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Purple Glow Text Effect

This tutorial explains how to use simple Shadow, Glow, and Satin layer effects with a simple brush to create a hazy bright purple glow text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

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

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Step 1

Create a new 1152 x 864 px document. Set the Foreground color to #4f4097 and the Background color to #0d004c, 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.

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Place the Texture 206 image on top of the Background layer, resize it as needed, then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

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Create the text using the color #4f4097. The font used is Franks, the Size is 310 pt, and the Leading is set to 280 pt.

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Duplicate the text layer then make the copy invisible by clicking the eye icon next to its layer.

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Step 2

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

– Inner Shadow

  • Blend Mode : Soft Light
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 24
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– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Technique : Precise
  • Source : Center
  • Size : 35
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– Satin

  • Blend Mode : Overlay
  • Color : #da94ff
  • Angle : 25
  • Distance : 93
  • Size : 54
  • Contour : Ring – Double
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– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Noise : 45%
  • Color : #fff8be
  • Technique : Precise
  • Spread : 5
  • Size : 10
  • Contour : Cone – Inverted
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This will create a bright glowing text.

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Step 3

Make the copy text layer visible by clicking the empty box next to it, then right click that layer and choose Rasterize Type.

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Make sure that the Foreground and Background colors are still set to #4f4097 and #0d004c.

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Step 4

Go to Filter > Render > Fibers, then change the Variance to 35 and the Strength to 4.

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You should get a result similar to this.

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Go to Filter > Brush Strokes > Accented Edges, then change the Edge Width to 2, the Edge Brightness to 38, and the Smoothness to 5.

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This will make the fibers texture more blurred and slightly glowing at the edges.

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Change the rasterized layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light. This will add a nice texture to the original text.

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Step 5

Pick the Brush Tool and choose a soft round brush tip, then open the Brush panel (Window > Brush) to modify the brush’s Settings as below:

Brush Tip Shape

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Shape Dynamics

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Dual Brush
Choose the Chalk 17 pixels brush.

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Step 6

Right click the original text layer then choose Create Work Path.

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Create a new layer right below the text layer and call it Glow, then change its Blend Mode to Overlay. Set the Foreground color to #f9cfff and pick the Direct Selection Tool.

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Right click the work path then choose Stroke Path.

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Choose the Brush option from the Tool drop down menu, and make sure that the Simulate Pressure box is un-checked.

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Press Enter/Return to get rid of the path.

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Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius to 3.5. This will smoothen the stroke while keeping its subtle texture.

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Your purple glow text is now ready!