Colorful Light Text Effect

In this tutorial, we will create a nice bright colorful light text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45


Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document and fill the Background with Black. Create the using the font ThickDeco, the Size 250 px, and the color #fff43e. If you want to arrange the words separately, create each one in a separate layer, then group them and call the group original text.

colorful light step 1

Duplicate the group, then right click the copy, and choose Merge Group.

colorful light step 1

Step 2

Go back to the original text group, and double click any of the layers to apply the following Layer Style:

– Outer Glow

  • Color : #fff43e
  • Range : 100
colorful light step 2

– Inner Glow

  • Color : #fff43e
  • Size : 10
  • Range : 60
colorful light step 2

Click OK, then change the layer’s Fill value to 0.

colorful light step 2

Now, we want to copy the style to the other layers in the group. So right click the styled layer, and choose Copy Layer Style, select all the remaining layers in the group, then right click any of them and choose Paste Layer Style.

colorful light step 2

This is what you should get. (You will need to remove the eye icon next to the merged group’s layer on top of the original text group to see the changes, but don’t forget to click it back so that it’s visible again.)

colorful light step 2

Step 3

Double click the original text copy layer to apply the following Layer Style:

- Inner Glow

Use the default values.

colorful light step 3

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 225
  • Size : 2
  • Gloss Contour : Valley Low
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
colorful light step 3

- Contour

Just check the Anti-aliased box.

colorful light step 3

When you hit OK, change the original text copy layer’s Fill value to 0.

colorful light step 3

Step 4

Set the Foreground color to White, create a new layer and call it Sparkles.

Choose the brush shown below from the Sparkle Brushes pack. Change the brush Size as you like, here, it is something around 35 px. Start adding some sparkles randomly all over the text edges, but try not to overdo it and keep it simple.

colorful light step 4

Once you’re done adding the sparkles, create two duplicates of the Sparkles layer, and rename them to Vertical Blur, and Horizontal blur.

colorful light step 4

Select the Vertical Blur layer, then go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, change the Angle to 90, and the Distance to 135.

colorful light step 4

Now, select the Horizontal Blur layer, and again, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur, but this time, change the Angle to 0, and keep Distance as it is.

colorful light step 4

Step 5

The final step is adding the colors. Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it color, and change its Blend Mode to Color. Then, choose a soft round brush and change its Size to something around 250 px. You can use the [ key to increase its size and the ] key to decrease it while you’re adding the colors if needed.

colorful light step 5

Pick some bright vivid colors and start clicking inside your document to add different color spots everywhere, until the whole text is covered.

Also, you can switch between the Normal and Color Blend Modes to check things out if needed.

colorful light step 5

Once you’re done coloring, make sure to change the Blend Mode to Color, and you’re done!

  • Moai

    Nice work!..Thanks..^^

    • textuts

      You’re welcome :)

  • RoGina

    Brilliant! Great idea!

    • textuts

      Thank you! Glad you liked it.

  • Moai

    I learned to use many photoshop skills.Thanks..^^
    please recomend another Tutorial site.
    and I’ll wait your tutorial.
    Was late but, Happy new year.

    • textuts

      I’m really glad you found the tutorials useful, and I appreciate the time you took to leave your comments and feedback, so thank you as well.

      There are a couple of really good sites out there to learn from, I would recommend,, and There are so many other sites of course, but these are among the ones I visit regularly.

      Happy New Year to you too :)

      • Moai

        Thank you so much for your recomend site.
        I’m happy to know you..^^

        • textuts

          You’re welcome :)

  • Mata

    love it! thanks so much

    • textuts

      Thanks for the comment :)

  • vivek

    really useful…thanks

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.

      • Irish


        • textuts

          That’s amazing to know.
          Thanks a lot for the comment :)

  • Stol

    Muito show, fiz também e postarei em breve no meu blog.
    Paz e sucesso, sempre.

    • textuts

      Isso é incrível, muito obrigada

  • chapola

    otimo e simples jsuashas

    • textuts

      Obrigada :)

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  • Lilly

    As always I love your text tutorials. The instructions are easy to follow because of all the detail that you add. Todah/Thank you for sharing! Shalom Tehillah

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot Lilly. I’m really grateful for your kind comments.
      Best regards :)

  • Usman

    Nice On3…….
    I like it……!!!!!!

