How to Create Shiny Retro Text with Photoshop 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

Learn how to create this amazing typographic illustration with colorful type treatment. In this tutorial, Edmar Cisneros will show you how to create this artwork using Photoshop layer styles and special lighting effects.

Preview of Final Results



Step 1

Create a new document on Photoshop. It should be 2100 pixels wide and 3300 pixels high with a resolution of 300 dpi. Using the bucket tool (G) Fill the background layer with black.


Go to the type Tool (T) and select the Tetra Font with a size of about 250 pt (you can do it larger if you want) and type the word “Super”on the upper part of the canvas. I chose the Tetra font because of its shapes but you can use any font you like.


Right click on the layer text of the type and select “Rasterize layer” to make it editable.


Create a new layer. Select the type shape (Ctrl+click on the layer thumbnail) and grab the Brush tool (B). We are going to paint over the selection on the new layer to get the colors for the type. First start with the middle tone of the color palette you want to use. In this case, for the first word I chose a combination of dark blues going all the way to bright greens.


Fill the selection with the blue color. Select a soft brush 0% hardness of about 250 pixels and brush over the lower part of the type with the darker blue to create some shading.



Change the size of the brush to something about 150pxl and select the darkest green color and start painting the lighter parts on the top of the letters. Be sure to leave some traces of the blue underneath the greener tones. You can also lower the opacity of the brush to about 40% to blend in the colors smoothly.


Continue this way with the lighter green tones. Make sure you keep little hints of the color under the brighter shades and blend in the colors with your soft brush.



Now using color white and a smaller brush, add some more highlights to the lighter part of the letters.


Once you are confortable with the result, you can go to Image>Adjustments>Brightness and contrast to make the colors pop a bit more:


You should now have something similar to this:


Step 2

Now we are going to add some layer style effects to the type to give it a shinny glossy finish. Double click on the layer thumb to bring up the Layer Styles menu and Check the “Bevel and Emboss” option. On the Depth option keep it at 100% with a size of 5px. On the Shading use an Angle of -29 and an altitude of 37°, change the Gloss contour to the option showed below:


Now Check the “Satin” option use the Blending mode to multiply with color black to 39% opacity. Change the angle to -71 , Distance to 11 and size 14. Change the contour to the shape on the example:


After applying the layer effects you should have something like this:


Now create a new layer and merge it to the type layer (Ctrl+E) to apply the effects in the same layer. At this point you can change the Brightness and Contrast of the type again if you feel the colors got too washed out:


Now we are going to enhance some of the highlights using the dodge tool (O). Take a very small ,soft brush and set exposure to 10% and the range to “Highlights”. Brush gently over the brightest highlights of the type following the contour of the letter: