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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

If you want to learn how to make glossy text in Photoshop, in this tutorial I'll show you how to make use of the Layer Style panel to create shiny letters. You don't need a special shiny font—just follow these steps!

And if you want to save time, you can use Envato Elements to find other shiny effects, for example this one:

What You'll Learn in This Glossy Text Tutorial

  • How to make shiny letters in Photoshop
  • How to create a shine text logo without a shiny font
  • How to make the text look 3D
  • How to make something look shiny with layer styles

Follow along with us over on our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel:

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 Add a Shine Effect in Photoshop

Step 1 

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

Background imageBackground imageBackground 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 settingsHorizontal Type Tool and its settingsHorizontal 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 layerAligning the layerAligning the layer

Step 4

Double-click the Shiny layer 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 settingsGradient Overlay settingsGradient 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 settingsBevel and Emboss settingsBevel 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 settingsStroke settingsStroke 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 settingsDrop Shadow settingsDrop Shadow settings

Your image should look like this:

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Step 8

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

Renaming the layerRenaming the layerRenaming the layer

Step 9

Right-click the Shiny TOP layer 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 settingsBevel and Emboss settingsBevel 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 settingsInner Shadow settingsInner 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 settingsGradient Overlay settingsGradient 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 settingsOuter Glow settingsOuter 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 settingsDrop Shadow settingsDrop Shadow settings

Step 14

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

Grouping the layersGrouping the layersGrouping 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 resultFinal resultFinal 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. And now you know how to make a glossy effect in Photoshop!

Don't forget to save the styles, so you can use them for other projects!

Other Shiny Letter Text Effects

There are many ways to make shiny letters in Photoshop, so if you want a different effect, here are a couple of propositions available on Envato Elements:

Blue Shine Text Effect (PSD)

This effect is quite similar to the one we've been creating in the tutorial—the letters seem 3D, and they have nice shiny edges. To use this effect, you just need to replace the text with your own!

Ultra Realistic Reflective Text Effect III (PSD)

If you need real shine, this advanced effect will make your text look unique! You don't need a special shiny font—just use any font you like and replace the text with your own.

3D Chrome Generator (ATN, PSD, PDF)

3D Chrome Generator3D Chrome Generator3D Chrome Generator

If you want to add a beautiful shine to your text logo, this action will give you the most realistic effect possible—like real chrome, your letters will reflect the colors of the environment (that is, the background you use!). It's customizable and very easy to use, but if you need extra help, use the attached video instructions.

Holographic Glass Text Effect (PSD)

You don't have to know how to make something glossy in Photoshop to achieve an effect like this—just replace the text in this file and you'll get a colorful, sparkling text effect in seconds!

7 Shiny Photoshop Styles 2 (PSD, ASL)

And if you want the same effect as we've created in this tutorial, this set on GraphicRiver contains seven shiny styles in different colors—perfect for every occasion!

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