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How to Create Translucent Text on Grunge Style Background

Updated on February 4, 2016

While following this short Photoshop tutorial you will learn how to create colorful translucent Text Effect with Stroke on grunge style Background.

During the process of creating this cool Text, you‘ll be using the thick Vijaya Font which is default for Photoshop. You need to play with Fill Opacity of the Text layer and apply a few Blending Options to colorize the Text and give it gloss and 3D look.

You will also learn how to create rough looking grunge style Background using textures and additional Dry Brush layer to which colorful Bevel and Emboss should be added.

Both Textures- Frost and Lichen blended with the Background Gradient are my photos and unrestricted stock.

I created this Translucent Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop CS6 but all other versions (incl. Photoshop Elements) are applicable.

This is the result you should achieve after performing all the steps:

STEP 1

Open Adobe Photoshop then navigate to the Menu bar and select File, New to create a new .psd file. In Name field insert Cool for example. Change the Width to 1200px and Height to 700px. Insert also 72 or 96 Pixels/Inch for Resolution and select RGB Color for Color Mode. Choose Transparent from Background Contents drop down menu. If you need to print the final outcome, set the Resolution to 300 Pixels/Inch and select CMYK for Color Mode. After you press OK button, transparent Layer 1 will appear in your Layers panel.

Double click on Layer 1 name and write Color in the white space to give a name to the layer. Press Ctrl+G (or go to Layer, Group Layers) to place this Color layer in a Group and rename the newly created Group 1 to Background.

Colorize the Background then add Reflected Gradient and Darken the Borders of the Canvas

In the coming three steps you should fill your first layer with greenish color. Your next step is to add more colors using Reflected Gradient of Multiply Blend Mode and reduced Opacity. You will complete this part of the tutorial with applying Inner Shadow of increased Size option to the first layer in Background group. This will make the borders of the canvas darker.

STEP 2

Click on Set Foreground Color swatch in the Tools bar and insert #96b271 Color Code in the Color Picker dialog box. Check if Color layer is selected then take Paint Bucket Tool and use it to colorize your canvas- just drag once with the instrument on the canvas. You can do the same by going to Edit, Fill, Foreground Color.

STEP 3

Double click on Color layer's thumbnail or navigate to the Menu bar and select Layer, Layer Style, Blending Options. Select Gradient Overlay Layer Style and insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Dither: unchecked

Opacity: 50%

Select Yellow, Magenta, Teal Gradient

from the Gradient Picker.

Reverse: unchecked

Style: Reflected type of gradient

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Scale: 100%.

Keep Layer Style box opened as we have to add Inner Shadow in the coming step.

STEP 4

Now select Inner Shadow and change its settings as follows:

Blend Mode: Linear Burn

Color of Shadow: #000000 (black)

Opacity: 70%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 0px

Choke: 0%

Size: 234px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%.

Press OK button apply both Blending Options and to close Layer Style dialog box.

This is how your Color layer will look after applying both Gradient Overlay and Inner Shadow:

Blend the Background Gradient with Lichen and Frost Texture

In Steps 5-11 you have to Paste into your .psd document Lichen and Frost Texture which you should resize using Free Transform in order to cover your canvas. You need also to change the Blend Mode of both Textures and duplicate the Frost layer to enhance the Background rough texture effect.

STEP 5

Click on the Lichen Texture stock image below to open it in a separate window then right click and select Save Image As to save it in the folder on your computer where your Cool .psd file is.

STEP 6

Now firstly Create a New Layer (Layer, New) above the Color layer in the Background Group and call it Lichen Texture.

Open in Adobe Photoshop the Lichen Texture you downloaded in Step 5, press Ctrl+A to load selection on the whole Texture image then press Ctrl+C to copy it. Go back to your Cool .psd file, check if Lichen Texture layer is kept selected and press Ctrl+V to paste the texture. You can see that the texture is a bit larger than your canvas so navigate to the Menu bar and select Edit, Free Transform. Drag the nodes vertically and horizontally in order to make the texture cover your canvas.

Press Enter to apply the Transformation.

STEP 7

Change Blend Mode of Lichen Texture layer to Multiply and reduce its Opacity to 50%.

STEP 8

Click on the Frost Texture image below and when it appears in high resolution in a new window, right click on it and select Save Image As.

STEP 9

Create a New Layer on top of Background Group and call it Frost Texture. Copy and Paste the Frost Texture in this new layer and apply Edit, Free Transform to resize the Texture so that it covers your canvas. Press Enter key when you are ready with adjusting the nodes.

STEP 10

Change Blend Mode of Frost Texture layer to Multiply.

STEP 11

While Frost Texture layer is highlighted, press Ctrl+J (Layer, Duplicate Layer) to make a copy of it. Change Blend Mode of Frost Texture copy layer to Overlay and you'll get the following result:

Add Rought Surface to the Background with Dry Brush and Bevel and Emboss Layer Style

In the next two steps you should Create a New Layer on top of Background group and use Dry Brush on Towel (default for Photoshop) to add multiple tiny orange colored spots. After that you have to apply Bevel and Emboss on their layer in order to create coarse relief surface covering the Background.

With this you will complete your work on the preparation of cool Grunge Background for your Translucent Text.

