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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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  • Abdul Mannan Asif

    Thanks a lot,

    • sanshit

      Thank you very much

  • zin min tun

    good idea.Thanks a lot.

  • Lee Kennedy (@leepaulkennedy)

    Nice tut, thanks.

  • http://gr3nade@abv.bg Grenade

    Good Job this is super :)

  • http://www.alexgrecov.yolasite.com alache

    just amazing !

  • http://www.hub.webaria.org Abolfazl

    Very Nice ;)

  • Harpreet

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

    • traian

      control+T

    • sina

      U should select each letter layer and then click ctrl+t to transform it. Now u can rotate each letter as u wish…

      • laalal

        I have the same problem. When I ctrl+t, the “rope” is the once selected not the letter

        • http://www.facebook.com/kumanekochan Ella Lee

          make sure that you choose the layer of the letter your going to ctrl + t first….

  • Lily Shimizu

    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?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kumanekochan Ella Lee

      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?

  • Name (required)

    Laky Klara
    Ctrl insieme con a lettere “t”

  • prabhu

    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

      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.

  • TERE

    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?

    • dunnowho

      Change the mode from Grayscale to RGB Color. Happened to me too

  • martin

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

    • gdsgddddd

      yeah I know martin!!!!

  • bobby

    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)

    • Em

      Have you changed its Blend Mode to Screen? I had the same problem and it fixed it for me :)

    • Adobe_Kid

      Turn off Some of your layers

  • bobby

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

  • djdavies

    thanks for the tut but cant do the rope :/

  • http://www.tonatooni.blogspot.com Rakib khan

    Really this tex effect technique is so effective.

  • ali

    photoshopstar Is Best

  • Nitesh

    Awesome! Looks really wonderful. Amazing tutorial. Thanks.

  • http://www.yourdigitalspace.com Swamykant

    Simple and easy to follow tuts. Thanks for share.

  • walter favelado

    muito obrigado

  • Greg Perez

    cool man !! and thanks for share !!!

  • http://sashakksa.webs.com Sasha

    i did this and it’s awesome!

  • em?r

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

  • Marie

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

  • http://enjoytntm.com Borj

    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!

  • http://strange-calls.com Kadin

    Excellent tutorial,I love this!thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keane.faustin Keane

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

  • razone

    really good one

  • Em

    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!

  • Raj

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

  • Blend

    Very good

  • yunes

    I did it,it was great

  • Mhee

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

    • Anee

      yeah..rasterizing it will do no harm

  • Jill Valentine

    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.

  • adi

    Thank you…its usefull

  • gail

    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

  • Galoz

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

  • Yuki

    I dunno how to make that imba paths xD

  • lolly

    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

  • Navach

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

  • facebook.com/lucaszcoelho

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

  • wafflejuices

    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?