Text Effects

Abstract FX Text Effect

Learn how to turn any text into a beautiful text design using layer styles, gradients, and Photoshop brushes. This tutorial is great for novice Photoshop users who want to learn how to easily add style to any text.

Preview of the Final Product

Final Design

Abstract FX Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1 – Create a new Document

Choose File > New (Ctrl + N). I’m using a wallpaper of 1440px (width) X 900px (height). You can have a wallpaper of any other size. The background color should be black.

Step 1

Step 2 – Create a Text

Type the text that you want to work with. I’m using “FX” as my choice of text, but you can use anything else. The font color should be white. I’m using the font “Harabara“.

Step 2

Step 3 – Rasterize the Text

Next, we need to duplicate the layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer). Right click on the duplicated layer then click Rasterize Type.

Step 3

Step 4 – Adding Satin Style

Click Layer Style (fx) in the layer palette, and select Satin, then enter the settings below:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Angle: 143°
  • Distance: 3px
  • Size: 3px

Step 4

Step 5 – Adding Bevel and Emboss

Adding Bevel and Emboss will shed a smooth light shade on the text. “Bevel and Emboss” is just above “Satin” that you clicked on in the previous step. Apply the following settings


  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Tech: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 250px
  • Soften: 7px


  • Angle: 132°
  • Altitude: 26°
  • Highlight mode: Normal
  • Highlight Color: #9a1a82
  • Highlight Opacity: 84%
  • Shadow mode: Normal
  • Shadow Color: #c5df27
  • Shadow Opacity: 27%.

Step 5

Step 5(a)

Step 6 – Adding Colors to Background

We shall now merge 4 different colors to create a colorful background.

First, create a new layer to work on. Select Pen Tool from the tools bar on the left then create a path as you see in the image below with the gray line. Select Brush Tool (B) from the tools then right click on the screen. Select the feather brush, which I have highlighted with the red circle in the image below.

Go to the Pen Tool then change the foreground color to Pink (#FF00FC). Right click on the screen then select “Stroke Path”. Choose Brush, activate “Simulate Pressure” (for soft and feathered edges), then click OK. We now have a path in pink.

Repeat this step three times but use different colors;

  • Blue (#009CFF)
  • Green (#46FF00)
  • Yellow (#FFF700)

Place these colors next to each other. Take a look at the picture in Step 7 to get an idea of where to place these “colored paths”. I recommend creating a new layer for each color so that it’ll be much easier to make adjustments.

Step 6

Step 7 – Merging Background Colors

Select all the layers & Merge (Ctrl + E). Now all the effects we’ve done appear on the same layer.

Step 7

Step 8 – Making Soft & Smooth Color Shade

The way to create soft & smooth edges for the colors: select Menu > Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > Radius = 66.4px, and reduce the opacity to 33%. You should have a background image similar to this one below.

Step 8

Step 8(a)

Step 9 – Duplicating Layer to Add Glow behind the Text

Select the text as you see in the image. Click on Select > Modify > Expand = 2px. Create a new layer below the text. It should be white.

Step 9

Step 10 – Adding Blur

In order to make the text smooth, we need to choose Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur (Radius = 5px).

Step 10

Step 10(a)

Step 11 – Filling Colors

Our goal is to fill 4 different colors inside the text. Select the blurred text & lock it. Then go to the tools bar & select Brush Tool (B) > right click on the screen & select the feather brush.

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