STEP 12

In this step you'll continue your work in the Background Group. Create a New Layer again on top of Background Group and name it Dry Brush on Towel, after the Brush you are going to use in this step.

Change the Foreground color to orange- #ea934e then grab Brush Tool, find Dry Brush on Towel in the Brush Preset Picker and increase its Size to 800 pixels. Start making dabs with the Brush on your canvas until you get a result similar to mine:

STEP 13

Let us add slight relief to our Brush dabs. Double click on Dry Brush on Towel layer's thumbnail to call Layer Style box, check Bevel and Emboss and insert the following settings:

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: Hard Light

Color for Highlight: #ffe21c

Opacity: 50%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #001e20

Opacity: 100%.

Press OK button to close Layer Style box. We finished our work in Dry Brush on Towel layer and in Background Group.

This is how your Background should look after performing all previous steps:

Type the Text, Reduce the Fill Option and Apply Layer Styles

Since the next step till the end of the tutorial you have to type the Text with Vijaya Font which is exclusive for Photoshop then lower Fill Opacity of the Text layer to 0%. You don’t need the Text color. It is the Blending Options which are to colorize the Text and make it glossy and embossed. The layer styles you should apply are Shadow, Glow, vivid colored Gradient, Stroke of transparent Blend Mode and 3D Effect.

STEP 14

After the base- the Background is ready, now you'll start with the main part of our tutorial- creating the Translucent Text Effect.

While Background Group is selected, grab Horizontal Type tool from the Tool bar or press T for short. Select Vijaya (default) Font from the Font Family drop down menu. Choose Bold from Font Style drop down menu which is next to Font and insert 320pt for Font Size. Choose #b0b87d for Text Color then type Cool in Capital Letters.

Highlight the whole Cool Text, click on Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels icon in the Options bar and Set the Tracking for the Selected Characters to 70. Don't insert Tracking value less than 50 as we are going to add Stroke Layer Style and this may cause overlapping of the letters.

STEP 15

Now firstly reduce Fill Opacity of Cool Text layer to 0%. Your text will disappear but you will see it again in this step when we start to apply Blending Options.

Right click on the Text layer and select Blending Options. Check Drop Shadow and insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000 (black)

Opacity: 100%

Angle: 120 degrees

Use Global Light: checked

Distance: 13px

Spread: 65%

Size: 25px

Contour: Rounded Steps

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Noise: 0%

Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: checked.

Keep Layer Style dialog box opened as you should add six more Blending Options in the next steps.

STEP 16

Now tick Outer Glow Layer Style and apply these settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay

Opacity: 100%

Noise: 0%

Color of Glow: #fcf7c0

Technique: Softer

Spread: 100%

Size: 10px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Range: 50%.

Jitter: 0%.

STEP 17

It is time to add awesome vivid colors to our Text so select Gradient Overlay Layer Style and insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Overlay

Dither: unchecked

Opacity: 55%

Select Orange, Blue, Magenta, Yellow Gradient

from the Gradient Picker.

Reverse: unchecked

Style: Linear type of gradient

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Scale: 100%.

STEP 18

The fourth Layer style to be ticked is Inner Glow. Change its settings like this:

Blend Mode: Screen

Opacity: 70%

Noise: 10%

Color of Glow: #5afcf2

Technique: Softer

Source: Edge

Choke: 0%

Size: 25px

Contour: Linear

Anti-aliased: unchecked

Range: 50%.

Jitter: 0%.

STEP 19

Now apply this Gradient Type of Stroke:

Size: 6px

Position: Outside

Blend Mode: Hard Light

Opacity: 100%

Fill Type: Gradient

Select Rust, Green, Gold Gradient

from the Gradient Picker

Reverse: unchecked

Style: Reflected type of gradient

Align with Layer: checked

Angle: 90 degrees

Dither: not checked

Scale: 100%.

STEP 20

Now you are going to add the most important 3D effect so tick Bevel and Emboss and change its settings as follows:

Style: Inner Bevel

Technique: Smooth

Depth: 1000%

Direction: Up

Size: 24px

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: #be7707

Opacity: 70%

Shadow Mode: Multiply

Color of Shadow: #000000

Opacity: 50%.

STEP 21

The last Layer Style to be applied on our Cool Text layer is Contour. Only check it and leave its settings as by default.

Now press OK button to close Layer Style box. We are ready with the Text too.

STEP 22

This is how your Text Effect should look after adding the seven Blending Options. You can see the Layers pane to the right which consists of:

  1. One big Background Group containing five layers: Color, Lichen Texture, Frost Texture, Frost Texture copy and Dry Brush on Towel layer and
  2. One separate Cool Text layer.

STEP 23

This is the Cool Translucent Text Effect on Grunge Style Background saved in .jpg format. You can apply Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask on the final image to get a better result.

Hope you liked this short tutorial and learned something new from it. Thanks a lot for reading and have a great day! :)

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Thank you so much for the nice comments and support, ladies! :)

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I really like it and the colors are great with the 3D look. You do such good work.

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      Denise McGill 2 years ago from Fresno CA

      The translucent effect is really intriguing. I think I would use it without all the extra Blending Options/beveling and embossing. Thanks for another great tutorial!

      Blessings,

      Denise

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