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How to Create a Glossy, Puffy Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop's layer styles to create a super quick and easy glossy, puffy text effect. Let's get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

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

1. How to Create a Colored Bokeh Background

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 600 px document. Go to File > Place Linked, and add the Bokeh black and white overlay image.

Resize the texture as you like, and rename its layer to Bokeh Texture.

Add the Bokeh Texture

Step 2

Add the Autumn Blur | Free texture / background image on top of the Bokeh Texture layer, rename its layer to Color Texture, change its Blend Mode to Color, and resize it as needed.

Add the Color Texture

2. How to Create Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text in All Caps using the font Sleepy Fat Cat. Change the Size to 215 pt and the Tracking to 10.

Create the Text

Step 2

Change the text layer's Fill value to 0, and duplicate it.

Duplicate the Text Layer

3. How to Create a Colored, Textured Layer Style

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Depth: 200
  • Size: 35
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 40
  • Altitude: 50
  • Gloss Contour: Valley - Low
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Screen
    • Color: #888888
    • Opacity: 70%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Type
  • Scale: 200%
Texture

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -108
  • Distance: 10
  • Size: 10
Inner Shadow

Step 5

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #e0dadb
  • Blend Mode: Multiply
Color Overlay

Step 6

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Create the Gradient using the colors #ec3017 to the left and #00a0a4 to the right. You can use different colors and play with the Color Stop's Location values if you like. The Location values used here are 12 and 95.
Gradient Overlay

Step 7

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 15%
  • Distance: 10
  • Spread: 30
  • Size: 10
Drop Shadow

This will create the main effect.

Style Text Layer 1

4. How to Add a Stroke Style

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Size: 7
  • Soften: 1
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 60
  • Altitude: 60
  • Gloss Contour: Cove - Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Screen
    • Color: #888888
    • Opacity: 70%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 5
  • Opacity: 0%
Stroke

Step 4

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #5c5c5c
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
Color Overlay

This will add a stroke and intensify the colors.

Styled Text Layer 2

5. How to Add a Texture Overlay

Step 1

Place the Ice Cubes Texture image on top of all layers. Rename its layer to Texture Overlay, change its Blend Mode to Overlay, and resize it as needed.

Add the Texture Overlay

Step 2

Command-click the text layer's thumbnail to create a selection.

Create a Selection

Step 3

Click the Add layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to mask the selection.

Add a Layer Mask

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we used a couple of textures to create a colored bokeh background. Then, we created text layers, styled them, and added a texture overlay to achieve the effect.

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

Final Result
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