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Create a Retro Star Wars Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial I will show you how to use a couple of layer styles, with a nice space texture and a flare brush tip, to create a Star Wars inspired text effect. Let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. Creating the Background

Step 1

Create a new 950 x 550 px document. Place the we own the sky image on top of the Background layer, and resize it as needed.

Space Texture

Step 2

Double click the texture image's layer to apply a Color Overlay effect. Change the Blend Mode to Multiply and the Color to #a6a6a6.

Color Overlay

Step 3

This will darken up the image a little bit. Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Solid Color.

Solid Color

Step 4

Use the color #fced82, and then change the adjustment layer's Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 25%.

Solid Color Settings

2. Creating the Text

Step 1

Create the text using the font SF Distant Galaxy. The S and T letters, at the beginning and the end of the text, are in uppercase.

Open the Character panel (Window > Character) to change some of the settings. The color is #f2ece6, the Size is 200 pt, the Leading is 155 pt, and the Tracking is set to 50.

Character Panel Settings

Step 2

Next, we need to adjust the Kerning values for some of the letters. So you'll need to click once between each two letters, and type in a value that you like.

The values used here are:

  • ST: -50
  • AR (in both words): 50
  • RS-50
Adjusting the Kerning Values

3. Adjusting the Text's Shape

Step 1

Once you like how the text looks, go to Type > Convert to Shape.

Convert to Shape

Step 2

Pick the Direct Selection Tool, and click and drag to select the two anchor points at the end of the top R letter.

Select Anchor Points

Step 3

Press the Right Arrow Key to nudge those points to the right until they are aligned with the S letter below them.

Nudge Anchor Points

Step 4

Select the top S letter's left anchor points, and press the Left Arrow Key to align them with the W letter below them.

Nudge Anchor Points

Step 5

Duplicate the shape layer, change the copy's Fill value to 0, and duplicate it once more.

Duplicate the Shape Layer

4. Styling the Original Shape Layer

Double click the original shape layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Size: 3
  • Gloss Contour: Gaussian - Inverse
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Rolling Slope - Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Contour

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Position: Center
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Angle: 35
  • Use the Golden Dial Top X11 gradient fill, and then click the Gradient box to edit it.

You'll need to double click each light Color Stop, and use the color #e1ca71 instead of #f5e5a6.

Stroke

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 1
Inner Shadow

Step 5

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient.
Gradient Overlay

Step 6

You can click below the Gradient bar to add Color Stops, and for each Color Stop you have, you can click it and then change its Color and Location values.

You can also click the Opacity Stops on top of the Gradient bar to adjust their Opacity and Location values.

The values used from left to right are:

Color - Location

  • #ede1b1 - 5%
  • #ecd98f - 75%
  • #e1ca71 - 88%
  • #be8936 - 100%

Finally, change the left Opacity Stop's Location value to 5%.

Gradient Editor

This will create the first layer of stroke and the main text's fill.

Styled Original Shape Layer

5. Styling the First Copy Text Layer

Double click the first copy shape layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Position: Center
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Angle: 90
  • Use the faucet 110 gradient fill
Stroke

Step 2

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Check the Reverse box
  • Use the Gold Dial Tops X7 - angled gradient fill

You can now click and drag the gradient inside the text to reposition it as you like.

Gradient Overlay

Step 3

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Pattern: metal_6-512px.jpg
Pattern Overlay

This will intensify the stroke and fill colors.

Styled First Copy Shape Layer

6. Styling the Second Copy Text Layer

Double click the second copy shape layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Size: 3
  • Gloss Contour: Ring
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

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

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Position: Center
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Style: Reflected
  • Angle: 5
  • Use the Golden Dial Top X11 gradient fill
Stroke

This will add one more layer of coloring to make the effect more vivid.

Styled Second Copy Shape Layer

7. Adding an Outer Glow

Step 1

Duplicate the second copy shape layer, and then right click it and choose Rasterize Layer Style.

Rename the rasterized layer to Glow, and change its Fill value to 0.

Rasetrize Layer Style

Step 2

Double click the Glow layer to apply an Outer Glow effect using the following values:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Color: #e7bf2a
  • Size: 3
Outer Glow

This will add a subtle outer glow to the text.

Outer Glow Effect

8. Adding the Flares

Step 1

Set the Foreground color to #ead994, pick the Brush Tool, and pick the S&F-12 tip from the Stars and Flares Brush Set.

Pick Brush Tip

Step 2

Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), and modify the settings under the Shape Dynamics tab as shown below:

Shape Dynamics

Step 3

Reduce the brush tip's Size to a value you like, create a new layer on top of all layers, call it Flares, and change its Blend Mode to Linear Light.

Then, start clicking to add flares around the text edges.

Adding the Flares

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we used a space texture as a background, and modified its coloring using layer styles and adjustment layers.

Then, we created the text, and modified some of its settings such as the Tracking and Kerning values.

We converted the text into a shape, and worked some more on its letters' ends. Once we were done, we created a couple of copies, and styled each one of them to achieve the effect.

Finally, we modified a flare brush tip, and used it to add some flares and sparkles to the text's edges.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

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