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How to Make a Graffiti Text Effect With Photoshop Layer Styles

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a graffiti text effect in Photoshop. We will use layer styles and the "Blend If" function from the blending options.

The text effect we will be creating is inspired by Graffiti styles from Envato Market, where you'll find some of the best graffiti letters in the world.

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Looking for a shortcut? You can download one of these graffiti text fonts to help you create graffiti text quickly and easily:

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during this graffiti text effect Photoshop tutorial:

1. How to Set the Background and the Text

Step 1

We will use a brick wall background for this Photoshop tutorial graffiti text. Open Photoshop and instead of creating a new document, go to File > Open... and select Brick-wall.jpg from the tutorial assets. If you want to try a different background, you can try one of the many wall backgrounds on Envato Elements.

Brick wall

Step 2

Use your Type Tool (T), select the Graffogie graffiti text font with a Size of 285 pt, and write the word "Vote" on your artboard. Then go to Type > Warp Text and select Shell Upper with Bend: 21%, Horizontal Distortion: -29%, and Vertical Distortion: 22%, and hit OK. Finally, select only the letter "V" on your artboard, and then go to your Character panel and set the Tracking to -75.

Type Vote

Step 3

Use your Type Tool (T) again to write two more words—"for" and "Pedro"—with the same graffiti text font. Make sure that each word is on its own layer. Write "for" with the font size 116 pt and tracking 75. Then write "Pedro" on a new layer with the font size 255 pt and tracking 75.

Type for and pedro

Step 4

Use your Move Tool (V) and move the graffiti style letters together. Then select all three text layers in your Layers panel and hit Control-T. Now set the Rotate to -8°. Finally, we are ready to start creating Photoshop text effects.

Arrange writing

2. How to Create the First Graffiti Text Effect

Step 1

Let's start by selecting the graffiti text layer "Vote". Now go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options... and apply the following layer style.

In Blending Options, use these settings:

  • Advanced Blending: 0%
  • Blend if: Grey
  • Underlying Layer: Alt-click (mac users Option-click) on the white marker to split it, and then set the left part to 161 and the right part to 236.
Add blending options

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Depth: 144%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 8 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 98º
  • Altitude: 30º
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Overlay with color #035b7c and Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Overlay with color #ff3000 and Opacity: 88%
Add a bevel and emboss

Step 3

Add an Inner Shadow to the graffiti text effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -94º
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Cone
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Noise: 11%
Add an inner shadow

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 19%
  • Noise: 61%
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Center
  • Choke: 1%
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 50%
Add an inner glow

Step 5

Add a Satin style with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Color: #64ec87
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 19 px
  • Size: 24 px
  • Contour: Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
Add a satin

Step 6

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Check the Dither box
  • Opacity: 6%
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 60%
  • Click on the Gradient and set these stops:
  • Color stops with Color #000000 on Location: 0% and 100%
  • Opacity stop with Opacity: 0% on Location: 0%
  • Opacity stop with Opacity: 100% on Location: 100%
Add a gradient

Step 7

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 29%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Precise
  • Spread: 50%
  • Size: 3 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Add an outer glow

Step 8

We're almost finished with this graffiti text effect Photoshop tutorial. As a final step for this text effect, add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Pick the color #000000
  • Opacity: 95%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Spread: 39%
  • Size: 24 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Noise: 10%

Hit OK to apply all changes.

Add a drop shadow

Here's the result of the first graffiti text effect applied to the graffiti text font.

Partial result

3. How to Create the Second Graffiti Text Effect

Step 1

Select the "for" graffiti text layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options... to apply the following layer style to the graffiti letter font.

In Blending Options, use these settings:

  • Advanced Blending: 0%
  • Blend if: Grey
  • Underlying Layer: Alt-click (mac users Option-click) on the white marker to split it, and then set the left part to 158 and the right part to 217.
Add blending options

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss to the graffiti letters 3D text effect with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 8 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90º
  • Altitude: 30º
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Opacity: 0%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply with color #000000 and Opacity: 50%
Add a bevel and emboss

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 1 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #000000
Add a stroke

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -94º
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 18%
  • Size: 5 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Noise: 11%
Add an inner shadow

Step 5

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 30%
  • Noise: 61%
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 1%
  • Size: 4 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 50%
Add an inner glow

Step 6

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings to finish this graffiti letters 3D text effect:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Pick the color #000000
  • Opacity: 956%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Spread: 27%
  • Size: 18 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Noise: 17%

Hit OK to apply the layer style.

Add a drop shadow

Here's the result of the second graffiti text effect applied to the cool graffiti letters. You're doing great—we've almost finished this Photoshop tutorial on graffiti text.

