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Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect + Free PSD Download

It’s December, and it’s time for an awesome candy cane text effect!

This tutorial will show you a super easy way to create a glossy candy cane inspired text effect using a bunch of Layer Styles.

The effect is fully editable, so you can change the text it’s applied to any time without the need to recreate the effect itself.

You can download the PSD source file for this tutorial for FREE. Download link at the end of the tutorial. πŸ˜‰

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CC
  • Time : 0:15 – 0:30

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 800 x 600 px document and duplicate the Background layer.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 1

Double click the Background copy layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with the following settings:

  • Style : Radial
  • Scale : 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #ffffff to the left and #979797 to the right.
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 1

This will apply a simple radial gradient to the Background copy layer.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 1

Place the Texture 72 image on top of both Background layers, change its layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light, and resize it as needed.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text using the font BubbleGum Regular and the Size 170 pt. If you’re creating more than one line of text, create each one in a separate layer.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 2

Select the text layers you have and duplicate them, then change the copy layers’ Fill values to 0.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Double click the original text layer of the first line of text you have to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 200
  • Size : 15
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 40
  • Altitude : 50
  • Gloss Contour : Valley – Low
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Linear Light
  • Opacity : 100%
  • Shadow Mode : Screen
  • Color : #878787
  • Opacity : 70%
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Contour

  • Contour : Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Texture

  • Pattern : Diagonal Stripes Pattern
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Inner Shadow

  • Blend Mode : Color Dodge
  • Color : #ffffff
  • Opacity : 40%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : -108
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Linear Burn
  • Opacity : 61%
  • Check the Gradient Option, then click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #391c21 to the left and #f7efed to the right.
  • Size : 10
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Satin

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #ffeae3
  • Angle : 60
  • Distance : 6
  • Size : 5
  • Contour : Linear
  • Check the Invert box
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Color Overlay

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Color : #e0dadb
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode : Multiply
  • Opacity : 35%
  • Style : Reflected
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #ffffff to the left and #999999 to the right.
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Pattern Overlay

  • Pattern : Back To School Pattern #6
  • Scale : 7%
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

– Drop Shadow

  • Opacity : 35%
  • Distance : 9
  • Spread : 10
  • Size : 10
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

This will style the main layer of the text effect.

Right click the styled layer, choose Copy Layer Style, then right click each original layer of every line of text you have and choose Paste Layer Style.

This will apply the same style to the rest of the original text layers you have.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Double click the copy text layer of the first line of text you have to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 20
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 59
  • Altitude : 58
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
  • Shadow Mode – Opacity : 0%
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 4

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 4

This will enhance the glossiness and shininess of the effect, and make it look more 3D.

Copy and paste the Layer Style to the rest of copy text layers you have just like you did before.

Glossy Candy Cane Text Effect step 4

And there you have it! Save this file, and you can re-open it to change the text any time you like (double click each text layer’s thumbnail to change its content).

You can also download the PSD source file for this tutorial, and use the effect for personal and commercial purposes πŸ˜€

Download – 1.95 MB

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial πŸ™‚


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