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Colorful Classy Text

This tutorial will teach you how to create a very classy, and colorful text effect that can be applied to signatures, banners, and headers. The steps to create this effect are very easy, but the end result looks real good.

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Step # 1
Create a new document of any size, or open an existing document. This effect looks better on a lighter background, so l'll be using #FFFFFF.

Step # 2
Place text on the document using a nice thick scripted font, here l'm using a font called Frankenstein which can be downloaded here for free. This font is also accompanied with the download pack for this tutorial.

Step # 3
Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options:
Drop Shadow:

Inner Shadow:

Bevel And Emboss


Gradient Overlay:



Step # 4
Hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click this layer, to make a selection of everything in this layer:

Go to Select->Modify->Expand with a setting of 5 pixels:

Press CTRL + SHIFT + N On your keyboard to create a new layer.

Drag this layer below our text layer as l've done here:

Fill the selection with #BEFFFD, using the flood fill paint bucket tool.

Step # 5
Set your foreground color to #BEFFFD, get out the flood fill bucket tool () and fill this selection:

Double click this layer, and apply the following blending options:
Drop Shadow:

Inner Shadow:

Inner Shadow:


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As you can see, this is a very easy text effect to create however the end result really looks fantastic. If you enjoined this tutorial, please consider joining our forums, we've got a great community, that loves to help, and share work! Until next time!

Author: mnkey
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