How to Create 10 Different Useful Layer Style Text Effects in Adobe Photoshop

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What You’ll Be Creating

Layer styles are one of Photoshop’s powerful tools. Their many different settings and options can help you create endless effects pretty easily and quickly. This tutorial will show you how to use a bunch of layer styles, with some helpful tips and tricks, to create ten common and useful text effects. Let’s get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

In order to complete this tutorial, you’ll need the following resources:

Fonts

Patterns and Textures

To use the images as patterns, open each one of them in Photoshop, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and click OK.

1. How to Create a Glass Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #3e6181 to the left and #46aaab to the right, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to Grilled Noise, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn.

Pattern

Step 3

Create the text using the font Cimochi, and change the Size to 350 pt.

Create the Text

Step 4

Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0, and duplicate it.

Layer Settings

Step 5

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 200
  • Size: 15
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 40
  • Altitude: 50
  • Gloss Contour: Valley – Low
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Screen
    • Color: #888888
    • Opacity: 70%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Use the steel s88 gradient fill
Stroke

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 40%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -108
  • Distance: 5
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Color: #7b7b7b
  • Size: 10
Inner Glow

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Style: Reflected
  • Use the Aluminum 5 gradient fill
Gradient Overlay

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 5
  • Size: 10
Drop Shadow

This will style the first layer.

Styled Layer 1

Step 6

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 25
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 117
  • Altitude: 69
  • Gloss Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 0%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Use the steel s88 gradient fill
Stroke

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 24
  • Distance: 5
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Color: #9f9f9f
  • Size: 5
Inner Glow

This will create a shiny glass effect.

Glass Layer Style Text Effect

2. How to Create a Metal Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #596267 to the left and #222831 to the right, change the Style to Radial, the Scale to 200, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to Hex Metal Mesh (from the Metal Mesh Patterns – Pack 1 pack), and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Pattern

Step 3

Create the text using the font Queen of Camelot, change the Color to #2c2b2b, and the Size to 250 pt.

Create the Text

Step 4

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Depth: 250
  • Size: 5
  • Gloss Contour: Ring
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
    • Opacity: 70%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Side Slanting Mesh (from the Metal Mesh Patterns – Pack 1 pack)
  • Scale: 25%
  • Depth: 10%
Texture

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 2
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Use the Riddle of Steel gradient fill
Stroke

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #b67564
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 25
  • Size: 10
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Opacity: 67%
  • Color: #c2ccd4
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 51
  • Contour: Rolling Slope – Descending
Inner Glow

Add a Satin effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Color: #d6d6d6
  • Opacity: 58%
  • Angle: 60
  • Distance: 42
  • Size: 24
  • Contour: Linear
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
Satin

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Use the stove pipe 20 gradient fill
Gradient Overlay

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Pattern: 9.jpg (from the Metal seamless textures pack)
  • Scale: 50%
Pattern Overlay

Step 5

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #67ade8
  • Size: 5
Outer Glow

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 15
  • Spread: 25
  • Size: 15
Drop Shadow

This will style the text.

Metal Layer Style Text Effect

3. How to Create Pressed and Embossed Text Effects

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #3c9179 to the left and #57caaa to the right, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to Diagonal Noise, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn.

Pattern

Step 3

Create the text using the font Bw Modelica SS01 Extra Bold, and change the Size to 200 pt.

Create the Text

Step 4

Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0.

Layer Settings

Step 5

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Emboss
  • Size: 0
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Altitude: 60
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode:
    • Opacity: 20%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 30%
Bevel and Emboss

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 70%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 3
  • Size: 3
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Color: #000000
  • Size: 10
Inner Glow

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Create a Transparent to Fill Color gradient fill using the Color #000000 on both sides, and change the transparent side’s Opacity Stop‘s Opacity value to 50%.
Gradient Overlay

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 1
  • Spread: 5
  • Size: 3
Drop Shadow

This will create a pressed text effect.

Pressed Layer Style Text Effect

Step 6

To create an embossed effect, create a new text layer, and make sure to change its Fill value to 0.

New Text Layer

Step 7

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Size: 5
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 100
  • Altitude: 25
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Soft Light
    • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 15%
Bevel and Emboss

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Color: #d0d0d0
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 1
  • Size: 1
Inner Shadow

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Create a Fill Color to Transparent gradient fill using the Color #ffffff on both sides, and change the transparent side’s Opacity Stop‘s Opacity value to 40%.
Gradient Overlay

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 7
  • Size: 10
Drop Shadow

This will create the embossed effect.

Embossed Layer Style Text Effect

4. How to Create a Neon Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #2e0d45 to the left and #0d0317 to the right, change the Style to Radial, the Scale to 200, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Place the BrickLargeBrown0025 image on top of the Gradient layer, resize it as needed, and change its layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

Add the Texture Image

Step 3

Create the text using the font MM Cruella 100, and change the Color to #d87aff, the Size to 250 pt, and the Tracking value to 10.

Create the Text

Step 4

Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0. You can increase the Fill value after applying the layer style to get a brighter effect if you like.

