Create a Glossy Neon Text Effect with Stars in Photoshop

March 13, 2013 by in category Photoshop, Tutorials with 20 and 0
Layer Styles and Patterns are very powerful tools in Photoshop, you can have create cool effects using those tools. Follow this step by step Photoshop Tutorial to create a Glossy Neon Text Effect with a star field background creating a custom Pattern, using a lot of layer styles and adding a few highlights.

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Resources Needed for this Tutorial:

Free Photoshop Stars Patterns Pack 1
Dirt Pattern

Step 1 – THE New Document and Background

Open up Photoshop and create a new document, use your screen resolution for the size, I used 2560x1440px with a Transparent background. Fill this background layer with a dark colour, #1E1E1E, go to Edit – Fill – Color and add this dark colour and rename this layer “Background“, place this layer in a new group, rename this group “Background“.

Add a Gradient Overlay Layer Style on this background layer going from #161626 to #010101 with those parameters:

Create a new layer, Fill it with white, Edit – Fill – White. Add a Gradient Overlay Layer Style on this background layer going from #E93080 to #902985 with those parameters:

Place this layer in a new group, change the Blending Mode of the group to Overlay and rename both this layer and the new group “Background 2“.

Step 2 – Star Field Background

In this step we’ll create a star field background using a few stars photoshop patterns I’ve published previously. download the Free Photoshop Stars Patterns Pack 1, load those patterns in Photoshop. Create a new Pattern Fill, Edit – New Fill Layer – Pattern and select one of the stars pattern. Change the Blending Mode of this pattern fill layer to Color Dodge.

Add 3 or 4 more Pattern Fill Layers using the other stars patterns, also playing with the scale % in the Pattern Fill options. Make sure the Blending Mode of those layers is set to Color Dodge. Place those stars patterns layers in a new group, rename this group “Star Patterns“.

Download the Dirt Pattern available in the Resources Needed section at the top of the tutorial. Load this pattern in Photoshop, create a new layer, Fill it with a black, Edit – Fill – Black. Add a Pattern Overlay Layer Style with this Dirt pattern with those parameters and change the Fill of this layer to 0%.

Step 3 – Line Pattern

Now let’s create a nice custom line pattern, then we’ll add it to our background. Create a new document 500x500px with a transparent background. Select the Rectangle Tool (U) and create 4 white rectangle lines (the lines are black in my exemple for a better preview), 500x10px, one on each side of the canvas.

Create 2 new white lines in the center of the canvas, one vertical the other horizontal.

Create 2 new diagonal lines like below :

Create a 40x40px circle using the Ellipse Tool (U) in the center of the canvas.

Select all the canvas, Select – All then go to Edit – Define Pattern and save the pattern.

Create a new layer, Fill it with White, Edit – Fill – White then apply a Pattern Overlay Layer Style with the Lines pattern we just created and those parameters (make sure the Fill of this layer is set to 0% and the Blending Mode of the Pattern Overlay is set to Overlay) :

Step 4 – Blur Colours

In this step we’ll add a few colours in the background, select the Brush Tool (B) with a big soft rounded brush, and paint on a new layer with a vibrant colour.

Continue painting with other colours, create a new layer for each colours.

Merge all those colour layers, to do this, select all the colour layers, Right Click on them and select Merge Layers. Apply a Motion Blur Filter on this new merged layer with 0° Angle and 2000px Distance. Filter – Blur – Motion Blur.

Change the Blending Mode of this merged layer to Overlay, its Fill to 50% and rename this layer “Color Blur“. Place all the layers we created since the beginning in a new group named “Backgroung“.

Step 5 – Neon Text

Now we have created the background, let’s dive into the text, I want to created a text with a lot of highlights and different colours, first let’s choose a font, I used a font called “Bello“, I wrote “Supercolor” in the center of the canvas then “Tuts” under “Supercolor” in white.

Keep this original text layer, we’ll duplicate it a few times, duplicate it one time and apply those some Layer Styles on the duplicated text layer with those parameters :

Duplicate the original text layer one more time, place the duplicated text layer on top of the other layers and apply some other Layer Styles on it with those parameters :

Duplicate the last text layer with the layer styles we just worked on, place the duplicated text layer on top of the other layers, now let’s add little blur on this text effect, apply a Gaussian Blur Filter with a 20px Radius, Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. Change the Blending Mode of this blur layer to Screen and its Opacity to 50%.

Duplicate the original text layer one more time, place the duplicated text layer on top of the other layers and apply some other Layer Styles on it with those parameters :

Duplicate the original text layer one last time, place the duplicated text layer on top of the other layers and apply those Layer Styles on it :

Now that we added a lot of Layer Styles, let’s use a few filters to add more effects on this text, select all the text layer we’ve been working on in this step except the original text layer and press the Cmd+Alt+E keys on your keyboard, this will merge all those text layers into a new one and Duplicate this new merged layer 3 times.

On the first duplicated merged layer, apply the High Pass Filter with a 5px Radius, Filter – Other – High Pass. Change the Blending Mode of the first duplicated layer to Overlay.

Now select the second duplicated merged layer, apply a Plastic Wrap Filter, Filter – Filter Gallery – Artistic – Plastic Wrap with those parameters :

Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Soft Light.

Select the third and last duplicated merged layer and apply an Emboss Filter on it with a 90° Angle, 1px Height and 235% for the Amount. Change its Blending Mode to Overlay.

