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.
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:
- Useful Adobe Photoshop Techniques, Tutorials and Tools2
- Amazing Poster and Advertisment Tutorials3
- Digital Photography Photoshop Tutorials1224
- Modeling Photoshop Tutorials1245
- Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials1266
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:
- Brief introduction to typography7
- More about vertical metrics for true typography lovers8
- 10 common typography mistakes9
- Web Typography: Educational Resources, Tools and Techniques10
The Wisest Mind Has Something Yet to Learn Link
And we, too, never stop being inspired, learning and creating:
- 21 stunning typography artworks11, from DeviantArt
- 30 inspiring type treatments12
- Breathtaking typographic posters13
- Typography is sexy14
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.
- On choosing type15, from iLoveTypography
- How to Choose a Typeface16
- 15 tips to choose a good text type17
- “What Font Should I Use?”: Five Principles for Choosing and Using Typefaces18
- From kerning to hierarchy: this is one resource you will surely bookmark
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.
- High Quality Free Fonts For Professional Design: An Overview19
- 50 incredible fonts for professional Web and print design20
- Fonts: the skinny, thin and beautiful21
- How to create a font22
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
Create amazing 3D-textured text with Illustrator and Photoshop in this in-depth tutorial.
Create a spectacular flaming meteor effect on text23
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!
How to create high-quality metal 3D text in Photoshop27
This tutorial shows you how to create 3D text and give it a high-quality metal look using only Photoshop.
Create Destructive Black and White Lettering with a Dramatic Splash Effect31
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.
Create big chunky 3D letters with this colorful tutorial!
How to Quickly Create a Stylish Retro Text Effect37
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.
Elements of Nature Link
Quick and dirty Photoshop text effects from scratch47 (six tutorials in one)
Learn how to make six different effects using just layer styles. So really, this is like six tutorials in one!
Create a spectacular grass text effect in Photoshop49
In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a rather cool-looking grass text effect.
Get ready for winter: create icy cold text!
A watercolor on wet paper effect. Experiment to create different painting effects.
Create liquid text, a very handy trick.
Grunge & Co. Link
How to Create a Copper Photoshop Text Effect71
This is a strong and eye-catching text effect, though relatively simple to create. You’ll be using bevel and emboss styles, pattern overlays, and combining different techniques to mock-up the text into a related background.
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create a custom vanity license plate using a few basic Photoshop tools a piece of reference material and some creative layer stylings.
Star Wars text effect
A step-by-step guide to creating a Star Wars text effect.
Create a trendy typographic poster design75
Using simple shapes, you can produce some great-looking contemporary designs that create a big impact on posters; another good example being the recent Trendy Geometric Lines76 tutorial.
When you don’t have the guts to pull this off in the real world, Photoshop to the rescue. Learn how to make graffiti with Photoshop.
Create worn and torn text with this easy-to-follow guide.
Learn how to decorate text with colorful floral patterns in this tutorial.
Light and Glass Link
Create a smoky night effect with text, giving it an eerie supernatural feel. It’s a good exercise in using the wave distortion filter.
Smoke type in Photoshop in 10 steps96
Learn how to create a smoke typography effect by playing with some brushes and adjustment layers. It’s a very easy tutorial, and you will be able to finish the whole process in 5 to 10 minutes.
In this tutorial, you’ll use some super layer effects and a bit of magic to make a lettering style that looks transparent and stunning.
Create a style dubbed “Scan-Line Text,” which is basically text that glows like bright scan lines, with a smart reflection as well. Learn how to create this amazing yet simple effect with this easy-to-follow tutorial.
In just a few moments, you can add a vibrant splash to your text that will really give your design a pop-culture flavor!
Retro and Vintage Link
Colorful retro text
A colorful retro text effect using both Illustrator and Photoshop.
An amazing light-burst effect!
Further Resources Link
You may want to take a look at the following related round-ups:
- Digital Photography Photoshop Tutorials1224
- Beauty Retouching Photoshop Tutorials123
- Modeling Photoshop Tutorials1245
- Grunge Photoshop Tutorials125
- Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials1266
- Rainbows, Glows and Light Effects With Photoshop127
You’ll find even more tutorials on these websites:
- 30 Awesome Photoshop Text Tutorials128
- 30 Beautiful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials129
PSDtuts bring us 50 creative Photoshop text-effect tutorials.
- 25 Amazing Photoshop 3D Text-Effect Tutorials
25 amazing 3D-text Photoshop tutorials from DZineblog.
- 30 Beautiful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials
More text-effect tutorials from Elsterama.
