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Old 02-10-2005, 10:42 PM   #1
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You've probably seen sigs and banners that have a see-through text effect... well, it's actually pretty simple to create, if you know how.

So here we go:

Software used: Photoshop 7.0
Requirements:
  • A variated-color background
  • A font that you like
  • Basic knowledge of how to use the Photoshop Text Tool
Step 1:

Pick out a background to use for the effect. There should be at least some variation in color throughout. You can use a one-color background, but there's no need for this tutorial if you do, as there's a much simpler way to get the effect with a flat background.

I'm using the background I made in my Taffy Pull Background Tutorial:



Step 2:

Select the Text icon and pick out a font you like. Apply text to the image (PS will automatically create a new text layer), play with it until you like the shape, and how it basically looks with the background. The color is unimportant.

My result:



Step 3:

Press Ctrl + click on the text layer you just created in the Layers toolbar. It will do a Load Selection on the text.

To do this without hotkeys: while having your text layer highlighted in the Layers toolbar, go to Selection > Load Selection.

Step 4:

Select your background layer in the Layers toolbar. Press Ctrl+C, then Ctrl+V to copy and paste the new layer, which by itself, should look like this:



Make your original text layer invisible by clicking the little eye checkbox next to its name in the Layers toolbar.

Step 5:

While the new layer is selected, go to Layers > Layer Style > Outer Glow (or double click on the new layer in the Layers toolbar, and select Outer Glow).

Tweak your Outer Glow settings until you like the effect.

My settings were like so:



Important Note About Using Outer Glow: The Blending Mode is very important to the Outer Glow effect. If you are using a light glow on a dark background, use the Screen Blending Mode. If you want to use a dark outer glow on a light background, use the Multiply Blending Mode.

When you're done, you should have the appearance of see-through text:



Neat, huh?
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:48 PM   #2
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Slow down, I'm still working on the "Taffy Pull" one.
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Old 02-10-2005, 10:51 PM   #3
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LOL... I prepared all the images I needed for both tutorials at the same time, since I did it all together.
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Old 03-10-2005, 04:08 AM   #4
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Sorry for the double post, but I just thought I'd share another example of what you can do with this effect with some simple further tweaking:



Added:

Light blue inner glow to the effect layer.
Slight level tweaking on the effect layer.

That's it
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Old 03-10-2005, 06:13 AM   #5
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Nice work taikara - tutorials are a good thing.
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Old 03-10-2005, 08:40 AM   #6
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I wish photoshop worked on my piece of crap. I'm assuming this'll be pinned, Tai?

I still think there should be a seperate forum in 'Art' for tutorials.
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Old 03-10-2005, 03:36 PM   #7
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Hehe, that's a cool one and has given me some ideas. I'll share my image inspired by this if I actually get around to making it
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Old 07-10-2005, 08:03 AM   #8
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Im guessing this wouldnt work on the gimp?
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Old 07-10-2005, 07:21 PM   #9
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I discovered this effect dosen't work well on dark backgrounds. So, I messed around, and invented...

THIS! I changed the 'size' on the glow to fill the whole image. Not perfect, but hey :P
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Old 07-10-2005, 07:48 PM   #10
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LOL, thats pretty cool.. the N and 2 are a little hard to see but heh.. good job
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