These tutorials are all suitable for Photoshop beginners – and more experienced users may learn something from some of them also.
I have carried out each tutorial and the images are my results. They don’t all come out exactly as the author’s image – but often that is the nature of some of the Photoshop filters.
Where I have found the tutorials to be incorrect or incomplete, I have stated the changes. Writing tutorials is no small task, and sometimes things are overlooked or screenshots are not exactly correct – but usually you can figure out the changes to correct them yourself – or you can make alterations to the suggested layer styles or filter settings to suit your own requirements.
Most of all with any tutorial, you should have fun!
Light Explosion Text
This is an easy tutorial to follow, but no hex numbers are given for colours to guide you to achieve the same results, nor the font used.
Glossy Futuristic Text Effect
This is a dream of a tutorial – every step is easy and font and colours used are given.
Glowing Text Effect
This was another easy-to-follow and well explained tutorial. However, the colour of my end result was noticeably darker than shown in the tutorial.
Turn Type into Gold
No links are given in this video tutorial for the background. I used a leather texture from deviantART.com I applied a Black and White adjustment layer at the default settings, then a Solid Color adjustment layer set at Multiply using color #794D08.
I used Rider fat_high font size 200pt
This tutorial is relatively easy to follow, even though I am not keen on video tutorials. I also wasn’t so very keen on the end result, but I am sure it will be exactly what someone is looking for!
Colorful Light Burst Text
I have included this tutorial because I like the end result, however, it is neither comprehensive nor easy to follow. Here are some things you may need some help on with this:
Step 5 – After creating the Alpha1 layer in the Channels palette, return to the layers palette. With the text still selected, Select>Inverse now fill this selection with white.
Step 15 – Apply Radial Blur to original text layer using the following settings: Amount – 7, Blur Method – Spin, Quality – Best
Step 16 – Ctrl+Click on the Alpha1 layer in the Channels palette. Return to the layers palette, create a new layer between the two text layers and fill the selection with black.
Colorful Light Text Effect
This is an extremely easy tutorial to follow, with a very nice result.
Extremely glossy and shiny text effect
This tutorial is easy to follow, but very time-consuming. The end result looks better at larger sizes.
Glittering Text Effect
A very well-written tutorial with a nice end result. I added a few sparkles that were not part of the tutorial, but it suits the effect very well
Dazzling Woven Text Effect
This is another well-written tutorial. If you do not have Rockwell Extra Bold font you will have to settle on another chunky font unless you wish to pay for Rockwell. I used Clarendon Bold.
Shiny Text Effect
A very straightforward tutorial with a nice end result
Shiny and Sparkling Text
A good tutorial, but if you use a font at a different size the settings need quite a lot of adjustment to get a similar effect.
Glossy Candy Text Effect
This is an easy to follow tutorial for beginners, right until the final step – which is not made totally clear.
To achieve the stripy background you need to duplicate the image (Image>Duplicate), working on the duplicated image, flatten the image (right click on any layer in the layers palette and click Flatten Image). Select the Single Row Marquee Tool and click once in the centre of the image. Ctrl+T to transform the object and drag the top and bottom handles up and down – you will end up with horizontal stripes. Click enter to accept the transformation, then Ctrl+D to deselect. Drag the layer into the original image, then drag this new layer below the text layer and the stripes will be behind the text and in line with it.
Although this tutorial is easy to follow, it is not so easy to achieve the same result the author has. I followed the tutorial to the letter and my result is quite different – and, it has to be said, not so effective!
Electric Text Effect
This is probably the easiest tutorial ever! Simply the use of layer styles and duplicating layers – 5 minutes tops!
Text on Wild Fire Effect
This is another straightforward tutorial which could lead to stunningly creative results if you have the time and imagination. There is a lot to be learnt from this for both working with text and images. This technique could easily be applied to photo manipulations too.
Bling Bling Text Effect
This is a well-written tutorial although you may have a little trouble finding the pattern for the pattern overlay – it is Satin, which can be found in the Patterns set
Abstract FX Text Effect
This tutorial is fairly straightforward, but very time-consuming. It is not helped by being spread over 3 pages – you have to refer back to colours on page one, so to save yourself time, either write down the hex values, or add the colours to your swatch.
Colored Chrome Text Effect
A nice chrome effect. I found one problem with this tutorial – after inputting the settings for the layer styles, my text did not look as it should. I checked and re-checked, then discovered that the Satin colour should have been white, not black as shown in the tutorial. Other than that, an easy tutorial giving either the coloured or black and white chrome effect (turning off the gradient overlay layer style gives the black and white version)
Sparkling Text Wallpaper
This is a nice and easy tutorial. The only thing here is that the choice of font is very important, and I’m not sure my choice was exactly right. The font the author uses is not free, but is highly suitable for the effect.
Glittery Text Effect
This is a very easy tutorial, although if you want to make your text the same colour as shown in the tutorial the colour overlay has to be orange and the opacity set higher than recommended. If you follow the tutorial the text will be red.
I hope you feel inspired to try out some of these text effects and experiment with them. There is a lot to be learnt from such tutorials, and I must say, the Text on Wild Fire tutorial will certainly help manipulators if flames are ever required in an image – it is a good technique to get a great flame effect without cutting out or searching for png files!
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