To create a candy cane text you need only 15 minutes and intermediate Photoshop level skills. I will not use textures or other stock images so this is a text effect made from scratch. Let's start!
Candy Text Effect
As I mentioned in the tutorial description, the font text is very important. It has to be a big bold and rounded text. You can of course choose any font you like even a thin text but it will not look as good as this. Ok, so I have choosed a default font found on any Photoshop CS4 version, Cooper Std family font, size 135 px.
Duplicate this layer three times, because we will need some extra effects for obtaining a glossy text look. Call them Candy 1, Candy 2 and Candy 3 layers.
Select the Candy 1 Layer. Now we will quickly add some layer styles to this Layer. First let's add a Drop Shadow effect because we want to visualy link the candy text with the background.
Add an Inner Shadow like in the image; this effect makes the candy cane text look like a 3D text. You can see the result. I forgot to tell you, but you probably noticed that the text color is white.
The Outer Glow effect has the same purpose as Drop Shadow, to connect the text with its background.
Bevel and Emboss added to the layer style make the text look like is bumped, it's not a flat text anymore. Make sure you set all the items like in the image otherwise you will not obtain the same effect.
Candy Cane Stripes
Now I will create some vertical stripes with the help of Rectangle Tool. I could use an easier method and make my vertical stripes using the Wave Filter but I prefer to obtain vector shape stripes. This stripes turn the text into candy cane.
Ok, so let's create a vertical stripe with the Rectangle Tool. Choose a red color, #ff1c1c.
With the Path Selection Tool select the stripe and duplicate it with CTRL+C and CTRL+V. Move the duplicate stripe and duplicate it again. Repeat the process to obtain multiple stripes. To make the process faster you can select with the Path Selection Tool more than one stripe and duplicate.
Use the Skew Tool (Edit, Transform menu) to make the stripes oblique. The next step is to select the Candy 1 Layer (CTRL pressed and click the Candy 1 Layer Thumbnail). With the Stripes Layer selected, press Add Layer Mask.
Change the blending mode of the Stripes Layer to Linear Burn, opacity 100%. And also add Stroke 2px size, inside, blend mode Multiply, color #cd1717.
Add Glossy Effect to Candy Text
For the final touches I will add some layer styles to the other two layers, Candy 2 and Candy 3 layers. Make sure you set the Fill of Candy 2 Layer to 0% and add Bevel and Emboss.
Make sure you set the Fill of Candy 3 layer to 0%. Add Inner Glow and Bevel Emboss to this layer. Make sure you make the right settings. As you can see the Bevel Emboss has some major changes, has contour and gloss contour added.
This was the final step of our tutorial, you should now have a result similar to this one. As you can see it looks beautiful not only as red candy cane but also as blue or green candy. You can play with this effect and obtain really nice results.
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Candy Cane in Photoshop
Download the candy PSD file with all the layer styles intact. The file is only for learning purposes so the redistribution/selling the file on other websites is not allowed.DOWNLOAD!(1MB)