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Stranger Things Text Effect in Photoshop

Posted on 8th March 2018
For this Tutorial, we will use some grunge textures for the Background, and image of trees and a Free sample of ITC Benguiat Bold Condensed or a Free Font similar to it, like Bernard MT Condensed.

1 - In Photoshop create a “New Document”. Make it the size you like and make sure you are using black as your “Background” color.



2 - Open the image of trees you want to use as “Background” and place it in your document. Resize it if necessary (Command/Control + T). Change the “Blending Mode” to “Hard Light” and lower the “Opacity” to 10%.







3 - Go to the “Adjustments” Panel and create a “Color Lookup Adjustment Layer”. Click the “Abstract” radio button and select “Gold-Crimson” (If a window prompting you to open a document appears, click “Cancel”). Change the “Blending Options” of the “Adjustment Layer” to “Color”. (Depending on the colors of your image you may need to experiment with the “Blending Options” to achieve the desired outcome).





4 - Double-click on your “Background” Layer to unlock it (click “OK” on the pop-up window). Then, select your current layers and click the small folder icon at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel to create a “Group”. Name it “Background”.







5 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your font (we are using Bernard MT Condensed), use white as “Fill” color and type your text. The size will depend on your document.





6 - Right-click on your text layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object”. Then, double-click on its thumbnail an apply the following “Layer Styles”:



Blending Options: (Fill Opacity 0%)



Stroke: (#d11f23)



7 - Duplicate your layer (Command/Control + J) and apply the following “Layer Styles”:

Blending Options: (Fill Opacity 0%)



Stroke: (#d11f23)



Outer Glow: (#ffffff)



Select the “Move Tool” (M) and move the layer 8 clicks down and 8 right.

8 -Duplicate your layer again and use these values:

Blending Options: (Fill Opacity 0%)



Outer Glow: (#ff3600)



9 - Make another duplicate and use these values:

Blending Options: (Fill Opacity 0%)



Inner Glow: (#ff0000)



10 - Duplicate your layer one last time and use these values:

Blending Options: (Fill Opacity 0%)



Inner Glow: (#ff0000)



Remember that the layer you are duplicating is the first one and to place each duplicate on top of each other.

11 - Open the “Texture” you chose, place it on top of everything, resize it and change the “Blending Mode” to “Lighter Color”.



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