    • textuts

      Glad you do!

      • mariah


        • textuts

          Thanks a lot :)

        • niket

          thanks so much

          • textuts

            You’re welcome!

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  • Andie

    Love it! It was easy to follow and looks really pretty. Thanks!

    • textuts

      Glad you do!
      Thanks for the comment.

  • lola

    nice very nice thanxx

    • textuts

      You’re welcome, thanks for the comment :)

  • zizi05015

    you got amazing skills with layer styles… i haven’t notice that layer styles can do all that until now… and thanks for the tutorials..

    • textuts

      Thank you so much!
      Layer styles are definitely great! I’m glad you found the tutorials useful.
      Thanks again.

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  • Susananana

    Very awesome! Loved seeing it develop. Thank you for your creative talent and for sharing!

    • textuts

      Thank you Susananana, glad you enjoyed the tutorial :)

  • Sarah

    OMYGOSH! THANKS! this is so nice ;) and it works!

    • textuts

      Hello Sarah,
      Glad you liked it!
      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

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  • Tyler

    How would you be able to do this with a transparent background, as in for a t-shirt design. When i hide the background and save as .png it comes out completely different.

    • textuts

      Hello Tyler,
      Actually I don’t think this can be done, as the whole effect is based on the dark black background, and the blend modes interact with the background as well. So I don’t think it is possible for the effect to look the same on a transparent or white backgrounds, sorry for that!


      • Scourgewolf

        It does. I tried it

        • Scourgewolf

          Oh wait. Sorry I was thinking about the wooden text effect. My bad

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  • php forms

    Great tutorial

    • textuts

      Thank you.

  • Kyerra

    thank you so much this has helpe me majorly

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.
      So glad you found it useful :)

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  • Junior Ramos

    Ual… muito interessante esse efeito, parabéns

    • textuts

      Muito obrigada :)

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  • echoesfading

    fun! tried this out and i really like it. thanks for sharing :)

    • textuts

      Thanks for the comment :)

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  • Nyana Krähe

    Very nice, i loved it :D

    • Nyana Krähe

      thank you very much :3

      • textuts

        You’re welcome :)
        I’m really glad you like it.
        Thanks for the comment.

  • Suhail Ahmad

    your tutorial its awesome. I followed your step and done my text..Thank you so much..

    • textuts

      You’re welcome!
      Thanks a lot for leaving a comment :)

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  • Muhamad Tarek

    Nice tutorial I love it but I Think the ver. and horz. blur need to look a little softer ,, Just sayin’ :D
    That’s my result

    • textuts

      I kinda went for an extra bright effect, but you can always adjust the values as you like.
      Great outcome by the way :)
      Thanks once again

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  • Tobin

    This was soooo much fun! And found at the right time ;)

    • textuts

      Great! Glad you did :)
      Thanks for the comment.

  • rjsocial

    what version of photoshop are you using? i have PS 9.0/cs2 will your tutorial work. of course I have not tried yet.

    • textuts

      I’m using CS5 extended, but if you have all the layer styles applied you should be able to create this in CS2.
      If you have any questions when using your version you can leave another comment and I’ll try my best to help.


    Amazing tutorial!!
    i love the effect,its so easy!!
    thanks for it!


      i used CS4 and work!

      • textuts

        Thank you so much for the comment and the feedback :)

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  • Rashmi

    Thank you very much. I had a great time following this tutorial. This tutorial have easy steps so anyone can easily catch it.

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.
      Glad you liked it and found it easy to follow.
      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

  • Olivia Rose

    Wonderfully written tutorial. I love how you used screenshots to back up your written directions. I tried it and will be modifying now to fit a header.
    Thank you so much for all the work you put into these tuts you publish.

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot for the kind words :)
      Glad you found it useful.
      Cheers :D

  • Redjan

    Hey there! I thought I should congratulate you on your excellent work, not that you haven’t been told already of course. :D
    But I must say that you do the best tutorials by far, and I’ve learnt a lot of new photo-shopping skills by doing them. Maybe one day I can be as good as you. :D
    It’s clear that you put in a lot of time and effort and It has certainly paid off, s well done!
    You also take the time to reply to every comment showing you put your visitors before yourself, it really is heart-warming to see there is still humanity in this world. :)

    • textuts

      Hello Redjan,

      Thank you so very much for your amazing, and really special, comment. I definitely appreciate it, and it sure means a lot to know that you like the tutorials, and that you take the time to leave such a nice comment.
      Thanks once again for the support.