Layer Settings

Step 5

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style.

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 250
  • Size: 5
  • Soften: 2
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 60
  • Altitude: 0
  • Gloss Contour: Ring – Double
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Color Dodge
    • Color: #dcdcdc
    • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode: Vivid Light
    • Color: #e5e5e5
    • Opacity: 10%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Color: #ebd5f3
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #ddbfff
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 5
Inner Glow

Add a Satin effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Color: #e6a2ee
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 10
  • Size: 35
  • Contour: Linear
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
Satin

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #c689ff
  • Size: 15
  • Range: 85%
Outer Glow

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Color: #f227ff
  • Opacity: 85%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 50
Drop Shadow - 1

Add another Drop Shadow instance with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Color: #f227ff
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 60
Drop Shadow - 2

Add a third Drop Shadow instance with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 30
  • Size: 7
Drop Shadow - 3

This will create a bright neon text effect.

Neon Layer Style Text Effect

5. How to Create a Chrome Text Effect

Step 1

Open the Indoor Chairs image and go to Image > Image Size to change the Width value to 1000 px.

Image Size

Step 2

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius value to 1.5.

Gaussian Blur

Step 3

Go to Filter > Distort > Wave, and use these settings:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength:
    • Min. 228
    • Max. 241
  • Amplitude:
    • Min. 5
    • Max. 35
  • Scale:
    • Horiz. 100
    • Vert. 100
  • Type: Sine
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edges Pixels
Wave Filter

Step 4

Go to Edit > Define Pattern, change the Name to Chrome Reflection, and click OK.

You can use any other image for this effect to get different results.

Define Pattern

Step 5

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #434a53 to the left and #121219 to the right, and change the Style to Radial, the Scale to 200, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 6

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to Old Wall, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn.

Pattern

Step 7

Create the text using the font Geneva, and change the Size to 200 pt.

Create the Text

Step 8

Duplicate the text layer and change the copy‘s Fill value to 0.

Layer Settings

Step 9

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Gloss Contour: Rolling Slope – Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Color: #d6d6d6
    • Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Color: #4c4c4c
    • Opacity: 75%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #4d4d4d
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 3
  • Size: 10
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Size: 7
Inner Glow

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Use the faucet 140 gradient fill
Gradient Overlay

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Chrome Reflection

You can click the Snap to Origin button to reset the texture’s position inside the text.

Pattern Overlay

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 75%
  • Distance: 15
  • Spread: 20
  • Size: 25
Drop Shadow

This will style the text.

Styled Layer 1

Step 10

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Size: 15
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 119
  • Altitude: 21
  • Gloss Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Ring
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Use the faucet 30 gradient fill
Stroke

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 15%
  • Distance: 2
  • Size: 7
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Size: 5
Inner Glow

Add a Satin instance with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Color: #939393
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Angle: -20
  • Distance: 190
  • Size: 15
  • Contour: Rolling Slope – Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
Satin

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode:
  • Use the Stainless Steel 25jar gradient fill
Gradient Overlay

This will add the stroke.

Chrome Layer Style Text Effect

6. How to Create a Basic 3D Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #6a6a6a to the left and #b1b3b2 to the right, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to Paper 3, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn.

Pattern

Step 3

Create the text using the font SchmalfetteCP, change the Color to #d9d9d9, the Size to 300 pt, and the Tracking value to 10.

Duplicate the text layer.

Create the Text Layers

Step 4

Change the original text Color to Red, and press Command-T to enter Free Transform Mode.

Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the bounding box’s right side slightly to shrink the text horizontally a little bit, making sure that no gaps are created between both pieces of text.

Hit the Return key to commit the changes.

Transform the Text

Step 5

Change the original text layer’s Fill value to 0.

Layer Settings

Step 6

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Size: 75
  • Soften: 5
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 34
  • Altitude: 32
  • Highlight Mode:
    • Opacity: 0%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 40%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cove – Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 0
  • Choke: 5
  • Size: 15
Inner Shadow

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #f2f2f2
Color Overlay

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Color: #000000
  • Size: 25
Outer Glow

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 30%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 2
  • Size: 10
Drop Shadow

this will style the 3D part.

3D Part

Step 7

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 200
  • Size: 1
  • Highlight Mode:
    • Opacity: 80%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 0%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with the default settings:

Contour

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 10%
  • Distance: 3
  • Size: 3
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Color: #ddebee
  • Size: 5
Inner Glow

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box.
  • Create the Gradient fill using the Colors #a6a6a6 to the left and #e7e8e9 to the right.
Gradient Overlay

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Size: 5
Outer Glow

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 10
  • Size: 15
Drop Shadow

This will finish off the 3D effect.

Basic 3D Layer Style Text Effect

7. How to Create a Sci Fi Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #5b7177 to the left and #0a252b to the right, and change the Style to Radial, the Scale to 200, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to 9.jpg (from the Metal seamless textures pack), and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Pattern

Step 3

Create the text using the font Bhejeuct Gash, and change the Color to #283032 and the Size to 250 pt.

