50 Stunning Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

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Photoshop’s text and layer tools can be used to create some really awesome effects. We’ve put together a list of 60 of the best tutorials we could find to help you stay up to date on the latest trends and techniques. You’ll find some really cool grunge and glass styles (plus a few surprises!) and learn how some of the best designers create their unique effects.


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Instead of listing 100 plus tutorials that you’ll bookmark never to come back, we’ve decided to take you through the basics of typography, hopefully inspiring and then teaching you. Typography is an art just like any other. You have to feel the form, admire the curves and connect with the flow.

You may want to take a look at the following related posts:

Introduction to Typography

Typography is the art of arranging type, designing type, and modifying type glyphs. The arrangement of type involves the selection of typefaces, point size, line length, line spacing (leading), adjustment of space between groups of letters (tracking) and adjustment of space between pairs of letters (kerning).

Here are some resources to give you further insight:

The Wisest Mind Has Something Yet to Learn

And we, too, never stop being inspired, learning and creating:

How to Choose the Right Type

Guess if you can, choose if you dare. Typeface can make or break your design. Let the type speak for itself: its dimensions, curves, strength and space should define your purpose.

Resources to Live by

Finding quality fonts can be overwhelming because there are literally millions out there and finding the right one is a painful process. Here are a few resources I use to find a font for a project I am working on.

Here Come the Tutorials

Now that you understand the importance of typography, let’s move on to the awesome Photoshop tutorials we were talking about. The above resources on type were pretty general, whereas these tutorials deal mainly with text effects that you could use in posters, magazines or whatever you wish. The basics of typography apply to most of the work you will do with the tutorials below.

Go Crazy with 3D

3D texture25
Create amazing 3D-textured text with Illustrator and Photoshop in this in-depth tutorial.

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Create a spectacular flaming meteor effect on text27
Take typography one step further by having text falling from the sky in a burning inferno. Yes, this is the text-on-fire tutorial to end all text-on-fire tutorials. It uses a little Illustrator for the text and a lot of Photoshop to burn up the screen!

Flaming Meteor Effect on Text28

Funky 3D-style letters29
A straightforward guide to creating funky 3D-style letters.

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How to create high-quality metal 3D text in Photoshop31
This tutorial shows you how to create 3D text and give it a high-quality metal look using only Photoshop.

Metal 3D Text in Photosop32

Light and shade33
In this tutorial we are going to take some very basic principles of light and shade to make a rather impressive-looking text effect.

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Create Destructive Black and White Lettering with a Dramatic Splash Effect35
Learn how to make some expressive lettering, which includes thoughts connected with a central word. You’ll turn standard text into a stunning, destructive illustration, and give it a final unique look.

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Chunky 3D letters37
Create big chunky 3D letters with this colorful tutorial!

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Stunning 3D effects in 30 minutes39
Together, with a pinch of this and a dash of that, we’ll figure out how to create this cool effect in just 30 minutes.

Stunning 3D effects40

How to Quickly Create a Stylish Retro Text Effect41
Learn how to create a quite cool retro text effect. You will learn how to use the Perspective tool to create depth and how designers can use default gradients in unusual ways.

Stunning 3D effects42

3D text with a touch of grunge43
A pretty detailed tutorial that shows you how to create grungy 3D text.

3D Grunge Text44

Design soft stylized 3D type45
Learn the basics of creating polished 3D type using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Stylized 3D46

Create a 3D flowery text effect47

3D Flowery Text Effect48

Create a dream-like design with 3D typograph49
This detailed tutorial shows you how to create a 3D typography-based design. All the elements revolve around the theme of dreaming.

