Google+

Colorful Retro Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop brushes and Layer Layer Style to create an awesome colorful retro text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

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

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Set the Foreground color to #212121 and the Background color to #000000. Create a Radial Gradient from the center of the document to one of the corners.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 1

Create the text using the color #f4edd2, and the font Junegull. In this tutorial, two different font sizes will be used. So if you want that as well, create each size of text in a separate layer. The bigger Size is 250 px, and the Leading is 180 (to modify the vertical distance between the lines if necessary).

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 1

The smaller Size is 150 px.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 1

Step 2

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

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Hard Light
  • Contour : Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

– Inner Glow

  • Color : #ffff00
Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

Change the Fill value to 0.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

If you have a smaller text size, you need to scale the effect in order to suit the new size. So right click the original text layer, and choose Copy Layer Style.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

Right click the other text layer and choose Paste Layer Style. This will apply the same Layer Layer Style to the new text layer, with the same values.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

To scale the Layer Style, right click the Layer Effects icon, and choose Scale Effects.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

Change the Scale value so that the style suits the text size.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Set the Foreground color to #e5dfc9. Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Light.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 3

Using the Brush Tool, start adding dots in the tips of the letters. Use a soft round brush, and set its Size to 20 for the larger text size, and 10 for the smaller one.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 3

Once you’re done adding the dots, select the Smudge Tool, and set its Strength value to 70%. Start smudging the dots in different directions. Use the same brush sizes (20 and 10).

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 3

This is what the text should look like:

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Double click the Light layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Linear Light
Colorful Retro Text Effect step 4

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Hard Light
  • Color : #ffff00
  • Size : 8
Colorful Retro Text Effect step 4

This will add some glow to the smudged dots.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 4

Step 5

It’s time to add some bright colors! So create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Color. Use a soft round brush, and set its Size to something around 60 px, to paint small colored circles all over the text. Try not over do it, and leave some empty spaces.

The colors used are #e6631b, #00f4fd, and #9f1e6b. But you can choose the colors you like.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 5

You should get something like this.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 5

Change the Color layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Now, we are going to create the Diagonal Lines Pattern used in this tutorial. Create a new document that is 5 x 5 px, and set the Background Contents to Transparent.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 6

Use the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click the Add to Selection icon to create 5 diagonal squares (1 px for each square, you can zoom in to see the pixels more clearly).

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 6

Once you’re done, fill the selection with Black, and press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 6

Go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type in Diagonal Lines. That’s it for the pattern!

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 6

Step 7

Back to the original document, create a new layer right below the Light layer, and call it Lines. Set the Foreground color to #e8641b, and the Background color to #ffd200.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 7

Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), and choose the Dry Brush (size 39). Change the Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 7

Shape Dynamics

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 7

Scattering

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 7

Texture

Use the Diagonal Lines pattern you’ve just created).

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 7

Color Dynamics

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 7

That’s it for the Brush.

Step 8

Right click the text layer and choose Create Work Path.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 8

Select the Lines layer, then pick the Direct Selection Tool, Right click the path, and choose Stroke Path.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 8

Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and check the Simulate Pressure box.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 8

This will stroke the path with the brush you’ve modified. Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the path. (Repeat the same steps to stroke the other text layers you have).

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 8

Change the Lines layer’s Opacity value to 30%, or any other value you like, depending on how transparent you want the lines to be.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 8

You can stop here if you like the effect this way, or you can follow the next step to add a glossy effect.

Step 9

Ctrl/Cmd + Click to select all the text layers you have, and duplicate them placing the duplicated layers right below the Color layer and on top of the “Light” layer. Then, Right click one of them and choose Clear Layer Style.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 9

Set the duplicated text layers’ Fill values to 0.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 9

Double click the larger size text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 430
  • Size : 10
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 98
  • Altitude : 53
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Pin Light
  • Color : #f4f3e6
  • Shadow Mode – Opacity : 0%
Colorful Retro Text Effect step 9

- Contour

Just check the Anti-aliased box.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 9

Copy and Paste the same Layer Style to the other text layers, and just change the Bevel and Emboss Size value to 7 for the smaller text size.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 9

This will add a nice glossy effect to the text, and make it pop out even more.

Colorful Retro Text Effect step 9

And we’re done!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.