Even a beginner will be able to recreate this effect, and add their own style and thought to it.

I am sure you will enjoy and learn a lot from this tutorial! You will learn how to create a good looking background, add lightning effects and work with fonts, sizes, and colours to make the necessary places stand out.

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Step 1 – Creating a background

First, open a blank document with the size 1920×1200 pixels. Fill the background with color #242424. Duplicate the background layer and name it Film grain. Then go to Filter – Artistic – Film Grain. Apply the settings shown below.

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Set layer opacity to 50%. So far your wallpaper should look like this.

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Step 2 – Lightning

Create a new layer and name it Lighting. Then select the Radial Gradient Tool with black and white color.

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Draw the gradient as shown below.

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Set layer to Overlay and opacity to 55%. You should have something like this.

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Step 3 – Adding Brushes

Download Adys grunge brushes, create a new layer and brush around a little bit. Set layer opacity to 15%. Download Concrete texture, place it in your document and set it to Overlay and opacity to 10%.

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Step 4 – Creating Main Text

Download BEBAS font, create a new layer and type your text. I chose 350 pt size with smooth mode. Color really doesn’t matter. Name layer PEACE.

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Step 5 – Add Background Text – Important Step

Lower your text opacity to around 15%. Create a new group (Layer – New – Group) and name it Words. Create new type layers in this group and start typing. Try to use different fonts and sizes. Try to avoid large spaces between words. The fonts I used:

  • Arial
  • Cambria
  • Candara
  • Impact
  • Tahoma
  • Times New Roman
  • Verdana
  • And little bit more default fonts
  • Some free fonts from dafont, Colaborate, Extravaganzza

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Step 6 – Creating the Effect

When you’re done, duplicate your Words group (Layer – Duplicate Group) and merge it (Ctrl+E). Make invisible your unmerged Words group. Find your large text layer (in my case it’s PEACE), hold CTRL (Command on mac) and click on the layers thumbnail. That should load it’s selection.

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Then click on your merged words layer and press Ctrl+J. If you make invisible your merged Words layer (and unmerged Words group is still invisible) you should get something like this.

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Step 7 – Create Background Text Effect

Make merged Words layer visible again and apply following layer style.

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Set layers opacity to 30%.

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Then duplicate merged Words layer and place it under merged Words layer. Then go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur and apply following settings.

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Set layer opacity to 15%.

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Add text under your title if you want.

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Step 8 – Final Touches

Locate your PEACE text layer and lower its opacity to 4%.

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Create new layer, go to Image – Apply Image, then go to Filter – Render – Lightning Effects and apply the following settings.

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Set layers opacity to 30%, and we’re done. I also added a gradient map to one of the letter layers. Here’s final result. Click to enlarge.

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Download all of the wallpapers or download the PSD version.

Editorial Team

Written by Editorial Team

  • Gel

    This is great. Thank you so much! I made one using the word “DREAM” and it is so cool!

    • Dainis Graveris

      Awesome Gel! :) Yeah, Dream is pretty cool :) That effect was used even on one rapper’s cd album.

  • nandan

    one word – AWESOME!! thanks a lot! its so simple… used it to make a t-shirt design.. came out really well.. thanks a lot!

    • Dainis Graveris

      Where is it? :) Show it of? :)

  • Alexsh09

    Supeer wonderful tutorials !!
    At first, it’s very hard for me to understand the step 6, but after a million times, I already realize that the problem is my common sense ! hahaha THANK YOU !! :D

  • tristan

    i cant get step 6… anyone can answer this?

  • Joseph

    Thank you for this! I did not do it on Photoshop but I wrote out in sharp bubble letters with eraseable pen, wrote in the inside of the lines then erased the lines! WaaLaa!! I have typography on paper via pen :D

  • Erick

    I just want to thank you for the tutorial. It has helped me a lot.

    Thanks! You are the best!

  • mulianto

    suddently i became expert in design..

    thanks for the tutorial..

  • MACKENZIE

    hey nice tutorial but how do you do step 6
    thanks

  • Bachrun

    Thanks A Lot for the tutorial !!! Great, Awesome, Brilliant !!!

  • Nik

    Excellent! THANKS!!

  • bunga melor

    thank for tutorial

  • in_awe

    As a complete beginner, I tried all the logical places to change the background color but all failed to do so. I have been unable to find instruction on the web that allow me to change the background color in CS5 without creating layers or running scripts, etc. Why is it so difficult to do?

  • Zaki Shahin

    Nice Tutorials & easy

    thanks a lot.

  • Hey this is going to sound stupid. But when i try the third step my gradient is too big for the piece. When i try the linear it looks alot similar to the example but still way to big.

    Help!

  • Chang

    Your technique was used on the cover of a rap album! Look up DJ Khaled-Victory. Great tutorial.
    http://planetill.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/dj-khaled-victory.jpg

    • Dainis Graveris

      Wowhow, Daniels is famous now! nice!

  • Very good manual…. and very easy. I like it. Thanks

  • Nikia

    Thank you so much for this! I used this to create a Coming Soon page for a site.

  • Jamie

    I don’t understand this bit:

    “When you’re done duplicate your words group (Layer – Duplicate Group) and merge it (Ctrl+E). Make invisible your unmerged words group. Find your large text layer (in my case it’s PEACE), hold CTRL (Command on mac) and click on layers thumbnail. That should load it’s selection.”

    When I click Ctrl and then the large text layer I don’t get the selection around it.

    • YoChi

      me too :(

      I can’t do the other steps :((

      Please help me !

    • Rean John Uehara

      Ah, I’m no expert, but if you’ll notice the very little thumbnail beside the layer, that’s what you’d have to click. CTRL+ click on the little thumbnail of the layer, it should select the whole selection of the image of that layer.

