In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a glowing and blue-print style typography effect in Photoshop using very simple and effective techniques. We will play with some layer styles and filters to create our text in a very quick time, the steps are much easier to follow, this tutorial requires no user expertise, even a beginner can learn with ease and create some stunning text effects based on this.

Before going into the tutorial, let us see how the final image will look like.

Step 1:New Document

Create a new document of size 1000 by 1000 px with black as the background color.

Step 2: Add Text

Now add some text of any bold and crisp font, i am using the font Nevis which can be downloaded from UrbanFonts, about the size of 200px of white color. The color of the text does not matter here since we are going to apply some layer styles on it.

Note: This text layer is the base for our design, so henceforth in the tutorial, we will be mentioning this layer as base_text.

Position the text in the center of the document , aligning both the horizontal and vertical centers with respect to the background layer.

Step 3: Layer Styles for the text

Now add the following layer styles to the text layer.

Gradient Overlay

The Gradient colors run from # 596a72 to # cfdde8.


This is the effect so far, after applying the above Layer styles…

Step 4: Duplicate and apply Gaussian Blur

Before applying the Motion Blur we are going to rasterize our text layer along with the layer effects, in order to do that, first duplicate our text layer and create a new layer above it, select both the new layers and the duplicated text layer, merge them using Layers -> Merge Layers or simply press Ctrl + E (Cmd + E for Mac users). Don’t forget to rename the merged layer as the original “gaussian_blur”. Now our text is ready to be blurred.

Go to Filter -> Blur-> Gaussian Blur, give 20 to Radius and apply OK.

Now this is the effect so far with the text.

Step 5: Vertical Streaks

Now with our basic text is ready, its now time to create the strokes on the vertical direction to simulate the blue-print kind of style over the text. For that, create a new layer name it something like vertical_strokes, just grab the Pencil tool (B) from the toolbox, and select White (#FFFFFF) as the color, set the brush width to 1 px solid. Now draw some straight lines along the vertical edges of the text with the Pencil tool, hold down the SHIFT key to get perfect straight lines and draw the lines with their length just extending some 4-5 pixels from the top and bottom edges.

Now go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur and apply vertical motion blur with the settings as: Angle = 90, Distance = 20

You can see now some beautiful strokes sharply extending along the edges of the text, Now duplicate this layer again to add some strength to the strokes.
This is the effect so far.

Step 6: Horizontal Streaks

Now using the previous step, we are going to create the horizontal strokes but the only difference is that , we are going to draw the strokes in the horizontal direction and apply Motion blur with the horizontal mode using the settings like Angle = 0, Distance = 20. Create a new layer for this step and name it as horizontal_strokes.

After drawing both the horizontal and vertical strokes our text will look like this.

Step 7: Diagonal Strokes (without Blur)

Using the above steps, we are going to draw the diagonal strokes around the text and just omitting the Motion blur part, since we don’t exactly know what will be the angles used for blurring the strokes to get sharpness at its edges. This is just a tricky part in this tutorial, so i am going to leave it as such.

Step 8: Hand-drawn curves

As you notice, we may encounter some curvy letters in our text like “C” in ours, for that part, we need to simply follow the curve and draw the strokes by hand using the Pencil Tool with the same settings used in the previous steps. Also please omit the Motion blur part for this step also.

Step 9: Adding extra Glow

In order to add some additional glow to the text, we are going to paint some soft white spots randomly around the text and change the layer blending mode to adjust the extra flare. Just create a new layer and grab the Brush tool (B), with a soft round brush of 200px diameter, 0% hardness just paint some spots here and there over the text. Use the image for your reference.

Change the blending mode of this layer to Overlay and thus we get the required glowing effect at last.

Step 10: Adjust the glows randomly using Clouds

If you feel that the glow is uniform or boring, you can adjust it by adding a new layer, go to Filter -> Render -> Clouds .

Change the blending mode of the clouds layer to Overlay.

This is how our final output will look like, please also take a look at how the layers are stacked against each other and arrange the same in the order given below for good looking final result.

Finally here is our final image with a glowing blue-print style text effect. There are certain things i want to mention here, please be liberal with the use of layer styles, and also experiment with the settings while applying filters to get accurate and effective results.

We’re finished! Hopefully you’ve picked up a few new techniques and had fun while doing so. Please share any of your personal creations in the comments for others to see!