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In this tutorial, I will show the processes involved in making this shining and refreshing transparent text effect with sky and cloud textures.  We had some really interesting clouds on the sky yesterday and that’s where I’ve got the inspiration from :)

The techniques included in this tutorial are layer styles, gradient fills, clone stamp tools, blur filters and various image adjustment and transformation tools. It’s a simple tutorial so have a go!

Here is a preview of the final result:

final effect 500x382 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Ok let’s get started!

Step 1

Create a new document sized 800px * 800px. On the background layer, use the Gradient Fill tool to create some irregular lighting as shown below:

1 grad fill 499x499 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Step 2

On the background layer, type some texts onto it (Make sure you choose a bold font as we need to make room for transparency, I used this font from fontspace.com).

Position the text as shown below:

2 text position2 499x498 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Step 3

On the text layer, apply the following layer blending options:

Drop Shadow

3 drop shadow 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Inner Shadow

3 inner shadow 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Inner Glow

3 inner glow 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Bevel and Emboss

3 bevel 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Contour

3 contour 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Gradient Overlay

3 gradient overlay 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Stroke

3 stroke 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

The effect so far will look like this:

3 effect so far 500x333 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Step 4

Now we’re onto apply some nice cloudy texture onto the text. Download a copy of this image (The one on the left) from CG Texture and select a nice portion of it as shown below:

4 cloud select 500x235 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Copy and paste the selected portion onto our text and name this layer as “cloud”.

Use the Eraser Tool (with a big, soft and round brush, set opacity and flow to 60%) to gently erase the outside of the cloud:

4 after eraser 500x298 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Step 5

Still on the “Cloud” layer, use the Clone Stamp Tool (again with a big, soft and round brush setting) and clone the cloud so it covers all of our texts:

4 after clone 500x343 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Then hit Ctrl + M and apply the following Curve settings:

5 curve Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Change the blending mode of this layer to “Overlay” and you will have the following effect:

5 effect so far 500x327 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Step 6

Duplicate the “Cloud” layer once, then apply the following Black and White adjustments:

6 bw Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

This create some colour depth for the image and you will have the following effect:

6 effect so far 500x343 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Optionally, you can duplicate the “Cloud” layer again and this will add some more colour to the image:

6 effect after dup 500x350 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Step 7

Rasterize the text layer and do a multi-select for all the layers created, distort the image until you reach the effect shown below:

7 distort 500x291 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Then we can add some light over the text. To do this, create a new layer called “light” and select a rectangle portion just above the text, fill the selection with White colour and render some fiber:

7 fiber 500x390 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Then de-select the selection, apply the following motion blur settings:

7 motion blur 500x385 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Then hit Ctrl + L and apply the following Levels adjustment settings:

7 levels 500x369 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

To make the light a bit soft, apply the following gaussian blur settings:

7 gaussian blur 500x409 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

After that, use the Eraser Tool to get rid of the unnecessary bits of the light, and free-transform (or distort, rotate, perspective) it until reaching desired effect:

7 effect so far 500x344 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Ok that’s it for this tutorial, the rest is left your own creativity. You can duplicate the cloud layer a few times, or add some extra lighting to the text. Totally up to you.

Here is my final image for this tutorial:

final effect 500x382 Translucent Text Effect with Sky and Cloud

Hope you enjoy it and find it useful and inspirational! If you have any question, just drop me a comment.

Have a nice day!