candy cane text effect

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.

 candy cane text effect

You’ll need:

Creating the background

Create a new image with height 450px and width 600px. Set the resolution to 72DPI.

 candy cane text effect new image

Duplicate the background layer by clicking on Layer > Duplicate Layer > OK. Name the new layer as “Background Pattern”.

 candy cane text effect duplicate layer

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.

candy cane text effect pattern overlay

We will create a vignette style by opening the Layer Style window and making the following changes:

 candy cane text effect vignette style

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.

 candy cane text effect text

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.

 candy cane text effect move

Double-click the text layer to open the Layer Style, set the following values and click OK.

 candy cane text effect blending

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:

candy cane text effect drop shadow

To add the candy texture, open Layer Style, choose Pattern Overlay and add the wavy pattern.

 candy cane text effect wavy pattern

To give the text a deep effect, open Layer Style, choose Inner Shadow and make the following changes:

candy cane text effect inner shadow

To add shadows, select Outer Glow from the Layer Style window and keep the following settings:

 candy cane text effect outer glow

Now, we’ll add some light to the text by choosing Inner Glow from the Layer Style window and setting the following values:

candy cane text effect inner glow

Open Layer Style, choose Bevel & Emboss and make the following changes to give the glossy plastic effect.

 candy cane text effect bevel and emboss

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.

candy cane text effect color gradient overlay

Finally, we will lighten the edges by modifying Stroke in the Layer Style window.

 candy cane text effect stroke

And we’re done! Here’s what your image should finally look like:

 candy cane text effect