To create ghostly blur text effect, you’ll need:
- Any recent version of Photoshop (I used Photoshop CS5)
Let’s start by typing the text in white on a solid black background using the font Arial Bold.
Make sure the type layer is selected and then choose Layer > Rasterize > Type.
Now, make three duplicates of the type layer by pressing Command+J (Macs) / Ctrl+J (Windows) thrice.
Select the original text layer, go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur and use the settings shown.
Now, select the layer above it, press Command+Option+F (Macs) / Ctrl+Alt+F (Windows) and change the Angle of the Motion Blur.
Merge both of the motion blur layers by pressing Command+E (Macs) / Ctrl+E (Windows).
Let’s soften the edges of the blur text effect by going to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and using the value shown.
Let’s add a glow effect around the text by selecting the layer above the merged layer, pressing Command+Option+F (Macs) / Ctrl+Alt+F (Windows) and increasing the Radius of the Gaussian Blur.
Now, select the topmost layer and merge it with the glow effect layer by pressing Command+E (Macs) / Ctrl+E (Windows).
Select the Layer Mask option.
Grab the Gradient Tool, press D to set black and white as the foreground and background colors respectively, and then press X to swap them. Now, open the Gradient Picker by control-clicking (Macs) / right-clicking (Windows) inside the document window, and choose the Foreground to Background gradient.
Select Reflected Gradient in the Options Bar at the top.
While holding the Shift key, drag a straight line from the horizontal center to the top of the text to draw the gradient.
Duplicate this layer by pressing Command+J (Macs) / Ctrl+J (Windows) to make the glow effect more intense.
You can make the glow effect even more intense by duplicating the layer again.
Finally, we’ll add some color. Select the New Adjustment Layer option.
Select Hue/Saturation from the list that appears and make the following changes to the adjustment layer.
And we’re done! The ghostly blur text effect tutorial is complete!