How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I want to show you how to create a fairytale text effect in Adobe Photoshop. If you want to get the final result without any effort, you can buy it on GraphicRiver.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This pack includes different text effects and works with shapes and text.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

The following assets will be used during this tutorial:

Before you start creating this text effect, download and install the font.

1. How to Create the Layer Styles

Step 1

Open Photoshop, and go to File > New to create a new document.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Fill the document using #282828color. Pick the Type Tool (T) with these settings:

  • Font: Great Vibes
  • Font Size: 127 pt
  • Color: White
  • The tracking for the selection characters: -25

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Write “Fairy” (the first letter should be capital) and place it in the center of the Photoshop document (pressControl-Ato select the document, and then pick theMove Tool (V)and click on theAlign Vertical CenterandAlign Horizontal Centericons).

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style.

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 7 px
  • Position:Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #ff0084

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Then click OK to save changes.

Step 5

Select the Fairy layer, go to Layer > Duplicate Layer, and name the layer “Middle”. Click OK to create the layer. Pick the Move Tool (V) and move it up and left by 7 px. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Clear Layer Style to clean the layer styles. Change the color to#c6c6c6.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Then double-click with your mouse on the text layer to open the Layer Style window.

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 4 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #8c054a

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Now add anInner Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 4 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • UncheckAnti-aliased
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Gradient: from #f6b6ce to #e35b9b
  • Style: Reflected
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 46%
  • UncheckReverseandDither
  • CheckAlign with Layer

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Add aDrop Shadowwith these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Normal
  • Pick the color#840048
  • Opacity:100%
  • UncheckUse Global Light boxbefore setting theAngle:135°
  • Distance: 10 px
  • Spread:100%
  • Size:0 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • UncheckAnti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
  • CheckLayer Knocks Out Drop Shadow

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Click OK to save changes.

Step 10

Select the Middle layer and duplicate it. Double-click on the name and change it to “Front”. Press Enter to apply the settings. Pick the Move Tool (V) and move it up by 5 px and left by 1 px. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Clear Layer Style to clean the layer styles.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Make sure that the Front layer is selected.Double-click with your mouse on the layer to apply the following layer style. Set the Fill Opacity to 0%.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 7 px
  • Position: Inside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 0%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #000000

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Add a Color Overlaywith these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 40%

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Then clickOKto save changes.

Step 14

Select the layers Fairy, Middle and Front, go to Layer > MergeLayers (or press Control-E) to merge them into one.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Double-click the text layer to apply the following layer style.

Add a Stroke:

  • Size: 10 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: #000000

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Now add anOuter Glow:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 14 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • UncheckAnti-aliased
  • Range: 100%
  • Jitter: 0%

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Blending Mode: Normal
  • Pick the color#000000
  • