How To Create a Glossy Dripping Text Effect in Photoshop

How's it going everyone, this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe Photoshop Last week I showed you how to create a slimy text effect in Adobe Illustrator, so I thought I'd cover a similar topic this week but in Photoshop instead

The vector Illustrator artwork is quite flat, whereas you can achieve much more realism with gradients and filters in Photoshop The effect we'll be producing in this tutorial is a glossy text effect made out of some kind of gooey substance It's made by combining a cocktail of built-in layer styles, so let's get started and I'll show you how it's done Begin by creating a new document in Adobe Photoshop I'm using a size of 3000x1700px

Use the ALT and Backspace shortcut to fill the canvas with black Just like the previous tutorial I'll be using a script font as the basis for my text effect, but you could use your own custom type The font I'm using here is a premium typeface named No Seven Black The great thing about premium typefaces like this is they're packed with stylistic alternate characters that allow you to fully customise the appearance I'll leave a link in the description if you fancy checking it out for yourself, and if you're watching this tutorial right after it went live, there's currently a 99% off fonts bundle on offer at Design Cuts if you want to upgrade your font library with some pro grade typefaces while saving a small fortune

Once you have your type in place, right click on the layer and select Convert To Smart Object Next, head to Filter > Noise > Median, choose a value that's high enough to round off all the corners, but not so much that it ends up adding blurry bits 20px worked for me To customise the text further, go to Filter > Liquify You can use the liquify tool to both warp the outline of the text slightly, and to add some drips

Alter the brush size with the square bracket keys and click and drag to affect the artwork To bring the effect to life, we need to add a cocktail of layer styles Double click the layer and begin with a Gradient Overlay The preset I'm using is actually from my free collection of DuoTone gradients, but the colours are an orange of #fb4732 to a yellow of #fee949 Next apply an Inner Glow to add some depth to the text

Change the settings to Multiply and black, then adjust the size to around 60px and the opacity to 30% Add an Inner Shadow next, using the settings, Overlay, Black, 120 degrees, then 45px Distance, 0 Choke and 80px Size Add a Bevel and Emboss effect next, then start editing the settings from the bottom up by changing the Shadows to Overlay at 20% and highlights to Color Dodge at 80% Click the little arrow to open the contour settings, then open the Contour profiles from the little Settings icon Append them to your existing list Scroll down and choose the profile with two thin peaks, the third one along

You can always come back and experiment with the other profiles Check the Anti-Aliased option to ensure there's no jaggy lines Uncheck the Use Global Light option in order to set custom shading, then add 120 degrees Angle and 60 degrees Alititude Play around with the Size and Depth sliders to find a cool looking spread of highlights I used a depth of 365 and a Size of 70 in my example, with a 1px Soften to take the edge off the highlights

Click on the Contour sub-menu under Bevel and Emboss and change this profile to the S bend shape Apply the Anti-Aliased effect and reduce the Range to 40% The basic glossy text effect is complete, but we can add some more details by simply overlaying a photograph of raindrops on a window Find a free image like this from Unsplashcom

Select All, copy and paste it into the main document Press CMD+T to Transform and scale the image down to fit over the text Change the blending mode to Color Dodge, then reduce the Fill amount in the Layers panel to around 40% Apply a sharpen filter to help bring out the details, then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise Configure the settings to 20%, Uniform and Monochromatic

This photo overlay helps add those subtle drops that look a little like bubbles within this yellow ooze You can experiment with other image overlays to see what other effects you can produce Hold the CMD key and click on the text layer's thumbnail to load its selection, then add a layer mask to the photo layer to clip it to size To add some more finishing touches, select the Background layer and hit CMD+L to open the Levels Move the output slider slightly to brighten the black background to a dark grey

Add a Drop Shadow effect to the text, using values of around 30px distance and 50px size Deselect the Use Global Light option to set the shadow to 90 degrees underneath the text Finally, add a new layer above the background and set up a large soft brush with a white foreground colour Dab a couple of spots underneath the text, then set the opacity to a really low value like 8% to leave a subtle glow in the centre of the canvas The final result is a cool glossy text effect that could be used to represent all kinds of viscous fluids, depending on the colour scheme you choose

The subtle shading helps add some depth to the text, while the Bevel and Emboss layer style does a great job of simulating the reflections So I hope you find this tutorial useful, if you did be sure to hit the subscribe button to stick around for all my upcoming tutorials Head over to my Spoon Graphics website to grab my free bundle of design resources, otherwise thank you very much for watching, and I'll see you in the next one!

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