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Electric Lightning Text Effect in Photoshop

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Tutorials Text Effects 14411 Views November 7th, 2016

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an electric lightning text effect in Photoshop using lightning textures and brushes. You can use this lightning light effect for text layers and shapes.

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Create a new layer and call it Lightning Texture. Copy this electric lightning texture in this layer and set the blend mode to Screen.

electric lightning texture in photoshop

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer to the Lightning Texture using a clipping mask. Set the blend mode to Color. Also add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the Lightning Texture using a clipping mask like shown in the preview.

hue/saturation adjustment photoshop gradient map adjustment photoshop

Select the Lightning Texture layer and its two adjustments and click on the Create new group button. Call this Lightning Texture Group.

create new group in photoshop

How to Mask Groups in Photoshop

If you want to mask multiple layers in Photoshop, first you have to create a new group like we did in the previous step. Then add a layer mask to group like you do with a regular layer using Add layer mask button. Use the Brush Tool with a soft round brush, color black and different opacity levels to mask the texture like shown in the preview.

mask group in photoshop

Create a new layer and call it Highlights. Set the blend mode to Overlay and use the Brush Tool, color white to paint over some areas that you want to be brighter.

add highlights in photoshop

If you want you can add more details using some of these lightning textures and brushes that you can download also for free.

For the final touches add adjustment layers:

  • Hue/Saturation; click on the layer mask of this adjustment and go to Filter > Render and choose the Clouds Filter. Make sure that the Foreground color is white and the Background color is black.
  • Gradient Map; set the blend mode to Hue and choose pick these colors: #97461a and #efdbcd
  • Brightness/Contrast
adjustment layers photoshop

Last but not least I like to use the High Pass Filter to sharpen the image. Learn how to sharpen images in Photoshop using the High Pass Filter technique.

So here is the final result for the electric lightning text effect photoshop tutorial.

electric lightning text effect photoshop tutorial

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2 comment(s) for "Electric Lightning Text Effect in Photoshop"

Mario
Mario
7:46 AM Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Good Photoshop tutorial! Here is my try text effect with electrifying lightning strikes reply
Marat
Marat
1:17 AM Saturday, December 03, 2016
Easy and amazing tutorial! Thank you very much! reply

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