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Candy Christmas Glass Ball Photoshop Text Tutorial
Tutorials Text Effects 30773 Views November 23rd, 2015

The winter time of year is at our doorsteps and the holidays are coming in just a few weeks. So today we'll create a candy glass text effect perfect for creating Christmas typography. You can be creative and fill the glass letters with other sweets like chocolate candies for example.


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First you have to download this ZIP file that contains the textures, styles used for this tutorial. You have to load the ASL and PAT files in Photoshop.

Create a new PSD file and use a wood texture as background.

Now you can add your text. Use the Intro Font which is a free font type. Call this layer Text Layer.

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Now I want to transorm the font type a little to create rounded corners. You can pick from the beginning a font type that has rounded corners. So, first right click on the Text Layer and choose Rasterize Type.

Keep the CTRL key pressed and click on the Text Layer thumbnail to make a selection.

Go to Select>Refine Edge and make de following settings.

Press SHIFT+F5 to fill the selection with any color you want. Press CTRL+I to Inverse Selection and press DELETE. Finally press CTRL+D to Deselect.

Right click on the text layer and Convert to smart object. Call this layer Candy Glass Text 1. Make 3 more copies: Candy Glass Text 2, Candy Glass Text 3 and Candy Glass Text 4.

Now we have to add layer styles for all the 4 layers to create the glass text effect. Let's start with Candy Glass Text 1; double click on the layer to open the Layer style window.

Now go to the next layer, Candy Glass Text 2 and add these layer styles:

Part 1Part 2Part 3

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18 comment(s) for "Candy Christmas Glass Ball Photoshop Text Tutorial"

2:52 AM Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Thank you for the lesson !!! reply
2:55 AM Wednesday, December 02, 2015
This is beautiful! It's my first attempt at smart objects, so forgive me if I sound elementary. My text layers seem to be saving on top of each other, so in the end of Text layer 4, I have an opaque text. It isn't glassy. Is there a tutorial somewhere that I can watch on how to create/save smart objects? I tried renaming them, but that didn't work. I have worked the steps so many times and I don't want to give up! Any help would be so appreciated. I LOVE this art, and really want to learn. Thanks so very much. reply
2:59 AM Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Maybe you forgot to set the Fill of the layer to 0% reply
2:26 AM Wednesday, December 09, 2015
so clever! thank you for sharing! reply
3:49 AM Saturday, December 12, 2015
Thank you, a nice idea. I have just one problem:
My version looks too flat, not rounded enough. I would like to have these "bottle" look, instead of something that is "behind glass" only.
Which values I may change?

Another question, how must these values be changed, if the font is not in 280 px, but in the double size for example?

Thank your for any ideas.

Tim reply
3:52 AM Saturday, December 12, 2015
If your glass text looks too flat you have to adjust all the layer styles for all the layers.
Go to Layer>Layer Style and choose Scale Effects. Increase the scale to 150%, 200% etc until you obtain the desired look. reply
3:43 AM Sunday, December 20, 2015
Love your tutorials, and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

Julie reply
3:46 AM Sunday, December 20, 2015
my glass is little Milky in color in means little whitish, how to fix this any idea!!! I hv followed each and every step very creafully. Please help me. reply
3:49 AM Sunday, December 20, 2015
You either did not reduce the Fill to 0% for one of the items. Or you have a different font type, different in size too. So you have to play with the layer styles.

Hide/Reveal the layer styles one by one to identify the one that is making your text milky. Than try to reduce the size/opacity of that layer style. reply
3:38 AM Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I really appreciate your sharing these wonderful tutorials to the community. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you. reply
kriti verma
kriti verma
1:57 AM Monday, December 28, 2015
thank you for the lesson.merry xmas reply
10:11 AM Friday, May 06, 2016
Thank you so much. Fusion! reply
Antoine Dubuc
Antoine Dubuc
3:54 AM Thursday, September 15, 2016

I successfully went through it. Thank you so much.

There's one huge drawback (at least for me) in your approach in that since you rasterize things, I can't figure out how to feed the thing a csv file to write data driven graphics for Christmas to my friends and family.

Would you know how?

Thank you!

ps: I'd ship you a nice Starbucks card as a thank you for this. Seriously, you are helping so many people with your tutorial! reply
3:57 AM Thursday, September 15, 2016
I am glad you enjoyed this tutorial!

I have to say that I don't know how to use variables in Photoshop with External Data Source. Create data-driven graphics in Photoshop is something that I still have to learn .... reply
Antoine Dubuc
Antoine Dubuc
10:59 AM Thursday, September 29, 2016
Could I have your psd for this please? I'd like to confirm the layer settings etc. Just to make sure I don't make an error.

Thank you!

ps: I figured out the variable data part... :) reply
11:09 AM Thursday, September 29, 2016
At the end of the tutorial you have the free PSD download link.

The PSD file includes only the glass text style and candy layer style. The Christmas background elements are not included.

I hope it's ok :)
Lucie Lindeman
Lucie Lindeman
8:27 AM Wednesday, November 23, 2016
i love it!! Only i can't make it. I'm working with psp x and i don't have the image you have with 3d effects :-(( reply
5:58 AM Friday, December 16, 2016
I'm interested in how you managed to do the variable part, could you please explain/ make a tutorial on how i could easily change the text for all my family/friends?
Would be really appreciated!! reply

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