Design a Flashing Text Effect in Photoshop CS5

This photoshop tutorial will show that you how to create a professional flashing text effect in Photoshop. This tutorial technique will add depth to your design. Also you will use layer blending modes, filter and opacity settings to create this text effect. It is a very nice tutorial but you should follow it step by step and understand all points to make a professional effect. Enjoy!

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Tutorial details:

  • Program: Adobe Photoshop CS5
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Estimated Completion Time: 40 Mins

Create a Flashing Text Effect in Photoshop – Final Preview

Final Preview

Tools and Resources

Tools and Resources

External Resources

Photoshop Tools

  • Text Tool
  • Brush Tool
  • Gradient Overlay

Lets start to create our flashing text effect in photoshop.

Step 1

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) with 800×500 of size.

Create New Document

Step 2

Set background color #101010, select Text Tool from tool panel type some text with 200px of size applying white color #ffffff. Here I am using Unrealised Font you can select your own choice of font.

Type Some Text

Now I am going to applying some Blending Options on this text layer.

Go to Layer > Layer Styles and applying these Blending Options.

Bevel and Emboss

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

Gradient Overlay

After applying these blending options we get nice effect on text layer.

Get a Nice Effect

Step 3

Hold Ctrl key then click thumbnail of text layer to make a selection.

Make a Selection

Go to Select > Modified > Contract, and set contract by (5px), after set contract selection decrease 5px around the text as like in preview.

Set Contract

When we set contract selection decreases 5px round the text layer.

Get Result

Step 4

Create a new layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) name it Noise, fill selected area with white color #ffffff.

Create New Layer

Now I am going to applying noise of this layer.

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

Add Noise

After add noise we get cool effect on noise layer.

Get Cool Effect

Press (Ctrl+F) three times to make noise effect more effective.

Get Noise Effect

Step 5

In this step applying Dust & Scratches Filter on noise layer, don’t deselect the selection now, keep working on it.

Go to Filter > Noise > Dust & Scratches.

Dust & Scratches Filter

After applying dust & scratches we get beautiful result.

Get Beautiful Result

Step 6

Now applying Emboss Filter on this noise layer.

Go to Filter > Sterilize > Emboss.

Emboss Filter

When we set emboss filter we get nice effect on noise layer.

Get Nice Effect

Step 7

In this step we are going to set the Brightness & Contrast of this noise layer.

Go to Image > Adjustment > Brightness & contrast.

Brightness & Contrast

After set brightness we get this new result, Now press (Ctrl+D) to deselect selection.

Get New Result

Set Fill (70%) of this noise layer.

Set Fill of Noise Layer

Step 8

Now go to the Blending Options and applying some Layer Styles on this noise layer.

Go to Layer > Layer Styles and applying these Layer Styles.

Inner Shadow

Inner Shadow

Bevel and Emboss

Bevel and Emboss

After applying these layer styles we get beautiful effect on noise layer.

Get Beautiful Effect

Step 9

Now create a new layer go to Layer > New > Layer or press (Shift+Ctrl+N) to create new layer, select Star Brush (60px) of size paint with white color #ffffff.

Paint With Star Brush

Same as select star brush and paint other several areas with white color #ffffff as like in preview.

Paint With Star Brush More Several Areas

Now I am going to applying Gaussian Blur Filter on star brush layer.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.

Gaussian Blur Filter

After applying gaussian blur we get new effect on star brush layer.

Get New Effect

Step 10

Select original text layer go to the Blending Options and change the Gradient Overlay setting of original text layer.

Go to Layer > Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay.

Gradient Overlay

After applying this gradient overlay we get beautiful resut.

Get Nice Result

After complete all the procedure we get our flashing text effect in final preview.

Final Preview

Final Preview

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