Layers in Strokes Group and Rasterize them

In Steps 10-15 you have to add Stroke of different size and color to the three duplicated Text layers in Strokes Group. After that you should Rasterize them in order to be able to add new Blending Options on the respective Stroke. You should also reduce the Fill Opacity of the top two Text duplicates to 0% as you don’t need their colors. You are going to colorize them anew with the help of the layer styles.

STEP 10

In this step we'll start adding the strokes.

Firstly select Word copy 2 layer and apply this Stroke Layer Style:

Size: 25px

Position: Outside

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Fill Type: Color

Color of Stroke: #fbf951.

Press OK button when you are ready.

STEP 11

Now select Word copy 3 layer and add this Stroke:

Size: 18px

Position: Outside

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Fill Type: Color

Color of Stroke: #239db3.

STEP 12

This is the Stroke Layer Style you should add to Word copy 4 layer:

Size: 8px

Position: Outside

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Fill Type: Color

Color of Stroke: #fb7716.

This should be your outcome after applying the three different strokes on the Text layers in Stroke group.

STEP 13

Now holding down Shift key click on Word copy 2, Word copy 3 and Word copy 4 layer to highlight them. Right click and select Resterize Layer Style.

STEP 14

After you have rasterized the layer styles, change the names of the layers. Rename Word copy 2 layer to Stroke 1, Word copy 3 layer to Stroke 2 and Word copy 4 layer to Stroke 3. See the screenshot below for a reference:

STEP 15

Reduce Fill Opacity of Stroke 2 and Stroke 3 layer to 0%. You see that both strokes disappeared but no bother. You'll see them again after applying Blending Options.

Add Blending Options to the Three Layers in Stroke Group

From Step 16 to the end of the tutorial your work in Strokes group will continue with applying layer styles firstly on Stroke 1 layer. You have to add Shadow, Black to White Gradient, navy blue shaded Glow and Stroke plus 3D Effect with changed Contour.

Then you should select Stroke 2 layer and apply Bevel and Emboss and Contour Blending Options on it.

To Stroke 3 layer you have to add Bevel and Emboss only.

STEP 16

In this step select Stroke 1 layer, double click on its layer's thumbnail to open Layer Style box and apply this Drop Shadow Layer Style:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000 (black)

Opacity: 75%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 0px

Spread: 30%

Size: 30px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%

Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: checked.

Keep Layer Style box active as we have to add another six Blending Options in the coming steps.

STEP 17

Now firstly press D key to set Foreground/Background color to Black/White. Then check Gradient Overlay Layer Styles and change the settings as follows:

Blend Mode: Hard Light

Dither: unchecked

Opacity: 100%

Select Black to White (default) Gradient

from the Gradient picker.

Reverse: unchecked

Style: Linear type of gradient

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Scale: 100%.

STEP 18

Check Inner Glow Layer Style and change its settings as follows:

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Noise: 30%

Color of Glow: #138da3

Technique: Softer

Source: Center

Choke: 0%

Size: 35px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Range: 50%.

Jitter: 0%.

STEP 19

It's time to tick Inner Shadow Layer Style. Change its settings like this:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #1a1602

Opacity: 85%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 0px

Choke: 20%

Size: 10px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%

STEP 20

Now let us apply Gradient type of Stroke:

Size: 3px

Position: Outside

Blend Mode: Normal

Opacity: 100%

Fill Type: Gradient

First Color Stop (Location 0%): #031b1c

Second Color Stop (Location 100%): #0f5c5f

Reverse: unchecked

Style: Linear type of gradient

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Dither: not checked

Scale: 100%.

STEP 21

In this step you should tick Bevel and Emboss to add 3D effects and insert these settings:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 1000%

Direction: Up

Size: 8px

Soften: 0px

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Altitude: 30 degrees

Gloss Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: not checked

Highlight Mode: Multiply

Color for Highlight: #d8d112

Opacity: 100%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #504a08

Opacity: 60%.

STEP 22

The last Layer Style to be applied on Stroke 1 layer is Contour. Change its settings like this:

Contour: Log

Anti-aliased: not checked

Range: 50%.

Press OK button to add the Blending Options and to close Layer Style dialog box.

You should get this result on your canvas after the hard work done on Stroke 1 layer:

STEP 23

Select Stroke 2 layer and apply Bevel and Emboss Layer Style:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 195%

Direction: Up

Size: 7px

Soften: 0px

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Altitude: 30 degrees

Gloss Contour: Half Round

Anti-aliased: not checked

Highlight Mode: Hard Light

Color for Highlight: #e472e8

Opacity: 30%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #225d6e

Opacity: 85%.

STEP 24

This time select Contour and insert the following settings:

Contour: Log

Anti-aliased: not checked

Range: 50%.

Press OK button to close Layer Style dialog box.

STEP 25

Now select Stroke 3 layer and apply this Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 1000%

Direction: Up

Size: 5px

Soften: 0px

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Altitude: 30 degrees

Gloss Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: not checked

Highlight Mode: Screen

Color for Highlight: #f5904d

Opacity: 100%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000

Opacity: 55%.

Press OK button to apply the 3D effect and to close the dialog box.

STEP 26

No more playing with layer styles. :) We are ready with the Glowing Text Effect. Compare the result on your canvas and in your Layers panel with mine. You should have this groups and layers:

  1. One separate Background layer;
  2. Text Group which includes Word and Word copy layer and
  3. Strokes Group which contains three layers- Stroke 1, Stroke 2 and Stroke 3 layer.

This is my outcome saved in .jpg format. If you like, you can apply Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask to improve the final image.

Hope you liked thid short and easy tutorial and found it useful. Thanks a lot for reading. God bless! :)

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Thank you so much, Denise! :)

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      Lovely. There are a lot of steps in this one. I have to save this one. Thanks.

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