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Ombre Text Effect

Ombré is a French word that means “shaded”, and it describes anything that starts with one color and then gradually fades into another. This tutorial explains how to use two simple filters to apply the Ombré effect to a text using the colors you like.

This effect is inspired especially by the Ombré nail art, in which the nails are painted using two or more colors that fade into each other, in a not very smooth transition, since a sponge is used to blend the colors. Then, a shiny top coat is added to the gradient created. (So much beauty talk here! You can google some images if you like, but I think the effect is really nice ^_^).

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS6 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45

Resources

Step 1

Create a 1024 x 768 px document, set the Foreground color to #501d25 and the Background color to #130709. 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.

Ombre Text Effect step 1

Place the blue bokeh texture on top of the gradient background, resize it as you like, then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

Ombre Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text in White using the font Riot Squad NF. The font Size is 250 px. If you are willing to create more than one line of text, create each one in a separate layer.

Ombre Text Effect step 2

Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0.

Ombre Text Effect step 2

Step 3

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 205
  • Size : 10
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 76
  • Altitude : 74
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
  • Opacity : 100%
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #898989
Ombre Text Effect step 3

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Ombre Text Effect step 3

This will add a simple glossy looking top to the main effect when it’s created later on.

Ombre Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Create a new layer right below the text layer and call it Texture. Pick the Gradient Tool, set the Foreground color to #1b7889, and the Background color to #f6989c.

Ombre Text Effect step 4

Ctrl/Cmd + click the text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

Ombre Text Effect step 4

In the Options bar, choose the Foreground to Background gradient fill, and click the Linear Gradient icon. Make sure that the Texture layer is the selected layer, then click and drag from the highest point to the lowest point of the selection vertically.

You can press and hold the Shift key while clicking and dragging to create a straight line.

Ombre Text Effect step 4

This will create the basic gradient fill. You can use any other colors you like, you can even use more than two colors. But keep in mind that different colors might require different Filter values.

Changing the Filters’ values is very easy, and it is explained at the end of Step 6.

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

Ombre Text Effect step 4

Step 5

In order to be able to modify the Filters’ values, the Texture layer must be converted to a Smart Object. To do so, select the Texture layer, then go to Filter > Convert to Smart Filters. A dialog box will appear telling you that the layer will be converted into a Smart Object, so go ahead and click OK.

Ombre Text Effect step 5

You can notice that the layer now has a small smart object icon in the bottom right corner.

Ombre Text Effect step 5

Double click the Texture layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Stroke Emboss
  • Depth : 150
  • Direction : Down
  • Gloss Contour : Ring – Triple
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
Ombre Text Effect step 5

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Ombre Text Effect step 5

– Stroke

  • Color : #6f4345

You basically need to change the color to a darker shade of one of the original gradient colors. So you can try different colors until you find one that you like.

Ombre Text Effect step 5

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #676767
  • Spread : 30
  • Size : 7
Ombre Text Effect step 5

This will add depth to the text.

Ombre Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Time to add the Filters. Start by going to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Brush Strokes > Spatter. Change the Spray Radius to 22, and the Smoothness to 5.

Ombre Text Effect step 6

You should get a result similar to this:

Ombre Text Effect step 6

Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Brush Strokes > Sprayed Strokes. Change the Stroke Length to 0, and the Spray Radius to 8.

Ombre Text Effect step 6

And Voilà! Your Ombré text effect is finished!

Ombre Text Effect step 6

As mentioned before, the Filters’ values might need alteration for different colors, so just try to get similar results to the ones in the images for each filter.

And since the Texture layer is a Smart Object, you can expand the Filters’ list by clicking the arrow to the right of the layer, then double click the Filter’s name to modify its values.

Experiment with the different values until you like the effect, or the transition between the colors.

Ombre Text Effect step 6

If you are using different font Sizes, then make sure to change both the Layer Style values and the Filter’s values.

Ombre Text Effect step 6

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful.


  • Hayde

    Yeeees, i like this effect, thank you so much for sharing this :) :*
    http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo339/Tamara_75/lunialbum/Clases/PS/HaydeOmbre.jpg

    • textuts

      Very nice and well done outcome :)
      Glad you enjoyed the tutorial.
      Thanks a lot for the comment and the link.

  • Bob

    Excellent effect! A well prepared & presented tutorial. Thanks.

    • textuts

      Glad you like it.
      Thank you very much for the comment.

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  • http://newsbd71.com Orko R Khan

    Nice tutorial, i m so new to comment any thing but this was so help full to me by now. thanks

    • textuts

      Glad you found it helpful.
      Thank you for the comment, your comments are welcome anytime :)

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  • Edward

    everything worked fine except by step 6. The filter gallery refuses to open

    • textuts

      Do you mean that the Filter names are grayed out in the menu? Is the “Texture” layer active (selected) when you try to apply the Filters? Make sure it is, and that you are not in any Transform Mode.

      Please feel free to add a reply if the problem still exists.

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  • bright man

    great job

    • textuts

      Thank you.

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  • Mike

    Thank you very much,the text effect is very nice!

    • textuts

      You’re very welcome, glad you like it.
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

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  • Rajesh

    hi it is very cool tutorials of the day i have seen and i learnt something form this tuts so man keep it up always good work. My big to you for this work Thanks

    • textuts

      Glad you did learn something new and found the tutorial useful.
      Thank you very much for the kind words and for the support.

      Best regards.

  • Tampopo

    Hello, thank you for the nice clear tuto.

    • textuts

      You’re welcome.
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

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  • thanks

    just want to say thank you for posting this very easy and helpful tutorial ! :)

    • textuts

      You’re very welcome! Glad you like it.
      Thank you for the comment :)

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  • Bayo

    This is amazing a tutorial. Thank you so much.

    • textuts

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

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  • “Newbie”

    Your tutorial was fabulous! The whole process was easy to follow and my ending result was just as awesome as I’d have imagined. As a person who has barely used Photoshop, I give you your props! The screen shots are easy to follow, and you kept the “Photoshop lingo” down to a minimum. Thank you so much!

    • textuts

      That means a lot! Really glad you liked the effect and found the tutorial easy to follow.

      Thank you very much for the amazing comment :)

  • Hi-Etain

    Amazing tutorial!
    Can I translate this tutorial into Chinese and show it on the net(Just for learning exchange)?
    Thank you!

    • textuts

      Sure, just please make sure to link back to the original one ;)
      Thank you for the comment :)

  • Goblin

    I got a problem here, when I get to step 3, my result is not like yours. Then I ask my friend for help, he got the same result just like what I made.

    All date are the same.
    Here comes the picture, that is my review… Thanks for your help!!

  • Goblin

    Please help!
    What I’ve made is base on your data, but I can’t get the image like yours!
    I am stuck in the Step 3 now.
    Thank you sooooo much!

    • Rose

      Are you using the same values as in the tutorial? Can you please go to Image > Image Size, and make sure that the Resolution is set to 72?

      If it’s not, then please create a new document, set the Resolution to 72, and retry creating the tutorial.

      Hope this helps.

      Please feel free to leave a reply if the problem still exists.

      Thanks for the comment :)

  • Aamir

    Great Tutorial

    • Rose

      Thank you!