Learn to Create Party Text Effect

This tutorial explains how to use Photoshop layer styles, filters, and brushes to create an awesome sparkly text effect.

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Learn to Create Party Text Effect

Step 1

Create a new document that is 1350 x 1000 px. Set the Foreground color to #525252, and the Background color to #0d0d0d. Create a Radial Gradient from the center of the document to one of it corners making sure that you selected Foreground to Background gradient preset.

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Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Set the Amount to 5, the Distribution to Uniform, and check the Monochromatic box.

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Step 2

Create the text using the color #ffeb0f. The font used is Titania and the size is 377px. Duplicate the text layer so you have two copies.

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Double click on the copy text layer (the one on the top) to apply the following styles:

– Drop Shadow: Change the color to #383838, and the Size to 10.

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– Inner Shadow: Change the color to #625841, the Size to 13, and the Contour to Half Round.

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– Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 450, the Size to 10, the Gloss Contour to Log, and check the Anti-aliased box. Also, change the Highlight Mode color to #fff119, and the Shadow Mode color to #8a7b3e.

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– Contour: Just check the Anti-aliased box

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This is what the text should look like:

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Step 3

Press the Ctrl/Command key, and while still pressing, click on the text layer thumbnail (icon) to create a selection.

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Set the Foreground color to #7d6905 and the Background color to #d3c614. Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “texture”. Fill the selection with the Foreground color, and press Ctrl/Command + D to get rid of the selection.

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Step 4

Now, we are going to use a couple of filters to create the sparkly texture. Start by going to Filter > Sketch > Notepaper. Change the Image Balance to 25, the Graininess to 10, and the Relief to 11.

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Go to Filter > Texture > Stained Glass. Change the Cell Size to 2, the Border Thickness to 4, and the Light Intensity to 1. The Light Intensity property adds brightness to the center of the texture, so you can increase the value if you want more brightness in the center.

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Finally, go to Filter > Stylize > Glowing Edges. Change the Egde Width to 2, the Edge Brightness to 10, and the Smoothness to 5.

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Change the “texture” layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

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That’s it for the text effect. Next, we’re going to add some sparkles using the Brush tool.

Step 5

Open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), and choose a hard round brush. Change the size to 10px, and set the Spacing to something around 322%.

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Under Shape Dynamics, change the Size Jitter to 100%, the Roundness Jitter to 62%, and the Minimum Roundness to 25%.

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Under Scattering, Change the Scatter value to 431%.

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Finally, under Color Dynamics, change the Foreground/Background Jitter to 100%, and the Brightness Jitter to 50%. This will give the sparkles different brightness and color values.

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Step 6

Right click on the text layer, and choose Create Work Path.

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Make the color #d3c614 the Foreground color, and change the Background color to #ffff08. Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “sparkles”, and grab the Direct Selection Tool.

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Right click on the path, and choose Stroke Path.

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Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and make sure the Simulate Pressure box is un-checked.

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This will stroke the path with the brush you’ve just created.

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Change the “sparkles” layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Light.

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Step 7

The last thing we’re going to do is add more shadow to the text, so that it blends more with the background, and has more depth. To do that, Double click on the original (bottom) text layer, un-check the Use Global Light box (as we want to change the direction of the shadow), and change the Angle to -20. Also, change the Distance to 8, and the Size to 10.

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Change the Fill value of the original text layer to 0, so that only the shadow is visible.

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Final Image

Learn to Create Party Text Effect


66 thoughts on “Learn to Create Party Text Effect

  1. namdev says:

    it is nice

  2. Princess says:

    I like it, thank’s alot :)

  3. sundar says:

    it’s so cool….i’m gonna try it..

  4. Neo says:

    Great tut. I’ve especially liked how you use brush stroke. thanks

  5. Karthick Shiva says:

    Thanks a lot for this nice tutorial. Very Cool effect!

  6. Prince says:

    I don’t know how to create work path. Please help.

    1. Rose says:

      Hello Prince,
      Check out Step 6, you just need to right click on the text layer and choose “Create Work Path”, and a work path will be created.
      Hope this helps.

  7. chocomallow says:

    thanks this is fantastic…:D

  8. John Valenty says:

    Wow that looks really good. I’m definitely going to use this.

  9. Rose says:

    Thanks everyone for the nice comments :)

  10. Kate says:

    I cannot select sketch or texture in my filters drop down menu…Can you please advise

    1. Rose says:

      Did you make sure that the “texture” layer is the active (selected) layer before choosing the filters?

  11. negar says:

    hi…im in Step 4…. my sketch filter is unavilable????? plz help

    1. Rose says:

      Make sure that the “texture” layer is active (selected). This also could happen if the image is in 16bit, instead of 8bit format, as not all filters work on 16-Bit images. The same goes for the CMYK mode, you need to be in the RGB one.

      Hope this helps.

  12. melissa_tm says:

    very nice and simple tut. thanks a lot!!!

  13. Vijay says:

    Cool tutorial

  14. Joel says:

    Love it! Great effect, well done!

  15. geeta maruti says:

    Hi I got the problem in step6.I am not able to create workpath.please help me.

