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Colorful Stuffed Text Effect

This tutorial explains how to create a nice colorful stuffed-like text effect, using a simple pattern, and a couple of layer Layer Style.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:30

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Set the Foreground color to #cecece and the Background color to #949494. Pick the Gradient Tool, choose the Foreground to Background gradient, and click the Radial Gradient icon in the Options Bar. Then create a radial gradient from the center of the document to one of the corners.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 1

Place the Metal Texture 2 on top of the Background, then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn, and its Opacity to 40%.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text in All Caps using the color #f4edd2. The font used is Tondu and the Size is 300 pt.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 2

Duplicate the text layer. We will use the first text layer to create the stroke, and the second one to create the main stuffed effect.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 2

Step 3

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

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #979797
  • Distance : 38
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 3

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Stroke Emboss
  • Depth : 755
  • Size : 4
  • Gloss Contour : Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 3

– Stroke

  • Color : #f4efde
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 3
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Now, we are going to create a simple pattern. So create a new 5 x 5 px document with a White background. Then, pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click the Add to selection icon in the Options bar.

Create 1 x 1 px squares diagonally through the document as shown below.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 4

Fill the selection with Black, and press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 4

Go to Edit -> Define Pattern, and type in a name for the pattern.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Back to the original document, double click the copy text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #797979
  • Distance : 4
  • Size : 7
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #606060
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 15
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #9c9696
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #d1d1d1
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

Both Glow effects are used to intensify the shadow effects by changing their Blend Modes to Multiply.

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 25
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #d1cdb8
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

– Texture

  • Pattern : The Diagonal Lines pattern
  • Depth : 5%
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

This will give the text the stuffed look.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Press the Ctrl/Cmd key and click a text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 6

Next, we’ll be filling and applying different layer style values for each letter separately. So start with the first letter, create a new layer on top of all layers and rename it to whatever letter you’ll be working with, and change the new layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 6

Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click the Intersect with selection icon in the Options bar. Then, draw a selection around the letter you want to work with.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 6

The letter will be selected separately.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 6

Fill the letter with any color you like. Here, the color used is #4ea6d0.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 6

Step 7

Double click the letter’s fill layer (in this case, C), to apply the following Layer Style:

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : Choose a color that suites the letter’s fill color, here, the color used is #74b6d4
  • Opacity : 100%
  • Distance : 0
  • Choke : 15
  • Size : 18
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 7

– Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode : Soft Light
  • Style : Radial
  • Scale : 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 7

For the gradient, you’ll need two colors. the color to the right is #070606 (this one will be used with all the other colors), and the color to the left is any color that goes with the letter’s fill color. You can try different colors and check the preview, then choose whatever color you like. The color used here is #9de0ff.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 7

This will make the letter’s fill look more vivid.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 7

Repeat the previous steps to each one of the remaining letters.

(Select the whole text (Ctrl/Cmd + click a text layer’s thumbnail), use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to isolate the letter you want to work with, create a new layer and change its Blend Mode to Multiply, fill the selection with any color you like, apply the Layer Style for the letter using suitable colors for the Inner Shadow and the color to the right in the Gradient, and you’ll get some bright colorful letters.)

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 7

Step 8

Set the Foreground color to #d7d0c0 and pick the Line Tool. Set the Weight to 7 in the Options bar, and create a line behind the text layers as shown below.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

Double click the line shape layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #979797
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : -145
  • Distance : 38
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #6a6a6
  • Distance : 0
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

– Contour

Use the default values.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

– Texture

  • Pattern : The Diagonal Lines pattern
  • Depth : 50%
Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

– Color Overlay

Choose a color that matches the letter’s color. Here, the color used is #347c9e.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

This is what you should get.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 8

Step 9

Duplicate the line shape layer, and move the copy to the right in order to place it behind the next letter.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 9

Double click the copy layer to change the Color Overlay to a new color that matches the new letter’s color. Here, the color is set to #e57e2e.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 9

You can change the shape’s fill if you don’t want to apply a color overlay, but using the color overlay includes the fill in the layer style, which makes copying it to other elements easier.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 9

Do the same for the rest of the letters.

