I thought I would Create a Glass Text Effect in Photoshop. I decided to have a go at making my own style up.
I’m not saying it’s unique, it’s just something I thought up myself.
But it does need the right background though.
YouTube Video on Glass Text Effect
Download My Glass Layer Style
After Downloading go to Window/Styles and in Styles panel menu at the top right. Then choose ‘Load Style’ and navigate to the downloaded file with the extension of “.asl”.
This Process Is Font Size Dependent
The larger the font size the larger the stroke size and the larger the size of the Bevel.
The smaller the font the smaller the stroke and the smaller the size of the bevel
The background you use to place the glass effect layer is important. The effect won’t work on darker backgrounds.
Lower Fill Opacity to 0%
- Double click any area of the layer in the Layers Panel except the name and thumbnail to bring up the Layer Style dialogue box.
- Under Advanced Blending bring down the Fill Opacity to 0%.
Add a Stroke
- Size the Stroke so that it looks reasonable on the text, only your eye can decide this.
- Change the position to outside. You can come back here and try the other options later.
- Use the Fill Type “Gradient”.
- Click the drop-down of the Gradient. Then click the Cog Symbol and Choose Neutral Density.
- Choose Neutral Density 30. You can go higher or lower but 30 works well on most occasions.
Don’t worry about the settings of the Gradient itself stay with the default. If you do an experiment and want to reset the gradient just click “Reset Alignment”. “Align with Layer” is not needed.
Bevel and Emboss
Follow the settings below, bearing in mind the following:
- Keep the ‘Size’ the same size as the stroke or at least in the same region. You can exceed the stroke size by a small amount but be careful.
- The Gloss contour seems to work best on ‘Ring’ and ‘Ring – Double’.
- You can change the dropdown by clicking on the cog to that “Text Only” is showing. Experiment – there’s no harm done.
- Raise the Highlight Mode Opacity to about 70, and stay white as the colour.
- Lower the Shadow Mode Opacity to about 38m and stay with black as the colour.
To be honest Inner Shadow is not 100% needed. But it might help the effect. This is probably the hardest effect to get right.
- Drop the Opacity to about 20%
- Move the Distance and Size sliders until you like the effect.
- Try and keep Choke low as this will help blur the shadow. Raising the choke will remove the blurring.
- To be safe keep to a linear contour. Experiment if you wish.
That’s it, folks.