How to create 80s Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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With all the bright colors, fancy gradients, and geometric elements, the 80's shiny chrome text effects were such a huge trend. This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop's 3D Tools, along with a couple of gradients, styles, textures, and adjustment layers, to create an awesome 80's style text effect.

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What we’ll create

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1. Create the background and the text shapes

Step 1

Create a new 1500 x 800px document, then fill the Background with the color #2d2127.

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Step 2

Create the text using the font Piximisa. Use a light gray color, and set the Size to 350pt.

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Step 3

Right-click the text layer and choose Convert to Shape.

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Step 4

Use the Direct Selection Tool (A) to get the shape options in the Options bar.

Then,  click the Path operations icon, and click Merge Shape Components.

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Step 5

Duplicate the shape layer, and rename the copy layer to Stroke.

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Step 6

With the Direct Selection Tool still active, change the Fill in the Options bar to None, then change the Stroke Color to White, its Width to 6, then click the Set shape stroke type icon, and set the Align to Outside.

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2. Create the 3D layers

Step 1

For each of the shape layers you have, select it, then go to 3D > New 3D Extrusion from Selected Path.

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Step 2

Select both 3D layers you have, then go to 3D > Merge 3D Layers.

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Step 3

To access the 3D mesh settings and properties, you’ll need to open two panels: The 3D panel, and the Properties panel (both found under the Window menu).

The 3D panel has all the components of the 3D scene, and when you click the name of any of those, you’ll be able to access its settings in the Properties  panel. So make sure to always select the tab of the element you want to modify in the 3D panel before you change its settings in the Properties  panel.

If you select the Move Tool, you’ll find a set of 3D Modes to the right of the Options bar. When you choose one of those, you can then click and drag to perform changes (on the selected element in the 3D panel).

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3. Adjust the mesh settings

Step 1

Select the original text mesh tab in the 3D panel, then click the Deform icon at the top of the Properties panel.

Change the Extrusion Depth to 220, and the Taper to 80%.

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Step 2

Select the Stroke mesh tab in the 3D panel, then click the Deform icon at the top of the Properties panel.

Change the Extrusion Depth to 250, and the Taper to 80%.

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Step 3

Click the Cap icon, then change the Bevel Width to 2%, and the Contour to Half Round.

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4. Create the text’s front inflation texture

Step 1

Select the text’s Front Inflation Material tab in the 3D panel. Then, in the Properties panel, click the Diffuse texture icon, and choose Edit Texture.

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Step 2

Once the texture’s file opens, duplicate the shape layer.

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Step 3

Pick the Rectangle Tool, and make sure that the Shape option is active in the Options bar.

Then, press and hold the Option/Alt key, click and drag slightly, then release the Option/Alt key.

What you need to do after that is create a rectangle that covers the top half of the text shape you have.

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Step 4

Once you release the mouse button, the top part of the text shape will be removed.

Merge Shape Components like you did previously.

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Step 5

Pick the Custom Shape Tool, then pick the second shape from the Grass + Wave Borders set.

Press and hold the Shift key, click and drag slightly, release the Shift key, and add the shape to top of the bottom half of the text you created.

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5. Create the shape layers’ gradient fills

Step 1

Double-click the original shape layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect, and check the Dither box.

Then, click the Gradient Fill box to create the gradient fill used.

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Step 2

To create the Gradient, you’ll need to click below the gradient bar to add Color Stops, and when you click each Color Stop, you can change its Color and Location values. Here are the Color Stop values used from left to right:

Color – Location

  • #eaf3f4  – 0%
  • #ecf1f0 – 65%
  • #a1d3db – 81%
  • #005564 – 100%

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This will style the top part.

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Step 3

Double-click the copy shape layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect, and check the Dither box.

Then, click the Gradient Fill box to create the gradient fill used.

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Step 4

Create the following gradient fill:

Color – Location

  • #fcf8ff  – 0%
  • #58b3c1 – 76%
  • #232e64 – 100%

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This is what you should get. Feel free to use any other colors you like as well.

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Step 5

Save the file and close it to go back to the 3D scene.

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6. Create the Stroke’s front inflation texture

Step 1

Select the Stroke‘s Front Inflation Material tab in the 3D panel, then, in the Properties panel, click the Diffuse texture icon, and choose Edit Texture.

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Step 2

When the file opens, use the Rectangle Tool to create a rectangle than covers the stroke you have.

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Step 3

Double-click the rectangle’s layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect.

Check the Dither box then click the Gradient Fill box to create the gradient.

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Step 4

Create the following gradient fill:

Color – Location

  • #6cdced  – 0%
  • #1e4687 – 24%
  • #6edeeb – 50%
  • #164f9d – 74%
  • #8afeff – 93%

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This is what you should get.

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Step 5

Save and close the file to go back to the original document.

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7. Create the extrusion’s fill

Step 1

Select the text’s Extrusion Material tab, then click the Diffuse texture icon and choose Edit Texture.

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Step 2

Fill the layer you have with any color.

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Step 3

Double-click the layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect.

check the Dither box then click the Gradient Fill box to create the gradient.

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Step 4

Create the following gradient fill:

Color – Location

  • #002a51  – 0%
  • #034482 – 13%
  • #0f5598 – 28%
  • #1c66ac – 48%
  • #2a78c1 – 68%

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This will create a simple fill for the extrusion.

Save and close the file to go back to the original document.

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8. Adjust more material settings

Step 1

Select all the Material tabs you have, the change the Shine value to 100%.