Soft Sleek Text Effect step 9

And you’re done! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it useful


  • Sol

    love your tuts! they’re very easy to follow and the outcome always is great :)

    • textuts

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate it :)

  • http://www.arterruption.net Saya

    Wonderful-Thanks for sharing it

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.
      Thanks for the comment :)

  • http://Filearena.net16.net PrakashGD

    Great look

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot :)

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  • omalisette

    As said before, your tuts are very understandeble
    Thanks a lot

    • textuts

      Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate it.

  • Syn

    It’s so nice, and your instructions are so clear to follow!
    Thanks a lot for the tutorial :D

    • textuts

      Glad to know that.
      Thank you so much for the comment.

  • Carlos

    This is my first tutorial of this kind, and I understood the options used, i´m going for the next one. thanks a lot

    • textuts

      That’s great to know!
      Have fun with all the tutorials :)
      Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.tutoriallounge.com Tutorial Lounge

    excellent design and creative effects in this tutorial.

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • http://dl.dropbox.com/u/27291958/Site/default.html AtishT

    Easy and nice tutorial.

    • textuts

      Thank you :)

  • http://Filearena.net16.net PrakashGD

    Helloe Rose it will be great if u publish ur source file. It will be better for begginer.

    • textuts

      You can buy the source file here if you like. All the PSD source files are available for paid download as well.

      You can check the store page for now, and later on each tutorial will include the source file paid-download link.

      Hope this helps :)

      • Kahn

        Erm… store page not working?

        • textuts

          Sorry about that!

          We are working on the store for the near future. But right now, there is no store.

          You can still leave any queries you have though, and we’ll be glad to help.

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  • JhamPowL19

    How do you load the diagonal thingy coz i can’t make it load to the textures please reply!

    • textuts

      You do not need to load it, once you define it as a pattern it will automatically show in the patterns palette. Just click the arrow next to Pattern in the layer styles dialog box and scroll down, you’ll find the pattern there.

      Hope this helps. If the problem still exists please feel free to add a reply.

  • http://www.deluxextreme.com Jason Webb

    Very useful tutorial, thanks ;-)

    • textuts

      Glad you found it so.
      Thanks for the comment :)

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  • http://www.17ps8.com white

    very good ,go on sir.

    • textuts

      Thanks for the comment.
      (I’m a girl :) )

      • http://www.17ps8.com white

        sorry,cute girl.

        • textuts

          No problem ^_^

  • CHRISTINA

    I keep getting stuck on Step 4. How do I create a new 25 x 25 document? I did all the steps correctly except for number 4. What am I doing wrong?

    • textuts

      You need to go to File -> New, and enter 25 for both the Width and the Height values (in pixels). And once you’re done with the pattern, just close this one and go back to the original document to continue working.

      Hope this helps :)

  • http://www.photoshoplayer.com Jawwad

    Nice tutorial,Thanks

    • textuts

      Thanks for the comment.

  • Muhammad Usman Khan

    great great great tutorial,Thanks a lot Admin !!!

    • textuts

      Thank you so much, glad you liked it :)

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  • Loy

    Awesome! Thks for share (:

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.
      Thanks for leaving a comment :)

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  • John

    “So create a new 25 x 25 px document with a White background. Then, pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool and click the Add to selection icon in the Options bar.

    Create 1 x 1 px squares diagonally through the document as shown below.” i think this step is can make 5 squares like picture , if make 5 squares like picture u need it 5x5px

    • textuts

      You’re absolutely right!
      Changed the values in the tutorial.

      Thanks for pointing that out.

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  • Ted

    Your work can be seen even in Ukrain. Thank you.
    (sorry my english)

    • textuts

      That’s great!
      Thanks for the comment.

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  • BlaqPanther

    You tuts are so easy to follow. Thank you.

    • textuts

      Glad you find them so.
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Dorka

    I love it !!! I don’t know nothing about photoshop, but I did it :)
    Thank you.

    • textuts

      That’s great! Glad you were able to follow the tutorial.
      Thanks for the comment :)

  • Taruna

    Really helpful tutorials…Thanks

    • textuts

      Happy you found it so.
      Thanks for the comment.

  • Tahir

    I love it :) Very good job its nice and easy to apply.
    well done and thanks you so much…

    • textuts

      Great to know you found it easy to follow.
      Thanks a lot for the comment :)

  • Maria

    Adoro cores e mais ainda eficiência. Disponibilizar os recursos para o tutorial e explicar de forma clara o passo a passo sem dúvida facilita e incentiva. Sucesso Garantido! Parabéns!

    • textuts

      That’s really so nice of you to say, I’m really glad you enjoyed it and found it easy to follow.

      Muito obrigada for the comment :)

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  • Dan

    wow!! amazing tutorial. . are this tutorial can be used in adobe flash cs3? thx

    • textuts

      I think you mean Photoshop CS3, because it can be created in CS3 but not in Flash :)
      Hope this helps.

      Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.dreamygallery.net Laura

    Amazing! Cool!

    • textuts

      Thanks a lot :)

  • http://www.baghdadgulbaghizai.tk Gul

    i am stuck in in stop 8 can’t make it

    • textuts

      Why not? What happens when you try to do it?

  • ker

    can you put the code of all the colors you put. thanks a lot

    • textuts

      Sure,

      C – #4ea6d0
      O – #f09450
      L – #bf93ad
      O – #aab51a
      R – #ec6b76

      Hope this helps :)

  • Carl Fredrik

    Very nice tutorial, and quite easy to follow. Just wondering how you do the ‘Dream in’ Text behind the strings.

    Thanks!

    • textuts

      You can check the third effect in the Three Simple Elegant Headers Text Effects tutorial, and it will help you understand how to create a similar result.

      Please feel free to add a reply if you have any other queries.

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • sohrab

    Thank you for your interesting tutorial.

    • textuts

      Glad you enjoyed it :)
      Thanks for the comment.

  • sunita

    nice tutorial… i’ll teach this to my students..:)

    • textuts

      That’s great to know! Hope they enjoy it :)
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

  • Laura

    Each tutorial just blows my mind! This is the best website/tutorials I have come across. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

    • textuts

      That definitely means a lot!
      Thank you very much for the amazing comment and for the support.

      Regards.

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  • gasim

    dear Rose
    thank you for this nice work.

    but I have a problem with creating a pattern!!! could you put the link of pattern?

    thanks again

    • gasim

      Dear Rose
      I have got it. according to your advice above I was try draw the above pattern and I got it, later on I will send my final result.
      thanks for ever.

      • textuts

        Sorry about the late reply!
        Glad the problem was solved though.

        Looking forward to seeing your outcome :)

        Thanks a lot for the comment.

        • gasim

          quote (Sorry about the late reply!
          Glad the problem was solved though.
          Looking forward to seeing your outcome)quote.

          welcome to my outcome and your unlimited effort!!

          http://www.deviantart.com/messages/#view=feedback

          go to submit – sta.sh

          • textuts

            Hmm, I don’t seem to be able to access it. Is there a direct link to the final result please?

  • gasim

    Dear tuts…
    I don’t way the right way of loading the links…

    but I think this the right links …

    http://sta.sh/029nnadcnjw2

    http://sta.sh/0uz7e3g1kfl

    http://sta.sh/0rqe4rmz8j6

    http://sta.sh/0e8a1rgolrj

    • textuts

      I can see them now. Great job indeed!
      Thanks a lot for sharing your work, well done :)

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