This tutorial will demonstrate how you can create a candy cane text effect (like the one below) using only layer styles in about 20 minutes.
Creating the background
Create a new image with height 450px and width 600px. Set the resolution to 72DPI.
Duplicate the background layer by clicking on Layer > Duplicate Layer > OK. Name the new layer as “Background Pattern”.
Open the Layer Style window by double-clicking on the new layer. Open Pattern Overlay, choose the cherry pattern from the list and click OK.
We will create a vignette style by opening the Layer Style window and making the following changes:
Adding text and effects
Type your text using Anja Eliane font. Keep the tracking value to 20, font size to 100 pt and anti-aliasing mode to Sharp.
Use the Move tool to select the background and text layer. To center it, choose “Align Vertical Center” and “Align Horizontal Center” on the top menu.
Double-click the text layer to open the Layer Style, set the following values and click OK.
Now to add the effects! Firstly, we’ll separate the background from the text by adding shadows. Open Layer Style by double-clicking on the text layer, choose Drop Shadow and make the following changes:
To add the candy texture, open Layer Style, choose Pattern Overlay and add the wavy pattern.
To give the text a deep effect, open Layer Style, choose Inner Shadow and make the following changes:
To add shadows, select Outer Glow from the Layer Style window and keep the following settings:
Now, we’ll add some light to the text by choosing Inner Glow from the Layer Style window and setting the following values:
Open Layer Style, choose Bevel & Emboss and make the following changes to give the glossy plastic effect.
Now we’ll make the colors richer to emphasize the shadows and lights by modifying Gradient Overlay and Color Overlay settings in the Layer Style window.
Finally, we will lighten the edges by modifying Stroke in the Layer Style window.
And we’re done! Here’s what your image should finally look like: