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How to Create a Mystique-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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This post is part of a series called X-Men Week.
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What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you how to create a text effect inspired by the unique and bold coloring and texturing of X-Men's fictional character Mystique. 

It is similar to the text effects that can be purchased on Envato Market, but we'll be using a ton of textures, layer styles, and adjustment layers to create it. So let's get started!

Tutorial Assets

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

1. Create the Background Gradient

Step 1

Create a new 1250 x 800 px document and duplicate the Background layer.

Duplicate the Background Layer

Step 2

Double-click the Background copy layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Angle: 70
  • Create the Gradient using the colors #1a1a1b to the left and #162228 to the right
Gradient Overlay

This will create a simple gradient to add the textures on top of.

Background Gradient

2. Add the Background Textures

Step 1

Add the cloud texture, resize it as needed, and change its layer's Blend Mode to Overlay.

Add Texture 1

Step 2

Add the Blurred stripe background image, resize it, and then change its layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 80%.

Add Texture 2

Step 3

Place the m-a32 image, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 5.

Add and Blur Texture 3

Step 4

Resize the m-a32 image, and change its layer's Blend Mode to Overlay and its Opacity to 50%.

Adjust Texture 3

3. Add the Gradient Map Adjustment Layers

Step 1

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map.

Add a Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

Step 2

Check the Dither box and choose the gradient fill below. Change the layer's Blend Mode to Color and its Opacity to 50%.

Gradient Map Settings

Step 3

Add another Gradient Map adjustment layer, check the Dither box, and choose the gradient fill below. Change the layer's Blend Mode to Color and its Opacity to 25%.

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer 2

4. Create the Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text using the font PoetsenOne Regular. The Size is 235 pt and the Color is #1166c5.

Create the Text

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer twice to create two copies, and drag them below the original.

Name the copy in the middle Stroke, and the one at the bottom Stroke Blur. Then change the Stroke Blur layer's Fill value to 0.

Duplicate the Text Layer

5. Create the Stroke Blur

Step 1

Double-click the Stroke Blur layer to apply a Stroke effect with these settings:

  • Size: 13
  • Color: #4e5c69
Stroke

Step 2

Right-click the Stroke Blur layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.

Convert to Smart Object

Step 3

Go to Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 13.

Gaussian Blur

Step 4

Change the Stroke Blur layer's Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

Change Blend Mode

6. Create the Stroke

Double-click the Stroke layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Size: 9
  • Gloss Contour: Ring
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #751b0f
  • Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Type
  • Depth: 1000%
Texture

Step 4

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 6
  • Color: #8a4909
Stroke

Step 5

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #edb01d
  • Size: 5
Inner Glow

Step 6

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Angle: 31
  • Choose the Gradient fill below
Gradient Overlay

Step 7

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 50%
  • Color: #cf6701
  • Size: 11
  • Contour: Ring
Outer Glow

Step 8

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Color: #cbcdd7
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 26
  • Spread: 6
  • Size: 35
Drop Shadow

This will create the bright outer stroke with a simple glow effect.

Outer Stroke and Glow

7. Style the Text

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

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 24
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 45
  • Altitude: 74
  • Gloss Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow Mode:
  • Color: #474747
  • Opacity: 75%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Broken Noise
  • Depth: 256%
Texture

Step 3

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Color: #ff9630
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 1
  • Size: 5
Inner Shadow

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Noise: 15%
  • Color: #f8f5f5
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 90
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Inner Glow

Step 5

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Angle: 115
  • Use the Gradient fill below
Gradient Overlay

Step 6

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Color: #050505
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 7
  • Size: 9
Drop Shadow

This will style the text and add the navy texture base.

Styled Text

Step 7

Select both the Stroke and Stroke Blur layers, pick the Move Tool, and drag those layers slightly to nudge the stroke apart for the text.

Nudge the Stroke Layers

8. Add the Scales

Step 1

Add the webtreatsetc-opart-3.jpg image from the Abstract Warped Dots Patterns pack, and rename its layer to Pattern.

Add the Scales Pattern

Step 2

Pick the Magic Wand Tool, uncheck the Contiguous box in the Options bar, and click a white area of the pattern image.

Select the White Area

Step 3

Go to Select > Inverse, and click the Add vector mask icon at the bottom of the Layers panel to get rid of the white part of the texture.

Mask the Pattern

Step 4

Duplicate the Pattern layer, change the copy's Fill value to 0, and duplicate it.

Duplicate the Pattern Layers

9. Style the Pattern Layer

Double-click the Pattern layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 35
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -145
  • Altitude: 42
  • Gloss Contour: Cove - Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
  • Color: #c5dffc
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 25%
Contour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Bright Squares
  • Depth: 752%
Texture

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Color: #4d565a
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 12
  • Distance: 13
  • Size: 2
Inner Shadow

Step 5

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #2b2f59
Color Overlay

Step 6

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Noise: 50%
  • Color: #dff1fd
  • Size: 0
Outer Glow

Step 7

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Color: #1b1635
  • Opacity: 70%
  • Distance: 2
  • Size: 6
Drop Shadow

This will style the first layer of scales.

Styled Scales Layer 1

10. Style the Pattern copy Layer

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

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 2
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 22
  • Altitude: 64
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Color: #c5dffc
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Gaussian
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 20%
Contour

This will add more shininess to the scales.

Styled Scales Layer 2

11. Style the Pattern copy 2 Layer

Double-click the Pattern copy 2 layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Altitude: 30
  • Gloss Contour: Cove - Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Sawtooth 1
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Contour

This will add some more dimension to the scales.

Styled Scales Layer 3

12. Mask the Scales' Layers

Step 1

Group all the scale (Pattern) layers in a group and call it Pattern.

Group the Pattern Layers

Step 2

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

Create a Text Selection

Step 3

Click the Add vector mask icon to get rid of the extra parts.

Mask the Pattern Group

13. Add the Smoke and the Top Texture

Step 1

Place the Smoke Texture image on top of all layers, resize it as you like, and then change its layer's Blend Mode to Lighten and its Opacity to 90%.

Add the Smoke Layer

Step 2

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Radius to 3.

Blur the Smoke

Step 3

Add a mask to the smoke texture's layer, make sure it is selected, and pick the Eraser Tool.

Set the Foreground Color to White, and choose a soft round brush tip to remove any unwanted parts.

You can play around with the brush Opacity value in the Options bar to get lighter effects.

Erase the Smoke

Step 4

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer, clip it to the smoke texture's layer, and then check the Dither box and choose the gradient fill below.

Change the adjustment layer's Blend Mode to Color and its Opacity to 25%.

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

Step 5

Finally, add the Orange City Sunset image on top of all layers, resize it as needed, and then change its layer's Blend Mode to Darken and its Opacity to 10%.

Add Top Texture Image

That will adjust the coloring a bit more, and finish off the effect.

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we used a simple gradient fill and a couple of different textures to create the background for our text.

Then we created a couple of text layers and styled them to create the stroke and the main texture for the effect. After that, we added and styled some pattern layers to create the scales.

Finally, we added some smoke and a final texture to finish off the effect.

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

Final Result
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