Glowing text in space scene

This is the final result of the glowing text tutorial that we will be creating today with Photoshop, I hope you enjoy it!


Text Space Tutorial



Step 1


Lets start off opening up Photoshop and creating a new 1024x768px file and change the background layer to black. Make sure your black is in the foreground and then option + delete.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 2


Now lets put some text in. Type in what ever you want, but we do want to keep it just white with no gradients or shadows or anything. You can also add an image but keep in mind that it needs to be just one color, and changed to white.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 3


We are going to give the text some layer styles. First lets give it an inner shadow with the settings and color below.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 4


Now we are going to do an outer glow. Use the settings below as a reference.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 5


Take the layer with your type and duplicate it (apple + j). Trash the layer styles and go to filter>blur>Gaussian blur and use something similar to below. Also change the blending mode from normal to soft light.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 6


Change your foreground color to the blue we have been using (R: 0 G: 99 B: 162). Pick your gradient from the toolbar, make sure it is a radial gradient and it goes from our color to no opacity.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 7


Create a new layer (apple + shift + n), call it gradient and from the middle drag your gradient out to the edge. Make sure this layer is under the main text/image layer (In our case the Denis Designs logo).


Text Space Tutorial



Step 8


Now create a new layer, make it the first layer and call it clouds. Change the foreground/background to black and white. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Change the blending mode of that layer to overlay.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 9


Now I want to make this cloud in the background less circular and more of an organic shape, so we are going to go to our layers and ad a mask to our gradient.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 10


Now lets go grab a brush. We want a 300px brush with no hardness and opacity of 50%.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 11


Make sure you are on the mask on the gradient layer with black as your foreground. Now click around a few times until you get something you like.


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Step 12


We want to duplicate the gradient layer with apple + j. Drag the new layer up so it is second from the top. Now we want to open up our curves (apple + m). We are going to change the channel to green and adjust to these settings below.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 13


Now play around with the new layer until you get something you like. I am going to move mine to the left and mask some more of it out.


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Step 14


Lastly we are going to add some stars to it. First we are going to create a new layer and call it stars. Put this layer at the top just above the clouds layer. Now lets get our brush again and drop the size down to 3px. Randomly start placing our stars.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 15


Now we are going to give these stars a glow. So go into our layer styles and set up our stars like the settings below.


Text Space Tutorial



Step 16


Drop down the opacity of the stars to 70%, and that’s it. If you want to add a little more you can and more clouds and change the curves with apple + m, you can also change the hue with apple + u if you want a different color.



Final Result


Text Space Tutorial

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  1. @l1

    Ohh great effect..really cool and easy ..I love this tutorial..thank you very much.I will use this effect in my signatures and website banners.

    Thanx again.

  2. 25/12/2008

    What’s the font?

  3. 25/12/2008

    very good

    thak you man :)

  4. 26/12/2008

    Thanks for the comments…the font is Franklin Gothic Demi Condensed.

  5. 27/12/2008
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  7. shimi israel

    thank you very much! this is great turotial!

  8. sLs - IDK

    Awesome tutorial, loved it, I used it on a mousepad and for a project.

  9. jooko

    alus pisan uy,,,,
    kumha tah caranya,,

  10. 09/03/2009

    thx, almost workin 4 me. tho the tutorial is not a newbie friendly but atleast my result is as close as your tutorial

  11. 09/03/2009

    Great tutorial. i just played around with it and got a great design. Thanks! The link will be up on my blog on Wednesday @ noon if you’re interested.

    Thanks again for the great tutorial.
    twitter @lhodsdon

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  13. rsvr85

    Very, very cool. All done!

  14. 01/04/2009

    this is perfect gonna try this..

  15. This is really cool! I can’t wait to try this out when I get home. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks!

  16. 20/04/2009

    this is very nice tut, thanks.

  17. Emil Jacobson

    Hey, great tutorial =)

    can you help me out with something, it is kind of hard for me to follow all the tutorials that i want to try .. cause i don’t know have to change the language from swedish to english, so i don’t have to translate everything ;/

    if anybody know’s how, please add : , and tell me there :)
    thankz =)

  18. 22/05/2009

    If you use firefox you can download an add-on to translate:

  19. dez0

    what font is this?

  20. 03/07/2009

    The font is Franklin Gothic Demi Condensed

  21. Jack

    Dude, amazing site, I’m just getting back into design and photography after being laid off and this is a great way to spend some time without losing your mind.


  22. Daniel

    We need more posts like this!

  23. dj2

    nice tutorial…!

  24. win

    What a great effect! Like it. Thanks man!

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    VRy interesting to read it :P

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