30 Essential Photoshop Text Tutorials for Beautiful Effects

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Photoshop opens up all kinds of creative possibilities for designers. When you’re working with text in your designs, there are endless ways that you can style your text and countless different types of effects that can be created. Whether you’re working on a typographic design or simply using text for something like a poster design, knowing how to create beautiful text effects can have a big impact on the end result of your designs.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled this collection of 30 outstanding Photoshop text effect tutorials. These tutorials will teach you how to create a wide variety of different types of text effects in Photoshop, regardless of your current skills or level of experience.

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Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

’80s Inspired Stranger Things Text Effect

If you love the text effects from Stranger Things, follow along with this tutorial to learn how you can replicate the effect with your own text.

Stranger Things Text Effect Tutorial

Create Realistic Frozen Text Effect in Photoshop

Sometimes a great way to test your skills is to try to re-create a design or an effect that you see in use. Thankfully, there are some awesome tutorials, like this one, that show the steps you can take to re-create amazing text effects, this one from the movie Frozen.

Create Realistic Frozen Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Quick Sparkling Diamonds Text Effect in Photoshop

This effect can be created quickly but it’s sure to draw plenty of attention.

How to Create a Quick Sparkling Diamonds Text Effect in Photoshop

Create “Black Widow” Movie Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop

Here is another movie-inspired tutorial that teaches you how to create a text effect that could be used in many different ways.

Create "Black Widow" Movie Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Create In-Water Text Effect With Displacement Maps in Photoshop

You’ll love the possibilities when you know how to use this amazing effect with your own work.

How to Create In-Water Text Effect With Displacement Maps in Photoshop

Create a Rusted Metal Text Effect Inspired by “Mad Max” Movie

This rusted and heavily-textured effect could be great for posters and other designs when you want a powerful way to display the text.

Create a Rusted Metal Text Effect Inspired by "Mad Max" Movie

How to Create a Fabulous Mirror Ball Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This tutorial covers a technique that can be used to create fun retro-styled text.

How to Create a Fabulous Mirror Ball Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Create Abstract Shining Text Effect With Groovy Font in Photoshop

Here is another tutorial with a retro focus, although the end result is completely different than what you’ll learn with the previous tutorial.

Create Abstract Shining Text Effect With Groovy Font in Photoshop

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Photoshop

This gradient text effect could be used for a lot of different purposes, so it’s a great technique to learn.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Magma Hot Text Effect in Photoshop

Get a slight 3D effect with this glowing, hot text effect that makes use of lighting effects and texture.

Create a Magma Hot Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Neon Flame Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Here is another glowing effect that you can create, this one with outlined letters.

How to Create a Neon Flame Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Metallic Text Effect Using Layer Styles in Photoshop

Shiny, sleek metallic letters are not that difficult to create, thanks to the help you’ll get from this tutorial.

How to Create a Metallic Text Effect Using Layer Styles in Photoshop

Create a Stitched Denim Text Effect in Photoshop

Learn how to create a nice textured effect that resembles the look of denim and stitching.

Create a Stitched Denim Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Neon Text Effect in Photoshop

Recreate the look of a classic neon sign with the help of this guide.

Create a Neon Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Shiny, Gold, Old World Text Effect in Photoshop

Create shiny, textured gold text that really stands out.

Create a Shiny, Gold, Old World Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Create an Abstract Geometric Mosaic Text Effect

The technique used to create this mosaic text effect could be used in a lot of different ways if you’re creative.

How to Create an Abstract Geometric Mosaic Text Effect

Folded Text Effect

Recreate the look of folded paper with this easy tutorial.

Folded Text Effect

How to Make Cool Photoshop Text Effects Fast With Actions

Did you know that Photoshop actions can be useful for creating amazing text effects? This tutorial shows specific ways to incorporate actions to quickly come away with beautiful text.

How to Make Cool Photoshop Text Effects Fast With Actions

Create a Dissolved Ancient Ink Text Effect in Photoshop

This technique could be useful for posters, flyers, and other designs that feature large text.

Create a Dissolved Ancient Ink Text Effect in Photoshop

How to Create a Watercolor Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Recreate the look of watercolor easily by following along with this tutorial.

How to Create a Watercolor Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Create a Candy Flavored Text Effect in Photoshop

This striped effect with a slight 3D look resembles the appearance of candy.

Create a Candy Flavored Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Colorful Distorted Text Effect in Photoshop

Learn how to create this awesome effect that could be useful for many different purposes.

Create a Colorful Distorted Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Mech-Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop Using Layer Styles

By following along with this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll create texture metal text that works well with bold or heavy fonts.

Create a Mech-Inspired Text Effect in Photoshop Using Layer Styles

Create a Metallic Copper Text Effect Using Layer Styles in Photoshop

Another metallic effect, this one features copper text that really has a nice look.

Create a Metallic Copper Text Effect Using Layer Styl

Create a Steel Text Effect in Photoshop

Learn how to create textured, 3D text effects with the look of embossed steel by working through this guide.

Create a Steel Text Effect in Photoshop

Design Magical Fire Energy Text Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial shows a creative and artistic way to style or decorate a letter or text.

Design Magical Fire Energy Text Effect in Photoshop

Sparkling Iron Text Effect

Iron text with a spark isn’t difficult to create, thanks to the instructions you’ll get with this tutorial.

Sparkling Iron Text Effect

Retro Space Text Effect

Here is another retro or vintage-inspired effect that you can create pretty easily, and re-use the technique within your own designs.

Retro Space Text Effect

Hipster Text Effect in Photoshop

This 3D effect is pretty easyto create, thanks to the help of the tutorial.

Hipster Text Effect in Photoshop

Colorful Retro Text Effect

This is a fun effect that will help you to learn a few different techniques that might prove to be useful.

Colorful Retro Text Effect

Create Unique Glowing Text

Glowing space-inspired text is easy to create by following along with this tutorial.

Create Unique Glowing Text

Conclusion

As you can see, there are plenty of amazing text effects that you can learn to create thanks to the help of free Photoshop tutorials. Pick a few that seem to match well with your style of design and work through them step-by-step. Although you’ll be creating the same text/design used in the tutorial, once you know how to do it, you can put the techniques to work with your own designs to create awesome results.

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