How to Create Suspended Text Effect

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This tutorial explains how to create a nice colorfull suspended text effect.

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How to Create Suspended Text Effect

Step 1

First create a new document, 1000×500 pixels, with a black background. Then, create your text in white. The font used is Verdana, and the size is 120pt. Choose Bold from the Font Style selection box next to the Font Family box in the Options bar.

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Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the Background layer and call it “Gradient”. Select the Gradient Tool, and set the Foreground color to White. Create a Foreground to Transparent gradient from top to bottom.

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Press the Ctrl key, and click on the text layer thumbnail (icon) to create a selection.

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Select the “Gradient” layer so that it is the active layer, and press Ctrl + J to copy the selection and paste it in a new layer, call the new layer “Gradient Letters”. Then, click on the eye icons next to the text and “Gradient” layers to make them invisible.

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Step 3

Pick the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and click the Intersect with Selection icon in the Options bar. Reselect the text (Ctrl + Click on the text layer thumbnail), then draw a rectangle around the first letter.

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This will make the letter S the only selected letter.

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Create a new layer on top of the “Gradient Letters” layer and call it “Colored Letters”, then change its Blend Mode to Screen. Fill the selection you created with the color #ff0000, then press Ctrl + D to get rid of the selection.

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Repeat the same process to each letter. (Ctrl + Click on the text layer thumbnail to create a selection, draw a rectangle around the letter you want to color, fill in the selection, and press Ctrl + D to get rid of the selection at the end.) The colors used here are as follows:

S – #ff0000
U – #ff7e00
S – #fffc00
P – #a2ff00
E – #06ec00
N – #00d8ff
D – #004eff
E – #7200ff
D – #f000ff

This is what you should get:

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Step 4

Set the Fill value for both the “Gradient Letters” and “Colored Letters” layers to 60%, and duplicate each one of them.

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Select the original “Colored Letters” layer, then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and set the Raduis to 5. Do the same thing for the original “Gradient Letters” layer.

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Merge all 4 layers together (select them all, then go to Layer > Merge Layers).

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Step 5

Now, create a selection from the original text layer again (Ctrl + Click on the original text layer’s thumbnail), use the Rectangular Marquee Tool, and click the Intersect with Selection icon in the Options bar, then draw a rectangle around the first layer.

Once the letter is selected, press Ctrl + J to copy it and paste it in a new layer.

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Repeat the same process for each letter. Don’t forget to select the “Colored Letters copy” layer after you press Ctrl + J each time.

Once you’re done, you should have each letter in a separate layer. Remove the eye icon next to the “Colored Letters copy” layer to make it invisible.

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Step 6

Set the Foreground color to #e5ffff, and pick the Pen Tool. Make sure to clik the Paths icon in the Options bar as well.

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Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Rope. Draw a path as shown below:

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Choose a hard round brush and set its Size to 3 px. Then, pick the Pen Tool once again, right click on the path you’ve created, and choose Stroke Path.

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Use the settings below:

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This should stroke the path with the brush you modified. Hit Enter to get rid of the path.

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Duplicate the “Rope” layer, then select the original one, and apply the Gaussian Blur Filter once again (You can press Ctrl + F to do so).

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Drag the two “Rope” layer so that they are under all the letters’ layers.

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Step 7

Rotate and move the letters to place them on the Rope.

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Ctrl + Click the “Rope” layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

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Pick the Eraser Tool, and select the Letters layers, one by one, to erase the outer edges so that the letter looks like its really hung on the Rope.

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This is how the text should look like:

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Now choose a hard round brush for the Eraser Tool, set its size to 5 px, and again, select the Letters layers one by one, to erase the parts where the Rope and the Letter meet.

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You should end up with a result similar to this.

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Step 8

We’re going to make the background more colorful. So create a new layer on top of the Background layer and call it “BG Colors”. Then, select a soft round brush, and scatter some different sized spots on your canvas using different bright colors, for example #fe5a00, #ffe100, #7cff00 and #00fff5.

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Use the Eraser Tool with a soft round brush to erase a bit of the colors at the center (around the text).

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Set the “BG Colors” layer’s Opacity to 25%. And we’re done!.

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Final Image

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54 Responses

  1. Abdul Mannan Asif says:

    Thanks a lot,

  2. zin min tun says:

    good idea.Thanks a lot.

  3. Lee Kennedy (@leepaulkennedy) says:

    Nice tut, thanks.

  4. Grenade says:

    Good Job this is super :)

  5. Harpreet says:

    i am stuck at step 7
    please help someone !
    how to rotate and place the letters ?

  6. Lily Shimizu says:

    i’m getting terribly confused at step 4. the directions state that you change the Fill value to 60% on the two layers, but in the screenshot it shows that you changed the Opacity value. which one is correct? does it make a difference?

