50 Essential Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials

Last month I published a collection of 45 Photoshop Tutorials for Better Navigation, which quickly became one of the most popular posts on this blog. Due to the response, I spent some time finding more great Photoshop tutorials. Here are 50 of the best tutorials for working with text.

You may also be interested in the following collections of Photoshop tutorials:

Create a Spectacular Flaming Meteor Effect on Text

Flaming text

Smooth Glass Type

Glass text

Slow Shutter Text Effect

Slow Shutter Text

Placing Multiple Images Inside Text

Multiple Images in Text

Stylish Text

Stylish Text

Using Light and Shade to Bring Text to Life

Shade and Text

Grunge Rubber Stamp

Rubber Stamp Text

 

Graffiti with Photoshop

Graffiti

Faking Text Wrap in Photoshop

Faking text wrap

Kaboom! Exploding Text

Exploding Text

Recreate the “Bee Movie” Text Effect

Bee Movie Text Effect

Freezing Ice Text Effect

Freezing Ice Text Effect

Color Reflection Special Effects

Reflection

How to Create a Gold Text Effect

Gold Text

Old School Type – Line Gradients

Old School Text

 

Cartoon/Comic-Style Text Effect

Cartoon Text

3D Typographic Effects

3D Text

Matrix Text Effect

Matrix Text Effect

Metallic Spiderman 3 Text

Spiderman Text

Text Explosion Effect

Text Explosion

Colorful Light Burst Text

Colorful Light Burst

3D Text

3D Text

Reflective Liquid Type

Reflective Liquid Text

Swirl Text Logo

Swirl Logo Text

Stylish 3D Text

Stylish 3D Text

Dreamy Text

Dreamy Text

Text on Turf

Text on Turf

Zoom Text

Zoom Text

Snow on Text

Snow on Text

Aqua Text

Aqua Text

Simple 3D Text

Simple 3D Text

Electric Text

Electric Text

Reflective Metallic Text

Reflective Metal Text

Futuristic Text

Futuristic Text

Glowing Text

Glowing Text

Plasma Text

Plasma Text

A Slick Supernatural Text Effect

Supernatural Text

Radioactive Text

Radioactive Text

Glow Letter with Perspective

Letter with Perspective

Text on a Path

Text on a Path

Metal Text Effect

Metal Text Effect

Web 2.0 Style Text

Web 2.0 Style Text

Mosaic Text

Mosaic Text

Taco Bell Text Effect

Taco Bell Text

3D Styled Text

3D Styled Text

3D Bulge Text Effect

3D Bulge Text

Black Glass Reflection

Black Glass Reflection

Striped Text

Striped Text

Cool Breeze Text Effect

Cool Breeze Text

If you are interested in inspiration for typography and text effects, you’ll love our new gallery site TypeInspire.

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  • Shanna Cote, April 21, 2008

    HA. i should have checked my feed 10 mins ago.. i just scoured the web for text wrap in PS. found the same tut. Awesome list! Thanks so much!!

    Shanna

  • Vandelay Design, April 21, 2008

    Shanna,
    Sorry it was a bit late. I’m glad you like the collection.

  • joe, April 22, 2008

    wow that is some real cool graphics i wish someone could do me a header like that for my site

  • RedesignYourBiz.com, April 22, 2008

    Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome………….

  • Erika, April 22, 2008

    Excellent collection. I JUST spotted that Ainley tutorial earlier this weekend.

  • PinkPetrol, April 22, 2008

    Once again some class text design, nice one vandelay

    Sammy x

  • James Mann, April 22, 2008

    Isn’t Photoshop a ton of fun?

    I have been using Photoshop for years and even taught a couple of basic and intermediate courses. It can be a scary thing for beginners though.

    That’s why tutorials are so great. Thanks for the list.

    I really like finding new techniques for things that I spend hours on.

  • SEO Bedrijven, April 22, 2008

    Good inspirational post! I’m working on a logo for our site and this post really helps.

  • Scott Fillmer, April 22, 2008

    I have been using photoshop now for probably over 10 years and I am continually amazed at how little I scratch the surface of that program.

    My applications are mainly in photography, so I hit the same features each time. Thanks for sharing these, they are great.

  • Jay Francis Hunter, April 22, 2008

    Freakin’ mind readers.

    I recently came across this…but was looking for something…nicer? Prettier? Higher class. Booyah.

    Thanks.

  • agencja modelek, April 22, 2008

    Great list of tutorials. I`d like to post my logo using this technics ;-)

  • Fubiz, April 22, 2008

    Excellent list …

  • karen, April 22, 2008

    i need to purchase a copy of Photoshop/any related software…please reply

  • Wes P, April 22, 2008

    These links look great. Definitely bookmarked! I might point out, though, that the “Shade” tutorial (6th from the top) is the wrong link.

