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Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create this Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5. We will use techniques such as layer blending, filter effect, custom brushes and transform tools to create this text effect. This is an beginner to intermediate level Photoshop tutorial, let’s get started! Layered PSD file included.

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Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Start working by creating a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop CS5 with the size 1280px by 1024px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Use the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill with black color the new background layer.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Next we have to type the word ‘SPACE’ on the canvas. Select the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel. I used this VAL font from FontFabric, VAL rounded font is perfect fot any type of graphic design – web, print, motion graphics, logos, pictograms.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click in the canvas and type ‘SPACE’. Press Enter to apply the text.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Inner Shadow.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Add Stroke:

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B).

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Use this brush to paint above the text with #AC009F color as shown.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between the brush’s layer and the text’s one in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush to paint on the text’s layer on the left side.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

The brush’s color is #00B6FF (set Opacity to 60% in Options bar).

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) the way we did before and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create the next new layer and select the Soft Round brush indicated for the previous example to paint on the text’s layer on the right side with #CA1472 color.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Combine in a group all the layers composing the text and the brush’s layers (press CTRL button to select the necessary layers and hold on the left mouse’s button while dragging the selected layers on Create a new group icon from bottom part of the Layers panel).

Let’s rasterize the group we’ve got (select the group in Layers panel and press CTRL+E to Merge Down)

Create a new layer and select the Soft Round brush to paint the background as shown.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Place the layer under the text’s one.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set Fill to 50% for this layer and set the Blending mode to Lighten.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and insert some white spots, which will eventually become our stars, applying the Hard Round brush of white color. Choose different Size and a different Opacity value for brush.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Place the layer under the text’s one.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Insert the mask on the last made layer by choosing Add layer mask on the bottom part of the Layers panel and choose the Soft Round brush of black color (set Opacity to 70% in Options bar).

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Paint in the mask using this brush to hide out smoothly the stars elements.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Create a new layer and choose the Soft Round brush to continue painting the stars, placing the layer under the text’s layer.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

We’ve got the next result:

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) and click between layers in the Layers panel to create a clipping mask.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

Set the Blending mode for this layer to Linear Light.

Create a Unique Glowing Text with Space Background in Adobe Photoshop CS5

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