Simple Fireflies Text Effect

In this tutorial, we will be using one of the Photoshop CS5 new painting brushes to create a firefly-like text, and then apply some glow to make it shine!

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45


Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Set the Foreground color to #032f55 and the Background color to #164b7c, then go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

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Open the cleanzor_texture_270 image and place it on top of the Background layer. Then, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, change the Saturation to -100, and the Lightness to -10.

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Change the image layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

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Step 2

Set the Foreground color to #b2ebfc, and create your text using the Foreground color. The font used is HarryPotter7, and the Size is 215 px.

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Open your Brush panel (Window > Brush), and choose the Flat Angle Low Bristle Count brush tip, then modify its Settings as below:

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Shape Dynamics

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Step 3

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

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Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it Glow, then remove the eye icon next to the text layer to make it invisible.

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Pick the Direct Selection Tool and right click the path, then choose Stroke Path.

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

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Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the path.

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Step 4

Double click the Glow layer to apply an Outr Glow effect.

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Color : #00f6ff
  • Size : 18
  • Contour : Half Round
  • Range : 100
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The text should have a nice glow now!

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Finally, you can use the Sparkles Brush to add some nice sparkling shapes to the final result. Just load the brush, and use it on the Glow layer, or on a new layer with the same Outer Glow effect.