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Give candy effect to your text

Added on Tuesday 11th of January 2011 07:37 am EST

Application: Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3/CS4/CS5


Operating Systems: Macintosh, Microsoft Windows


Looking to enliven your text with some new creative techniques? Got a sweet tooth? You can make your words look good enough to eat.


To create a candied font, we’ll show you how to:

•     Use the Satin, Bevel and Emboss, and Inner Glow styles to make your text pop.



Usually, having to eat your words is not a good thing. But if you’re trying to get your message across to an audience, then designing attractive, appetizing text is your goal. Photoshop offers several options for creating attention-grabbing text effects. In this article, we’ll show you how to polish up your words until they positively glisten with candy-like appeal.


Begin with plain text


For our example, we’ll open a new Photoshop file and enter the word “Photoshop.” We’ll use a simple font and all caps, but after you’ve seen how the candy effect works, feel free to play with how it looks in lowercase letters and more ornate fonts. Let’s get started.

To follow along with our example, create a new document ([command]N ([Ctrl]N in Windows)). Set the size to 1000×5000 pixels and the background to white, as shown in Figure A




Now, let’s add a gradient to the background. Choose Layers > New Fill Layer > Gradient Fill, as shown in Figure B.



Next, select the Type Tool (t) and choose a font. We selected Cooper and typed the word Photoshop in the center, as shown in Figure C.



Create a custom pattern


Okay, now we’ll leave this image for the moment so that we can work on designing a candy coating for our text.

To create a custom diagonally-striped pattern, follow these steps:


1.        Open a new document ([command]N ([Ctrl]N in Windows)). Set the size to 200×200 pixels with the background to white, as shown in Figure D.




2.        Using the Rectangle Marquee Tool (M), create a 400×35 rectangle, and fill it with red color.



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