Text Effects

How to Create Glowing TRON-Inspired 3D Text in Photoshop Extended

Step 17

We’re going to apply a blue glow to the subtitle. Because we did this earlier, we can copy the layer style settings from the logo and paste it into the subtitle. To do this, right-click on the TR2N 3D layer and click Copy Layer Style then right-click on the subtitle layer and click Paste Layer Style.

Here’s what the subtitle looks like with the blue glow.


Step 18

Before we continue, we’re going to reduce the outer glow a little on the subtitle. Double-click on the Outer Glow layer style.

Reduce the outer glow size then click OK.

We’re done with the 3D text! Here’s what it looks like.


Step 19

Just having 3D text on a black background is boring so we’re going to create a cool grid background and top it off with some bokeh. We’re going to start off with the grid background.

This grid background is pretty cool because it uses only Smart Filters and you can create unlimited variations with two clicks. I’ll show you more about this later. First, let’s create a grid background. Create a new layer and position it above the Background layer. Rename this layer to “Grid Background”.

Right-click on the layer then choose Convert to Smart Object. By converting the layer into a Smart Object, we can apply Smart Filters which are the non-destructive version of filters that let us edit the settings anytime we like.


Step 20

Now we’re going to apply a secret combination of filters to create a grid background – no drawing necessary! First, make sure your foreground and background colors are set to the default colors. You can reset the foreground and background colors by pressing D on your keyboard.

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.


Step 21

We’re going to turn the clouds into a mosaic pattern with round edges. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic. Set the Cell Size to 40 square then click OK.

To give the mosaic round corners, we’re going to use the Median filter. Go to Filter > Noise > Median. Set the Radius to 8 pixels then click OK.


Step 22

Now we’re going to give the mosaic pattern some glowing edges. Go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges. Set the Edge Width to 1, Edge Brightness to 10, and Smoothness to 1 then click OK.

Double-click on the blending options button for the Glowing Edges filter in the Layers palette.

A Blending Options window will appear. Set the blending mode to Screen and opacity to 50% then click OK.



Step 23

Now we’re going to add some contrast to it by adjusting the black clip. We’re going to use a trick to do this because we can’t use the Levels or Curves tool on a Smart Object layer. Instead of using those tools, we’re going to use the Shadows/Highlights tool which is compatible with Smart Objects.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Shadows/Highlights. There is a black clip setting we can use but it’s grayed out unless you make changes to the shadows or highlights settings. To get around this, just set the shadows to 1%.

Checkmark the Show More Options option. The tool will expand and give you a lot more settings. Ignore all the other settings and just adjust the black clip setting to your likings. This setting will increase the black areas in your image. If you want to increase the white areas in your image, adjust the white clip setting. I’m just going to set the black clip to 10%. Click OK to apply the changes.

Here’s what the image looks like.

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