Glossy Candy Text Effect

This tutorial will help you create a really simple, but awesome glossy candy text effect in Photoshop.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:35 – 1:00


Step 1

Create a new 2000 x 1500 px document, and fill the Background with the color #724c21.

Create the text using the font Fontleroy Brown NF, the Size 1000 px, and the color #ee9b0f.

Duplicate the text layer, and make the copy invisible (by clicking on the eye icon next to it).

Candy TE step 1

Step 2

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

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #71511b
Candy TE step 2 Drop Shadow

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #ffa508
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 23
Candy TE step 2 Inner Shadow

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 26
  • Soften : 16
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #ef9508
Candy TE step 2 Bevel and Emboss

– Satin

  • Blend Mode : Color Dodge
  • Color : #705737
  • Contour : Cone – Inverted
Candy TE step 2 Satin

Step 3

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

Candy TE step 3 1

Create a new layer on top of the text layer and call it Noise. Fill the selection with the original text color #ee9b0f and make sure that it’s the Foreground color as well, and set the Background color to White. Then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Change the Amount to 150, make sure that the Distribution is set to Gaussian, and check the Monochromatic box.

Candy TE step 3 2

Step 4

With the Noise layer still active, zoom in (Ctrl/Cmd + ‘+’) until you are able to see the pixels clearly. Pick the Magic Wand Tool, un-check the Contiguous box in the Options bar (this will let all the pixels of the same color range be selected, whether they are adjacent or not), and select the darkest pixel or group of pixels. Then, hit Delete.

Candy TE step 4 1

Change the Noise layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light, and its Fill value to 50%.

Candy TE step 4 2

Step 5

Create a new 110 x 50 px document, and set the Background Contents to Transparent.

Candy TE step 5 1

Draw a 50 x 50 px square using the Rectangle Marquee Tool. You can open the Info panel (found under the Window menu) to help you make sure that the rectangle’s width and height values are 50 px.

Place the square at the center of the document, then fill it with the color #e8641b.

Candy TE step 5 2

Go to Select > Deselect, then go to Edit > Define Pattern and type in the name of the pattern.

Candy TE step 5 3

Step 6

Go back to the original document, create a new layer on top of the Noise layer, and call it Lines.

With the Paint Bucket Tool selected, change the Fill type to Pattern, and choose the pattern you’ve just created.

Fill the Lines layer with the square pattern.

Candy TE step 6

Step 7

Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate to rotate the lines until you think the result is good. Hit Enter/Return to accept the changes.

Then, Ctrl/Cmd + click the original text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection. Make sure that the Lines layer is selected, then go to Select > Inverse, and hit Delete.

Press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection.

Candy TE step 7

Step 8

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

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #ba8c73
  • Distance : 4
  • Size : 4
Candy TE step 8_Inner Shadow

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Pillow Emboss
  • Size : 3
  • Soften : 1
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #ba8c73
Candy TE step 8_Bevel and Emboss

– Satin

  • Blend Mode : Overlay
  • Color : #fff8ad
  • Contour : Shallow Slope Valley
Candy TE step 8_Satin

You’ll end up with something like this:

Candy TE step 8_result

Step 9

Go back to the duplicated text layer created back in Step 1, and make it visible once again.

Change its Fill value to 0, and double click it to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 450
  • Size : 10
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 100
  • Altitude : 30
  • Gloss Contour : Log
  • Shadow Mode – Opacity : 0%
Candy TE step 9_Bevel and Emboss

– Contour

Just check the Anti-aliased box.

Candy TE step 9_Contour

Step 10

Add a layer on top of the Background layer, set the Foreground color to Black, and with the Gradient Tool, choose the Foreground to Transparent fill, click on the Radial Gradient icon, and check the Reverse box.

Starting from the center of the document, click and drag to one of its corners to create the gradient fill. Change the Blend Mode of the layer to Soft Light.

Candy TE step 10

And this is the final result once again.

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