Photoshop Text Outline Effects

12 Dec
Photoshop Text Outline Effects

Photoshop Text Outline Effects

Need  quick layer style that lets you apply multiple strokes (outlines) to a text or shape within Photoshop. Even though this is really simple in Illustrator via the Appearance Palette it’s not so straight forward in Photoshop (at least to my knowledge). This tutorial shows you how to hack a few of the built-in layer styles to add extra strokes outside of the actual stroke style.

Step 1: Create a new Photoshop document.

Step 1

Step 1

 

Step 2: Fill the Background layer with medium black (R 35, G 31, B 32). Edit > Fill.

Step 2

Step 2

 

Step 3: Add some white text to your document.

Step 3

Step 3

 

Step 4: Add a Color Overlay style to your text layer. Set the Color Overlay fill to the same medium black as the Background layer (R 35, G 31, B 32). Don’t close the Layer Style dialog box just yet and make sure to check the Preview setting so that you can see your changes.

Step 4

Step 4

 

Step 5: Add a Stroke style to your text layer by clicking the small check box beside “Stroke”. Set the size of the stroke to 4 px and the color to dark gray (R 99, G 100, B 102). That’s one basic stroke!

Step 5

Step 5

 

Outline #1

Outline #1

 

Step 6: Now add the style Outer Glow to your text layer. Set the blend mode to normal, the opacity to 100%, the color to medium gray (R 147, G 149, B 152), the spread to 100%, and the size to 8 px. That’s two strokes!

Step 6

Step 6

 

Outline #2

Outline #2

 

Step 7: Finally, add the Drop Shadow style to your text layer. Set the blend mode to normal, the opacity to 100%, the distance to  0 px, the spread to 100%, and the size to 12 px. That’s three strokes all in one layer style which means you can change the font and size live, and even apply the layer style to any shape or line.

Step 7

Step 7

 

Outline #3

Outline #3

 

Done: Download sample file(s).

Final Result

Final Result

 

Alternative Look #1

Alternative Look #1

 

Alternative Look #2

Alternative Look #2

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14 Responses to “Photoshop Text Outline Effects”

  1. dam December 16, 2008 at 6:29 pm #

    Good Man

  2. psaddict January 3, 2009 at 3:18 am #

    Added to http://www.psaddict.com

  3. Kim January 3, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    SWEET!

  4. JeremyOLED January 6, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    Hah! That’s using your head. I will remember this technique

  5. Chris Dunigan January 9, 2009 at 4:44 am #

    Awesome tutorial!

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  6. moltboy January 13, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi, great tutorial! what’s the font used there? thanks!

  7. Josh January 17, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    moltboy,

    It’s just classic Arial.

  8. Omg January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Ty…great tuto.
    ^^

  9. Brittany February 6, 2009 at 4:23 pm #

    Which Photoshop are you using? I can’t do the outermost outline in CS2, because to my knowledge there’s no way to change the color for drop shadow.

    Thanks!

  10. Josh February 6, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

    Brittany,

    I wrote this tutorial using Photoshop CS2 and I’m pretty sure you have been able to change the Drop Shadow color since Layer Effects were introduced in Photoshop 6.0ish. In Step 7 of the tutorial you can see the picture of the Drop Shadow effect settings. First off, make sure to set the Blending Mode to Normal. Then click the little rectangle next to the Blending Mode drop-down menu which should bring up the color selector where you can pick any color you would like to use. Let me know if this doesn’t work for you.

    – Josh

  11. COMER8 August 13, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Very good text tut!

  12. Kelinci November 3, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    Creative & useful. Thanks.

  13. Text outline effects August 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    nice result for text outline effects

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