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Glowing Polkadots Text Effect

In this tutorial, we are going to create a simple “polkadots” pattern, and use it with a brush to stroke the text, then, apply some simple layer Layer Styles to add the glow.

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, and fill the Background with the color #131313, then, create the text using the color #2695c4. The font used is Knuckle Down, and the Size is 250 px.

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Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 1

Duplicate the text layer.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Double click the original text layer to apply an Outer Glow effect:

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Hard Light
  • Color : #4ea6d0
  • Size : 65
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This will add the first layer of glow to the text.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 2

Now, double click the copy text layer, and add the following Layer Styles:

– Outer Glow

  • Color : #1bbcff
  • Size : 29
  • Contour : Log
Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 2

– Inner Glow

  • Color : #00baff
  • Size : 9
Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 2

Another layer of glow will be added to the text.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 2

Step 3

It’s time to create the Polkadots pattern. So open a new 32 x 32 px document, and go to View > Rulers, or simply press Ctrl/Cmd + R to show the Rulers.

Make sure that the View > Snap option is checked (so the the Guides created will snap to the center of the document), then click the Ruler at the top of the document and drag a new Guide. While you’re dragging the Guide, it will snap to the center of the document when you’re near that point. When it does, leave the Guide there.

Do the same for the Ruler to the left.

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Set the Foreground to Black. Pick the Ellipse Tool, and check the From Center box under the Shape Tool Options in the Options bar at the top. This will help create the circle form the center.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

Zoom in if you like, and place the cursor in the center of the document (where the two Guide lines meet), press and hold the Shift key (to create a perfect circle), and drag the shape outwards.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

The size should be close to the one shown below. You need to leave enough space in the corners of the document.

If you draw a smaller circle, there will be more empty spaces between the circles in the pattern, (and less spaces if your circle is bigger).

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Right click the Shape layer, and choose Rasterize Layer.

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Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and starting from the center of the document, draw a Rectangle that covers a quarter of the circle.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

Copy (Ctrl/Cmd + C) and Paste (Ctrl/Cmd + V) the selected part. It will be pasted in a new layer. Using the Move Tool, move the pasted part to the opposite corner.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

Repeat the same steps for the remaining corners, and make sure to re-select the original circle’s layer after each paste, as the parts are pasted in new layers, and you need to copy from the original one.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

Remove the eye icon next to the white Background so that the Background is Transparent.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 3

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

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And that’s it for the Pattern! Next, we are going to create the brush.

Step 4

Go back to the original document, and open the Brush panel (Window > Brush). Choose a soft round brush, and modify its Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape

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Shape Dynamics

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 4

Scattering

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 4

Texture

This is where we will use the polkadots pattern, make sure to check the Invert box, and to set the Mode to Multiply.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Right click the text layer, and choose Create Work Path.

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Set the Foreground color to #2695c4, and grab the Direct Selection Tool.

Create a new layer between the two text layers, and call it Polka Dots.

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Right click the Work Path, and choose Stroke Path.

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

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 5

This will stroke the path with the Brush. Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the path.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 5

Ctrl/Cmd + click a text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection. Make sure that the Polka Dots layer is selected, and press Delete to get rid of the inner parts of the Stroke.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 5

Go to Select > Deselect to get rid of the selection.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 5

Double click the Polka Dots layer to apply an Inner Glow effect:

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Color : #65f2ff
  • Source : Center
  • Size : 10
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This will add a very nice glow in the center of the polkadots.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Set the Foreground and Background colors back to Black and White, and create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Clouds.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 6

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

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Change the Clouds layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay. This will add some nice variations to the glow intensity in the Stroke.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 6

Step 7

The following steps are optional. We are going to add some nice blurry sparkles around the text to give a space-like feel.

From the Brush panel, choose the Star 26 pixels brushtip, and modify its Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape
You can increase the Spacing value if you want more space between the sparkles.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 7

Shape Dynamics

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 7

Scattering

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 7

Color Dynamics

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 7

Step8

Create a new layer right below the Clouds layer, and call it Sparkles. Set the Foreground color to #0669b2 and the Background color to #00f4fd.

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Start adding some sparkles around the text.

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Duplicate the Sparkles layer, and change the copy’s Blend Mode to Linear Light.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 8

Select the Sparkles layer once again, and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Change the Raduis value to 3.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 8

The blur will give the sparkles a nice glow.

Glowing Polkadots Text Effect step 8

And we’re done!


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