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    Default Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect

    What We’re Making

    This Text Effect Quickie will show you a real simple way to create a vibrant, poppy type in just a few minutes. It’s a great effect to use on promotional materials, posters, or even in website graphics!
    vibrant example - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    Before getting started, you may want to grab a Pop-styled font to work with. Really, anything with a bold look will probably look great, but for that extra pop feel, you may be interested in trying out a font like:


    Step 1 – Background

    The background is a key element to this effect. If the background doesn’t give off a poppy, groovy sort of feel, the text alone may not be enough to compensate for the loss.
    overlay layers - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    Start out with a base color of your choosing (I chose an especially bright Lime Green: #b7f22b), and fill the entire background layer of your document.
    Create a new layer.
    Now, using a white foreground color, and a soft (0% hardness), large (300px-ish) brush, make a few dabs in your new layer. Set this layers blending mode to Overlay.
    Repeat this process of adding new layers, painting a few dabs on each, and setting them to overlay to build up a nice lighting effect as shown in the example on the right. Varying the size of the brush, and overlapping your dabs will help add depth to your background.
    Step 2 – Setting the Type

    As suggested earlier, using a bolder typeface is probably a good idea for this effect, as legibility may become a problem with something too small or thin. Another thing to keep in mind when setting the type is the actual placement of letters. Since this is more of a Pop-culture effect, we want the actual placement of elements to depict such a style.
    For inspiration on type placement, try exploring various avenues that are well integrated in Pop-culture to see how they design their graphics. I tend to see more abstract combinations of text in such areas, along with frequent use of placing text at angles, and fitting words into one another. On a final note, to make this specific effect work best, you should use a White Font.
    Below is an example I put together using CLUB and Impact:
    set type - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    Step 3 – Setting Up the Layer Style

    Go into your text layers Blending Options (Right Click Layer > Blending Options).
    Apply the layer effects shown below, making any modifications as needed.
    Drop Shadow

    drop shadow - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    Outer Glow

    outer glow1 - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    Gradient Overlay







    We’ll need to build a custom gradient for our gradient overlay effect. If you’ve never built a custom gradient, I suggest taking a look at our Layer Styles in Photoshop Tutorial prior to this step.
    The gradient should be setup as follows:
    custom gradient - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    gradient overlay - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
    Stroke Overlay

    stroke1 - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect

    final - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect

    Download the Text Effect

    If you’re looking for an easier way to apply the layer effects, you can also download our Vibrant Pop Text Effect for free! It’s still important to note that some changes may need to be made to the effects in order to fit your design. cloud - Text Effect Quickie: Vibrant Pop Text Effect
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