In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create this interesting, layered Text Effect with Awesome Lighting in Photoshop. This is an beginner to intermediate level Photoshop tutorial, have a try!

We will use techniques such as layer blending, filter effect, custom brushes and transform tools to create this text effect.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Font

No Stock image is required for this tutorial.

Step 1

Create a new document with black background (canvas size doesn’t matter for this tutorial), use the font we downloaded, type some pick texts on it:

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Duplicate this layer once and choose a different text colour, move this layer slightly to the right:

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Duplicate this second layer once more, again we choose a different colour and move it slightly to the right, you will have the following effect:

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Step 2

Rasterize those text layer and merge them together, use a soft eraser to erase the edges of the text as shown below to add some depth:

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Use the blur tool to blur out some part of the text as well:

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Optional Step: you can add a base line for the text by using a white brush to paint a big dot on the top edge of the canvas:

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Then compress it down with the free transform tool:

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Reduce the layer opacity to around 50% for this layer, effect as shown below:

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Step 3

Now let’s add some highlighting effect – create a new layer and use a soft white brush to paint a dot like this:

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Hit Ctrl + T and use the free transform tool to compress it down:

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Change this layer blending mode to “overlay”:

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Duplicate this light layer twice for a more shining effect:

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Repeat the above steps, add some further highlights around the text to the positions that you desire:

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Step 4

We can now add some pink lighting over the text – so let’s duplicate this original pick text layer and move it above all previous layers, go to Filter > Blur > Motion blur, and click on “OK” when you see the following window:

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Apply the following motion blur settings:

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Hit Ctrl + F and apply this filter twice for more blurring effect:

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Then use a soft erase to remove some parts of the blur to add more depth:

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Duplicate this motion blur layer 3 times, and you will have the following effect:

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Step 5

OK we’re almost done! For some final retouches, I added some further lighting effect to the “X” letter with method describe above (except we keep the blending mode to “normal” this time):

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Add some abstract particles with a custom brush (you can find plenty over the internet) around this additional lighting area:

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Then I flatten the image, duplicate the background layer and apply this unsharp mask filter to bring some more details for the text:

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Paint or render some more cloud effect around the text for some more dramatic effect:

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I then further added some colour effect onto the image with selective colours and image adjustment layer, and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)

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That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!