Transparent Glass Lettering
Learn how to make a stunning glass text effect. Adapted from a Photoshop tutorial.
Note: This tutorial is adapted from this Photoshop tutorial from psdtuts.com
Create a new file and fill the background with a dark gradient. I used #0f291a to #22502b.
Now type in a word with a nice font and a light color. I used Myriad Pro, 144px at #72bd90:
Select your text layer and set its opacity to 60%. Now select the text tool and click on your text, then click "Create Path from Text":
Select your text layer, then click Layer > Layer to Image Size. Now add a drop shadow (Filters > Light and Shadow > Drop Shadow). I set my offsets to 2, blur radius to 20, color to black, opacity to 80 and unchecked allow resizing:
Create a new layer. Then select Select > From Path (Shift+V). This will create a selection around your text. Now Select > Feather at 10px. Then pick a light, yellowish color (#e8ffb1) and bucket fill your selection. Next, Select > Shrink by about 2px. Delete this selection by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard (or Edit > Cut). Set the layer mode to Screen and set the opacity to 50%:
Create another layer. Select your path again (Shift+V), then Select > Shrink by about 8px. Now Select > Feather by 10px. Fill your selection with black and set the layer mode to Overlay at 100%:
Almost done! Create a new layer. Select your path again (Shift+V). Now choose the Ellipse Select Tool and set the mode to Intersect:
Make a big selection over the top half of your text:
Set your foreground color to white (#fff) Now select the gradient tool, set the shape to radial and gradient to "FG to Transparent":
Fill in your selection, dragging from the top-left of your first letter to the lower-right of your last letter. Set the layer mode to Overlay at 50% and you're done! Viola:
Tip: Ctrl+Shift+A will clear any selections.