Wicked Alien-Entity Text Effect


In this easy tutorial I’m going to show you how to make a really cool, high-tech, alien-like text effect (wow, long name!) Mostly just using layer styles, but also some filters to finish it off nicely. You can see my result image below, which you’re going to be making something very similar to!

Alien-Like Text Effect Tutorial Result

1. Creating a Background

First thing’s first, create a new document in which you can make your text, use a size of about 400 x 200 pixels. Now make a background that will suit the theme. I started the background by first making a few white gradients on a black background.

(With the gradient tool, using a black and white gradient, change the gradient tool mode to Lighten)

White Gradients Black Background

Next, apply Filter > Distort > Wave with any old random setting.

Filter Distort Wave Applied

(settings do not matter here, you just want to get a random effect for the background)

Now, create a new layer and fill it with #47711f (green) or a similar color – change the layer mode for your new layer to Color and lower the opacity to around 80%.

Color Layer Mode

Merge the background layers together then duplicate the remaining layer, apply Filter > Disort > Wave with another random setting, change the layer mode to Overlay and lower the opacity to around 80%.

(this will make the background seem more vivid!)

Layer Mode Overlay Changed

Now, lastly for the background layer, I added in some blood splat brushes and changed the layer mode to Soft Light. You can download the blood-splat brushes that I used from here: Download Blood Splat Brushes.

This is what I gave after adding some brushes to my canvas:

Blood Splat Brushing

Looking pretty cool so far, huh? :)

2. Create Your Text

First thing, change your foreground color to a darkish-green color, then write out your text.

Written Text

The font that I’ve used in the above screenshot is called Bebas, the font size was 72 pt, and the color used is #3c5516.

3. Style your Text (Layer Styles)

Now it’s time to give your text a really cool effect using layer styles! Right-click the text layer and go into the Blending Options, choose the following settings:

  1. Drop Shadow
  2. Outer Glow
  3. Inner Glow
  4. Bevel and Emboss
  5. Gradient Overlay
  6. Pattern Overlay (this pattern comes with Photoshop)

And now your text should now look something like this:

After Applying Layer Stylles

Well at the moment it doesn’t look all that brilliant, but after the additional filter effects, I think it looks much better! Don’t worry if it’s not exact, it doesn’t really matter.

4. Additional Filter Effects

Firstly, create a new layer then Apply the Image (Image > Apply Image…) this will have made everything visible in the new layer. Now apply Filter > Distort > Wave with a random setting. Change the layer mode for this distorted layer to Lighten and lower the opacity to about 35-50%.

Lighten Layer Mode

Duplicate that distorted layer, then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with any old amount, change the layer mode to Overlay and have the opacity at about 40-50%.

Alien-Like Text Effect Tutorial Result

Looks pretty cool, don’t you think? :)
You could finish this off by applying any of the cool filters, I especially like Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

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  • joker


  • sfufoet


  • Saffah

    Very good tutorial

  • jitendra

    wow! real alien text

  • Zilchus

    How do I use the blood brushes? I downloaded it and Dont know how to use it… Let me know!

  • Rurfrut

    That is the shiznit yo all up on that photoshop!

  • reza from iran

    thanks a lot. its very nice but it wants some dodge tool.

    bye bye

  • LiLu

    Took me a while ’cause I’m a novice, but am pretty pleased with the outcome. Great Tute!

  • Hero photoshop..!

    Hey…It’s so good Text effect!
    Can u sent me the latest tutorials.
    Thank’s alot.

  • yves

    superb., thanks a lot.,

  • Zilchus

    rurfut, I’m not up on photo shop! lol 😀

  • Nikolai

    Realy nice efect:D

  • ragumrt

    good job
    keep it

  • http://signul.mihanblog.com mohammad


  • sharq1

    Nice tutorial… till i reached moment with that bloodbushes – could someone tell me how to use it? thx

  • sharq1

    sorry, i found it… :/

  • Nexus

    I know I sound like a noob asking this, but I can’t figure out how to add multiple “Radial Gradients” I add 1 then try to add another and it disappears, and show’s the newer 1. When all i’m trying to do is make it look like the first image of the tutorial.

  • Cleston


  • riko

    Nice tutorial,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and nice realyti efect tu nowwww

  • http://www.cybersounds.pizco.com Stevie Mckinley

    Sweet as like that is a good effect lol dead on!

  • Axel


    Thats really cool dude

  • Vijay

    I Like it.I am always found like this effect.

  • vatz

    i like that tutorial quite interesting

  • kely

    Really perfect!r

  • Chris


    You have to put the mode next to the gradient styles to Lighten, then you should be able to do multiple radial gradients.

  • shraddha

    I like the way you explain the “how to preprare the bg”
    I would like to read more tutorial can you send me the recent one.

  • steffen

    ehh pretty nice but one thing.. whne i try to use the bloodbrushes then the come could not load the brushes because the file is not compatible with this version of photoshop :S

  • Malin

    hey, thanks alot for the tutorial! you explained the different steps very well!

  • Nand Kishor

    Beautiful background effect and text effect

  • rahoof

    good , awesome and best

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