Photoshop Tutorial: Mesh Text Effect

This is a cool see-through text effect that would look good over gradient backgrounds or images – you could, of course, use one very large letter with an image behind it – there are myriad uses for it! There are only 2 free resources used in this effect.

Photoshop Tutorial: Mesh Text Effect


Rogue Hero Font from
Mesh Pattern from Sed-rah-Stock on DeviantArt

Step 1

Open a new file – I used the following dimensions:

New File Settings

Step 2

Select the Type Tool, Rogue Hero font, size 300pt, foreground color black.

Type your text, but use a separate layer for each line of text – so mine has 2 layers.

Once your text is typed, place it as required.

Place Text

Step 3

For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be referring to these layers as their text names: ‘mesh’ and ‘text’.

Duplicate both of the text layers and turn off the visibility of the orginal layers (click on the eye beside the thumbnail in the layers palette).

Make the ‘mesh copy’ layer active and rasterize the text by right clicking on the layer in the layers palette and selecting Rasterize type.

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the layer thumbnail to select the pixels.

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 12px and click OK.

Hit the Delete key, then Ctrl + D to deselect.

Now do the same thing for the ‘text’ layer, so you end up with outlines of both words.


Step 4

Make either of the outline layers active, and double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options. Apply the following Drop Shadow, Bevel and Emboss, Contour, Color Overlay and Gradient Overlay settings:

Drop Shadow Settings

Bevel and Emboss Settings

Contour Settings

Color Overlay Settings

Gradient Overlay Settings

Once you have applied all of these settings, right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Copy Layer Style.

Now make the other outline layer active, right click on the layer and click on Paste Layer Style.

Stylized Text

Step 5

Restore visibility to the original text layers ‘text’ and ‘mesh’.

Reduce the Fill of these 2 layers to 0% (so you now can’t see them).

Double click on either of these text layers in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Pattern Overlay settings (make sure you have the Mesh pattern shown at the top of this post loaded, and select that pattern).

Pattern Overlay Settings

Right click on this layer in the layers palette and click on Copy Layer Style, make the other text layer active, right click on it and select Paste Layer Style.

Mesh Overlay

That is the text effect completed – now you can choose a background, and below I am showing this text effect with a gradient background and a background image.

Gradient Background

Image Background


I love using and learning Photoshop, and I also enjoy creating resources to share with the world. I am at my happiest when I have free time to further explore all that Photoshop has to offer and learn more about its powerful built-in tools. I hope people enjoy either using or learning from my free resources, and welcome any hints and tips - and of course, if you would like to offer a free resource on this site, please don't hesitate to contact me (top right of the page).

No Comments

Leave a Comment

Please be polite. We appreciate that.
Your email address will not be published and required fields are marked