    • Ella Lee says:

      that’s my concern now too…lol…
      i noticed it says change the FILL to 60%… but then I saw it’s the OPACITY value that was changed in the tutorial… and now I’m totally confused what to follow… but, I guess it’s best to follow the one on the image?

  7. Name (required) says:

    Laky Klara
    Ctrl insieme con a lettere “t”

  8. prabhu says:

    guys this is a gr8 tut.. but i got stuck in the part when i make the “colored letters copy” to invisible… i cant get my previous Gaussian blur when i change it to invisible…

    can anyone please help me…

    • Poom says:

      Hi i just can Solve it u must press Ctrl + J 3 time each 1 letter u have and press Ctrl + F
      only 2 time each 1 letter and merge it
      Ex. i type one it have a three letter u press Ctrl + J “a” 3 time and Ctrl + F “a” 2 time and merge it and Repeat the same process for each letter.

  9. TERE says:

    IM STUCK AT STEP 3..SOMEONE?PLEASE CAN U HELP ME?THE COLOR DOESN’T APPEAR..I USED PAINT BUCKET TO APPLY THE COLOR BUT IT STAYS GRAY IN COLOR…WHAT SHOULD I DO?PLEASE HELP?

  10. martin says:

    Step 8, I couldn’t get it. Please, clear instruction help me.

  11. bobby says:

    when i use the colours they dont come out as light as that, they come out all dark, how do i fix it? (step 3)

  12. bobby says:

    and the rope is behind the writing instead of infront of it ? :|

  13. djdavies says:

    thanks for the tut but cant do the rope :/

  14. Rakib khan says:

    Really this tex effect technique is so effective.

  15. ali says:

    photoshopstar Is Best

  16. Nitesh says:

    Awesome! Looks really wonderful. Amazing tutorial. Thanks.

  17. Swamykant says:

    Simple and easy to follow tuts. Thanks for share.

  18. walter favelado says:

    muito obrigado

  19. Greg Perez says:

    cool man !! and thanks for share !!!

  20. Sasha says:

    i did this and it’s awesome!

  21. em?r says:

    please help me i cant finish this progetct i wanna make logo in this tutorial is best but i cant :((

  22. Marie says:

    Hey guys! I’m stuck at step 6, I don’t arrive to draw the ligne. Anyone to help me?

  23. Borj says:

    the instructions were easy. just read carefully! and if you’re having problems with the pen tool. just search it on youtube, and you’ll find out.

    I registered here just to show my appreciation. thank you so much. Photoshop level increased!

  24. Kadin says:

    Excellent tutorial,I love this!thanks for sharing.

  25. Keane says:

    Really thanks so much, after I tried 2 days and I made it!!

  26. razone says:

    really good one

  27. Em says:

    HELP! I’m stuck on Step 5 “Don’t forget to select the “Colored Letters copy” layer after you press Ctrl + J each time.” I don’t understand what this means… When I make each letter a separate layer they lose the colour and turn white. Is my original “Suspended” layer supposed to be white? Could someone please help me out? THANKS!

  28. Raj says:

    I m Stuck at the step 7..
    The letters are nt moving nor rotating…
    Plz Help Me…

  29. Blend says:

    Very good

  30. yunes says:

    I did it,it was great

  31. Mhee says:

    I’m stuck at Step 6 It keep saying that I need to rasterize it.

  32. Jill Valentine says:

    Hi! Thanks for tutorial. Looks very simple and easy IN THEORY but when many people try to understand this, they get lost. It’s better to make these tutorials as YouTube vides so people can follow the steps, step by step as you demonstrate to achieve the end result.

    As it stands right now, this is just confusing. Look how many people are saying this.

  33. adi says:

    Thank you…its usefull

  34. gail says:

    trouble with putting each letter with a color using bucket tool..it doesn’t color, it is always white..i’m stuck..help..i’m just new

  35. Galoz says:

    How can i move the letters ? please help me iam stuck at step 7 // PLEASE HELP !!! :”(

  36. Yuki says:

    I dunno how to make that imba paths xD

  37. lolly says:

    step 8 final bloody step and photoshop will not let me make the scattered colours behind the letters…. like zero colour is coming out argh

  38. Navach says:

    I can not create the string, how do I do it? ( step 6 )

  39. facebook.com/lucaszcoelho says:

    nice… but I’ve gotten a problem with my rope. It isn’t getting straight like yours… what’s the secret?

  40. wafflejuices says:

    I do not have a pen tool. i’m using photoshop elements eight. i have got as far as step six, but now cannot continue. Is there an alternative to the pen tool?