Learn how to create a 3D comic book text effect that pops! You will get very familiar with many different layer styles. We will start by creating the background with halftone brushes and then proceed to create our text effect. Lastly, we will finish it off by adding a bevel effect with a stroke.

Preview of Final Results

This image was created to mimic the comic book fonts but in 3D. You will learn how to create this 3D effect by duplicating layers and by adding halftones to give it that comic feel. This tutorial was created with Photoshop CC.

Tutorial Resources

Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document by clicking File > New. I made my document 2000 px by 2000 px (it doesn’t matter the resolution since we’re using pixels). I titled my document “Comic Book Text Effect”.

Step 2

Now it’s time to add a gradient to your background. Double-click your background layer to bring up the layer style window and apply this setting.

Step 3

Create a new layer. Fill it with any color and change the fill to 0%. Double-click this layer to bring up the layer style window and apply this pattern.

Step 4

Create a New Layer. Select the Brush tool (B) then set the brush size to 1957 pixels. You can use whatever color you want. Now place your halftone in the center of your document as shown in the image below. Also, change your layer to Luminosity with a Fill of 16%.

Step 5

Create a New Layer. Grab your Pen tool (P) and create a shape as shown in the image below.

Step 6

Go to your Paths tab and right-click the path you just created and click Make Selection. Click ‘ok’.

Step 7

Fill this selection with whatever color you want. Then double-click this layer to apply a Color Overlay and a Drop Shadow.

Step 8

Add Drop Shadow

Step 9

Create a New Layer. Make a selection from your previous layer by clicking Ctrl and selecting the thumbnail image. Grab your Brush tool again and use the halftone brush and place it in your document as shown below. You can use whatever color you wish.

Step 10

Double-click this layer and add this Gradient Overlay. Make sure your Fill is at 0%.

Step 11

Create a New Layer. Grap your pen tool and create a outline for the shape that we created. Make a selection from it and fill it with #000000. Place this layer underneath that shape layer.

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10 responses to “How to Create a Comic Book Text Effect in Photoshop”

  1. claire Avatar


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  3. Pam Avatar

    Non si vedono le immagini

  4. Helder Saldanha Avatar
    Helder Saldanha

    Muito bom!!!
    Obrigado por compartilhar

  5. Suvham Saha Avatar
    Suvham Saha

    the images of this page is always broken when I enter in this particular page…..I tried many times but it always be same

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Staff Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Staff

      Thanks for letting us know! The tutorial images have been fixed.

  6. Randy Avatar

    Great tutorial! Thank you for inspiring creativity! #YourMindisYourGreatestDesign

  7. Swapnil Avatar

    Can anyone help me understand the step 29??????

  8. Salah Avatar

    It is fantastic Ashlee. thank for your efforts

  9. Anna Avatar

    Nice tutorial, thank you!
    Just a couple of suggestions:
    1. Save Layer styles for the step 28 (I don’t know, maybe it’s just being assumed?), in order not to apply all the effects manually.
    2. For the step 32, instead of repeating step 29 we could just save selection earlier and then load it.
    Thank you, it was a very informative tutorial!

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