Published on May 13, 2023
Transparent glass text effect
In this blog I will show you how to create a transparent glass text effect in Adobe Photoshop!
Want to watch the video with instructions? Then click here or scroll down to the end of this page.
Step 1: Create file and text
First create a new file that’s 1920 x 1080 pixels. My file has a resolution of 300 pixels/inch.
Then select the horizontal type tool and pick a font. Type your text. It doesn’t matter what color the text is, we’ll make the text transparent in the next step.
When you’re done, click on the ✓ icon.
Press CTRL+T to activate free transform. You can now move and/or resize your text.
Step 2: Glass text effect
Make sure the text layer is selected. Then click on the fx icon below your layers and select ‘blending options‘.
Lower the fill opacity to 0%. The text is now transparent. Time to add the glass effect!
Select ‘Bevel & Emboss‘. You can find the settings I used in the image below. Copy these settings.
Then select ‘Inner Glow‘. Again copy the settings I used (see image below).
Select ‘Drop Shadow‘ now. Again copy the settings in the image below.
If you want to make the background black, you don’t have to add a drop shadow (because you won’t see it). In the next step I’ll show you how to change the background color.
You have created the glass text effect now!
Step 3: Change background color
To change the background color, you have to create a solid color layer.
Pick a background color and click OK. Then place the color fill layer below the text layer.
And that’s how you create this glass text effect in Adobe Photoshop!
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