Guys! Ready for some yummy plastic text? This effect is made using
lightning effects, the plastic wrap filter and layer styles, and
I think it looks really smooth.
Hmm - suddenly I got the urge for some bubble gum :)
by opening a new image (mine is 500 x 170 pixels) and select the
Type Tool and type the desired word. Be sure you use large letters
for the effect to turn out right - you can always minimize it later...
(Font used: Yellow Submarine - 200 pt)
Select the text by hitting Ctrl + left clicking the text layer.
Create a new layer (call it text) - select the Paintbucket Tool
and fill the selection with a light blue color (I used font color
Hide the original text layer.
your selection and go to Channels.
click the "Save selection as channel" button, and then
drag the Alpha 1 layer down to the Create new layer tab to duplicate
we have to blur things up a bit.
Still at the Alpha 1 copy layer go to:
Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 8 pixels
Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 6 pixels
Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 3 pixels
Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 1 pixels
go back to Layers.
PS! Still keep your selection!
the layer called "text" and go to Filter - Render - Lightning
effects - and use the setting shown in fig. 4.
keep your selection and go to
Filter - Blur - Gaussian Blur - 1 pixel.
- Modify - Contract - 1 pixel.
Then hit Ctrl + Shift + I to invert the selection and hit Delete
to get nice clean edges.
it's time to deselect (Ctrl + D).
drag this layer down to the Create a new layer tab to duplicate
it. Call this layer Plastic wrap.
go to Filter - Artistic - Plastic Wrap and enter the values shown
in figure 6.
duplicate this layer.
the Plastic Wrap copy layer change the layer mode from Normal to
back to the Plastic Wrap layer and add a nice drop shadow with the
values shown in fig. 7.
image should now look like final result image at the top of the
Want really shiny plastic?
- keep on reading...
We're just a few steps away from getting the result shown in figure
the Plastic Wrap layer and go to Layer - New Adjustment Layer
- Hue/Saturation and check the Group with previous layer option
In the Hue/Saturation window check the Colorize option and enter
Hue: 304 and Saturation: 100 - OK.
the very first text layer we made? Hit Ctrl + left click the original
text layer. Select the Rectangular Marquee Tool and use the arrow
keys to move the selection 4 pixels to the right and 4 pixels
down. Then hit Ctrl + Shift + left click the original text layer
again. Now you shall have the text layer + the shadow area selected.
Go to Edit - Copy Merged.
Then create a new file with the same size as the original image
- white background. Edit - Paste.
last thing you have to do is to add a nice drop shadow effect
and you're done!
(I used the default setting in the Drop Shadow layer style - I
just changed the color to #76008A and the opacity to 51 %).