Amazing Text Shine
Before this tutorial starts, I would like to point out that this tutorial can be used in almost all aspects of web design. From website banners, promotional banners and logos. The sky’s the limit with this tutorial.
You will need to get your canvas, or work area and create the text that your going to be adding the effect to. I suggest using a standard text like ‘Verdana’. To see the full effects of 2 colours bouncing off each other, its best to have the first word 1 colour, and the 2nd word another. Ive chosen Blue and Orange.
Now you have your text, lets start adding effects. To start your first effect you will need to copy and paste your text from Step 1 into a new text layer, Make this white and place it over your first text layer. Once you’ve done that you will need to make your text layer a normal layer, the easiest way of doing so is to click your text layer with the ‘Brush’ tool. Make the white layer an ‘Overlay’ and ‘Nudge’ your text down by 1 pixel, you can do this using your keyboard’s arrow keys.
Now we need to make the shine have more curves. To do this we will need to use the ‘Marquee’ tool, you will need to set the feater at 10 (see picture for details). Once you’ve done this press ‘Delete’ on your keyboard and find the right looking curve for you.
Looking good ?
Now we will repeat step 3 but nudge our text layer up rather then down. Keep not that when we are deleting using our feathered marquee tool that we will need to set the feather to 5. This allows much sharper gradients.
Final details, to make our text stand out a little more you can either set a 3 pixel stroke of your background colour and add a slight drop shadow. Or you can do what I have chosen and added a indented stroke.
Please note: We are doing this on the original text layer.
Well… There you have it