I’ve been working on a lot of different text effects lately and one interesting effect I discovered had to do with blurring. If you aren’t aware, or if you’ve never looked closely at blurred text, you can actually see different colors stemming from the edges. It’s strange to look at and even stranger to notice, but I figured that since that’s the way things are in real life, I may as well try my best at duplicating them. So today, I’ll be showing you how to create some very realistic appearing blurry text right in Adobe Photoshop. Use this tutorial for what you will. You may never need this information or it may save the day. If it has value to you, I’ll be happy.
I’ve already gone ahead and opened up Photoshop. I created a new document and have written out the word BLUR in black using the Impact font. Take a look.
The next step I’ll take is to make three duplicates of this black text layer. So, I’ll use the Ctrl (Command)+J keyboard shortcut to make the duplicates and then I’ll change those layers from black to cyan, magenta and yellow. I’ll keep the layers in this order as well, from top to bottom: yellow, cyan, magenta and black in the Layers panel.
Then, I’ll select all of the text layers and apply the Multiply blend mode to them. After that, I’ll nudge the yellow layer up by five pixels, the cyan layer to the right by five pixels and the magenta layer to the left by five pixels. This is what the text will look like at this point.
The text looks blurry, doesn’t it? It’s sort of like a trick on the eyes. But wait, I’m not finished yet. Let’s make it look even better.
I’m going to select all of the text layers once again and then right-click on one of them and select the Convert to Smart Object option in the menu that pops up. The layers will collapse into one Smart Object layer after that.
Now, I’ll go to the Filter > Blur > Motion Blur menu item and click.
When the Motion Blur dialog box appears, I’ll set the Angle to 0° and the Distance to 5 Pixels.
After that, I’ll create another filter that’s exactly the same, but with an angle of 90°. When I’m finished with both of these steps (individually), I’ll click the OK button and this will be my final blurry text result.
Now that’s some realistic blurry text. If you have any questions or comments about this technique in Photoshop, please ask down below. I’d love to help. Thanks for reading!