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Create a Transparent Text in Photoshop
Tutorials Text Effects 40666 Views May 14th, 2012

If you want to learn how to create your own glass text effect you can try this easy to follow photoshop text tutorial. The glass effect is so versatile so you can create more interesting effects simply by changing the layer styles. For example you can increase the opacity to obtain a more glossy effect.

Because it's so easy to integrate with almost any background and at the same time easy to customize, hopefully you will give this transparent text effect tutorial a try.


There are several good tutorials on the internet that are teaching how to create realistic transparent text in Photoshop but, that was another reason for me to try to create my own effect. There is a similar one on psdtuts with glass text filled with liquid, so plenty to choose from.

Transparent Text in Photoshop

In this brand new tutorial I will show you a quick way to create a transparent text effect in Photoshop. We are going to add five text layers with different layer styles. Before we begin, let's take a quick look at the preview of the final image for this glass text effect.

Start with a simple text message and use whatever font you want. I've picked a free font, named Lobster, which I like a lot. The color is not important because we will reduce the Fill of this layer to 0%.

Duplicate this layer 5 times, to obtain Glass 1 Layer, ...., Glass 5 Layer. Add to the first layer the following layer style: Inner Shadow and Bevel and Emboss. Don't forget to reduce the Fill of this layer to 0%.

Now let's add a Gradient Overlay to the Glass 1 Layer, with the following settings. The colors for the gradient are not as important, you can choose any combination you want.

Now add these layer styles to the Glass 2 Layer: Inner Shadow, Outer Glow and Bevel and Emboss.

The third layer, Glass 3 has the following layer styles: Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow and Bevel and Emboss.

Go to the Glass 4 Layer and add Bevel and Emboss.

Go to the last layer Glass 5 and add again Bevel and Emboss but with another settings.

Create a new layer called Horizontal Liquid and draw 7 horizontal ellipses where the liguid ends, like shown in the image. Use the Ellipse Tool to draw the shapes.

Don't worry if they are exceeding the glass text area. Select one of the Glass Layer (press CTRL and click the layer thumbnail).

Add this selection as Layer Mask for the Horizontal Liquid layer. You can do that by pressing the Add layer Mask button found on the bottom of the Layers Tab.

To make it shine, add some sparkle brushes. You can make sparkle brushes yourself, or you can use one of the many brushes already available for free on the internet.

Ok, so here is the final result for my Transparent Text Effect or Glass Text Effect made in Photoshop CS4. As I am aware that this is not a very easy to make tutorial, mainly because of the many settings I am planning to release a Photoshop action to save you time.

My glass text works nicely with many background colors and even with backgrounds with patterns and textures, so it's a pretty realistic transparent effect as you can see from the second final image. You can also change the color of the liquid and create new and unique effects. I Hope you give it a try and if you do we are waiting, as usual, to see your results !

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7 comment(s) for "Create a Transparent Text in Photoshop"

5:18 PM Monday, May 14, 2012
I saw a similar tutorial on psdtuts but I must say that your tut is better. So great tutorial dude, thanks for sharing! reply
5:43 AM Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Thank you Daniel! I guess you are talking about this glass effect from psdtuts, which I know for a long time ... my text effect is a bit different, I don't know if it is better.... reply
5:23 AM Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The final result is really fantastic! Good Work! reply
12:23 AM Friday, August 10, 2012
Pretty good effect, the glass works very well ;) reply
7:50 AM Sunday, February 17, 2013
Glass tutorial - Mine look sort of like that, but seem like you could of made a more explanatory tutorial. especially the last part were the ellipse tool created 7 shape layers NOT one. Also I used the same font, but yours looks more bubbled and mine was flat....oh well reply
4:36 AM Monday, February 18, 2013
Hi G, if you have made all the settings like in this tutorial your text should look like mine. But if you are not using Lobster Font size 260pt than you will have to adjust the layer styles (see this tut Photoshop Layer Styles the Scale Effects for Layer Style section)
7:58 AM Wednesday, November 12, 2014
really nice work.. the results are awesome..!

thanks a lot! reply

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