hi this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
I'm going to show you how to create a
simple but effective text reflection
create a new document by pressing ctrl +
on windows or command n on a Mac make
the width 1550 pixels the height 870
pixels and the resolution 150 pixels per
inch if your foreground and background
colors aren't black and white press D on
your keyboard invert the colors by
pressing X fill the background with the
background color by pressing ctrl or
command + delete open your horizontal
type tool and pick a font I'm using
American captain regular if you'd like
to use it I provided its link in the
video description for this font I'll
choose a size of a hundred sixty points
sharp Center alignment and the color is
white click on the center of your
document and type out your text to
reposition it open your move tool and
move it let's save it as a smart object
so if we decide to change the text later
we won't have to redo most of the
effects that we'll be adding to it click
on the icon at the upper right of the
layers panel and click convert to smart
object click the FX icon and click bevel
and emboss check contour the style is
inner bevel and the technique is chisel
hard the depth is a hundred percent the
direction is up and the size is five
pixels open the gloss contour presets
and click this icon this contour is
leave the other settings at their
default positions click gradient overlay
open your gradient presets and click the
black to white thumbnail the angle is 90
degrees and reduce the opacity to sixty
percent then click OK next we'll add a
subtle art reflection on the front
surface click the new layer icon to make
a new layer go to view and make sure
rulers and snap are checked if they
aren't just click on them go to the left
ruler and drag out a guideline to the
center it'll snap in place because we
have snapped checked if you don't see
the guideline press ctrl or command H
zoom out of your document by pressing
ctrl or command + the minus sign on your
keyboard open your elliptical marquee
tool and place your cursor on the
guideline approximately halfway between
the top of your document and the top of
your text hold down alt or option as you
drag out an elliptical selection
approximately this size and shape fill
the selection with white which is the
foreground color by pressing alt or
option + delete to deselect it press
ctrl or command D to see your document
at a hundred percent again press ctrl or
command one reduce its opacity to twenty
percent we want to contain the
reflection just inside the face of the
text to do this ctrl-click or command
click on the thumbnail of the text layer
to make a selection of the text go to
select modify and contract contract the
selection by six pixels this contracts
adjust to the face of the text click the
layer mask icon to make a layer mask of
the contracted selection the next series
will be to add the spotlight first let's
place these two layers into a folder
since they comprise the elements of just
the text to do this shift-click on your
text layer to highlight it now the text
and its face reflection are both active
press ctrl or command G to place them
into a folder we're going to make a new
layer below the folder go to the new
layer icon and ctrl-click or command
click on it to make a new layer below
the active layer let's name it spotlight
will fill the empty layer with white
which is the foreground color by
pressing alt or option + delete reduce
its opacity to forty percent go to edit
transform and perspective go to the top
corner of the transform and drag it
across approximately this much to accept
it click the checkmark or press Enter or
return go to filter blur and Gaussian
blur blur it 100 pixels and click OK
press ctrl or command H to hide the
guideline next we'll brush over the
bottom of the spotlight zoom out of your
document again and click the layer mask
icon to make a layer mask next to the
spotlight open your brush tool and make
the size approximately 800 pixels or the
hardness of 0% make its opacity 50%
press the f5 key at the top of your
keyboard to open the brush presets make
sure the only setting that's checked is
smoothing press f5 again to close the
panel now brush over the bottom a few
times to gradually fade the spotlight in
an arc-shaped then brush straight across
the bottom to fade it even more to view
it at a hundred percent press ctrl or
one next we'll add a shadow on the
bottom of the text click the new layer
icon to make a new layer let's name it
shadow reduce the brush size to 20
pixels and increase its opacity to
ninety percent place your cursor on a
lower corner of your text and hold down
shift as you drag the brush across to
the opposite corner holding down shift
keeps the brush in a straight line click
on your text folder to make it active
and make a copy of it by pressing ctrl
or command J named the top folder top
text and the bottom folder reflection
text go to edit transform and flip
vertical go to the flip text and hold
down shift as you drag it straight down
until it's flush with the bottom of the
other text reduce its opacity to twenty
to thirty percent open the reflection
text folder and double-click gradient
overlay to see it in a layer style
window check reverse which inverts the
gradient overlay now the grading is
correct on the flip text then click OK
next we'll fade out the bottom of the
reflection collapse the folder of the
reflected text and click the layer mask
icon to make a layer mask next to the
folder press B to open your brush tool
and increase the size to 800 pixels and
make its opacity a hundred percent zoom
out hold down shift and brush straight
across the bottom of the reflection then
fit your document back on your screen
this is Marty from Blue Lightning TV
thanks for watching
Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I'm going to show you how to to create a simple,
but effective text reflection.
Create a new document by pressing Ctrl + N on Windows or
Cmd + N on a Mac. Make the Width: 1550 pixels,
the Height: 870 pixels and the Resolution:
150 pixels per inch.
