Glowing Polkadots Text Effect
* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended
* the size of the final result image is 1024 * 768
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
The tutorial explains how to create the pattern to show some useful tips and tricks, but here is the pattern if you want to skip that.
* Polkadots Pattern.
- We want a dark Background for this effect, so fill the Background with the color #131313, then, create the text using the color #2695c4. The font used is Knuckle Down, and the size is 250px.
- Change the text layer's Fill value to 0%.
- Duplicate the text layer.
Double click on the original text layer to apply an Outer Glow effect. Change the Blend Mode to Hard Light, the color to #4ea6d0, and the Size to 65px.
- This will add the first layer of glow to the text.
Now, double click on the copy text layer, and add the following styles:
- Outer Glow: Change the color to #1bbcff, the Size to 29 and the Contour to Log.
- Inner Glow: Change the color to #00baff, and the Size to 9px.
- Another layer of glow will be added to the text.
It's time to create the Polkadots pattern. So open a new document that is 32 x 32 px, and go to View - Rulers, or simply press Ctrl + R to show the Rulers.
Make sure that View - Snap option is checked (so the the Guides we'll create will snap to the center of the document), then click on the Ruler at the top of the document and drag a new Guide. While you're dragging the Guide, it will snap to the center of the document when you're near that point. When it does, leave the Guide there.
Do the same for the Ruler to the left.
- Set the Foreground to Black. Pick the Ellipse Tool, and check the From Center box under the Shape Tool Options in the Options Bar at the top. This will help you create the circle form the center.
- Zoom in if you like, and place the cursor in the center of the document (where the two Guide lines meet), press the Shift key (to create a "perfect circle"), and drag the shape outwards.
- The size should be close to the one shown below. You need to leave enough space in the corners of the document.
If you draw a smaller circle, there will be more empty spaces between the circles in the pattern, (and less spaces if your circle is bigger).
- Right Click on the Shape layer, and choose Rasterize Layer.
- Grab the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and starting from the center of the document, draw a Rectangle that covers a quarter of the circle.
- Copy (Ctrl + C) and Paste (Ctrl + V) the selected part. It will be pasted on a new layer. Using the Move Tool, move the pasted part to the opposite corner.
- Repeat the same steps for the remaining corners, and make sure to re-select the original circle's layer after each paste, as the parts are pasted on new layers, and you need to copy from the original layer.
- Remove the "eye" next to the white Background so that the Background is Transparent.
- Go to Edit - Define Pattern, and type in a name for the pattern.
And that's it for the Pattern! Next, we are going to create the brush.
Go back to the original document, and open the Brush panel (Window - Brush). Choose a soft round brush, and modify its settings as shown below:
- Brush Tip Shape:
- Shape Dynamics:
This is where we will use the polkadots pattern, make sure to check the Invert box, and to set the Mode to Multiply.
- Right click on the text layer, and choose Create Work Path.
- Set the Foreground color to #2695c4, and grab the Direct Selection Tool.
Create a new layer between the two text layers, and call it "Polka Dots".
- Right Click on the Work Path, and choose Stroke Path.
- Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and un-check the Simulate Pressure box.
- This will stroke the path with the Brush. Hit Enter to get rid of the path.
- Press Ctrl and click on a text layer's icon (thumbnail) to create a selection. Make sure that the "Polka Dots" layer is the active (selected) layer, and press Delete to get rid of the inner parts of the Stroke.
- Go to Select - Deselect, or press Ctrl + D, to get rid of the selection.
-Double click on the "Polka Dots" layer to apply an Inner Glow effect. Change the Blend Mode to Vivid Light, the color to #65f2ff, the Source to Center, and the Size to 10.
- This will add a very nice glow in the center of the polkadots.
- Set the Foreground and Background colors back to Black and White, and create a new layer on top of all layers and call it "Clouds".
- Go to Filter - Render - Clouds.
- Change the "Cloud" layer's Blend Mode to Overlay. This will add some nice variations to the glow intensity in the Stroke.
The following steps are optional. We are going to add some nice blurry sparkles around the text to give a space-like feel.
- From the Brush panel, choose the Star 26 pixels brush, and modify its settings as shown below:
- Brush Tip Shape:
You can increase the Spacing value if you want more space between the sparkles.
- Shape Dynamics:
- Color Dynamics:
- Create a new layer right below the "Clouds" layer, and call it "Sparkles". Set the Foreground color to #0669b2 and the Background color to #00f4fd.
- Start painting some sparkles around the text.
- Duplicate the "Sparkles" layer, and change the copy's Blend Mode to Linear Light.
- Select the "Sparkles" layer once again, and go to Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur. Change the Raduis value to 3.
- The blur will give the sparkles a nice glow.
And we're done!