      Best regards,

  • Ramon

    Thank you soo much!!
    Very good job!

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.
      Thanks for the comment.

  • Adithya

    Wooo…. That was awesome….. I have succesfully Completed it to a great effect…. U rock man…… Thanks a ton man…….. :)

    • textuts

      That’s great to know.
      Thanks for the comment (I’m a girl though :) .

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  • Nokkispokkis

    Thank you so much! It worked!

    • textuts

      Thanks for the comment :)

  • Arul Sam

    Your tutorial is very helpful, but i am having a problem with motion blur.i can’t get the same one as yours.The blur is spreading and its not narrow.

    • textuts

      Hello Arul,
      Did you make sure that you are using the Motion Blur not the Gaussian Blur? Also, please check the values you are using once again.
      If the problem still exists, please feel free to add a reply with more details.

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

      • Arul Sam

        First of all thank you very much for your reply, only in the psd file it is spreading, but when i extract it in jpg format its ok.Once again thank you very much for such a wonderful tutorial.

        • textuts

          No problem :)
          Are you working in the CMYK mode? This might be the cause of the problem, so try working in RGB instead.
          Thanks a lot for the nice words :)

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  • Jan

    Waw! Very Good tut! really i liked it ! Keep going !

    • textuts

      Happy you did :)
      Thank you so much.

  • valentina

    loved this tutorial greetings form argentina!!

    • textuts

      That’s awesome to know.
      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

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  • elexander

    i cant merge group :(

    • textuts

      Why not? Do you get any error message?

  • wayan ariana

    awesome,, thank lot
    i will try .,.
    i want be design, ok by the way have you tutor or anythink to learn english conversation,

    • textuts

      Glad you will :)
      I do not have links for English tutoring unfortunately, but you can always use Google for help ;)

      Good luck and thank you for the comment.

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  • Kauthar

    Great Tutorial :D
    *Thanks for sharing :) (Y)

    • textuts

      Glad you like it.
      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

  • kaleem abdin

    i’m impress for this text design

    • textuts

      Happy to know you like it.
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Ramesh

    Thanx Fot If – Workz Greate :)

    • textuts

      You’re welcome!
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

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  • Carla

    Great effect and easy to do, thanks!
    Here you can see my example:
    Your tutorials are interesting indeed and very well explained , they help me to know better the Photoshop’s potentialities :-)

    • textuts

      That’s really awesome to know! It means so much that you found them helpful :)

      Nice outcome, and the font you used kinda gave it a more tech-like feel, which is cool!

      Thanks a lot for the kind words and for sharing your work with us :)

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  • Edgar Edoga

    gloss contour: valley – low and ring are the same thing??
    I’m using photoshop cs6 and i dont have the valley – low…
    btw great tutorial..

    • Rose

      They are different ones, but you’ll need to load some contours to get it.

      To do so, go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager, and choose “Contours” from the “Preset Type” drop down menu. Then, click the little arrow to the right of the Preset Type drop down menu, and click “Contours” down the pop-up menu. When the dialog box appears after that, just click Append, and you’ll get the contour used along with a couple of other useful ones as well :)

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks for the comment.

      • Edgar Edoga

        OMG!!that totally helpfull..
        another question- the stock (the brush and text-font) are free to use??I mean can i use this tutorial and the stock to design my own t-shirt?(print??)
        u know what i mean, right?

        • Rose

          Sure. Unfortunately though, the font is a donationware for commercial use, and the brushes are for personal use only. So if you’re designing the T-shirt for your own personal use, you can go ahead and do that.

          But if you want to sell the T-shirt, then I don’t think that’s possible!

          Thanks again for the comment :)

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  • Arun Enugala

    nice tutorial

    • Rose

      Thank you :)

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  • Rose

    You’ll need to change the layer’s Blend Mode to Color, did you do that? If so, can you please attach a screenshot of the issue?

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  • sue andrews

    Loved this tutorial had to give it a few goes but Im happy with what I have Thank You

    • Rose

      Glad you enjoyed it!
      Thanks a lot for the kind words :)