Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create a Luminous, Molten Text Effect

September 16, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to quickly create a powerful, luminous text effect. Create a new document by pressing Ctrl + N on Windows or Cmd + N on a Mac. Make the Width: 1550 pixels, the Height: 870 pixels and the Resolution 150 pixels per inch. If your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white, click this icon
or press “D” on your keyboard. To fill your document with black, press Alt or Option + Delete to fill
it with the foreground color. We want to invert them. To do this, click this icon or press “x” on your keyboard. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and pick a font. I’m using “MT Matto Script Bold”. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link in the video
description or project files Choose a size that will fit all the
words comfortably on your document. The anti-aliasing is irrelevant, since
we’re ultimately going to blur the font. The color should be white. Click on your document and type at your text. If you have more than one line of text, and want to adjust the space between
lines also known as “leading”, go to Window and Character. This opens the Character panel. Double-click the large “T” to highlight all the lines of text and slide the “leading” icon to the right or left to shift the leading down or up When you’re done, you can close the Character panel. To reposition it on your document, open your Move Tool and move it. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. When you see this warning, click OK to rasterize the text. I’ll blur it 6 pixels, however, if the size of your text is
larger, you should increase the amount of blur until it looks similar to this example.
Then, click OK. CLick the Adjustment layer icon and choose “Levels”. Make the black input: 156, the Midtone input: 0.64, and keep the white input: 255. Click the Adjustment layer icon again and this time choose “Color Balance”. For “Shadows”, make the Cyan/Red: 41 and the Yellow/Blue: -65. For Midtones, make the Cyan/Red: 5, the Magenta/Green: 50 and the Yellow/Blue: -100. For “Highlights”, make the Cyan/Red: 100 and the other colors: -100. If your text has areas that are a bit too thin, and hard to see, click the thumbnail of the
text layer to make it active and hold and Ctrl or Cmd as you click on it again to make a selection of its shape. Hide the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + H. Open your Brush Tool and give it a medium-size. The Hardness is 0% and reduce its opacity to 10%. Now, brush over areas that you want to make more visible To deselect the hidden selection, press Ctrl or Cmd + D. Make a composite snapshot of your image by making your top layer active and pressing Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on WIndows or Cmd + Shift + Option +E on a Mac. Go to “Se;ect” and “Color Range”. Select, “Shadows” and click OK to make a selection. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to cut the text from its background and copy it to its own layer. Since we now have to text cut from the composite snapshot, we don’t need the composite snapshot anymore. Let’s drag it to the trash. Double click the thumbnail of the cut-out,
text to open its Layer Style window. Click “Outer Glow”. Click the color box and pick bright red. Its numeric value is FF0000. Then, click OK. Change the blend mode to “Normal”. The Opacity is 75% and the Spread is 10%. I’ll make a glow size 38 pixels, however, if your text is larger, make the
glow size larger, as well. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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