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Glitch Effect Photoshop

Posted on 5th January 2018
For this tutorial, we are using a background image of a screen and/or static lines.

1 - In Photoshop, create a New Document. Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your font (we used Myriad Pro Bold Condensed Italic), size and use white as “Fill” color. Type your text.





2 - Right-click on your text and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Duplicate the layer (Command/Control + J), place the original layer on top and hide it by clicking the little eye icon to the left of the thumbnail.





3 - Go to Filter > Distort > Wave and apply the following values:





(You may need to play around with the values depending on your font and text size).

4 - To modify your filter double-click on the thumbnail and the dialog will open. Try clicking the “Randomize” button and check the results.



5 - Once you are happy with your text, make 3 duplicates and name them R, G, and B. Place your “RGB” layers under the “Text” layer and hide the later for now.



6 - Double-click on the “R” layer and uncheck the “G” and “B” Channels in the “Blending Options” window.





(Turn off the other layers to see the effect).

7 - Go to Filter > Other > Offset and apply the following values: Horizontal: +15 pixels right, Vertical: -5 pixels down, check “Repeat Edge Pixels”.







(Turn on your “text” layer to check if you like the results).

8 - Finally, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and use a “Distance” of 10 Pixels (Keep 0 for Angle). Then lower the “Opacity” of the layer to 80%.





9 - Hide the “R” layer and turn on the “G” layer. Repeat Steps 6 to 8, but in “Step 6” uncheck the “R” and “B” Channels (your text should be green) and in “Step 7”, change the values to: Horizontal: 0 pixels right, Vertical: +15 pixels down, check “Repeat Edge Pixels”. In “Step 8” change the “Angle” to 90 degrees and keep the “Distance” value of 10 pixels. Lower the “Opacity” to 80%.











10 -  Same as before, hide the “G” layer and turn on the “B” layer. Repeat the “Steps” using the following values: in “Step 6” uncheck the “R” and “G” Channels (your text should be blue), in “Step 7”, change the values to: Horizontal: -15 pixels right, Vertical: +5 pixels down, check “Repeat Edge Pixels”. In “Step 8” change the “Angle” to 0 degrees and keep the “Distance” value of 10 pixels. Lower the “Opacity” to 80%.











11 - Turn on your “RGB” and “Text” layers and select the Text layer, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and use a value of 1.0 pixels.



12 - Open the image you chose for the “Background” and paste it into your document. Resize it (Command/Control + T) if it’s necessary. Change the “Blending Mode” to Color Dodge”, duplicate the layer, place the duplicate on top and change the “Blending Mode” to Vivid Light”. Lower the “Opacity” to 80%.









13 - Your text should look like this:

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