Photoshop Tutorials

Plastic text

A tutorial site wouldn't be complete without its plastic text tutorial, would it?
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Ok, now I have made a few blue looking plastic text effects in the past but this one is different, I promise hehe. I made an action for this effect and it received about 1,000 downloads in 2 days so here is the tutorial.

First up, start with a new image, depending on what your going to write, make it about 800x800px with a white background. Now select the Type tool:

Now type your text at size 450pts no other size (this example uses the Times font).
Make sure your text is the right shade of blue #9FB8C1. Once done, click the Tick to commit your text.

HOLD CTRL and click on the type layer to select it. Create a new layer and select it, then go to Edit>Fill and select 50% gray from the contents menu.
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Do not lose the selection of the text. Switch to the channels palette, create a new channel and fill the selection in white. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 4 then again, Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 2. And again Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 1. OK you are now done blurring. Deselect (CTRL+D) and go back to the layers palette.

Now HOLD CTRL and click on "layer1" now go to Filter>Render>Lighting Effects. Select the preset of 2 O'Clock spotlight and add these settings:
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You will get text similar to the picture on the left. Now you need to blur this layer, Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussion Blur and enter 1 for radius.
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Next we must make a curves adjustment. So Go to Image>Adjust>Curves. Match the settings as close you can to the picture on the left. The closer you get the more realistic the effect will be.
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Ok now we can see the plastic coming along. Seen as though I want blue plastic I am going to make a colour adjustment. Go to Image>Adjust>Hue/Saturation. Match these settings: Hue 214, - Saturation 76, Lightness 21, (MAKE SURE COLORIZE IS TICKED IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER) ok almost done.
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You are now done all you need to do is to add a drop shadow (Layer>Effects>Drop Shadow) and resize the whole image, (Image>Image Size.) And there you go. If you have any trouble with this tutorial you can just post in the forums. :)
This tutorial was brought to you by Robouk, please post any questions in the forum. Thank you.