    1. geeta maruti says:

      hi on right clicking i am getting layer properties, blending options etc but i am not able to get as shown above.can u help me please?
      I am wating for u reply

      1. Rose says:

        So, you can’t find “Create Work Path” at all? (It will be down the list as the screenshot only shows the part where this option appears, which means that the top part of the actual menu is cut.)
        Make sure you right click on the “text” layer not one of the other layers.

        Also, if you can find the option “Create Work Path” but no path appears when you click it, you might need to go to View -> Show -> Target Path.

        Hope this helps. If the problem still exists, please provide more details so that I can understand what the problem exactly is.

        1. paradox11111 says:

          Hi, i got the same problem. I am able to go to View -> Show -> Target Path, but not to click on it. It doesn’t allow me.. What do i do?

  16. shimo said says:

    very nice

  17. impressionpoem says:

    very nice.i like it thanks a lot for this nice tutorial.

  18. yu says:

    This effect is amazing !! =]

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  20. sweta says:

    its really nice….

  21. Alex says:

    Pretty neat, but why didn’t you use a layer mask for any of your steps? That would make changing what the text reads a lot easier.

    1. Rose says:

      Hello Alex,

      Layer Masks are definitely an effective tool, but I thought I’d keep the tutorial simple and basic.

      Thanks for pointing that out anyway, and for the comment as well.

      1. Alex says:

        No problem. Thanks again for the post, and the reply. Feel free to come check out some of my tutorials sometime.

  22. akio says:

    Why cant i use the filter gallery when it reach to Step 4?? The layer i couldn’t use filter of sketch.

  23. rony says:

    i trying that but i messing shadow to the text, plz help me?

    1. Rose says:

      How are you missing it?
      Did you make sure you changed the Fill value and not the Opacity value?

  24. my says:

    cool man,thx to learn my!

  25. tj says:

    i really want to make this as back ground please some 1 help .

    1. Rose says:

      Is there a Step you are not able to complete?

  26. Nouille says:

    Hi, I started to create the strass effect with a vector drawing I have do before and I’m blocked at the step 6 to “create work path”, I can’t do this and I’m research for a solution … Can you help me please ?

    1. Rose says:

      Hello Nouille,
      Do you mean a “shape”? I don’t exactly get what a “vector drawing” refers to. If it is a shape, you can’t create a work path. if it’s not a shape, can you please clarify the problem a bit more?

  27. Rose says:

    Awesome! Nice job :)

  28. Element says:

    When I click in “create work path”…
    Show this: Could not complete your request because the type layer uses a faux bold style.

    Please help me…

  29. kakashi says:

    why is my work path don’t work like what it did in this tutorial? I followed the instruction but the path doesn’t follow the brush presets.

    its frustrating.

  30. Doug says:

    It would great to see this as a video tutorial.

  31. boss says:

    its really awesome dude

  32. lisa says:

    Wow it’s wonderful, and easy !

    thanks a lot for sharing !

  33. shovon alam says:

    Incredible. Joss.

  34. PSDDude says:

    it looks absolutely beautiful!

  35. K says:

    Hi I really nice done with you work . Great !
    And I also try with the another color.

  36. Vishal says:

    I don’t have LOG contour in my PS CS5. Isn’t it a default contour?

    1. b says:

      same problem. missing log

      1. m says:

        just click on the little arrow at the top of the window and in the drop down choose load contour. then just click on the one that appears!

  37. andile says:

    Wow i am impressed

  38. jay says:

    cant understand the ctrl/commanD + D..? CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS?

  39. Manish says:

    very nice effects

  40. Dona says:

    Thanks for the easy tut. Great text effect!

  41. gillies says:

    super cool… thank you :)

  42. GXdeathreaper says:

    when i open that brush at step 5 then is everything locked, how do i unlock it

  43. Tiffani says:

    I’ve finished it but my sparkles is not bright enough like yours pls i need the reply fast

  44. Angela says:

    I don’t have log in gloss contour? pls. answer I need it.

  45. Nicole says:

    Hello. I’d like to know why when I click window–>brush the icon all grey. don’t allow me do anything..

    Thanks for your help and reply

    1. Anon22 says:

      Hi everyone,

      I was having trouble with the locked brushes, until I figured it out. If you’re using Photoshop CS5, or CS6, and the brushes appear to be locked and all gray, you have to click the brush image in the toolbox on the lefthand side. (Underneath the Band-Aid in CS6.) I know Iw as having this problem, and I see others are too, so I thought I’d share! :)

  46. Roxie says:

    Hi. Upon creating the work path and applying the customized brush, a white borderline around the text appeared. How am I supposed to remove that?

  47. Ronnald says:

    I’m from Brazil and I really enjoyed your tutorial. Super well detailed.

  48. Laura says:

    How to find the log contour? or create it?

  49. ozge says:

    hey ho lets go! this tutorial really amazing, perfect telling. I beat my fears thanks lot…

  50. johnson says:

    I’m using an apple mouse, and it does not include a right clicker. How else can I use the work path. Also with the next step for the shape, I can’t right click what so ever… It would be great for a reply

    1. David Smith says:

      Right clicking on a mouse that allows for it brings up a “contextual” menu for you to choose various options. If you don’t have a “right-clickable” mouse, simply press the “control” key (on Mac) and click. That also brings up the contextual menu. Hope that helps.

  51. lsedore says:

    Thank you! This was a lot of fun to do!

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