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Glowing Textured Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Updated on August 02, 2015
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Denise has been mastering photography and photoshop for many years and sells some of her work. She hires out her skills to help people.

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Text Effect Possibilities

This is a really easy to follow tutorial on creating a rainbow glowing effect for text and images in Adobe Photoshop. I have Adobe Photoshop CS6 but you can also use this technique with older versions. I’m using the Gradient Layer Style to create the rainbow glow and my own paintdrips and splatters to get the really great grunge quality. To do this you can photograph or scan your own paint splatters using watercolor or acrylic, then save the scans as jpegs so that they can be used later, or you can retrieve your own splatter brushes for Photoshop from Brusheezy for free. Once you have created one of these, you can use the technique for a number of other projects in the future.

There are many avenues to the same function in Photoshop. I found after months of going the long direction (up to the tool bar, click an option, wait for the drop down menu, choose one, get another drop down menu, choose one, etc.) that there are shortcuts to almost all the functions. I will try to give some of these short cuts because the more you use them the easier they are to remember. However if you can’t remember a shortcut, you can always go the long direction to get to the same place.

This tutorial makes a really beautiful text heading for your flyers or business cards, or even a cover for an e-book. The application possibilities are virtually endless. So let’s get started.

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Step 1.

Create a New document 1280 x 720, 72 dpi, and black background.

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Step 2.

Use the Type tool from the left hand tool bar or by typing T you can get the type tool. The color picker set for white, size 400 pt, and the font Bebas Neue or any font you like. The larger the better to show off all the colors. Impact will work fine for this also. You can look for some fun fonts at DaFont for free. I used Bauhaus 93.

Type any word or phrase you like, and select move tool to position font in the middle of your art board.

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Step 3.

Right click on the Text layer and select Rasterize type. Duplicate the layer by pressing Control/Command+J twice. You now have three text layers. Rename the bottom one “glow,” rename the middle one “text” and rename the top one “Clouds.” This way you can keep from being confused.

Gradient Overlay

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Step 4. Layer Style Window

Double click onto the text layer to get the Layer Style dialog box. Choose Gradient Overlay. Click the gradient bar to edit the gradient. Choose black to white, but change color of the white to dark (deep blue) blue or any color of choice.

Change black to a lighter blue. With this Layer Styles dialog box still open, choose Bevel and Emboss. Leave the default settings: Style is Inner Bevel, Thechnique is Smooth, Depth is 100%, Direction is Up, Size is 6 px, and Soften is 0, Angle is 120 degrees, Altitude is 30 degrees, Use Global Light is clicked. Click okay.

Can you think of any uses you would have for these special text effects?

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Clouds

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Step 5.

Make sure black and white is selected for your foreground and background color or press Control/Command D for default colors. Choose the top “Clouds” layer. Go to Filter>Render>Clouds, and change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

After the Clouds, it looks like this.

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After the Gaussian Blur

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Gaussian Blur

Step 6. Select the Glow layer, go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to what you like, about 80 pixels will do. Click okay.

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Step 7.

Create a new layer and place a texture layer on top. I used a watercolor paper with blue and light pinks, stretched to fit the art board using the Free Transform Tool or Control/Command+T. Then change the Blend Mode to Overlay.

Right Click and copy this bark for your texture

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Step 8.

Create a new layer and place the bark texture on top. This is a photo I took of a large old tree at a nearby lake. Go to the Text layer and press Contol/Command and click onto the text layer at the same time. This makes the text a selection. Go back to the bark layer and click onto the mask icon at the bottom of the layers panel. This should automatically clip the bark into the text for you.

After the Texture Overlay

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Step 9.

With the bark layer still selected click onto the FX icon at the bottom of the layers panel to bring up the Layer Styles dialog box and click onto the Bevel and Emboss. Leave the settings the same as before except bring up the Size just a little to 9 px.

Stucco Wall Texture to copy

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Step 10.

I added another texture layer of an old stucco wall. This photo I stretched to fit the art board then I dragged it under the text layer so that it only affects the background. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply.

More Texture

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Step 11. Splatter Brushes

After this I created another layer above the stucco wall photo. I used some splatter brushes I got from Brusheezy for free and using white, light green and a light blue I randomly splattered paint around under my text. This is absolutely optional but I liked it because my theme is art. Add highlights with some special splatter brushes only if you like.

Paintdrips for you to download

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Finished

And that’s it. A glowing textured text for a multitude of possibilities and purposes. I hope you liked this one as much as I enjoyed playing with it.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great demonstration on how to do it in Photoshop, Denise. Very useful for those who want or desire a glowing text effect. Voted up!

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      Denise McGill 21 months ago from Fresno CA

      Kristen Howe,

      Thank you so much, Kristen. My hope is to be helpful and useful, especially for beginners in Photoshop.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      My pleasure Denise, I believe it's useful and can handy as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      I can definitely imagine uses for this! Great illustration of how to do it! Beautiful effect!

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      lavenderLove 21 months ago from Philippines

      another article to help me learn Photoshop..thank you

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      Denise McGill 21 months ago from Fresno CA

      FlourishAnyway,

      Thank you. I hope you play with it and get comfortable to try some variations on the filters and settings. There are so many things you can do with this program, I can only just scratch the surface.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Denise McGill 21 months ago from Fresno CA

      Lovely C,

      You are absolutely welcome. It was my pleasure to share a little of what I know to encourage people to get to know their Photoshop program. Have any suggestions on something you always want to know about in Photoshop?

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Larry Rankin 21 months ago from Oklahoma

      As soon as I get some free time I'm going to try some of these effects.

      Another highly useful installment.

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      Denise McGill 21 months ago from Fresno CA

      Larry Rankin,

      Great. I hope you do. It doesn't take long really. About 10 to 20 minutes. Enjoy.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 21 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, I agree with Larry. It's high time I tried to find the time to try out these wonderful ideas. Thank you for them.

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      Denise McGill 21 months ago from Fresno CA

      BlossomSB,

      Do enjoy the process. It actually is fun once you get the hang of it.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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