Create Deep Space Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes of creating this Deep Space Text Effect in Photoshop. We will use a handwriting font, combine it with nebula and fire textures to form the final effect. We will also be using some selection and image adjustment techniques along the way.

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This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky, but why not have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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:

Ground image


Space image 1 by Mithgariel

Space image 2 by ex-astris1701


Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 759px with black background. Load the ground image into Photoshop and copy the entire image to our document, resize and perspective it as shown below:

1 pers

Use a soft eraser to remove the top edge as shown below:

1 erase

Add the following adjustment layers to this ground texture:

Black and White

1 bw


1 lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

Type some letters onto the canvas with the font we downloaded:

2 type

Load the text layer’s selection, move the selection over to the “space image 1” stock, as shown below:

2 move

Copy and paste the selection over to our document and cover the original text:

2 paste

Apply the following layer blending mode to this new space texture layer:


2 stroke

Inner Glow

2 inner glow

Here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

Load the fire texture into Photoshop and select the following portion with a 40px feather setting Lasso Tool:

3 sel

Copy and paste to the selection to our canvas, reduce its size as shown below:

3 paste

Warp this texture with the free transform tool:

3 warp

Apply the following Hue/Saturation adjustment to change its colour:

3 hue

Attach the texture to the letter:

3 attach

Continue to add the texture to cover the entire letter, make sure your rotate, warp the texture to fit the shape of the letter:

3 more

Keep going until all letters are covered with the fire texture:

3 effect

Step 4

We will add some special lighting effect into the image. Create a new layer and paint a small dot:

4 paint

On the same layer, use a smaller white brush to paint another dot in the centre:

4 paint 2

And use the warp tool to warp it as shown below:

4 warp

Attach a few of these lighting stripes to the letters as shown below:

4 highlights   

Step 5

We will add some extra nebula and cloud effect into our image. Select the following portion with a 30px feather Lasso Tool from “space image 2”:

5 nebula

Copy and paste the selection to our document and apply the following Hue/Saturation settings:

5 hue

Add 3 of these to our document as shown below. Make sure you place the layers below the text layer:

5 neb more

Add one more nebula texture from “space image 1”:

5 cosmo

Copy and paste the selection to our document and apply the following Hue/Saturation settings:

5 hue 2

Add 2 of these to our document as shown below. Make sure you place the layers above the text layer and set the layer blending mode to “screen”:

5 add cosmo   

Add some cloud effect on the ground with a cloud brush or the cloud filter:

5 cloud

Step 6

For final touches, I flattened the layers and apply this unsharp mask filter settings to the background layer in order to sharpen the image a bit:

6 unsharp

Apply the following selective color adjustment layer on top to fine tune the colour:

6 sel reds

6 sel whites

6 sel neu

6 sel blacks

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!

  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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