Bling Bling Text in Photoshop

    ●   Text is very important in Advertising and most art classes ignore its effects. One of the benifits of Digital Art is that typography is a big part of instruction.

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Sparkle Brushes Rasterize Text Layer Styles Filters

  •   This tutorial is part of the Shoe Repair Project.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

shoe example green

Step #1: Open your Project in Photoshop ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop


… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… select the Horizontal Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (t) …

text tool


Type your shoe name or a headline or a slogan, ANYTHING you can use in your project.

Scroll through the fonts and pick any one you want, as long as it's BIG AND BOLD!

Set the font size to make it BIG AND BOLD!

Step #2: Rasterize the Text ~

Go to: Layer > Rasterize > Type

Rasterising text turns the text into an image so it is no longer editable.

Step #3: Default Colors ~

Hit the letter 'd' on the keyboard or click the default icon to reset the default colors to Black & White on the Color Palette.

"D" is for Default colors default of Black and White.

Step #4: Select the Text ~

Hold the Cmd (⌘) key and click the Layer Thumbnail:

Notice how it selects everything in the layer.

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Step #5: The Filters ~

Go to:Filter > Render > Clouds and turn the fill in to black and white.


Next , go to: Filter > Filter Gallery

… go to: Distort > Glass and experiment with the settings.

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Also, try the different Textures and Scaling as shown:


Hopefully looks like diamonds now.


Step #6: Layer Styles ~

Click on the little image at the bottom of the Layers Palette …

… click on the word Stroke at the bottom …

… click on Fill Type: Gradient

… click on the Gradient Picker and select Copper

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… and set the Size bar according to your needs.


Step #7: Bevel and Emboss ~

Also add Bevel and Emboss with the style Stroke Emboss:


Lastly, go to: Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast and see how that effects your text …

Brighten it up a little and add some contrast too.

Step #8: Sparkle Brushes ~

CREATE ANOTHER NEW LAYER (remember, every item should be on its own layer) …

… click the Brush Tool or hit the keybord shortcut letter (B) …


… click the Brush Preset Picker in the Menu Bar …

Click on the little image and click on image

… and hit Append.


Find a brush that looks like a star shape:


Suggest using: Crosshatch Brush or Starburst Brush

Apply liberally …


Last Step: Save Your Project & Attach ~

Save your work as a .psd file [ firstname-lastname-projectname.psd]

Attach it and keep working …

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.