How to Add Effects to Text: Best Photoshop Tutorials

Create impressive text effects with these beginner-friendly Photoshop tutorials.

How to Add Effects to Text in Photoshop
Portrait for EnvatoBy Envato  |  Updated December 7, 2020

Spend an afternoon learning a few new tricks! Text effects are one of the best ways to hone your skills as a graphic designer. Achieve insane 3D effects or gain more knowledge about layer styles and more.

Let’s take a look at a few awesome text effect tutorials from Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration.

Master the Basics

Need a refresher before you begin? Check out this series of tutorials and learning guides to help you get started.

In this quick video, learn the essentials of modern typography while enjoying a few examples for inspiration.

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Knowing the basics to typography will help you with text effects in the long run. Check out this video to explore the difference between serif and sans serif fonts.

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When you’re ready, dive into this collection of text effect tutorials to master high quality 3D effects and more.

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Easy Text Effect Tutorials

You don’t have to be an expert to create winning designs. Try out these easy step-by-step tutorials from our experts to master your favorite effects!

If you’re looking forward to season two of Netflix’s Stranger Things, then give this great tutorial a shot. Learn how to use only layer styles and simple adjustments to make the show’s famous neon logo.

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With Photoshop actions, you can apply brilliant effects to your text by just playing a simple action. Learn how to create an action that generates realistic grass with this fun tutorial.

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Double exposure effects are one of the hottest trends going around the design industry today. If you love the process of blending of images for one great effect, then check out this tutorial for a simple breakdown.

Double Exposure Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Merge your love of architectural design with a blueprint-inspired text effect! This Illustrator tutorial shows how you to set up the initial grid before using pattern brushes and more to create this handwritten look.

Blueprint Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Retro text effects harness the charm of vintage design and bring it into the modern world. Create this retro effect using layer styles, grunge textures, and noise.

Grunge Retro Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Recreate the look of folded paper with this brilliant tutorial! Learn how to take full advantage of the Appearance panel while absorbing great tips on blending and more.

Folded Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator

Incorporate beautiful floral elements into your typography with this insightful lesson. Learn how to add simple text to a stock image for an incredible effect.

Layered Floral Typography Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Another popular trend that has hit the industry is the use of clean, geometric elements. In this tutorial, learn how to build a creative geometric collage using basic Photoshop tools to divide text into different segments.

Geometric Collage Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
Fur Action Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Use Photoshop actions to create realistic fur text effects. This tutorial will show you how to set up the initial action before building the furry elements with layer styles and more.

Need more choices? Browse this massive collection of text effect tutorials to find one that fits your unique style. From 3D effects to popular fan art themes, you’ll definitely love this selection.

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In-Depth Video Courses

For a more in-depth look at text effects, head on over to the Courses section of Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration. Not only will you get access to over a thousand informative courses, but you’ll also learn more great tips and tricks for mastering text effects.

In this course, instructor Cheryl Graham shows you the power and versatility of working with type in Adobe Illustrator. Explore these extensive lessons to master typography fast.

If you prefer to work with Photoshop instead, then check out this detailed course. Instructor Howard Pinsky shows you the basics of working with type in Photoshop before challenging you with more advanced techniques.

You’d be surprised with what you can achieve with the right fonts! Enjoy this look at typographic posters and word clouds from instructor Gary Simon.

Tackle your favorite text effects to gain insightful knowledge about leading industry software. Upgrade your portfolio with impressive designs your clients will love!

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