Partial result

4. How to Create the Third Graffiti Text Effect

Step 1

Select the "pedro" graffiti letter font layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options... to apply the following layer style.

In Blending Options, use these settings:

  • Advanced Blending: 0%
  • Blend if: Grey
  • Underlying Layer: Alt-click (mac users Option-click) on the white marker to split it, and then set the left part to 139 and the right part to 201. Then split the black marker and set its right part to 80.
Add blending options

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Depth: 144%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 8 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 98º
  • Altitude: 30º
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Overlay with color #1faee3  and Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Overlay with color #ce43db and Opacity: 88%
Add a bevel and emboss

Step 3

Add an Inner Shadow to the graffiti letter font text effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -94º
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Cone
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Noise: 11%
Add an inner shadow

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Color: #dd8925
  • Opacity: 33%
  • Noise: 47%
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Center
  • Choke: 58%
  • Size: 16 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 50%
Add an inner glow

Step 5

Add a Satin effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Color: #f08d18
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 19 px
  • Size: 24 px
  • Contour: Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
Add a satin

Step 6

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Check the Dither box
  • Opacity: 6%
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90º
  • Scale: 60%
  • Click on the Gradient and set these stops:
  • Color stops with Color #000000 on Location: 0% and 100%
  • Opacity stop with Opacity: 0% on Location: 0%
  • Opacity stop with Opacity: 100% on Location: 100%
Add a gradient

Step 7

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 29%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Precise
  • Spread: 40%
  • Size: 2 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
Add an outer glow

Step 8

As a final step for this graffiti style letters text effect, add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Pick the color #000000
  • Opacity: 96%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90°
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Spread: 39%
  • Size: 24 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Noise: 10%

Hit OK to apply the text effects.

Add a drop shadow

Congratulations! You're Done!

In this graffiti text effect Photoshop tutorial, you learned how to use layer styles and blending options to create some cool graffiti text effects in Adobe Photoshop.

We started by creating our text graffiti in Photoshop, and then we changed it with blending options and layer styles to three different graffiti effects on the wall.

Final result

Explore More Cool Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

The Photoshop tutorial graffiti text you've just checked isn't the only one we have. You can learn many text effects, and not only cool graffiti letters! Here are some other tutorials you may enjoy:

Top 5 Graffiti Logo Photoshop Add-Ons From Envato Elements 

I hope you've enjoyed my graffiti text effect Photoshop tutorial. Now, I'll show you a selection of the top text graffiti Photoshop add-ons from Envato Elements.

This is our subscription-based marketplace, where you can get as many graffiti logo Photoshop actions as you need, along with thousands of creative graphic assets, for a low monthly fee.

With help from Envato Elements, you'll create the best graffiti letters in the world. We've got all types of graffiti styles and actions. Take a look here:

1. Graffiti Text Effect PSD (ASL, PSD)

Graffiti Text Effect PSD

These graffiti style letters are really easy to use in Photoshop. You just need to place your text or design into the smart object, and you'll have cool graffiti letters in no time! This text graffiti Photoshop pack includes ten different styles, ten PSD files, and smart objects well organized in layers.

2. Graffiti Text Effect PSD vol.1 (ASL, PSD)

Graffiti Text Effect PSD vol1

Another set of cool graffiti letters by the same talented artist. This graffiti text effect PSD pack also features ten unique mockups, plus ten ASL files: ten sets of styles for Photoshop. Don't hesitate to try these graffiti letters 3D effects!

3. Street Art Graffiti Logo Photoshop (ABR, ATN, PAT)

Street Art Graffiti Logo Photoshop

Who said graffiti is only about text? We've got all types of graffiti style add-ons, and this is a very cool street art graffiti logo Photoshop action. This works best with portraits, figures, models, and inanimate objects. Your final result is a fully layered composition with lots of effects and customization. 

4. Graffiti Text Effect PSD Layer Styles (ASL, PSD)

Graffiti Text Effect PSD Layer Styles

But if you're a fan of graffiti letter fonts and graffiti letter 3D effects, then this is for you. Enjoy this set of 15 graffiti style letters for Photoshop and create cool graffiti text compositions.

5. Spray Art Graffiti Logo Photoshop (ABR, ATN, PAT)

Spray Art Graffiti Logo Photoshop

To close our selection of all types of graffiti styles, this spray art is a cool graffiti logo Photoshop action. This allows you to create quick digital artworks in a few clicks. The composition is really easy to edit thanks to its layers, giving you full creative control.

Conclusion

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and the selection of the best graffiti letters in the world from Envato Elements. Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below. And remember to explore our Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel, where you'll find many attractive Photoshop projects.

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