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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 :)


  • http://agnarogn13.blogspot.com Tora

    This was fun and very easy :) I did it in just about 15 minutes. Thank you for this tut.

    • textuts

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

  • Luca

    This tutorial is genuinely super easy … Thank you!!

    • textuts

      It sure is!
      Thank you for leaving a comment.

  • Junaid

    very nice tutorial.. thanks. :)

    here’s my try out..

    http://oi44.tinypic.com/o6fgw9.jpg

    • textuts

      Cool! Nice to see it on a different font. This is one of the tutorials that can work with a wide variety of fonts, which is always a good thing.
      And I really like all the colors you used. Well done.

      Thank you very much for sharing your results; always fun to check them out indeed.

  • Thái Di?u Vy

    I like this! It’s really simple, but nice. I love textuts.com/.
    More tutorials, please.

    • textuts

      We love you too :)
      Thanks a lot for the kind words.

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  • Alizee

    Very nice!I like it.

    • textuts

      Really glad you do :)
      Thank you for the comment.

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  • manan

    this is really good one….

    great website… :)

    thanks,

    • textuts

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

  • http://www.lookforuu.com/ Linda

    Thank you for the article, quite useful and nice! However, I don’t have that ‘Gaussian – Inverse’ contour in this PS CC, I wonder how to get it?

    • textuts

      Glad you like the tutorial.
      As for the contour, please check the last Note (right before Step 1) to see how to load it.

      Hope this helps.

      Thanks a lot for the kind comment :)

      • http://setitiktintawaidjie.blogspot.com Waidjie

        It’s simple. Very nice. So clean.

        • textuts

          Great to know you liked it :)
          Many thanks for the comment.

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  • Maryam

    Very Nice…
    Thanks a lot. :)

    • textuts

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

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  • http://www.itseba.com Ibn Hasan

    Wow! Thank you very much :)
    I just created an awesome wallpaper.

    • textuts

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

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  • Leexy-

    Hello, thanks a lot for this tutorial, it’s very nice and beautiful *o*
    The most hard was to try to read the tutorial cuz i’m French, hope to see more tutorials from you THANKS THANKS THANKS <3

    • textuts

      Very happy to know you enjoyed it :)

      You can always use Google Translate to translate the tutorial, and comment with any questions you have as well.

      Many many thanks for the amazing comment :)

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  • tigergirl

    Love this. Modified the text and end bit though to create a 2014 New year card. You can use a gradient or colour overlay instead of painting the individual colours. Have to experiment with the % scale but effect is still the same. Easier to change colours just by changing the gradient/colour overlay. I used #f7c972 which gave it an antique goldy/bronze look.
    Thanks again:D

    • textuts

      That’s a great idea! Using a brush gives you more control over placing the colors, but a gradient overlay is definitely an easy to create and modify option as well.

      Thanks a lot for the awesome tips and for the kind comment :)

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  • http://www.StylzzZFm.blogspot.com Fahim

    Omg! Its V Nice :)

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot :)

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  • srikanth

    Thanks a lot, just now i created a glass effect in photoshop.

    thank u very much

    • Rose

      That’s really cool!
      Thank you for the comment and for sharing your work with us :)

    • Benjamin Poindexter

      Whoa this is amazing

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  • phamkien32

    Thanks you :) nice pic

    • Rose

      Glad you like it :)
      Thanks for the comment.

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  • BgMk

    Great stuff. I’m new to creative software and have been working on Illustrator only. The Shine On effect is exactly what I’ve been wanting to do and I don’t see anything of that quality in an Illustrator tutorial. Can you tell me if Illustrator is capable of the same effect?

    • Rose

      This is a Layer Style-based text effect, so Photoshop is the easier and better way to go.

      The tutorial is a simple/basic one, so if you give it a try using Photoshop you’ll most probably be able to get the effect easily ;)

      You can leave any questions you have here and we’ll make sure to answer them as well :)

      Thanks for the comment.,

  • http://www.digitalsagotharan.com Jegadeeswaran Natarajan

    nice work,. can u please add the psd file and asl file in each text effect tutorials.

    • Rose

      Thanks for the comment.

      Unfortunately, we’ve been selling the files for a while, so we cannot post them for free download. But we’re thinking of selling them in packs some time soon.

      Sorry about that, and thank you once again.

      • http://www.digitalsagotharan.com Jegadeeswaran Natarajan

        ok. thanks for consider my query

        • Rose

          No problem :)

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  • qmobile A6

    Too good for new

    • Rose

      Thank you :)

  • Benjamin Poindexter

    I just started on Photoshop text effects… I just made this and although I couldnt figure out how to make the inverse of Gussian for like 30 mins it turned out amazing

    • Rose

      Very good outcome!
      You can get the contour by loading it. Please check this link to see how to do so.

      Thanks for the comment :)

  • Rose

    Beautiful outcome!
    Thanks a lot for the comment and for sharing your work :)