If your foreground and
background colors aren't black and white,
press "D" on your keyboard. Invert the colors
by pressing "X". Fill the background with
the background color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Delete.
Open your Horizontal Type Tool
and pick a font. I'm using American Captain Regular. If you'd like to use it, I provided its link
in the video description. For this font, I'll
choose a size of 160 points, Sharp, center
alignment and the color is white. Click on
the center of your document and type out your text.
To reposition it, open your Move Tool
and move it. Let's save it as a Smart Object,
so if we decide to change the text later,
we won't have to redo most of the effects
that we'll be adding to it.
Click on the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel
and click "Convert to Smart Object".
Click the "fx" icon
and click "Bevel and Emboss".
Check "Contour". The Style is "Inner Bevel" and
the Technique is "Chisel Hard". The Depth
is 100%, the Direction is Up and the Size
is 5 pixels.
Open the Gloss Contour presets
and click this icon. This contour is called "Ring".
Leave the other settings at their default positions.
Click "Gradient Overlay". Open your Gradient presets and click the "black
to white" thumbnail. The Angle is 90 degrees
and reduce the Opacity to 60%. Then, click
OK. Next, we'll add a subtle, arced, reflection
on the front surface. Click the New Layer
icon to make a new layer.
Go to View and make sure Rulers and Snap are checked. If the they
aren't, just click on them. Go to the left
ruler and drag out a guide line to the center.
It'll snap in place because we have Snap checked.
If you don't see the guide line, press Ctrl
or Cmd + H. Zoom out of your document by pressing
Ctrl or Cmd + the minus sign on your keyboard.
Open your Elliptical Marquee Tool and place
your cursor on the guide line approximately
halfway between the top of your document and
your top of your text. Hold own Alt or Option
as you drag out an elliptical selection approximately
this size and shape. Fill the selection with
white, which is the foreground color, by pressing
Alt or Option + Delete. To deselect it, press
Ctrl or Cmd + D. To see your document at 100%
again, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1.
Reduce its Opacity to 20%.
We want to contain the reflection just inside the face of the text. To do this,
Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the thumbnail of
the text layer to make a selection of the
text. Go to Select, Modify and Contract.
Contract the selection by 6 pixels.
This contracts it just the face of the text.
Click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the contracted selection.
The next series of steps will be to add the spotlight. First, let's place these
two layers into a folder, since they comprise
the elements of just the text. To do this,
Shift-click on your text layer to highlight
it. Now the text and its face reflection are
both active. Press Ctrl or Cmd + G to place
them into a folder. We're going to make a
new layer below the folder. Go to the New
Layer icon and Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on
it to make a new layer below the active layer.
Let's name it "Spotlight". We'll fill the
empty layer with white, which is the foreground
color, by pressing Alt or Option + Delete.
Reduce its opacity to 40%.
Go to Edit, Transform and Perspective.
Go to the top corner of the
Transform and drag it across approximately
this much. To accept it, click the checkmark
or press Enter or Return.
Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur.
Blur it 100 pixels and click OK.
Press Ctrl or Cmd + H to hide the guide line.
Next, we'll brush over the bottom of the spotlight.
Zoom out of your document again
and click the Layer Mask icon to make
a layer mask next to the spotlight.
Open your Brush Tool and make size approximately 800 pixels
with a Hardness of 0%. Make its Opacity 50%.
Press the F5 key at the top of your keyboard
to open the Brush presets. Make sure the only
setting that's checked is "Smoothing". Press
F5 again to close the panel.
Now, brush over the bottom a few times to gradually fade the
spotlight in an arced shaped. Then, brush
straight across the bottom to fade it even
more. To view it at 100%, press Ctrl or Cmd + 1.
Next, we'll add a shadow on the bottom of the text.
Click the new Layer icon to make a new layer.
Let's name it "Shadow".
Reduce the Brush size to 20 pixels and increase its
opacity to 90%.
Place your cursor on a lower corner of your text
and hold down "Shift"
as you drag the brush across to the opposite
corner. Holding down Shift keeps the brush
in a straight line.
Click on your Text folder
to make it active and make a copy of it by
pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J.
Name the top folder, "Top Text"
and the bottom folder, "Reflection text".
Go to Edit, Transform and "Flip Vertical".
Go to the flipped text and hold down Shift
as you drag it straight down until it's flush
with the bottom of the other text.
Reduce its opacity to 20 - 30%.
Open the Reflection text folder
and double-click "Gradient Overlay"
to see it in the Layer Style window.
Check “Reverse”, which inverts the gradient overlay.
Now, the gradient is correct on the
flipped text. Then, click OK. Next, we'll
fade out the bottom of the reflection.
Collapse the folder of the reflected text
and click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask next to the folder.
Press "B" to open your Brush Tool
and increase the size to 800 pixels
and make its opacity: 100%.
hold down Shift and brush straight across the bottom
of the reflection. Then, fit your document
back on your screen.
This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
Thanks for watching!