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15 March 2011

Lightwave Digital (PhotoShop Effects)

Lightwave Digital

In this advanced photoshop cs tutorial we will create a light burst coming from front and behind photoshop rendered distorted text. To make this effect we will use Photoshop layers, image blurs, rotate canvas, blending modes and effects with some common photoshop filters.

Lightwave Photoshop Text Effect
  • Create a new 800x400 RGB file with black background and use white text. 
  • Use a font of your choice and type in your desired text - we will use lightwave in this example. Make sure the color is white and centered on the page.
  • Make sure it fills about 65%-75% of the screen
  • We will now warp the text. Select the text tool and on your text tool menu select the warp icon.

  • Set the style to Arc with Blend to 0, Horizontal Distortion to 0, and Vertical Distortion to 12. 
  • Create a duplicate of your text layer and rasterize it. 
  • Select your text layer and go to Filter > Stylize > Wind and use these settings
  • Do this twice. 
  • Now go to Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 degree CW, and apply the Wind Filter again (or hit CTRL F). Rotate and repeat until the text is again in its normal position. It will now look like this:
  • Duplicate the frosted layer you just made (not the text) and go to Image > Blur > Radial Blur with a Zoom level of 100 and Quality at Best. 
  • Now select your text layer and duplicate it. Then go to Image > Blur > Radial Blur with a Zoom level of 100 and Quality at Best. 
  • Go to your initial text layer, resize it about to 80% of its original size and drop the opacity to 60%. Your image should look something like this.

  • Take the text layer and add a Pillow Emboss on it with these settings.

  • Add some color if you wish. You can do this by locking the transparency and filing in the layered elements. I used yellow in this sample. 

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