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Glitter Glue Text Effect in Photoshop

Posted on 23rd November 2017
For this tutorial, we are going to use “Dallon” font from


1 – First, let´s make the Glitter texture. In Photoshop create a New Document, make it 500 x 500 pixels in size and use a resolution of 200 dpi.

2 – Make the Foreground color a medium gray (we used #) and the Background color to white (#ffffff). Use the “Bucket Tool” (B) to fill your “Background” with the gray.

3 – Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Film Grain and apply a value of 20 to “Grain” and “Highlight Area” and 10 for “Intensity”. Click on the “New Layer” button at the bottom of the menu and add another filter. Use Sketch > Halftone Pattern with 1 for “Size”, 10 for “Contrast” and choose “Dot” as your “Pattern Type”.

4 – Duplicate the layer by dragging it onto the “New Layer” button at the bottom of the “Layer” menu and change the copy’s “Blending Mode” to “Linear Burn”. Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise”.

5 – Create a “New Fill or Adjustment Layer” by clicking on the button at the bottom of the “Layer” menu and choose “Solid Color”. Choose the color you want your glitter to be (we chose # fb04f2). Change the “Blending Mode” to “Overlay”. You can change your color by clicking on the layer’s thumbnail if you want.

6 – Create a “New Fill or Adjustment Layer” but this time choose “Levels” and change the “Shadows” value to 100 and the “Highlights” value to 250 to add more contrast. Feel free to experiment with the adjustments until you achieve a result of your liking.

7 – Select your “Background” layer and go to Edit > Define Pattern and give a name to your texture. You may want to save the PSD document so you can create other colors or texture variations.

8 – Now, create a New Document or open an existing one (try to make it the same resolution you used for the glitter pattern). If you have a background image you wish to use add it to your file or use a contrasting color. We chose black.

9 – Select the “Type Tool” choose the font you like (we used Dallon) and add your text. Depending on the font you chose you may want to increase the “Tracking” a bit to create separation for the effect (we used a type of font that did not need this). Use a color similar to the one you used for your glitter.

10 – Duplicate the layer and turn the visibility off by clicking on the small eye icon to the left of your layer. Right-click on the copy and select “Rasterize Type”. *

11 – Duplicate the layer and decrease the “Fill” value of this copy to 0%. Select the first copy and double-click on it to invoke the “Bending Options” dialog and apply the following values:

Inner Glow: color #ae05b0 (or a darker shade of the one you chose for the text)

Pattern Overlay: Use the “Glitter” pattern created previously and scale it 50%

12 – Now, double click on the second layer copy and apply the following Styles:

Bevel & Emboss:

Inner Glow: color #f68bf7

13 – Command/Control-click on top of one of your layers thumbnail to create a selection and go to Select > Modify > Expand and add a value of 5 pixels. Create a New Layer and name it “Edge” and fill the selection with your “Foreground” color (#c90db9).

14 – Double-click on the “Edge” layer and use the following values:

Bevel & Emboss:


Inner Shadow:

If you are using a lighter background use the following settings instead for “Inner Shadow”: change the color to black (#000000), lower the opacity to around 20% and use “Multiply” as your “Blend Mode”.

15 – Change the your “Edge” layer “Fill” value to 0%. Select your 3 top most layers and group them by clicking the “Create a New Group” bottom at the bottom of the “Layer” menu.

*16 – If you want your text to look more like a liquid you can apply this filter before “Step 11” (link). Go to Filter > Liquify (Shift + Command/Control + X) and play around with your text. Then proceed with the tutorial.

You can apply the “Liquify” Filter to your finished text (group your layers and turn them into a “Smart Object”) but it will make the “Glitter” pattern look a bit deformed.

by @lornacane

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