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50 Stunning Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials


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 Link

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 Link

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

How to Choose the Right Type Link

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 Link

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 Link

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 Link

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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

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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.

  1. 1

    inspiring! …cool sm!

  2. 2

    lot of nice stuff here. will be playing around with some of these in the future during designs

  3. 3

    great! Thanks so much!

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    Webnip Jonathan

    March 4, 2009 6:38 pm

    Nice, some of these could be usefull ! People ofter underestimate the importance of typography ;-)

  5. 5

    wow that’s cool.
    like them all


  6. 6

    this is awesome. thank you so much.

  7. 7

    Great list, very useful !

  8. 8

    Very Cool! Good job SM.

  9. 9

    Wtf… AWESOME dude! Very, very and VERY awesome list.

    Thanks! :D

  10. 10

    really gorgeous

  11. 11

    Anyone have a mirror for the “Super-cool frilly bits typography” tutorial? Site seems to be MIA and it looks interesting. Awesome list, by the way!

  12. 12

    Hey! Thanks for featuring my tutorial. It’s an honor. I haven’t had time to write many tutorials lately, maybe I’ll find time now :)

  13. 13

    Amazing mind blowing thks a lot for the collection

  14. 14

    Great List, I would love to see more tutorials on typography. Thanks

  15. 15

    I am getting addicted to this site – Smashing

  16. 16

    Great collection, thanks for this awesome list.

  17. 17

    Ohh! Glad to see mine – C for Creativity being featured on Smash! Thank You!
    And awesome list as always!

  18. 18

    No offence, but how many MORE times do we need to see a ‘text effect photoshop tutorials’ list showing the same old tutorials again?

    Unique content please!

    • 19

      Why don’t you stop being rude and obnoxious and stop coming to this website if you are just gonna be a big meanie!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m offended.

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    Allahverdi Sefihanov

    March 4, 2009 11:52 pm

    effect of CRAFT is simple but awesome… really stunning…

  20. 21

    “Papercraft text effect” is mentioned twice. Fix it! :)

  21. 22

    I’ve always been using fireworks, but this time i think i gonna have to start learning photoshop.

  22. 23 is suspended is not found (to me at least)

    Amazing article trough!

  23. 24

    Wow!!! Great Collection of Text Effects Tutorials. Two thumbs up for SM.

  24. 26

    Thanks for this fantastic post! So educational and so useful. This type of post is why I keep coming back to Smashing.

  25. 27

    Rene Kriest ProBloggerWorld

    March 5, 2009 12:04 am

    Great list.

    However the Papercraft Text Effect is shown twice.

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    two thumbs up!

  27. 29

    I really like the watercolor effect.
    Great list, thanks!

  28. 30

    nice round up…. THNX

  29. 31

    There are some fantastic text effects here, really inspiring stuff. Love the mix of stitching and type think they work great together, also the organic mix of images and textures here blow me away. Nice to see a lot of psdtut’s quality work being showcased.
    Keep up the good work!

  30. 32

    amazing!!! great effects!!

  31. 33

    isnt this an old post? I’ve seen just the same collection either its one of your old post or you ripped someone elses work.

  32. 34

    Absolutelly stunning! Thanx a lot!

  33. 35

    Nice collection of tutorials!

    I just wanted to point out that currently, the “Floral” tutoial’s picture’s link adds these two quotation marks at the end, causing a 404 error… But the actual “Floral” text link above it is correct.

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    Nice collection. Thanks!

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    Words can’t describe the awesomeness

    Some of sites are down/suspended

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    I usually love the Smashing posts, but I agree w/ a couple of others who said this feels like a post you did before.

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    I made a Colorful glow text for my blog using this tutorial. Amazing

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    Way too much AWESOME stuff coming out at the moment, I can’t keep up with it all. Another 10/10 post!

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    I’m really enjoying this site at the moment – I feel it went downhill a little for a bit, but it’s right back up there now with my top daily reads :)

    Thanks for the compilation.

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    awesome ! I bookmarked this site !

  41. 43

    Fantastic collection, some great tutorials – great for making ‘normal type’ impressive.

  42. 44

    “Webmaster please contact” that’s what i got when i got there ( Chunky 3D letters ) >_<

  43. 45

    Some truly amazing and inspiring examples of great typography and effects. This is a page I will definately being refering back to in the near future.

    I especially like the Moonshine and Gold Text Effect tutorials, I can see myself using these in the future – subtle yet effective!

    Thanks very much!

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    Thumbs up!

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    Smashing Magazine continues to consistently blow me away with the stuff you come up with. Excellent!

  46. 48

    simply love it!

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    Yet again, a Smashing article causes two internal reactions for me:

    1. This is AMAZING. I SO am blown away by this gorgeous stuff!
    2. Man. I really suck.

    Thanks for that?

  48. 50

    I found some of them to be pretty formulaic and uninspired, but there’s some excellent work there, some really really well drawn pieces, some really well thought-of. It’s a good compilation. Great job.

  49. 51

    Excellent Round-up!

    I really like the fact that you included a section going over the basics of Typography, as this is key when you want to start playing around with text. Not to mention the excellent collection of text effects to apply to the once the type is set. I’m looking forward to playing around with some of these.

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    Just wow it!


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