How to Create a ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You’ll Be Creating

This very quick tutorial will show you an easy way to create a text effect inspired by the ‘Stranger Things’ series, using only layer styles and some simple adjustments. Let’s get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on Envato Market.

Tutorial Assets


The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. Create the Background and the Text

Step 1

Create a new 1280 x 720px document, and fill the Background with the color #0c0101.

Create the Background

Step 2

Create the text in White using the font Indira K.

The original font used is Benguiat, but this is a free alternative that you can use instead.

Set the Size to a value around 141 pt, and check the Faux Bold and All Caps icons in the Character panel (Window > Character).

Create the Text

Step 3

Change the Tracking value to -100.

Change the Tracking

Step 4

Change the Vertical Scale to 115. This will stretch the text vertically.

Change the Vertical Scale

2. Adjust the Bigger Letters

Step 1

Select (highlight) the first letter of your text, and change its Size to a value around 212 pt.

Enlarge the First Letter

Step 2

Next, you’ll need to change the Baseline Shift value in order to move the big letter downwards, until its top is on the same level as the tops of the rest of the letters.

To do that, you can either enter numerical values, or scrub the Set the baseline shift icon to the left.

Set the Baseline Shift

Step 3

Do the same for the last letter of the first line of text, or whatever other letters you like.

Adjust the Last Letter

3. Adjust the Kerning

Step 1

Place the text cursor between the first two letters you have, and change the Kerning to a value you think looks good.

Change the Kerning

Step 2

Depending on your text and the result you’re looking for, adjust the Kerning for the rest of the letters you have. Not all the letters should be adjusted, just the ones you think need that.

Change the Kerning

Step 3

Once you’re done, change the text layer’s Fill value to 0.

Change the Fill Value

4. Style the Text

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Depth: 220
  • Size: 3
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 156
  • Altitude: 37
  • Gloss Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode – Opacity: 35%
  • Shadow Mode – Opacity: 50%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cove – Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Contour

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Position: Inside
  • Color: #ce1725
Stroke

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Noise: 5%
  • Color: #ea0f0f
  • Size: 17
Inner Glow

Step 5

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 50%
  • Noise: 5%
  • Color: #ea2314
  • Size: 12
  • Range: 60%
Outer Glow

Step 6

This will style the text. Right-click the styled text layer, and choose Copy Layer Style.

Copy Layer Style

5. Create the Rectangle Shapes

Step 1

Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool, and set the Radius in the Options bar to 2Click-drag to create a rectangle above the text, with a Height value around 7px.

Then, click-drag to create more rectangles at the beginning and end of the second line of text, or anywhere else you’d like to add them. Just make sure to maintain the same Height for all the rectangles you create.

Create the Rectangles

Step 2

Change all the rectangle layers’ Fill value to 0.

Change the Fill Value

6. Style the Rectangles

Right-click any of the rectangle layers you have, and choose Paste Layer Style. This will apply the same layer style copied from the text layer.

After that, double-click the styled rectangle layer to adjust some of the values:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 2
  • Position: Outside
Stroke

Step 3

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

Inner Glow

Step 4

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

Outer Glow

Step 5

Right-click the styled rectangle layer, and choose Copy Layer Style.

Copy Layer Style

Step 6

Select the other rectangle layers you have, right-click any of them, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Paste Layer Style

Step 7

Place the text and rectangle layers in a group, and call it Text Effect.

Text Effect Group

7. Style the Group

Double-click the Text Effect group to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Style: Reflected
  • Angle: 135
  • Create the Gradient fill using the colors #fbe7c2 to the left and #e69f99 to the right
Gradient Overlay 1

Step 2

Add another Gradient Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Style: Reflected
  • Angle: 135
  • Use the faucet 10 gradient fill
Gradient Overlay 2

Step 3

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 20%
  • Color: #de1b22
  • Size: 34
  • Range: 60%
Outer Glow

This will enhance the effect.

Styled Group

8. Add Some Light Spots

Step 1

Set the Foreground Color to #451d08, and then create a new layer on top of all layers, call it Light, and change its Blend Mode to Color Dodge.

Light Layer

Step 2

Pick the Brush Tool, and choose a big, soft, round tip. Then start clicking over some letters to brighten them up.

You can change the tip’s size, and play around with the Opacity value in the Options bar to control the intensity of the light spots you’re adding.

Add the Light Spots

Step 3

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon in the Layers panel, and choose Hue/Saturation.

HueSaturation Adjustment Layer

Step 4

Change the Saturation value to 35, and the Lightness to 15, or any other values you like.

Change the Values

9. Adjust the Coloring

Step 1

Add a Gradient adjustment layer on top of the Text Effect group.

Create the gradient fill using the colors #5c456e to the right, #b26b73 in the center, and #fda982 to the left. Change the Style to Reflected, the Angle to 155, and the Scale to 55%.

Gradient Adjustment Layer

Step 2

Change the Gradient layer’s Blend Mode to Color, and its Opacity to 35%.

Gradient Layer Settings

Congratulations! You’re Done

In this tutorial, we created the text and modified it using the different Character panel options and settings. Then we styled the text, created the rectangles, and styled them as well.

After that, we grouped all the layers and added one more layer style. Finally, we added some light spots and a gradient adjustment layer to modify the coloring of the final result.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

Final Result