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How to create an impressive-looking text effect

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a strong and eye-catching text effect. We’ll be using gradient overlay, pattern overlay styles and combining different techniques to create a fiber background.

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How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Select then the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill the new background layer with #353430 color.

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
To create a fiber background we’ll download Spiderman Pattern from brusheezy.com. Copy the pattern file and paste it into, C:/Adobe/Photoshop/Presets/Patterns.
Then create a new layer and fill this layer with #959595 color using Paint Bucket Tool (G).

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Set Opacity to 41% for this layer and click to Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Pattern Overlay. Go to Pattern Picker, and additional Spiderman Pattern can be added by loading them from the Picker’s submenu.

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next fiber background:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click on the same layer on the bottom part of the layers’ panel on Add a Mask icon and choose a Soft Round brush of black color from Brush Tool (B)( set the Opacity to 15% in Options bar)

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Use Soft Round brush to clean out a little the picture’s edges:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Make a copy of the last made layer, set the Fill to 0% and click Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel to select Gradient Overlay:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect on background:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click the Horizontal Type tool (T). Select a font, size and color in the Character panel.

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click in the image and type HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 text. Press Enter to apply the text.

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click on Add a layer style icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and select Drop Shadow:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Also set the Gradient Overlay

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Click in the color bar to open the Gradient Editor and set the color stops as shown. Click OK to close the Gradient Editor dialog box.

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next greetings text:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4
Using the Free Transform (Ctrl+T), we can incline the text a little to give it the same look as on the next picture:

How to create an impressive-looking text effect in Adobe Photoshop CS4

The final result!

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