The thing I love most about this text effect is that it’s so easy to pull off. There’s no special knowledge you need to accomplish what I’ll show you below, so if you can type out a few words and change a blending mode or two, you’re all set. I can see this type of effect being used all over the place. It’s sort of artistic, so you’ll need to choose where you’ll like to utilize it, but I think it looks good. Also, while this effect is simple to create, it’s not something that someone would just come up with, so this is more of a “Hey, that’s a really cool idea!” post than anything else.
In today’s post, I’m going to type out a few words inside of Adobe Photoshop. Then, I’ll color the words with something appealing so the base color matches what I have going on in my mind. After that, I’ll duplicate the text layer and flip it around so the text is backwards. I’ll color that duplicated layer with something complementary and finally, I’ll apply a blending mode to that new layer to see if I can get an effect out of it. I’ll show you a few samples of different blending modes down at the bottom of this post.
My Random Words
Okay, I already created a new file in Adobe Photoshop and now I’m ready to type out some random words. Since I have to type something, I’ll use the Horizontal Type Tool to write out FORWARD & BACKWARD. Here, have a look.
There, that should do it. As you can see, I also colored the text with a nice blue. More specifically, the color is #0099ff. Also, the font I chose is Impact at 129pt.
Duplicating the Layer
Next up, I’m going to duplicate this layer. To do so, I’ll click on the layer in the Layers panel and then use the keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+J. Then, I’ll color the text with a nice orange (#ff9900). Once that’s done, I’ll head up to the Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal menu item and click. That will flip the text so it reads backwards.
Finally, I’ll align the text to the right as opposed to the left in the Paragraph panel. I’ll make sure I move the text so the left edges match up as well.
Here’s the result of all this.
Applying Some Blending Modes
Really, all I have left to do is choose which blending mode I’d like to use. So, with this in mind, I’ll visit the top of the Layers panel, and with the orange text layer selected, I’ll run through some of the different options. By the way, it’s important that the orange layer be on top of the blue one in the Layers panel.
Let’s start off with Darken.
Now let’s try Darker Color.
How about Color Dodge?
I think I’ll settle on Overlay. It’s the most muted.
Since the overlay layer is so muted, I think I’ll change the color of that layer to white and then reduce the opacity of it to 30%. Here’s what I end up with as my final product.
I think that’s pretty good. As you can imagine, you can run the gamut with all the available options. You can change colors, opacities and blend modes to get the look you’re after. Experiment, have fun and create something wonderful.
I hope I clearly explained how you can create a neat text effect with duplicate layers, colors and blend modes in Adobe Photoshop. If you have any ideas for effects like this, please share them in the comment section down below or in the Photoshop discussion forum. Thanks for reading!