step_3j

Step 4

From this step on we are going to add colorful elements to decorate the type. To create the glowing lines, first, create a new layer, take the brush tool and select a hard brush 100% hardness 100% opacity of about 4px then open up the brushes menu and under the “Shape Dynamics” option, change the control to “Pen Pressure”. After adjusting these settings, select the pen tool(P)

step_4a

While holding the key “Shift” draw a path to create a horizontal line. Right-click on the path and select the option “Stroke Path” change the “tool” option to Brush and check the “Simulate pressure” option on.

step_4b

Double click on the layer thumb to bring up the Layer styles menu and check the options “Outer Glow” and “Gradient Overlay”. Under the outer glow option use the settings shown below:

step_4c

Under the gradient overlay option check “Reverse” and set the angle to 0°

step_4d

Double click on the gradient to bring up the editor. Change the gradient to the next colors to match those of the type.

step4_e
step4_f

Now we are going to start duplicating this shape and placing it on the edges of each letter. Rotate it a bit where necessary:

step4_g
step4_h

Use the “Warp” transformation tool to curve the glowing line to match the round parts of the letters:

step4_i
step4_j
step4_k

I recommend not to put too much detail because we are going to add other elements to the composition and it my look a bit too heavy on some parts:

step4_l

Grab one of the glowing lines from the first word and go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation and change the color to match the other word.

step4_m

Arrange them the same way for the other 2 words.

step4_n
step4_o
step4_p

This is the result we´ve got so far:

step4_q

Step 5

For the light flashes under the letters first we need to duplicate the layer of the colored type and place it under the type layer. Go to menu Filter>Blur>Motion blur and set the angle to 0 and the distance to 998.

step5_a

Duplicate the layer and merge both blurred layers together to get a stronger effect.

step5_b

Repeat this step with the other 2 words:

step5_c

Step 6

For the shines take the brush tool with 0% hardness and a size of about 120px with color white. Create a new layer on top of the type layers and brush little glows on top of every highlight:

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34 responses to “How to Create Shiny Retro Text with Photoshop”

  1. CHEFY Avatar
    CHEFY

    NO PUEDO HACER NADA CON EL TEXTO NO DEJA CAMBIAR NADA NO CON LOS PSD QUE REGALA QUIERO PONER UN NOMBRE Y NO DEJA COMO LO AGO GRACIAS

  2.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    DOPE

  3. pari@lehapari Avatar
    pari@lehapari

    fantastic tutorial..like it very much..

  4. Maidul Islam Avatar
    Maidul Islam

    I always believe typography is great art and thanks for this awesome experiment on it.

  5. Caroline Avatar
    Caroline

    Please help! Im stuck doing the pen tool, it doesnt work as i want it to do. I can only se the paths but no color, how do i fix it? i have tried anything i can come up with.. Its sad being stuck when i have done so much already. Thx!

  6. Md.kaisar Avatar
    Md.kaisar

    Thanks a lot.Plz describe more……………///

  7. Riyala Avatar
    Riyala

    I’m on Photoshop CC 2014 and I cannot for the life of me get the same effect that Step 2 is telling me I should be getting. Any advice?

  8. Hassan khan Avatar
    Hassan khan

    wow ….all Photoshop Tutorials are very nice …….

  9. Dissappointed Avatar
    Dissappointed

    Most instructions were not given clearly, pen tool behaved in a very different way from what you barely explained, and the font you are using called “Tetra” is not in photoshop CS6 or CC.

  10. Rae Avatar
    Rae

    Don’t know if it’s an actual problem or if i’m just doing something wrong, but I can’t figure out how to warp the light effects.
    The program swears that there aren’t any pixels in the selection, and by the time i finally get the selection to warp, it doesn’t warp the glow of the light effect so there’s just an eclipse shadow left behind.

    Help?

  11. Kevin Avatar
    Kevin

    Muy bueno Man!!..gracias por compartir y éxitos en tu oficio!

  12. ramakant Avatar
    ramakant

    very nice work

  13. saravanan Avatar
    saravanan

    really superb………

  14. Yadav Shivans Avatar
    Yadav Shivans

    nice wonderful transliterate word

  15. TheMalni Avatar
    TheMalni

    Final result looks really cool, lots of steps to do, but I wanna try this for sure! Thanks a lot for the tutorial! :D

    1. mike jone Avatar
      mike jone

      are u a girl

  16. Shahin Avatar
    Shahin

    Step 4 does not work for me? I have tried everything, does somebody know what the reason behind this could be?

    1. Photoshop Tutorials Editor Avatar
      Photoshop Tutorials Editor

      Here’s a video to show how to do step 4
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0LQKqykO2A

  17. Th714 Avatar
    Th714

    not good instructions for the lines on page 2, for on i can’t make them with this pen pressure crap, or even warp the lines correctly

  18. ren9988 Avatar
    ren9988

    panjang bener,,,tapi ok ,,thank ya gan,.

  19. eva908 Avatar
    eva908

    I ALWAYS HAVE A PROBLEM CONTROLLING MY PEN NEVER ENDS UP WHERE I WANT IT …SO I JUST DOWNLOADED SOME WAVE LINE BRUSHES TO SUBSTITUTE THAT PART OF THE TUTORIAL…THIS IS THE WEBSITE THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL BRUSHES…..http://www.photoshopedia.com/photoshop/brushes/

    1. hifsa Avatar
      hifsa

      @eva908 this website needs a user name and password to open!!!!!!!!

  20. ThyagoG_ Avatar
    ThyagoG_

    Very nice

  21. Tanya Lyons Avatar
    Tanya Lyons

    for the life of me my pen line wouldnt do what you wanted it to do! argh!

    1. Margot Avatar
      Margot

      Yes! Same problem!

    2. MissAisha Avatar
      MissAisha

      Me too! Eh, sucks… Trying to figure out how to do it on my own..

  22. hasan Avatar
    hasan

    Fantastic Photoshop and informative tools ..
    Thanks to share…….

  23. shamim Avatar
    shamim

    That is nice post and thanks to share……..

  24. Yihan Lin Avatar
    Yihan Lin

    page 2 and 3 can’t open ?

  25. thana Avatar
    thana

    very nice tutorials

  26. Fauzan Nurarifin Avatar
    Fauzan Nurarifin

    Woooww… Its Cool :0

  27. bassam Avatar
    bassam

    very good .. thanx

  28. Jasy Friend Avatar
    Jasy Friend

    amazing,… super

    1. pardeep Avatar
      pardeep

      good yaar

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