»» Light Text Effect - Part 2

posted by Selerines | Wednesday, September 10, 2008

8. With the text layer selected, use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+J or go to Layer > Duplicate Layer to make a duplicated layer of the Photoshop text layer. After doing this, go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates. Select the Polar To Rectangular option at the very bottom and then click OK.

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9. Next go up to the Image menu at the top of the screen, select Rotate Canvas, and then choose 90° CW to rotate the canvas 90 degrees clockwise. Then use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+I or go to Image > Adjustments > Invert to invert the image, so black becomes white and white becomes black.

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10. Next we will begin to add some excitement (rays) to the text. Start off by going to Filter > Stylize> Wind. Make sure Method is set to Wind and Direction is set to from the right. Click OK to apply the Wind filter once. Then press Ctrl+F to apply this filter one more time.

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11. There are still a few more steps of image adjustments and transformations to complete, but will soon begin to take shape. Before continuing, the image needs to be reverted back to white text on a black background. To do this use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+I or go to Image > Adjustments > Invert. Follow this up by pressing Ctrl+F four times to reapply the past filer effect (Invert) four times to create the desired effect.

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12. We need to brighten the image again using Levels. To do that, press Shift+Ctrl+L or go to Image > Adjustments > Levels to apply the Auto Levels command to the image. After doing this, rotate the image again by going to Image > Rotate Canvas. This time choose 90° CCW to rotate the canvas back to the way it was originally. Finally, go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates. This time choose the Rectangular to Polar option and click OK.

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13. The final result is near! In order to see the text easier, we need to change the layer's blending mode so that the original text layer below shows through a bit, making the font more readable. To do this change the blending mode of the text copy layer from "Normal" to Screen<>

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14. Next click on the New Fill Or Adjustment Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and select Gradient. Choose a gradient color. and click OK. (The New Fill or Adjustment Layer icon is the middle icon at the bottom of the Layers palette that looks like a have colored in circle.) After doing this, set the blending mode of the gradient fill layer just created to Color via the dropdown menu in the top-left corner of the layers palette.

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15. Final result!

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