We all know and love the spooky sense of discord created by glitch effects, but what we may not know is how to create that awesome font glitch effect quickly and easily.
Well, today we will share some great resources from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver for creating distorted typography from scratch as well as ready-made distorted fonts, glitch actions, and text effects that will give you that messed-up font look you want with minimum effort.
What Is a Glitch Effect?
Glitch effects have become an indelible part of our visual arts landscape, but what are they really and where did they come from?
Simply put, a glitch is the unexpected result of a malfunction. The warped, textured, distorted effect that is so popular today recreates both the look created by the malfunctioning of analog video tapes like VHS, and the pixellated distortions and digital artefacts that can occur in digital software, images, videos, games, etc.
Glitch effects in art and design are therefore the practice of creating digital or analog errors for aesthetic purposes to bring an old-school discord to a project.
How to Create a Glitch
There are many ways to create glitch effects. If you are proficient in Photoshop, this terrific video will guide you through.
Here's another on how to apply a 3D anaglyph effect:
Alternatively, if you want to learn how to distort a font in Illustrator, check out this video.
13 Best Distorted Fonts
If you are looking for a less time-consuming way to create distorted text fonts, however, we've got some terrific resources for you today, starting with these glitch-style fonts from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver.
Lucy Glitch Typeface (TTF, OTF, EOT, WOFF)
Lucy Glitch Typeface will definitely give you those messed-up letters that you want. The typeface includes upper and lowercase fonts, numbers, punctuation, and simple ligatures.
When you need a font with a glitch effect, choose this terrific distorted text font. It's a great display font that contains uppercase characters, numbers, and punctuation. All the different glitch line components have been added separately to each letter, number, and symbol to create a more varied end result.
Avalon Corrupted Text Font is an excellent uppercase font that works well for titles, headlines, and large text in general. Aside from uppercase characters, the font also offers numbers and punctuation.
Glitchy Distorted Letters (TTF, OTF, WOFF)
With its cyberpunk feel, Glitchy Distorted Letters is perfect for all kinds of futuristic designs. Use this uppercase character font when you need large display text.
Glitcher Sans Serif Font (TTF, OTF, WOFF)
Glitcher Sans Serif Font is a sans-serif display font with a glitch effect that you can use for branding projects, logo, social media posts, product designs, labels, and more. The font includes uppercase characters, numbers, and punctuation.
Glippy is a great distorted letters font that you can use for a variety of projects from movie posters to T-shirts, logos, and more. This font offers the standard upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Debug Corrupted Letters (OTF, TTF, WOFF)
This eccentric font is designed to illustrate a modern digital glitching effect. Debug Corrupted Letters is a display font with all caps, numbers, symbols, punctuation, and alternates.
Block Glitch Font (OTF, TTF)
Futuristic and edgy, Block Glitch Font is a terrific uppercase character font that's perfect for projects that require large and legible text, like signage, magazine covers, posters, packaging, and more.
No Signal Distorted Font (OTF, TTF)
"No Signal" is not a phrase that any of us like to hear, but this font is definitely one you need to see if you're looking for the right distorted text font. No Signal Distorted Font is a display font that's perfect for large-scale text.
Saberz Broken Text Font (TTF, OTF)
Saberz Broken Text Font is another excellent display font with terrific glitch effects. The sans serif font is perfect for posters, logos, magazines, and headers.
Felix Duo Distorted Text Font (TTF, OTF)
Felix Duo Distorted Text Font is a bold sans serif offered in two different styles: one with the glitch effect seen here and one without. So it's perfect for mixing and matching your text. Use Felix when you need a standout display font for large projects.
Uncracked Distorted Typography (OTF, TTF, WOFF)
Uncracked is a great name for this fabulous glitch-style font. The font offers uppercase and lowercase characters, symbols, numbers, punctuation, and ligatures. It's great for gaming, music, movie posters, or other graphics.
Mokoto Glitch Typeface (TTF, OTF)
Check out the awesome Mokoto Glitch Typeface. Isn't it cool? Mokoto contains four font styles which give you lots of options for creating unique and eye-catching text.
9 Glitch Text Effects
If you already have a text that you like and want to know how to distort fonts, these text effects from Envato Elements and GraphicRiver are great resources for transforming your text in Photoshop. Check them out.
Font With Glitch Text Effect offers nine different PSD glitch text effects to transform your favourite texts. The template files are well organised in layers, which makes it very easy to apply your choice of effect using smart objects.
Font Glitch Effect (PSD)
Transform your text with the terrific Font Glitch Effect. The zip file contains instructions for customising your text or logo using smart objects, and the effect is well organised, categorised, and labelled in layers so that with a quick look at the layers, you can find what you are looking for.
If you want to create that wonderful VHS glitch look, then VHS RGB font glitch effect is for you. The pack contains one PSD file with eight effects and instructions to use them. Simply paste your text, logo or shape inside the smart object and choose one of the effects available to create stunning VHS effects.
Shutter Distortion Letters Effect is an awesome Photoshop effect that's perfect for text distortion. Simply drop your logo or typography into the Smart Object, and the predefined custom effects will do the rest.
Corrupt Text Font Effect (PSD)
How about Corrupt Text Font Effect to transform your text into this cool glitchy style. Text effects are quick and easy to use in Photoshop using the handy Smart Object.
Create that messed-up letters look with Glitch Photoshop Broken Text Effect using Photoshop's Smart Object feature. You can use the effect to transform fonts, shapes, or photos.
Create your own stunning glitch art with the smart object-based templates in Photoshop Corrupted Letters Effects. The 16 effects in this collection all work with smart object replacement. The template includes a PDF instruction sheet, with pictures explaining the process.
Glitch Text Distorter Effect (AI, PSD)
Use Glitch Text Distorter Effect to add a glitch effect to your text, logo, and more. The effect is not as pronounced as others offered here, so it's best for those who are looking for subtle rather than extreme changes.
Glitch Typeface Effect (PSD)
Wondering how to distort fonts? Well, this text effect gives you an easy and fast way to do just that. Just replace the text with the smart object and create stunning text that you can use to enhance your next project.
8 Best Glitch Photoshop Actions
This Animated Glitch Photoshop Action generates a video sequence of animated glitch effects from your photos, logo, or artwork. The effects are easy to edit in Photoshop's timeline so that you can make many variations and then export the file as a normal image, animated GIF, or video.
Glitch Photoshop PSD Actions (PAT, PSD)
Create a corrupted text font with Glitch Photoshop PSD Actions. The package contains ten different effects in one Photoshop document that will allow you to create glitch and retro VHS effects for your images and text.
Add cool distorted and glitchy effects to any text or photo with these ten Photoshop actions. These actions create glitch-like art using nondestructive Photoshop techniques.
What's great about Twitch Glitch Photoshop Action is that every time you run an action on your text or images, a unique result will be produced. How awesome is that?
Glitch Photoshop Action (ATN)
Transform your text and images into a dark corrupted scene with Glitch Photoshop Action. To obtain the best results, use high-resolution images only.
C-Glitch PS Action (ATN)
C-Glitch PS Action contains six effects that you can access in one click to create stunning distortions and glitches to your text and images.
Bad TV Distortion Glitch Effect Action will bring a distorted look to any text or images you use it on. Just open your image in Photoshop, select the action in your action tab, and run it by clicking the play button. It's as simple as that.
Do you love the extreme distortion of this action? Why not try it on your text then? The package contains over 30 different colour effects that you can use alone or layer to create an even more dystopic effect.
Choose Your Favourite Glitch Font Effect Today
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