Create A Cool Typography Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we’re going to use Photoshop CS3 or Photoshop CS4 to create some really cool-looking effects to decorate our Typography. We will be using a combination of layer styles, color blending, lens flare and images. The end effect is quite stunning and hopefully you’ll pick up some tips you didn’t know before.


Final Image


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Particles Pack by Media Melitia

Smoke Pack by Media Melitia

Hysteria Texture by Pareeerica

Rezland Font from Dafont



Create a new document in Photoshop, 1280×1024 pixels, 72dpi. We begin with a radial gradient, by double clicking the layer to activate the Layer Styles menu, then apply a gradient overlay. Here are the exact color codes:

Foreground Color – #f2d445

Background Color – #98a843



Next we will create our particle background. Open the Media Meltia Particles008.png image and drag it into your document, then apply a Color Dodge blend mode, name this layer “Particle1“.

Open the Media Meltia Particles006.png image and drag it into your document above the first particle layer, then apply a Color Dodge blend mode, name this layer “Particle 2”.

Scale the Particle 2 layer to fit the document size, by selecting the layer and clicking, Edit > Transform > Scale. Hold the shift key to scale the image proportionally.


Step 3:

Create your type by dragging the text tool to create a text box (Text box, gives you more control of your type).

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Step 4:

Add some cool layer style effects by using the Blending Options (double click the layer to activate the Blending Options).

Layer Style 1 – Inner Shadow

Layer Style 2 – Outer Glow

Color Code: #f7db6a

Layer Style 3 – Gradient Overlay

Foreground Color – #918d14

Background Color – #fbfbfa

Layer Style 4 – Gradient Stroke

Foreground Color – #f8d04a

Background Color – #f6e6b5


Step 5:

We will now create some particle effects over the text.1. Duplicate the “Particle 2” layer and drag it above the text layer 2. Create a mask for the “Particle 2” layer by clicking : Layer > Layer Mask > Hide All (if you do not see the layer mask feature in Photoshop CS3/CS4, click Window > Workspace > What,s New in CS3/CS4.


Step 6:

The layer will seem to dissapear when you apply the layer mask, but do not worry, it is still there, we will now reveal the layer by painting the mask with a soft white paintbrush. Select the Brush Tool with Diameter 45pix and Hardness set to 0%.

Foreground Color – #ffffff

Background Color – #000000

Start painting with your new soft white brush, the particles will begin to appear, if you need to delete an already painted area, just switch the brush color to black.

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Step 7:

We will continue by adding some cool smoke effects over our text. Open the Smoke_V1_1071.jpg image and drag it above the particle mask layer. Scale the layer down to about 70-80% . Set the blending mode to Color Dodge.

Don’t overdo the smoke effect, we just want it to compliment the particles, so scale the smoke image down to a little further and use a soft medium Eraser Tool to erase any sharp edges and place the smoke at some of the bright white edges of the text, like the image below. Duplicated the first smoke layer and re-size and rotate it for each placement.


Step 8:

Now we will add some dramatic light streaks using Photoshop Lens Flare. Create a new layer and color it 100% black with the paint bucket.

Click Filter > Render > Lens Flare.

Set the blending mode to Color Dodge


Resize the lens flare layer vertically Edit > Transform > Scale, then reduce the lens flare size horizontally.

Rotate the lensflare and place them around your text, as shown in the example below. I duplicated my first lensflare to save time and resized a couple of them a littl smaller at 48% opacity to create a sense of depth in the scene. Don’t overdo the lens flare, the goal at this point is to create balance and harmony with all the other elements.


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Step 9:

Create a new layer above the lensflares, and name it Vignette 1. Give it a radial gradient.

Foreground color – #0a5570

Background color – #ffffff

Set the Blending Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 48% Create another layer and name it Vignette 2. Give it a transparent radial gradient.

Foreground color – #000000

Background color – #ffffff

Make the foreground transparent by, clicking on the gradient tool, then open the gradient preset.

Create the gradient, then give it a 22% Opacity, use a large soft Eraser Tool brush to erase the middle portion of the vignette, so your type remain nice and bright. You won’t see much of a difference from the last vignette we did, The reason we did this step is to make the edges of the image a little darker, so that our eyes focus on the Type.


Step 10:

Create a new Color Balance Adjustment Layer by clicking the “half moon” symbol on the layer pallet.

Cyan -61

Magenta -38

Yellow +27

Create another Color Balance Adjustment Layer.

Cyan +100

Magenta -30

Yellow +1


Step 11:

Open the Hysteria Texture by Pareeerica, drag it above the color balance layers and set the Blending Mode to Hard Light. Change the Fill to 79%.


Final Image



That’s it, a cool-looking effect to enhance your Typography using some simple Photoshop effects and color blending. The end of the tutorial was achieved by experimenting with color balance. Try different color combination’s, this can give you some surprisingly cool results. Have fun!

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

About loswl
I’m a graphic designer with over 15 years experience. I love design and take great pride in producing quality artwork,. I specialize in producing high quality print designs. Follow me on Graphicriver.


  1. Dan Ellis
    May 26, 2010 at 7:53 am

    You rock – I love all these amazing effects people much more talented than me come up with – kudos and keep ’em coming!

  2. loswl
    May 26, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks Dan, happy you like the effects 🙂

  3. ankshaa
    February 8, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Nice effect (good effect)

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