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Candy Christmas Glass Ball Photoshop Text Tutorial
Tutorials Text Effects 41131 November 23rd, 2018

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:

Now go to the next layer, Candy Glass Text 3 and add these layer styles:

Now go to the final layer, Candy Glass Text 4 and add these layer styles:

Your transparent lass text effect should look like this.

Go to Candy Glass Text 1 and press SHIFT+CTRL+N to create a new layer. Call it Candy Texture. Fill this layer with any color you want and add a Pattern Overlay using this candy seamless texture.

Go to Candy Glass Text 1, keep the CTRL key pressed and click on the layer thumbnail to make a selection. Return to the Candy Texture layer and click the Add layer mask button.

Click on the layer mask of the Candy Texture layer. Use the Brush Tool with a hard round brush and color black to hide parts of the candy texture like shown in the image. Make sure on the top edge to have rounded candies not cut parts.

Add an Inner Shadow layer style to the Candy Texture layer.

How to Create Christmas Tree Fir Border in Photoshop

You can use this Chrstmas tree border to frame the image. This is a PNG frame so you have to download and place in your PSD file. Don't forget to add a Drop Shadow effect.

You can also add some Christmas tree fir branches. In order to use it you have to remove the white background. So here is a video tutorial on how you can remove background in Photoshop using alpha channels and layer masks.

Add a Color Balance adjustment just for this layer using the clip to layer option.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment just for the Fir Branch Layer using the clip to layer option.

You can now rasterize the Fir Branch layer and the two adjustments(select the 3 layers and press CTRl+E to merge the layers). Call the resulted layer, Fir Branch. Now dupplicate the layer several times and rotate, resize, move the layers to create a fir tree frame.

If you want you can turn these candy glass letters into Christmas tree ornaments. Use the Pen Tool to create these shapes. Add layer styles to create a silver glossy effect. You can find the layer style called "silver style" inside the ASL file that you downloaded at the beginning of this tutorial.

Use the Brush Tool and a hard round brush to draw some lines. Add layer styles to create a silver thread effect. You can find the layer style called "silver thread style" inside the ASL file that you downloaded at the beginning of this tutorial.

To make the Christmas balls look even more festive you can add a bow on each object or even on the Christmas tree branches. As you can see the orginal image is a golden bow and we want a silver bow to match with the other color tines. So add a Hue/Saturation and a Curve ajustments just for the Bow Layer.

You can also use these Christmas PNG ornaments:

How to Create Falling Snow Effect in Photoshop

If you want to add falling snow effect you can add the falling snow texture and set the blend mode to Screen. You can use these textures snowfall 1 and snowfall 2 with Screen blend mode. Also you can download this snow brushes and add snow using the Brush Tool and color #ffffff.

Here are some more snowfall textures that you can use with Screen blend mode.

If you want you can add more winter effects using this Icicle PNG image.

Congratulations, You Made It!

So here is the final result for the Christmass glass balls text effect filled with colorful candies. For the background I used a vintage wood texture and a festive fir tree frame. Hope you give it a try!

DOWNLOAD Candy Glass Ball PSD (3.53MB)

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Check out this awesome list of over 50 Christmas fonts that you can use online or download for free to use in Photoshop. Combine Christmas fonts with text symbols like a star symbol for example.

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

2:52 AM Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Thank you for the lesson !!! reply
2:55 AM Wednesday, December 2, 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 2, 2015
Maybe you forgot to set the Fill of the layer to 0% reply
2:26 AM Wednesday, December 9, 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 6, 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
12:48 AM Sunday, December 10, 2017
Festive text effect made in Photoshop for the 2018 new year. This text effect was made by Manush.
3:47 AM Monday, February 19, 2018
I got right to the end at "Go to Candy Glass Text 1, keep the CTRL key pressed and click on the layer thumbnail to make a selection. Return to the Candy Texture layer and click the Add layer mask button." When I do this, nothing happens. I created a new layer called Candy Texture. I added the pattern and can see it in Photoshop. When I control click the Candy Glass Layer to select the lettering, then click the Candy Texture layer and the camera icon for Add Layer Mask, nothing happens. The only thing that occurs is next to the grey and white chequered layer icon appears a link icon between a new black box with white text that says "layer mask thumbnail". Any ideas? Thanks! reply
3:53 AM Monday, February 19, 2018
If you click the Add Layer Mask button something should happen if the button is active.
I mean you can add a blank layer mask without a selection to any type of layer (text, vector shape, raster) and even to adjustment layers.

So I don't know what is wrong, sorry.

You can download the PSD file, maybe it will help you. reply
Shirley Hailstock
Shirley Hailstock
6:17 AM Tuesday, January 14, 2020
I finished the tutorial and everything came out fine except my letters are not as thick as yours. I used the same font. I used the word Christmas.

Also, when it came time to do the brush after the mask, I erased everything, then made a selection of the letters and filled them in with the brush. That made the time so much letter than trying to get around every letter.

Thanks. I love this tutorial. reply
6:20 AM Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Hi Shirley,
I am so glad you like the tutorial! It is one of my favorite Photoshop tuts also. reply

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