Create the Text

Step 4

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 200
  • Size: 15
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 157
  • Altitude: 16
  • Gloss Contour: Valley – Low
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Color: #e99d89
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Burn
    • Color: #c7c7c7
    • Opacity: 70%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%
Contour

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Diagonal lines medium (from the 30 Simple Patterns pack)
Texture

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 2
  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Use the Riddle of Steel gradient fill
Stroke

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Lighter Color
  • Color: #42f4ff
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Distance: 15
  • Size: 20
  • Contour: Cone – Asymmetrical
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #b76c3e
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 15
Inner Glow

Add a Satin with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Color: #9afff0
  • Opacity: 58%
  • Angle: 60
  • Distance: 50
  • Size: 8
  • Contour: Linear
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
Satin

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode:
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient with these values:

Color – Location

  • #000000 – 0%
  • #11637e – 34%
  • #25abdd – 71%
  • #ffffff – 100%
Gradient Overlay

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #67e5e8
  • Size: 10
Outer Glow

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 15
  • Spread: 25
  • Size: 18
Drop Shadow

This will style the text.

Sci Fi Layer Style Text Effect

8. How to Create a Retro Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient.

Create the gradient fill using the Colors #aad1cf to the left and #3accc7 to the right, change the Style to Radial and the Scale to 200, and check the Dither box.

Gradient

Step 2

Add a Pattern fill layer, set the Pattern to texturetastic gray, and change the layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Burn.

Pattern

Step 3

Create the text using the font Mon Cheri, and change the Color to #f65252 and the Size to 250 pt.

Duplicate the text layer.

Create the Text Layers

Step 4

Double-click the original text layer to apply a Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 10
  • Spread: 100
  • Size: 5
Drop Shadow

Step 5

Right-click the styled layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. This will basically create the 3D extrusion layer.

Convert to Smart Object

Step 6

Double-click the Smart Object layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Size: 18
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 149
  • Altitude: 58
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%
Contour

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #383838
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -77
  • Distance: 10
  • Size: 1
Inner Shadow

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 16
Inner Glow

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #d8d8d8
Color Overlay

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Distance: 5
  • Size: 3
Drop Shadow - 1

Add another Drop Shadow instance with these settings:

  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Distance: 15
  • Size: 1
Drop Shadow - 2

Add a third Drop Shadow instance with these settings:

  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 10%
  • Distance: 25
  • Size: 20
Drop Shadow - 3

This will style the 3D part.

Styled 3D Part

Step 7

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Color: #ffffff
Stroke

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #383838
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 2
  • Choke: 50
  • Size: 1
Inner Shadow

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Divide
  • Pattern: Pattern 11 (from the 20 Repeatable Pixel Patterns pack)
Pattern Overlay

This will style the main text.

Retro Layer Style Text Effect

9. How to Create a Spray Paint Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, place the BrickMedievalBlocks0129 image on top of the Background layer, and resize it as needed.

Add the Background Image

Step 2

Create the text using the font Graun, and change the Color to #ff4c3e and the Size to 250 pt.

Create the Text

Step 3

Change the text layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Layer Settings

Step 4

Double-click the text layer to access the Blending Options settings.

Under the Blend If section, you’ll find two bars. We will be working with the Underlying Layer one.

Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the left slider to split it. As you move the slider’s ends, you’ll notice how the text starts to blend with the background image.

What this slider does is protect the darker areas of the image from being affected by the text.

Blending Options

Step 5

If you do the same with the right slider, you’ll control the lighter areas you want to protect or prevent the text from affecting.

Blending Options

Step 6

Keep adjusting the sliders until you like the result.

Adjust the Sliders

Step 7

Next, we will add two more effects to enhance the outcome:

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 80%
  • Color: #ff4c3e
  • Size: 1
  • Range: 100%
Outer Glow

This will enhance the edges.

Paint Spray Layer Style Text Effect

10. How to Create a Glitter Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 500 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, choose Pattern, and set the Pattern to Beige paper.

Pattern

Step 2

Create the text using the font Premier Script, and change the Color to #b1b1b1 and the Size to 300 pt.

Create the Text

Step 3

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Size: 5
  • Gloss Contour: Ring – Double
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
    • Opacity: 100%
Bevel and Emboss

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: glitter-pink (from the Wastedshame Free Glitter Patterns pack)
Texture

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Pink Glitter (from the 8 Free Glitter Effect Patterns & Styles for Photoshop pack)
  • Scale: 50%
Pattern Overlay

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 2
  • Size: 2
  • Noise: 5
Drop Shadow - 1

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 20%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -45
  • Distance: 3
  • Size: 8
  • Noise: 5
Drop Shadow - 2

This will create the final effect. You can try using different glitter textures to get different results as well.

Glitter Layer Style Text Effect

Awesome Work, You’re Done!

This tutorial explained how to use different layer style settings and options to create ten common and useful text effects.

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10 Layer Style Text Effects

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