Smashing eBooks Link
Also, you may want to take a look at some of our Smashing eBooks:
- 1 http://lemondesign.deviantart.com/art/Typography-A-73901643
- 2 /2010/09/22/round-up-of-useful-adobe-photoshop-techniques-tutorials-and-tools/
- 3 /2009/06/01/60-amazing-poster-and-advertisment-tutorials/
- 4 /2008/12/07/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
- 5 /2008/11/03/photoshop-tutorials-to-improve-modeling-skills/
- 6 /2008/10/14/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
- 7 http://web.archive.org/web/20110208115407/http://www.wiu.edu/art/courses/handouts/type.htm
- 8 http://ilovetypography.com/2009/01/14/inconspicuous-vertical-metrics/
- 9 http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/2008/12/10-common-typography-mistakes/
- 10 /2010/11/16/web-typography-100-educational-resources-tools-and-techniques/
- 11 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/21-Inspirational-Typography-Artworks--from-DeviantArt-i116/
- 12 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/12/04/30-inspiring-type-treatments/
- 13 /2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
- 14 http://www.fuelyourcreativity.com/typography-is-sexy-part-2/
- 15 http://ilovetypography.com/2008/04/04/on-choosing-type/
- 16 /2011/03/24/how-to-choose-a-typeface/
- 17 http://typies.blogspot.com/2006/11/15-tips-to-choose-good-text-type.html
- 18 /2010/12/14/what-font-should-i-use-five-principles-for-choosing-and-using-typefaces/
- 19 /tag/free-fonts/
- 20 http://www.noupe.com/fonts/50-free-fonts-for-professional-designs.html
- 21 http://www.nikibrown.com/designoblog/2008/12/23/fonts-the-skinny-thin-and-beautiful/
- 22 http://ilovetypography.com/2007/10/22/so-you-want-to-create-a-font-part-1/
- 23 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-flaming-meteor-effect-on-text/
- 24 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-flaming-meteor-effect-on-text/
- 25 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2978/1/Create-a-Spectacular-Style-Text-Effect
- 26 http://www.adobetutorialz.com/articles/2978/1/Create-a-Spectacular-Style-Text-Effect
- 27 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-high-quality-metal-3d-text-in-photoshop/
- 28 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-high-quality-metal-3d-text-in-photoshop/
- 29 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/using-light-and-shade-to-bring-text-to-life/
- 30 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/using-light-and-shade-to-bring-text-to-life/
- 31 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-destructive-black-and-white-lettering-with-a-dramatic-splash-effect/
- 32 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-destructive-black-and-white-lettering-with-a-dramatic-splash-effect/
- 33 http://naldzgraphics.com/tutorials/create-a-colorful-3d-text-in-photoshop/
- 34 http://naldzgraphics.com/tutorials/create-a-colorful-3d-text-in-photoshop/
- 35 http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2008/06/tutorial-how-to-create-a-stunning-3d-effect-in-photoshop/
- 36 http://blogof.francescomugnai.com/2008/06/tutorial-how-to-create-a-stunning-3d-effect-in-photoshop/
- 37 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-quickly-create-a-stylish-retro-text-effect/
- 38 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-quickly-create-a-stylish-retro-text-effect/
- 39 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=
- 40 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=
- 41 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/design-soft-stylized-3d-type/
- 42 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/design-soft-stylized-3d-type/
- 43 http://10steps.sg/photoshop/create-a-3d-flowery-text-effect/
- 44 http://10steps.sg/photoshop/create-a-3d-flowery-text-effect/
- 45 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/create-dream-design-3d-typography/
- 46 http://www.gomediazine.com/tutorials/create-dream-design-3d-typography/
- 47 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/6-quickndirty-photoshop-text-effects-from-scratch/
- 48 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/6-quickndirty-photoshop-text-effects-from-scratch/
- 49 http://psdtuts.com/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-grass-text-effect-in-photoshop/
- 50 http://psdtuts.com/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-spectacular-grass-text-effect-in-photoshop/
- 51 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photoshop-text/text-effects/plastic/
- 52 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photoshop-text/text-effects/plastic/
- 53 http://psdtuts.com/text-effects-tutorials/icey-styles-in-photoshop/
- 54 http://psdtuts.com/text-effects-tutorials/icey-styles-in-photoshop/
- 55 http://pshero.com/archives/text-in-stitches
- 56 http://pshero.com/archives/text-in-stitches
- 57 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2007/05/30/watercolor-text-painted-on-a-wet-paper/
- 58 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2007/05/30/watercolor-text-painted-on-a-wet-paper/
- 59 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-a-gold-text-effect-in-photoshop/
- 60 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-a-gold-text-effect-in-photoshop/
- 61 http://webtoolkit4.me/2008/08/25/photoshop-tutorial-colored-chrome-text-effect/
- 62 http://webtoolkit4.me/2008/08/25/photoshop-tutorial-colored-chrome-text-effect/
