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Funky Text Effect

This tutorial will show you how to create a text style like this one, using Adobe Photoshop.

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Let’s start by creating a new document (size doesn’t really matter). Select the Text tool and choose a font and a color (I chose orange) for your text. Now type your text but between each letter enter a space. For example for this tutorial I typed C “space” O “space” O “space” L “space” “space” T “space” E “space” X “space” T

example text

Hit Ctrl-J twice two duplicate your text layer two times. Now you shouls have three copies of the text layer.
Select the middle one and apply a stroke. In this case I used a 3pixels stroke but that depends on the size of the text and your own preference.

middle layer stroke

Select the bottom text layer, apply a stroke of a different color and make sure that the size of the stroke is bigger than that of the middle layer

bottom layer stroke

You should now have something like that

double stroked text

13 Responses to Funky Text Effect

  1. San November 11, 2005 at 12:31 am #

    nice tutorial, simple and impressive.

  2. dipesh November 15, 2005 at 7:02 am #

    nice tutorial.

  3. marie November 15, 2005 at 7:38 am #


  4. Ilijas November 17, 2005 at 9:58 pm #

    After your step where I merged Visible Layers, I have locked layer.

    and go to Layers -> Merge Visible Layers

    So, I am not able to maek next step

    Then apply a gradient overlay style on the merged layers

    There is locker sign on the layer and when I bring the mouse to, tip says “Indicated layer is partialy locked”

  5. Dimitris November 18, 2005 at 11:30 am #

    Hi, Ilijas. You should still be able to apply a gradient overlay on the merged layers even if they are partially locked.

  6. Nina November 23, 2005 at 8:01 pm #

    Very good!

  7. Admin November 26, 2005 at 4:06 am #

    this is also a nice one.

  8. SOMEBODY December 8, 2005 at 7:04 pm #

    awesome man

  9. LeoPipa January 28, 2006 at 5:05 am #

    Really nice, what font have you used in your example?

  10. rob April 26, 2006 at 4:04 pm #

    nice, but yea what font is this?

  11. DULAL KHAN May 12, 2006 at 10:09 pm #


  12. Mr Hanky June 21, 2006 at 3:49 am #

    what font is it? answer or ill g-hat u :P

  13. Dimitris July 13, 2006 at 3:54 pm #

    It’s the Aardvark Cafe font.

    Sorry that it took me so long to answer