Create a new document with 800px X 600px. Then write your text. I used Arial
Rounded MT Bold font to make it better.
Now hold down Ctrl and click on the text layer (on the big
T) to make a selection. Then go to Channels (next to Layers
tab) and click the Save selection as a channel at the bottom. This
will make an alpha channel from the selection we made.
Ok now that we have the alpha channel, turn off the RGB channels and turn on
the Alpha like below.
Now you have to save a copy of current document as we’ll use this later for a
refraction effect. Go to File > Save As. In
the Save As dialogue box, make sure you checked “As a copy”.
Name this “glass_mask”.
After saving this, you can delete the alpha channel and go back to RGB. Then
import your background in the document. You can also use the one with this
tutorial. Scale it if necessary, and then make a copy of the layer (duplicate)
which has the background image.
Now when in the copied layer of the image, press Ctrl + A to
select all the area of the document. Now go to Filter > Filter
Gallery. On the filter gallery, go to Distort >
In the texture section, click on the Options > Load
texture. Then browse the file you saved recently “
glass_mask”. Once loaded, use these values, Distortion: 20;
Smoothness: 8; Scaling: 100.
After applying the glass filter, on the menu go to Layer > Layer
style> Color Overlay. Change the text layers
Fill to 0%.
Color Overlay with color #ffea00; Blend mode: Color and
Then add a stroke with 12px outside; same color #ffea00;
Blend mode: Color.
Then add Bevel and emboss with these values. Depth: 62;
Size: 18; Angle: 100 deg; Attitude: 45 deg; Highlight opacity: 60% and Shadow
opacity: 0%. Keep the other values default.
Now make selection of the text layer (as what was done earlier), and go to
Select > Modify > Expand. Then expand 12px as we have an
outside stroke with 12px.
After this, go to Select > Modify > Feather and
feather by 1.5px. Then select the layer with background image which is glass
filter applied. Then make a Mask from the selection.
Now add an outer glow in the text layer with my values.
Color: Black; Blending Mode: Normal; Opacity: 90; Size: 40.
Now selecting the same layer add a lens flare effect. Go to
Filter > Render > Lens Flare. Select 50-300mm Zoom and
70% brightness. Use a top left corner position of the text.
Now apply Lens Flare to the other background layer in same position to make
the effect complete.
I Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on glossy text in Photoshop. Just by using the Glass Filter, Lens Flare and Layer Style Effects, you can achieve some amazing text effects!