- 63 http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/liquid-type/liquid-type.htm
- 64 http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/liquid-type/liquid-type.htm
- 65 http://pshero.com/archives/wood-inlay-text
- 66 http://pshero.com/archives/wood-inlay-text
- 67 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2008/10/31/papercraft-text-effect/
- 68 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2008/10/31/papercraft-text-effect/
- 69 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/dramatic-text-on-fire-effect-in-photoshop/
- 70 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/dramatic-text-on-fire-effect-in-photoshop/
- 71 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-copper-photoshop-text-effect/
- 72 http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/how-to-create-copper-photoshop-text-effect/
- 73 http://pshero.com/archives/vanity-license-plate
- 74 http://pshero.com/archives/vanity-license-plate
- 75 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/create-a-trendy-typographic-poster-design
- 76 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/trendy-geometric-lines-design-tutorial
- 77 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/create-a-trendy-typographic-poster-design
- 78 http://www.dreamdealer.nl/?action=viewTutorial&id=41
- 79 http://www.dreamdealer.nl/?action=viewTutorial&id=41
- 80 http://www.abduzeedo.com/super-cool-frilly-bits-typography
- 81 http://www.abduzeedo.com/super-cool-frilly-bits-typography
- 82 http://www.abduzeedo.com/reader-tutorial-typography-wallpaper-photoshop
- 83 http://www.abduzeedo.com/reader-tutorial-typography-wallpaper-photoshop
- 84 http://magnusfx.com/graphics/creating-dirty-grunge-text-in-photoshop
- 85 http://magnusfx.com/graphics/creating-dirty-grunge-text-in-photoshop
- 86 http://psdlearning.com/2008/09/stylish-floral-typography/
- 87 http://psdlearning.com/2008/09/stylish-floral-typography/
- 88 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photoshop-text/text-effects/worn-torn-text/
- 89 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photoshop-text/text-effects/worn-torn-text/
- 90 http://www.biorust.com/tutorials/detail/181/en/
- 91 http://www.biorust.com/tutorials/detail/181/en/
- 92 http://www.photoshopbrushes.com/tutorials/distorting-lettering.htm
- 93 http://www.photoshopbrushes.com/tutorials/distorting-lettering.htm
- 94 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/a-slick-supernatural-text-effect/
- 95 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/a-slick-supernatural-text-effect/
- 96 http://www.abduzeedo.com/smoke-type-photoshop-10-steps
- 97 http://www.abduzeedo.com/smoke-type-photoshop-10-steps
- 98 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/text-effect-quickie-moon-shine-text-effect/
- 99 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/text-effect-quickie-moon-shine-text-effect/
- 100 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/transparent-glass-lettering-in-photoshop/
- 101 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/transparent-glass-lettering-in-photoshop/
- 102 http://psdlearning.com/2008/08/scanline-text/
- 103 http://psdlearning.com/2008/08/scanline-text/
- 104 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-layered-glowing-text-effect/
- 105 http://psdtuts.com/tutorials/text-effects-tutorials/create-a-layered-glowing-text-effect/
- 106 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/text-effect-quickie-vibrant-pop-text-effect/
- 107 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/text-effect-quickie-vibrant-pop-text-effect/
- 108 http://shotgunmag.co.uk/26/slow-shutter-2
- 109 http://shotgunmag.co.uk/26/slow-shutter-2
- 110 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/colorful-glowing-text-effect/
- 111 http://www.tutorial9.net/photoshop/colorful-glowing-text-effect/
- 112 http://pshero.com/archives/watercolor-text
- 113 http://pshero.com/archives/watercolor-text
- 114 http://www.flash-game-design.com/tutorials/furryText-photoshop-tutorial.html
- 115 http://www.flash-game-design.com/tutorials/furryText-photoshop-tutorial.html
- 116 http://www.flash-game-design.com/tutorials/bwText-photoshop-tutoriall.html
- 117 http://www.flash-game-design.com/tutorials/bwText-photoshop-tutoriall.html
- 118 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photoshop-text/text-effects/light-burst/
- 119 http://www.photoshopessentials.com/photoshop-text/text-effects/light-burst/
- 120 http://www.flash-game-design.com/tutorials/flowerText-photoshop-tutorial.html
- 121 http://www.flash-game-design.com/tutorials/flowerText-photoshop-tutorial.html
- 122 /2008/12/07/50-excellent-digital-photography-photoshop-tutorials/
- 123 /2008/07/15/70-beauty-retouching-photoshop-tutorials/
- 124 /2008/11/03/photoshop-tutorials-to-improve-modeling-skills/
- 125 /2008/10/28/40-beautiful-grunge-photoshop-tutorials/
- 126 /2008/10/14/30-beautiful-vintageretro-photoshop-tutorials/
- 127 /2008/04/03/adobe-photoshop-tutorials-rainbows-glows-and-light-effects/
- 128 http://www.photoshoproadmap.com/Photoshop-blog/2008/11/20/30-awesome-photoshop-text-effects-tutorials/
- 129 http://sixrevisions.com/graphics-design/photoshop_text_effect_tutorials/
- 130 https://shop.smashingmagazine.com/smashing-graphics-bundle.html?
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