Dream 3D Typography50

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://lemondesign.deviantart.com/art/Typography-A-73901643
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/09/22/round-up-of-useful-adobe-photoshop-techniques-tutorials-and-tools/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/01/60-amazing-poster-and-advertisment-tutorials/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/07/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/03/photoshop-tutorials-to-improve-modeling-skills/
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/14/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
  7. 7 http://web.archive.org/web/20110208115407/http://www.wiu.edu/art/courses/handouts/type.htm
  8. 8 http://markboulton.co.uk/journal/comments/five_simple_steps_to_better_typography/
  9. 9 http://ilovetypography.com/2009/01/14/inconspicuous-vertical-metrics/
  10. 10 http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/2008/12/10-common-typography-mistakes/
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/11/16/web-typography-100-educational-resources-tools-and-techniques/
  12. 12 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/21-Inspirational-Typography-Artworks--from-DeviantArt-i116/
  13. 13 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/12/04/30-inspiring-type-treatments/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  15. 15 http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com/typography-is-sexy-part-2/
  16. 16 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/04/04/on-choosing-type/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/03/24/how-to-choose-a-typeface/
  18. 18 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/11/15-tips-to-choose-good-text-type.html
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/12/14/what-font-should-i-use-five-principles-for-choosing-and-using-typefaces/
  20. 20 http://www.papress.com/thinkingwithtype/index.htm
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/tag/free-fonts/
  22. 22 http://www.noupe.com/fonts/50-free-fonts-for-professional-designs.html
  23. 23 http://www.nikibrown.com/designoblog/2008/12/23/fonts-the-skinny-thin-and-beautiful/
  24. 24 http://ilovetypography.com/2007/10/22/so-you-want-to-create-a-font-part-1/
  25. 25 http://photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/text-effects/3d-textured-text-effect.html
  26. 26 http://photoshoptutorials.ws/photoshop-tutorials/text-effects/3d-textured-text-effect.html
  27. 27 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-flaming-meteor-effect-on-text/
  28. 28 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-flaming-meteor-effect-on-text/
  29. 29 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2978/1/Create-a-Spectacular-Style-Text-Effect
  30. 30 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2978/1/Create-a-Spectacular-Style-Text-Effect
  31. 31 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-high-quality-metal-3d-text-in-photoshop/
  32. 32 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-high-quality-metal-3d-text-in-photoshop/
  33. 33 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/using-light-and-shade-to-bring-text-to-life/
  34. 34 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/using-light-and-shade-to-bring-text-to-life/
  35. 35 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-destructive-black-and-white-lettering-with-a-dramatic-splash-effect/
  36. 36 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-destructive-black-and-white-lettering-with-a-dramatic-splash-effect/
  37. 37 http://naldzgraphics.com/tutorials/create-a-colorful-3d-text-in-photoshop/
  38. 38 http://naldzgraphics.com/tutorials/create-a-colorful-3d-text-in-photoshop/
  39. 39 http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2008/06/tutorial-how-to-create-a-stunning-3d-effect-in-photoshop/
  40. 40 http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2008/06/tutorial-how-to-create-a-stunning-3d-effect-in-photoshop/
  41. 41 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-quickly-create-a-stylish-retro-text-effect/
  42. 42 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-quickly-create-a-stylish-retro-text-effect/
  43. 43 http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dohoavn.net%2Fforum%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D22732&sl=auto&tl=en&history_state0=
  44. 44 http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dohoavn.net%2Fforum%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D22732&sl=auto&tl=en&history_state0=
  45. 45 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/design-soft-stylized-3d-type/
  46. 46 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/design-soft-stylized-3d-type/
  47. 47 http://10steps.sg/photoshop/create-a-3d-flowery-text-effect/
  48. 48 http://10steps.sg/photoshop/create-a-3d-flowery-text-effect/
  49. 49 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/create-dream-design-3d-typography/
  50. 50 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/create-dream-design-3d-typography/

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Andrew Gibson is a photographer and writer. He runs Magical Places Fine Art, an online photography magazine and another great photography resource.

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  1. 1

    (Stunning 3D effects in 30 minutes ) It doesn’t work…!

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    First of all, I’m not a Photographer. Secondly, I don’t know anything at all about Photoshop but I want to learn. I really like text effects and fantasy pictures that Photoshop Artists make. Thats my word for ’em because these really are works of art. I just wish I could do them. Anyway, I have Photoshop CC and now I just need to learn how to use it. I’m a disabled Vietnam Vet and I’m retired and 64 years old so I’ve got plenty of time on my hands to learn Photoshop although it isn’t my only interest.

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    How is the coffee-wrapping-esque effect text created?

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    it is also a very nice text style: glossy-text-styles

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    Hi, I’d just like to point out that the “Flaming Meteor Text” is a broken link. It is a redirect to a tutorial website. A quick Google search gave me this link: http://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/create-a-spectacular-flaming-meteor-effect-on-text–psd-50

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