Abstract Text Effect

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create an abstract text effect in Photoshop. The effect is very simple and easy to create using just a layer style and a few filters.

Abstract Text Effect

To create an abstract text effect, you’ll need:

  • A recent version of Photoshop
  • Dan font

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768px document, and set #002741 as the Foreground color and #040022 as the Background color. Then, grab the Gradient Tool, select the Foreground to Background gradient, choose the Radial Gradient option in the Options Bar, and click and drag from the center of the document to one of the corners.

Abstract Text Effect Gradient

Now, write your text with white color, Dan font and 220pt size. If your text is long, adjust the Leading value so that there is less space between the lines.

Abstract Text Effect Text

Create a selection of the text by cmd/ctrl-clicking on the text layer’s thumbnail.

Abstract Text Effect Selection

Set #00f6ff as the foreground color and #201948 as the background color. Then, create a new layer above all the other layers, name it “Texture” and hide the text layer.

Abstract Text Effect Texture

Step 2

We will now create the abstract texture by applying a few filters. Firstly, go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Then, press Cmd/Ctrl + D to get rid of the selection.

Abstract Text Effect Clouds

Go to Filter > Render > Fibers and use the settings shown below.

Abstract Text Fibers

You can change the zoom value so that you can see the whole text and see whether you like the color distribution. If you don’t, just keep on clicking on the Randomize button until you like it, then click OK.

Abstract Text Fibers Result

Now, go to Filter > Artistic > Palette Knife and use the settings shown below.

Abstract Text Palette Knife

Abstract Text Palette Knife Result

Step 3

So, we have created the texture. All that’s left to do now is to add a layer style to add a little depth to the text. Double-click on the Texture layer and apply the layer styles shown below.

Abstract Text Drop Shadow

Abstract Text Bevel and Emboss

Abstract Text Contour

And that’s all you need to do to create an abstract text effect! You can experiment with different colors too.

Abstract Text Effect