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How to Create a Colorful and Shiny Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial I will show you how to create a colorful and shiny text effect in Adobe Photoshop using two layer styles. 

If you'd like to skip this tutorial but still wish to buy the text effect, you can head over to GraphicRiver and buy 7 Shiny Photoshop Styles 2

The complete pack has seven different text effects and works with shapes and text.

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Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this tutorial:

  • Font: Lobster 1.4
  • Background and Contour inside the zip file attached to this tutorial

1. How to Create the Layer Styles

Step 1 

Go to File > Open, and open the background image.

Background image

Step 2

Pick the Horizontal Type Tool (T) with these settings:

  • Font: Lobster 1.4
  • Size: 210 pt
  • Anti-Aliasing mode: Sharp
  • Color: White #ffffff
Horizontal Type Tool and its settings

Step 3

Write Shiny and place it in the center of the document.

To center a layer, press Control-A to select the document, and then pick the Move Tool (V) and click on the Align Vertical Center and Align Horizontal Center icons.

Aligning the layer

Step 4

Double-click the layer Shiny to open the Layer Style window.

Feel free to turn on and off the following effects to see what's changed. Let's start with the Gradient Overlay; this way you will be able to see better what is happening. 

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Dither: Unchecked
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Reverse: Unchecked
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 100%

Click on the Gradient Bar and make a gradient with these settings:

  • First Stop Color: #ffc600
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #f8e45f
  • Second Stop Position: 100%
Gradient Overlay settings

Step 5

Add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Emboss
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 286%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 10 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 96º
  • Altitude: 16º 
  • Gloss Contour: Click on the Contour box and load the file Shiny Contour.shc (zip file)
  • Anti-Aliased: Checked
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Mode Color: #ffee93
  • Highlight Mode Opacity: 67%
  • Shadow Mode: Normal
  • Shadow Mode Color: #190a20
  • Shadow Mode Opacity: 9%
Bevel and Emboss settings

Step 6

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 4 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Overprint: Unchecked
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #7344ac
Stroke settings

Step 7

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #ae00f6
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 120º
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 5 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked
Drop Shadow settings

Your image should look like this:

How the image should look

Step 8

Select the layer Shiny and press Control-J to duplicate it. Then right-click and choose to rename it to Shiny TOP.

Renaming the layer

Step 9

Right-Click the layer Shiny TOP and choose Clear Layer Style. Then double-click the layer to open the Layer Style window.

Add a Bevel & Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 551%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 16 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 96º
  • Altitude: 16º
  • Gloss Contour: Cove - Shallow
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Mode Color: #ffee93
  • Highlight Mode Opacity: 67%
  • Shadow Mode: Normal
  • Shadow Mode Color: #190a20
  • Shadow Mode Opacity: 9%
Bevel and Emboss settings

Step 10

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #bf8c01
  • Opacity: 21%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: -45º
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 5 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow settings

Step 11

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Dither: Unchecked
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 100%

Click on the Gradient Bar and make a gradient with these settings:

  • First Stop Color: #a5a5a5
  • First Stop Position: 4%
  • Second Stop Color: #ffffff
  • Second Stop Position: 27%
  • Third Stop Color: #e2e2e2
  • Third Stop Position: 74%
  • Fourth Stop Color: #b2b2b2
  • Fourth Stop Position: 100%
Gradient Overlay settings

Step 12

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #eac919
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 0 px
  • Contour: Linear 
  • Anti-Aliased: Unchecked
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Outer Glow settings

Step 13

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Exclusion
  • Color: #1eff00
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 120º
  • Distance: 3 px
  • Spread: 100%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Checked
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked

After that click OK

Drop Shadow settings

Step 14

Now hold Control and click on the layers Shiny and Shiny TOP to select both. Then press Control-G to group the layers.

Grouping the layers

Step 15

Double click the group layer to open the Layer Style window. 

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Angle: 120º
  • Distance: 3 px
  • Spread: 39 %
  • Size: 5 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • Anti-Aliased: Checked
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked

After that, click OK.

And the result is:

Final result

Congratulations, You're Now Done!

In this tutorial, you learned how to create a colorful and shiny text effect in Adobe Photoshop. We started out by creating a layer style, and then we added another layer style on top of that to complement the effect.

Don't forget to save the styles, so you can use them with other things.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to leave your comments below. 

This text effect we just created is part of 7 Shiny Photoshop Styles 2

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