    • RUSSELL

      I don’t get it too. It is weird.

    • Trishia Rivas

      I did not understand it at first either, so what I did was create a new Group and move all my words by dragging them into the group folder (I’m sure there’s an easier way). Then I double clicked and duplicated the group and moved them around with my cursor. Hope that helped.

    • Amber

      When you figure it out let me know. I dont understand the Duplicate..and layer thumbnail step….help help

  • Ben

    Awesome! Finally, I know now how it is done. It’s pretty simple for a fantastic design, really. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Nick

    When I press Control J it just duplicates the layer. It doesnt look like the picture. Please help

    • mark

      have you made your words layer invisible? (u can do that by pressing that eye button located left of the layer)

  • Eric

    I produced one using the word “History” and focused on U.S. history. I did it using GIMP and you can find it here:

    http://ebturner.deviantart.com/art/History-Typography-Wallpaper-213201981

  • Taylor

    Heres mine. I found a few steps were hard but I worked through it.

  • Jerry

    I’m an instructor at a local college and one of my students used the technique above to create a very beautiful piece… The piece was so spectacular that it was entered into a contest and won “best of show.” My question is, if my student used this technique to create his own design, and it looks similar to the one used in this tutorial, would that be considered a “copyright breach?”

    • Rean John Uehara

      Hi, I am not an expert when it comes to copyright, but I believe it would not an issue. Although it would be good if your student add a little tweak on it, since there are lots of tutorials that teaches people design techniques, it won’t hurt to merge two or more. Again, I don’t see any problem with it when it comes to copyright..nobody owns it anyway.

  • Martin

    Tip: To make it go fast, type alot of words first, then use the marquee tool to cut out one word at a time, then, once a word is marked press and hold CTRL/CMD and move the marked word to where you want it and continue like this with all words! :)

  • Farrah

    I am having a problem with this step. Once I press Ctrl + J and then make B and C invisible only the large text layer with no small text is showing in my letters. I am using a MAC and Photoshop CS3.

  • M.

    this is great, thank you for sharing!

  • Sarah Almeida

    I Loved the tutorial. I tried to do but yours it’s better so far. Well, I’m a beginner, but someday I’ll do something like this. Congratulations, it’s awesome. Kisses from Brasil ;*

  • Rosie Curtis

    Heya I tried this and it went really well so thanks a lottt!
    However at the end when you added text underneath what font did you use?

  • Prithivi

    GOOD ONE..!!! and thanks for providing the psd of this as well..

  • Halima

    Fantastic tutorial. You rock. Thanks a million!

  • Roland

    Like Tea, I’m stuck at the step: Then click on your merged words layer and press Ctrl+J. If you make invisible your merged words layer (and unmerged words group is still invisible) you should get something like this.
    If I click Ctrl+J I get a new layer… but the next step doesn’t look like the picture.

    PS: I have a MAc so instead of Ctrl I use CMD.

    • Daniel

      So you have your big text layer -A
      You have group with all small text layers in it – B
      You have merged duplicate of this group – C
      CMD+ Click on A
      Click on C
      Press CTRL+J
      Make invisible B and C
      You should have something like in picture.

      • Craig Hull

        This doesn’t work for me. In which order should the layers be? Or does that not matter?

  • Nikita

    I want to write thank you in Russian :

    SPASIBO

  • Felix

    This is just great! I love the effects applied on the text. I want it for my logo. Wow!

  • Samir

    Well done, Love the tutorial and the wallpaper. One of the Best!!!!

  • I tried it, worked just fine. But I tried to change font-size to 300 and use more letters, that didn’t work well, as the letters are too small to be really filled be small words, only bits and pieces flying around. Font-sizes are key to the design of this background concept.

  • Ernest

    Very nice tutorial! Easy&Cool

  • amazing techniques you sharing for create an amazing typography effect using Photoshop.

  • PsdDude

    Amazing result! The tutorial was written very well and also very helpful ! thanks

  • Saket

    Awesome guide for the wallpaper creation Daniels..Looking forward for more such tips from you!
    Thanks

  • Nick Walker

    Amazing Tutorial! I bookmarked this site after about a second of seeing it. Bloody brilliant!

    You, mate, are awesome! Thankyou!

  • Sam Davis

    DUDE. Amazing tutorial!!! i love it, probably the best one i have EVER done! and this is the first comment i have ever posted on a tutorial! so i’d feel pretty special if i were you haha! TY

  • Laurent JOUVIN

    Wow! I love that. This is a very cool effect. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • J.Silver

    Hi,
    Really interesting. I was wondering for awhile how to do this. Thanks. :)

  • DlibrarieD

    Nice tut. Thanks!

  • Great tutorial! I love the results.

  • Luis Lopez

    Great tutorial, I think is a really awesome the way you use to create the main word.
    Thanks

  • Ben G

    Great tut

  • Great Tutorial! If you need some more Typo-Stuff, don’t miss Best of Typo-Blogs!

  • Lam Nguyen

    I’m really surprised with the effect that step 3 did. I always use filter noise for the effect likes this one. Great tutorial!

  • Really nice tutorial, I would recommend adding some depth to the plain though. The text just seems blunt off the bat.

    Adding some lighting and depth could produce a warm and comfy outcome.

    Keep up the good work none the less.

    Regards,
    Jacques

  • Great tutorial Daniels, thanks.

  • I’ve always wanted to create a type-based design such as this, but never had the time or chance. Great inspiration! I will be creating something like this the moment I get a chance. Thanks! :)

  • Mat Carpenter

    Great tutorial for beginners looking for some helpful tips.

  • Christina

    It realy great, Danels! You’re good! Love your post and waiting other! Thanks a lot!!! Good luck! :)

  • CL

    It’s realy great, Daniels! Thanks!!! Good luck and waiting for new posts :)