This tutorial will show you how to use Layer Styles for three text layers, and a modified simple brush, to create a shiny inflated satin text effect.
The Final Result:
* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6, but you can use CS3+ versions as well.
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
Note: You might need to load the Contours used in the tutorial, so check this image to see how to do so.
- Create a 1152 x 864 px document, set the Foreground color to #00336e and the Background color to #000f1f. Pick the Gradient Tool, click the Radial Gradient icon in the Options bar, then click and drag from the center of the document to one of the corners.
- Place the Texture 94 3000X3000 image on top of the Background layer, resize it so that it fits within the document, then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.
- Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon down the Layers panel, then choose Hue/Saturation.
- Change the Hue value to 83 and the Saturation value to -38.
- Create the text in the color #8f720c using the font Mama. The font size should be something around 320 pt.
- Duplicate the text layer twice, so that you have 3 text layers. Change the last one’s (second copy) Fill value to 0.
Double click the original text layer to apply the following Layer Style:
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Style to Stroke Emboss, the Size to 8, the Gloss Contour to Cone – Inverted, check the Anti-aliased box, and change the Highlight Mode to Overlay.
The Stroke Emboss style requires the Stroke effect to be active in order to see the difference, so just continue changing the values and when the Stroke effect is applied you’ll be able to check the result.
- Contour: Choose Guassian – Inverse, and check the Anti-aliased box.
- Texture: Choose the Small Crosses pattern.
- Stroke: Change the Size to 8 and the color to #9b2ab3.
- Drop Shadow: Change the Distance to 13, the Spread to 23, and the Size to 16.
This will create the text’s stroke.
Double click the first copy text layer (the one in the middle) to apply the following Layer Style:
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 130, the Size to 18, un-check the Use Global Light box, and change the Angle to 70 and the Altitude to 65. Also, check the Anti-aliased box, and change the Highlight Mode to Linear Light.
- Contour: Choose Half Round, and check the Anti-aliased box.
- Inner Shadow: Change the color to #84848, the Distance to 0 and the Size to 27.
- Inner Glow: Change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the color to #fbeec1, the Source to Center, the Choke to 26, and the Size to 70.
- Satin: Change the Blend Mode to Vivid Light, the color to #c5c323, the Angle to -40, the Distance to 40, the Size to 128, and the Contour to Cove – Deep.
- Pattern Overlay: Choose the Metallic Pattern, change the Blend Mode to Overlay, the Opacity to 15, and the Scale to 25.
- Drop Shadow: Change the Distance to 0 and the Size to 16.
This will create the inner glowing part of the text.
Double click the second copy text layer (the one at the top) to apply the following Layer Style:
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 337, the Direction to Down, the Size to 32, un-check the Use Global Light box, and change the Angle to -146 and the Altitude to 58. Also, change the Highlight Mode to Linear Light, its Opacity to 65%, and the Shadow Mode Opacity to 13%.
- Contour: Choose Half Round and check the Anti-aliased box.
- Texture: Choose Diagonal Noise pattern, and change the Depth to 6. This will add a subtle satin appearance to the glossy effect.
This completes the main text effect.
Pick the Brush Tool and open the Brush panel (Window -> Brush). Choose the “Star 26 pixels” brush then modify its settings as shown below:
- Brush Tip Shape:
- Shape Dynamics:
- Color Dynamics:
- Right click any of the text layers then choose Create Work Path.
- Create a new layer on top of the original text layer and call it “Sparkles”. Set the Foreground color to #fd79ff and the Background color to #fbfb9f. Then pick the Direct Selection Tool.
- Right click the work path and choose Stroke Path.
- Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu and click OK.
- This will stroke the path with the modified brush. Hit Enter to get rid of the path.
- Duplicate the “Sparkles” layer and change the copy’s Blend Mode to Linear Light.
- Finally, select the original “Sparkles” layer, then go to Filter -> Blur -> Radial Blur. Change the Amount to 75 and choose Zoom under the Blur Method. This will add a firework-like effect to the sparkles.
And you’re done! Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.