  • April - Of Scotland, April 22, 2008

    I really need to see about getting photoshop. I have corel photopaint and hate it a LOT.

  • Vandelay Design, April 22, 2008

    Karen,
    I’m not sure what kind of reply you want. You can buy Photoshop just about anywhere.

    Wes,
    Thanks for pointing out the dead link. Too much copying and pasting. I fixed it.

    April,
    I’ve never used Corel Photopaint, but I would highly recommend Photoshop.

  • Jacob Cass, April 22, 2008

    Wow, this is awesome. I am going to use the 3D one in a new project. Nik Ainley is a god. Thanks Steven.

  • imsraaia, April 23, 2008

    Excellent… thanks….

  • Sandy Allen, April 24, 2008

    Awesome. I needed the graffiti tutorial to get a specific message into an outdoor shoot. Thanks!

  • Manik, April 26, 2008

    Thanks for investing time to put together this post.

    I found this really helpful.

  • Ty Lombardi, May 5, 2008

    Hey there,

    Awesome post. I haven’t seen half of these and I’ve been using Photoshop for years! I like how you gave images under each tutorial name so that we can get a feel for the tutorial without having to click it first.

    On another note, I’d like to compliment you on your blog. It is very well organized and quite unique.

    Keep up the good work!

  • Mobde3, August 13, 2008

    archived this link to my bookmark!

  • Nisansala, September 8, 2008

    Great collection, love it. Thank you so much for composing and posting this. :-)

  • Bas, September 16, 2008

    Love this site! great work keep it up

  • Jordan, September 23, 2008

    Plasma text, makes no sense, way confusing, for a beginner, ima beginner. no sense at all, will confuse u.

  • gsdji, October 25, 2008

    used some of these on my site! thanx alot!

    http://www.portalflix.com

  • Addy, December 8, 2008

    niche collection :)

  • get entertainment, February 20, 2009

    I really like these tutorials. Well, i guess most of them. Thanks

  • natraj, February 24, 2009

    good tutorials

  • Menaka, March 8, 2009

    your tutorials are really very good..

  • Labinash, May 26, 2009

    List is Simply Awsome !!!!!

  • Lanka News Reporter, May 30, 2009

    This tutorial is really helpful for me.
    Thanks for the tute collection.

  • SarXes, June 12, 2009

    Thx for this huge of photoshop text tutorial collection. Great Job ;)

  • Abdullah, July 1, 2009

    how can we make a broken glass for the background?

  • Web Design Company India, July 2, 2009

    Nice photoshop text effects tutorials. It really useful to me because nowadays i am trying to learn photoshop. And i hope your tutorials helps me a lot

  • Tracy Mazelin, August 1, 2009

    Great resources, thank you!

  • Muhammad, August 17, 2009

    thats what i commented in the last blog that adobe photoshop have this all option about text …. like photoshop have All the things … giving some ideas from this it great Really :)

  • medyum, August 22, 2009

    Awesome. I needed the graffiti tutorial to get a specific message into an outdoor shoot. Thanks!

  • foly, September 1, 2009

    Thanks
    For the excellent text effect tutorials.Its really a great help..

  • Better Sleep, September 14, 2009

    Wow.. this excellent design.
    It really useful to me since i am trying to learn photoshop.
    thank you so much!!

  • Troy, September 16, 2009

    The link to the one titled Dreamy Text doesn’t work anymore.

  • Lia Yang, October 27, 2009

    I Love Most Of These Logo……..
    So Pretty……

  • SEO Naperville, November 4, 2009

    Really great stuff guys. This is an awesome collection. However, only some of these have the PSDs.

  • mahesh, November 18, 2009

    Your text designs very very bautifull I realy inspired by the way Im FINE ARTS student
    Ilike your designs nice keep it up …….

  • Stefan Gustafsson, November 18, 2009

    Thank you for this awesome list :)

  • Single, November 20, 2009

    Your site doesn’t correctly work in Safari 4 in Mac OS X (4Version) :( Please help me How can I remove the problem?

  • Sundar Rajan, January 1, 2010

    Really useful site to discuss a variety of text designs using photoshop with exact tutorials…. really fantastic job…

  • mxyzplk, January 15, 2010

    awesome… I’m gonna need some of this great tutorial for my new website logo… btw “Glow Letter with Perspective” is not available.

    • Vandelay Website Design, January 15, 2010

      mxyzplk,
      Yeah, it’s an old post so there are bound to be some links that are not available any more.

  • Iva Wilcox, February 5, 2010

    Just tried to click on your “Text on a Path” link it and it took me to an acting/ auditions page. I’d love to get to the tut, if possible. Thanks for all your inspiraton!

  • Download Photoshop, February 17, 2010

    It has long been searching for such a selection to create a beautiful logo for your site, because before such could be done in the program Xara3D. Thank you for these lessons with text for photoshop!

  • Riptideiskool, February 18, 2010

    I love these cool text effects, but do you think that there is one that is good for making a self made New Moon poster? I am not trying to be pushy.

  • Chiptuner Kft, March 3, 2010

    My favourite is the futuristic text, great work!Thanks for these tutorials.Photoshop forever.

  • lafozof, March 28, 2010

    I tried Slow Shutter Text Effect but I failed! :(

  • diyet, March 29, 2010

    Great resources, thank you!
    nice….

  • Great tutorial. I never think of it that I can draw water drops in Photoshop. but now I can.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Ygs, May 24, 2010

    Just tried to click on your “Text on a Path” link it and it took me to an acting/ auditions page. I’d love to get to the tut, if possible. Thanks for all your inspiraton!

  • Awesome! I’ve never tried the 3d effect in photoshop but have been looking into some of the tutorials. This work is amazing. Thanks, Ronnie

  • mellaly, June 16, 2010

    My favourite is the futuristic text, great work!Thanks for these tutorials.Photoshop forever.

  • FreeSoft, June 22, 2010

    Very impressed with the effects of 3D Typographic Effects – it’s just a necessary thing to create, for example, entertainment blog. There is much to learn – thanks for the stuff!

  • Cografyadersi, June 22, 2010

    I tried Slow Shutter Text Effect

  • Ragazze Russe, June 29, 2010

    Excellent collection. I like how you gave images under each tutorial name so that we can get a feel for the tutorial without having to click it first.

  • Gokko, July 3, 2010

    Those are good. Nevertheless it would be great if there are the effect on banner/logo/background

  • medyum, July 9, 2010

    Your text designs very very bautifull I realy inspired by the way Im FINE ARTS student
    Ilike your designs nice keep it up!
    Medyum Niyazi

  • JashBianco, July 12, 2010

    now this is what I call ComputerArts.

    Vandelay makes things seem easy, a bit right..
    Not all though, but still I could find a better, or should I say easier, art in the other sections.. photoshop fever! :3

  • Lucas | Miami Web Design, July 21, 2010

    Amazing work of art, I can learn so much from this post. I always said that it is not really about your skills but the imagination to come up with all this ideas! great job!

  • Orlando Advertising Agency, August 31, 2010

    Wow! The Fresh logo is amazing looking. I have the perfect project that I can use that one on. Where are you finding all of these great tutorials? Keep them coming.

  • QIP Download, September 23, 2010

    Always with pleasure I look and I understand with such lessons since the given effects with the text can be used at logo creation. By means of a lesson «3D Typographic Effects» has made to itself magnificent wall-paper on a desktop!

  • roofing, November 9, 2010

    Among these text tutorials, I find supernatural effects amazing! It really looks so natural. Just like the usual design I’ve seen in horror tv shows or movies.

  • Web design hull, November 12, 2010

    Excellent collection… I’ve worked through a couple of the tutorials and was really pleased with the results, thanks!

  • tuz, November 28, 2010

    I tried Slow Shutter Text Effect

  • Metin2, December 2, 2010

    My favorite is Matrix! very goole flasg site.
    thanks for coment.

  • simsim, December 12, 2010

    i dont quite understand the matrix text one, can someone teach me?

    • Vandelay Website Design, December 13, 2010

      Simsim,
      It’s not our tutorial, you’d have to contact the design who wrote the tutorial.

  • chris- freelance web designer, December 16, 2010

    Epic list, the snow on text should come in handy this time of year!

  • PATRIK, December 30, 2010

    Excellent design.Thanks for sharing.

  • priya, February 11, 2011

    thanks………….. i was in gr8 need of some of text effects … and here i got the tutoials.. :).. u make me so happyy..

  • Bilal Irfan, March 8, 2011

    Awesome tutorials. Really epic and helpful. I’m a beginner Photoshop learner and these tutorials will help me a lot to learn Text effects which I was searching from long time.

  • Mayank, March 31, 2011

    Thesr are TOTALLY awesome! Really needed them for a logo.

  • Ronnies, April 1, 2011

    Awesome list!!

    Great to have this page in my bookmark!

  • Sanjeev, December 31, 2011

    Well the Text effects are astonishing i really liked all the effects and hope to apply them on my website very soon. (www.mediaaids.in) Anyway Thanks once again.

  • Sanjeeb Sahu, February 1, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this text tutorials..i really wanted something like this…

  • effectshop, April 24, 2012

    nice list of effects. the fresh logo is ma favourite. thanks for posting!

  • Meryem Uzerli, August 26, 2012

    Awesome tutorials. Really epic and helpful. I’m a beginner Photoshop learner and these tutorials will help me a lot to learn Text effects which I was searching from long time.

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  • Jerry Palmeri, July 26, 2013

    I have an exhibition soon, i’m looking for good photoshop tutorials on photo enhancements. not photo editing, i want the whole adding effects and stuff.