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Create an Easy Glitter Glue Inspired, Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

Adobe Photoshop filters can be used to create many amazing textures. this tutorial will show you how to create a glitter texture, then use it with a couple of Layer Styles to create a glitter glue inspired text effect.

Tutorial Assets

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

1. Create the Glitter Texture

Step 1

Start by creating a new 500 x 500px document, and set the Resolution to 200. Set the Foreground color to #939393 and the Background color to #ffffff, then fill the Background with the Foreground color.

Step 2

Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Artistic > Film Grain. Change the Grain value to 20, the Highlight Area to 20, and the Intensity to 10.

Step 3

This will add some noise to the Background.

Step 4

Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Sketch > Halftone Pattern. Change the Size to 1, the Contrast to 10, and the Pattern Type to Dot.

Step 5

This will create the first layer of the glitter texture.

Step 6

Duplicate the Background layer and change the copy's Blend Mode to Linear Burn.

Step 7

Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° CW. This will help add some more variation to the texture.

2. Color the Texture and Define the Pattern

Step 1

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon down the Layers panel and choose Solid Color.

Step 2

This is where you get to choose the glitter texture's color. The one used here is #b70000.

Step 3

Change the color layer's Blend Mode to Overlay. You can change the color anytime by double-clicking the Solid Color adjustment layer's thumbnail to choose a new one.

Step 4

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon again and choose Levels.

Step 5

Change the Shadows value to 90 and the Highlights value to 240. This will add some more contrast to the texture.

Step 6

You can use different values depending on the color and intensity you're looking for. When you're done, select the Background layer, then go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type in Glitter Texture.

3. Create the Original Document's Background

Step 1

Create a new 850 x 800px document, and set the Resolution to 200.

Set the Foreground color to #fffbfa and the Background color to #f2e5e0. Pick the Gradient Tool, choose the Foreground to Background gradient fill, and click the Radial Gradient icon. Then, click-drag from the center of the document to one of the corners to create the background gradient, and duplicate the Background layer.

Step 2

Double-click the duplicated Background layer to apply a Pattern Overlay effect:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Pattern: Handmade paper

Step 3

This will add a very subtle pattern to the Background.

4. Create the Text and Add the Drops

Step 1

Create the text using the font Bessie. The font Size is 75pt, the color is #dd121a, and the Tracking value is set to 10. If you want to separate the text into multiple lines, change the Leading value to 70pt.

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer then make it invisible by clicking the eye icon next to it. Select the copy and go to Layer > Rasterize > Type.

Step 3

Pick the Brush Tool, set the Foreground color to #dd121a, then use different Size values to add some dots around or in between the text so that it looks more interesting.

Step 4

Once you're done, duplicate the layer and change the second copy's Fill value to 0.

5. Style the First Copy Layer

Double-click the first copy layer to apply the following Layer Style:

Step 1

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Color: #811414
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 13

Step 2

  • Pattern: Use the Glitter Texture pattern you created earlier
  • Scale: 50%

Step 3

This will create the giltter-textured part of the text.

6. Style the Second Copy Layer

Double-click the second copy layer to apply the following Layer Style:

Step 1

  • Depth: 500
  • Size: 13
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 82
  • Altitude: 60
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 0%

Step 2

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Color: #c39292
  • Size: 5

Step 3

This will create the first layer of the glue part.

7. Create and Style the Rim

Step 1

Command-click any of the styled layers' thumbnail to create a selection.

Step 2

Go to Select > Modify > Expand, and type in 3.

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Rim. Then, fill the selection with the Foreground color (#dd121a).

Double-click the Rim layer to apply the following Layer Style:

Step 4

  • Depth: 500
  • Size: 13
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 180
  • Altitude: 74
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Hard Light
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 0%

Step 5

  • Contour: Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.

Step 6

  • Opacity: 20%
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 3

Step 7

Change the Rim layer's Fill value to 0. This will add another layer of the glue styling, along with a subtle outer rim.

Congratulations! You're done.

In this tutorial, some Filters and Adjustment Layers were used to create a simple vibrant glitter texture that was later defined as a pattern.

Then, the text was created and rasterized, and some dots were added to make it more interesting. A couple of Layer Styles were applied to create the glitter textured part and the first layer of glue.

The text was then selected and the selection was expanded and filled to create the glue's rim. Some more Layer Styles were applied to style that part and finish off the effect.

You can try different colors of glitter to get different results as well.

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




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