Step 6 – Text Highlights

In this step we’ll add some highlights on and around the text, create a new layer, select the Brush Tool (B) with a soft rounded brush and white for the colour and paint on the edges of the text like in the exemple below :

Right click on the little thumbnail with a T on the original text layer and click on Select Pixels, this will load a selection of the text, go back on the highlight layer we just created and create a Layer Mask, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection. Change the Blending Mode of this layer to Overlay.

Place all the layers we created in Step 5 and the Highlight layer we just worked on in a new group, rename this group “Text“.

Before starting this part, make sure your foreground and background colours are set to black and white, press the D key on your keyboard to reset the colours. Create a new layer, select the Lasso Tool (L), make sure the Feather in the Toolbar is set to 50px and create an oval selection on the text like below :

Apply a Cloud Filter in this selection, Filter – Render – Clouds, place this cloud layer in a new group and place this group behind all the layers in the text group. Make a selection of the original text layer like we did before (right click on the text layer thumbnail – Select Pixels) and create a Layer Mask with the selection on the Cloud group, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection and change the Blending Mode of the Cloud group to Color Dodge.

Let’s add a little more highlights on this text, create a new layer, select the Brush Tool (B) and paint on the text with a soft rounded brush and white for the colour.

Make a selection of the original text layer like we did before (right click on the text layer thumbnail – Select Pixels) and create a Layer Mask with the selection on this new layer, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection. Change its Blending Mode to Color Dodge and Fill to 35%, place this layer in the “Background” group on top of the other layers.

Select the “Background” Group and press the Cmd+Alt+E keys on your keyboard, this will merge all the layers in the group into a new one. Apply the Spherize Filter, Filter – Distort – Spherize with 25% for the Amount to give a nice effect on this duplicated background layer.

Make a selection of the original text layer again (right click on the text layer thumbnail – Select Pixels) and create a Layer Mask with the selection on this new merged layer, Layer – Layer Mask – Reveal Selection.

Step 7 – Background Highlights

Duplicate the original text layer once, place the new duplicated layer in a new group named “Highlights“, and place this group under the “Text” group. Add a few Layer Styles to create a nice highlight effect with those parameters on this layer :

Right Click on this layer and select Rasterize Layer Styles, rename the layer “Highlights 1“. Apply a Motion Blur Filter to it, Filter – Blur – Motion Blur with a 90° Angle and 200px Distance. Duplicate this layer, rename the duplicated layer “Highlights 2” and apply the Motion Blur on this duplicated layer with a 90° Angle and 750px Distance. Change the Blending Mode of the “Highlights” group to Color Dodge.

Create a new layer, select the Brush Tool (B) with big soft rounded brush, a vibrant colour, I choose a pink colour and paint a big circle on the canvas, change the Blending Mode of this layer to Screen and its Fill to 75%.

Create a new layer, paint an other big circle using the Brush Tool (B) with a vibrant colour, I used blur. Change the Blending Mode to Screen. Place those two layers in a new group named “Colors“, place this group under the “Text” group and change its Blending Mode to Lighten and its Fill to 20%.

Step 8 – Noise and Adjustments

Let’s add a little noise on this text effect, create a new layer, fill this layer with black, apply a Noise Filter on this layer, Filter – Noise – Add Noise with a 30% Amount and Gaussian for the Distribution.

Apply a 2px Radius Gaussian Blur on this Noise layer and change its Blending Mode to Screen.

add a Levels Adjustment Layer, Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Levels, with those parameters on top of the Noise layer.

Create a Clipping Mask on this Levels layer, Right Click – Create Clipping Mask and place those two layers into a new group named “Noise“.

To finish this text effect tutorial let’s add two more Adjustment Layers, for the first add a Photo Filter Adjustment Layer, Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Photo Filter with those parameters :

Change the Fill of this Photo Filter Adjustment Layer to 50%.

For the second Adjustment Layer, add a Color Balance Adjustment Layer, Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Color Balance with those parameters :

That’s it for this Tutorial, I hope you’ve enjoyed creating this cool Text Effect, you can see that the Layer Styles are a very powerful tool to create nice effects, try to play with the parameters and colours. feel free to download the Source Files if you need help.

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20 Comments

  • Tutorial Lounge
    on March 21, 2013 Reply

    i really appreciate your skillful effort in this tutorial. well done

  • John
    on April 7, 2013 Reply

    Great text effect and very detailed tutorial! Thank you for sharing your skills

  • ilcho bogdanovski
    on April 25, 2013 Reply

    pretty pretty good.Nice tutorial mate.10+ for this text tutorial

  • Web Design Riches
    on July 2, 2013 Reply

    long tutorial. You have good design knowledge. keep it up

  • Ava
    on September 6, 2013 Reply

    Very long tutorial but very nice ! Thank you !

  • Jason Fontaine
    on January 12, 2014 Reply

    Absolutely loved this tutorial. Definitely able to take away some of the effects in here and apply them to other projects! Much appreciated! Do more!

  • Urso
    on January 23, 2014 Reply

    Nice!!

  • Dairo Smith
    on May 13, 2014 Reply

    thank you so much! it is my first tutorial and i learned a lot of it :)

  • Ellen
    on January 11, 2015 Reply

    I can’t seem to get the same light blue style and its not coming out how it is from the tutorial..

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