Recreate the ‘Bee Movie’ Text Effect

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In this quick Photoshop tutorial we’ll be recreating the ‘Bee movie’ text effect, you know, the one you’ve seen all over the place over the last few months? :P

You can see what we’ll be designing with this tutorial in the below image.

‘Bee Movie’ Text Effect Photoshop Tutorial

You can see the original text over at the Apple trailers page.

1. Background Creation

Firstly we’re going to make a nice background. Start by creating a new document in Photoshop, all the default settings except dimensions: 600 pixels width, 300 pixels height.

Create New Document in Photoshop

After making your new document, fill the background layer with black then make a light gradient in a new layer.

Light Gradient Added

Now you’ve got two layers, the background layer and your gradient layer, change the opacity for your gradient layer to about 5-15%, so that you end up with a very dark background again.

Layer Opacity Lowered to 10%

Now, you can finish off the background by adding in a screenshot of the Bee movie or like that. For this I went to Google Images and searched for an extra large picture of ‘bee movie.’ I found this image. If the that site is down, download here.

Copy the image you’ve chosen to your document and resize it to fit. After this, change the layer opacity to around 15-25%, duplicate your screenshot layer and change the layer mode to either Overlay or Soft Light.

Bee Movie Screenshot Added

Now you should have a background like this.

Lastly for your background, create a new layer and draw a black to white linear gradient on your canvas, black at the bottom and white at the top, similar to this:

Black and White Linear Gradient

Change the layer mode for your gradient layer to Multiply and you’ll end up with an effect like this:

Gradient Layer Modes

What do you think? Well, at least we’re done for the background! :)

2. Create Base Text

Alright, time to make our base text. What you need here is a very,very fat font. Head over to DaFont or UrbanFonts and see if you can find a nice, large sans-serif font.

Bee Text Added, Frutiger 95

In the above image I’ve used a font called Frutiger 95, which is sadly a commercial font. Feel free to try a different font such as Arial Black, or you know, buy or ‘get’ a nice font from somewhere. ;)

Note: Since we’re working in a fairly large document size, you will want to use a large text size, around 150 pt or whatever suites the document size.

3. Apply Layer Styles to Text

Now, to make our text look like the real thing, we’ll add some layer styles.

  1. Drop Shadow
  2. Inner Shadow
  3. Inner Glow
  4. Bevel and Emboss
  5. Bevel and Emboss — Contour
  6. Gradient Overlay

Colors used were:

  1. Inner Glow: #7f7f51.
  2. Gradient Overlay: #f86503 and #fbe432.

And now we have something like this:

Layer Styles Applied to ‘Bee’ Text

Looks pretty much finished already, huh? :)

Please note: The layer styles depend on what size your text is, the size of the bevel may need to be adjusted for smaller or bigger text, please remember this.

4. Small ‘Movie’ Text

The last thing we really need to do is add ‘Movie’ underneath the main text, but in a smaller font size. You can simply duplicate your main text here, size it down and change the letters, but the layer styles will actually need a little tweaking.

After duplicating your main text and changing what needs to be changed, position your text accordingly, like mine:

Movie and Bee Text Moved

Now, apply/edit the following layer styles/settings:

  1. Drop Shadow
  2. Inner Shadow
  3. Inner Glow
  4. Bevel and Emboss
  5. Bevel and Emboss — Contour
  6. Gradient Overlay

Alright, now, hopefully your text looks something like this:

Bee Movie Text Effect

If it does, then congratulations!

Thanks for reading this tutorial everyone, I hope it was alright by your standards!


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  • ivdeqnova

    Great tutorial!Thanks!

  • http://www.vietphotoshop.com Guest

    …wow.nice work….1 way to train skill in blending op ..

  • Tim

    Great! I was looking for this!

  • http://www.tutorialshot.com Dvir Hazout

    Great tutorial Eli!
    If I were you, I would talk this tutorial one more step and make it 3d also..
    anyway- very good tutorial!

  • Marco

    Thank you very much for your work!

  • jashith

    nice tutorial

  • gretchen

    thank you very much~~~
    the PSD file is very helpful~~

  • http://www.hostsg.com web design

    looks good! i was looking for something like this.

  • Imissed Something

    Nice effect and all, but you should have captured the (gradient) screen when performing the “make a light gradient in a new layer” step. A relatively minute detail, I know…but still.

  • alihs

    Thanks for the 3d look tutorial. I liked it a lot

  • Srinivas

    XCELLENT

  • mandeepleo5

    cool! thanks!

  • http://www.coneyislandcartel.fm cartelcrew

    this worked perfectly. thanks! i saved it as a style so i can use it over and over …

  • http://andreasandre.net andre

    wow, this a nice tutorial. i will learn this tutorial. thanx u

  • http://www.logospill.com Logo Design

    Thank you, nice tutorial!

  • http://www.kuhnling.com Scott

    Outstanding tutorials and great explanations! Very easy to follow. Thanks!

  • darling

    nice… this the kind of tutorial im looking for… the steps are written in details… keep it up and thanks!