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Step 2

Select the text’s Extrusion Material tab, and change the Specular color to (104, 104, 104).

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Step 3

Select the Stroke‘s Extrusion Material tab, and change the Specular color to (125, 125, 125).

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Step 4

Click the Diffuse texture icon, and choose the text’s Extrusion Material texture to apply it to the Stroke‘s extrusion as well.

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Step 5

Select both mesh tabs, then click the 3D panel menu icon, and choose Move Object to Ground Plane.

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9. Adjust the lighting and render the scene

Step 1

Select the Infinite Light 1 tab, then change the Intensity to 60%, and the Softness to 10%.

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Step 2

You can use the Move Tool to move the light around, or simply click the Coordinates icon at the top of the Properties panel to add numerical values.

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Step 3

Select the Environment tab, then, change the Ground Plane Shadows Opacity to 0%.

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Step 4

Make sure you like how the final scene looks, and make any necessary changes.

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Step 5

Once you’re done, go to 3D > Render 3D Layer.

The rendering might take a while, but you can stop it any time by pressing the Esc key.

When the rendering is done, right-click the 3D layer, and choose Convert to Smart Object.

This will help maintain the rendering when more layers are added and duplicated inside the document.

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10. Adjust the text’s coloring and add a noise texture

Step 1

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, clip it to the 3D layer, then change the Hue value to 5.

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Step 2

Add a Levels adjustment layer, then change the Shadows value to 16, and the Highlights value to 240.

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Step 3

Place the Concrete wall image on top of all layers, rename its layer to Text Texture, and clip it to the 3D layer.

Change the Text Texture layer’s Blend Mode to  Color Burn, and its Opacity to 59%.

Resize the texture image as you like based on the noise effect you want.

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11. Add the background textures

Step 1

Place the Starry night design image on top of the Background layer, rename its layer to Stars, then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light, and resize it as needed.

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Step 2

Place the Abstract colored background with stripes image on top of the Stars layer, call its layer Diagonal Lines, then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Resize the image as you like, then, if needed, you can mask or erase the edges.

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Step 3

For the Colorful Glowing Light Background image, you can either copy the vector without the text from the AI file, or simply remove the text from the JPEG image. It doesn’t matter that much because that part will be behind the 3D text.

Place the image’s layer on top of the Diagonal Lines layer, then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light, and its Opacity to 80%.

Resize as needed, and mask or erase the edges if necessary.

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Step 4

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and clip it to the Colorful Glowing Light Background image’s layer, then change the Hue to 38, the Saturation to -7, and the Lightness to -16.

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Step 5

Add the Concrete wall image again, this time right below the 3D layer. Rename its layer to BG Texture, and change its Blend Mode to Multiply.

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12. Add the flare

Step 1

Add image 02 from the Lens Flare – 15 file pack on top of the BG Texture layer, change its layer’s Blend Mode to Screen, then resize and position it behind the 3D text.

You can erase any unwanted parts.

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Step 2

Add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, and clip it to the Flare layer, then change the Hue value to 45.

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Step 3

  • Double-click the 3D layer to apply an Outer Glow effect with these settings:
  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #dadada
  • Size: 15
  • Contour: Cone
  • Range: 6

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This will add a bright outer stroke to the 3D text.

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13. Add the grid

Step 1

Pick the Brush Tool, then open the Brush panel, and pick the Sampled Brush 15 tip from the PERSPECTIVE GRID BRUSH set.

Make sure that the Brush Tip Shape tab is active, and change the Angle to 90.

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Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the Diagonal Lines layer, and call it Grid, then set the Foreground Color to #cccccc, and click to add the grid behind the text.

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

Step 3

Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #ffcae5
  • Size: 13

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Step 4

Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Size: 3

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Step 5

Change the Grid layer’s Blend Mode to Vivid Light, its Opacity to 35%, and its Fill value to 0.

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14. Add the text flares

Step 1

Choose a sparkle/flare brush tip you like from the Stars And Flares Brush Set.

In the Brush panel, decrease the tip’s Size as needed. Then, under the Shape Dynamics tab, change the Size Jitter to 50%, and the Angle Jitter to 100%.

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Step 2

Create a new layer on top of all layers, call it Text Flares, then change its Blend Mode to Vivid Light, and set the Foreground Color to #acacac.

Start clicking to add flares over some of the bright areas of the 3D stroke.

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15. Add a gradient overlay

Step 1

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of all layers, then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light, and its Opacity to 50%.

Check the Dither box, then click the gradient box to create the gradient fill.

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Step 2

Create the following gradient fill:

Color – Location

  • #333333  – 0%
  • #443349 – 13%
  • #4c3f5d – 28%
  • #544970 – 48%
  • #5f5583 – 68%
  • #686096 – 87%

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That’s it!

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we used the 3D tools and options, a couple of shapes, gradient fills, textures, flares, styles, and adjustment layers to create a bright, shiny 80s inspired text effect.

Please feel free to share your work in the comments section below.

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Best answer
8 months ago

Digital image editing is
my problem and now you will certainly help me to create eye-popping drawings!

Glad to read this! We hope seeing your creations soon!

- mary_smith 8 months ago
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3 months ago

do you have a tutorial video for this one??. your tutorial is great glad to see this really helpful. .more power to you :)

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Edited 1 month ago

Holy moly, when you put a tutorial together, you go all out. It took me a while to get through this, but I'm super happy with the results. Thank you :   https://i.imgur.com/E15XSly.jpg

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