How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing text effect inspired by the Grand Theft Auto video game. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop
The text effect shown above is the effect I will show you how to create here in this tutorial. If you would like to create both a GTA photo effect from your photos and a GTA text effect, using a single click and in just a few minutes, then check out my Grand Theft 2 Photoshop Action.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following font:

1. How to Get Started

First, go to File > New to create a new file to work with, name it GTA Text Effect, and use the settings below:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

2. How to Create a Text

Step 1

In this section we are going to create some text. Choose the Horizontal Type Tool (T), and set the Font to Pricedown, Font Size to 550 px, and Text Color to #000000. Then, click anywhere inside the canvas to create a new text layer and type grand.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Now, with the same settings for the Horizontal Type Tool (T), click anywhere inside the canvas again to create another text layer and type theft.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

We need to create one more text layer. With the same settings for the Horizontal Type Tool (T), click anywhere inside the canvas and type action.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Now, using the Move Tool (V), move the text layers vertically and horizontally to position them as shown below:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

While the action layer is selected,Shift-click on the grand layer to select all layers at the same time. Then, press Control-E on your keyboard to merge them into one layer. Name this layer Text.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

3. How to Create a GTA Text Style

Step 1

Right-click on the Text layer and choose Blending Options. Then, check the Color Overlay style, and set the Blend Mode to Normal, Colour to #ffffff,and Opacity to 100%as shown below:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Right-click on this layer and choose Rasterize layer. Then Right-click on this layer again and choose Blending Options. Check the Stroke style and use the settings below:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Now go to Layer > Layer Style > Create Layer to create a new layer using a layer style.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Control-click on the thumbnail of the Text layer to make a selection of this layer. Then, select the Text’s Outer Stroke layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection to create a layer mask that hides the selected area of the layer.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Now Right-click on the layer mask and choose Apply Layer Mask. Then, Right-click on the Text layer and choose Blending Options. Next, check the Inner Shadow style and use the settings below:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Right-click on the Text’s Outer Stroke layer and choose Blending Options. Check the Stroke style and use the settings below:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Control-click on the Text layer to select both layers at the same time. Then, go to Layer > New > Group from Layers to create a new group from the selected layers and name it GTA Text.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Press Control-A on your keyboard to make a selection of the canvas. Choose the Move Tool (V), and click onAlign Vertical Centerand then on Align Horizontal Centerto align the text both vertically and horizontally.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

If you would like to create both a GTA photo effect from your photos and a GTA text effect, using a single click and in just a few minutes, then check out my Grand Theft 2 Photoshop Action.

How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop