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Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect

This is a super easy tutorial that will show you how to use basic Filters and simple Layer styles to create a bright colorful glass text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS6 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45

Tutorial Details

Step 1

Create a new 1250 x 750 px document, fill the Background with Black, then duplicate the Background layer.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 1

Set the Foreground and Background colors to Black and White, then go to Filter > Render > Fibers. Change the Variance to 20 and the Strength to 5.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 1

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Change the Angle to 90 and the Distance to 1000.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 1

Change the Background copy layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Burn. This will not create any effect for now, but it will once we add the colors later on.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text in white using the font Playball and the font Size 250 pt.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 2

Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0, then duplicate it.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 2

Step 3

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Outer Bevel
  • Technique : Chisel Hard
  • Gloss Contour : Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Linear Light
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #b5b5b5
Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 3

– Contour

  • Contour : Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 3

– Stroke

  • Size : 7
  • Opacity : 0%
  • Color : #ffffff
Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 3

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #474747
  • Distance : 11
  • Size : 8
Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 3

This will create the first layer of the glass effect.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 3

Step 4

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 13
  • Gloss Contour : Rolling Slope – Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 4

– Contour

  • Contour : Guassian – Inverse
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 4

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Overlay
  • Noise : 100%
  • Color : #ffffff
  • Source : Center
  • Size : 20

The Noise value will add a subtle sparkling effect to the text when the colors are added. You can decrease the value if you want a more clear-looking glass/result.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 4

This will create the second layer of the glass effect.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Pick the Brush Tool, choose a big soft round brush, and set the Size to a value around 450 px. Then, create a new layer between the two Background layers and call it Color.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 5

Next, you’ll need to pick different Foreground colors, then for each one, click once behind the text to add dots of color. Make sure to choose lighter colors as they will create a better effect.

You can increase or decrease the brush size if needed as well.

The colors used in the tutorial are shown below, but you can choose any other colors you like.

Colorful Sparkling Glass Text Effect step 5

And that’s it! Very simple, but bright and fun.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial πŸ™‚


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