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Photoshop Glass Text Tutorial

by Colin Smith

Here is a tutorial that will show you the easiest way to create glass text in Photoshop using layer styles.


  • Type
  • Layer Styles
  • Difficulty 3/10


Start with a background. 72dpi and RGB mode.



Add some text, here I used galant (




Add a layer style by clicking the little "f" at the bottom of the layers pallette.

Add a dropshadow and a bevel, copy the settings shown here.

Note 2 things here that really make the glass "pop"

1. Change the contour, this gives the reflected look.
2. uncheck the global light and change the altitude to 70.





Here is the result, pretty uninspiring huh?



This step is where the magic happens!

In the styles palette, click on the Custom blending options.

Now pull the fill opacity all the way to 0 and the rabbit comes out of the hat!



Here is our glass type.
Download the psd



Here I copied the layer style to the background layer to make that glass too.



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October 2, 2006

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Member Opinions:
By: richke on 10/3/06
This is a sweet tutorial...thanks!!!!

By: IO4 on 10/4/06
Great tutorial - lots of ooohh's and ahhh's coming from me - never done this before:)

By: DgerzeeBoy on 10/5/06
Wonderful. Just what I've been needing for a current project. Thanks, Colin.

By: cinglais on 10/5/06
great stuff Colin, fantastic result - and so easy! great insight into how the program works, too.
i put a texture thru mine, got a wonderful bubble effect... have a go!

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