In this simple ‘n’ easy tutorial I’m going to be teaching you how to create an effect similar to the one shown below, a glossy kind of ‘dollar sign logo’, great for Webmasters, right?.
Firstly, of course, you’ll want to create a new document in Photsohop – for this tutorial I’m using a 400 x 400 pixel document with a Resolution/DPI of 300. Now, design a nice basic background for your canvas – I simple used a radial gradient of #049de2 to #005d92. I came up with this:
To finish off the background you might want to add in a nice highlight effect to the background, you can achieve this effect by firstly making a path using the Pen Tool, afterwards you want to turn the path into a selection (right-click the path, then go to make selection) after making your curvy selection, fill it with some white brushing or a white gradient. You can make your white brushing blend in with the background by changing the Layer Mode to Overlay or Soft Light.
2. Create Text
Alright, time to write out the text ($). Start by getting out the Horizontal Type Tool (press T on the keyboard) then write out your text. I used a nice green for my text, #7cd120.
For my text I used the font Helvetica Neue, and a font size of 50 pt, but you can feel free to use any font and any font size, it doesn’t really matter – take note that a good alternative to Helvetica is Arial.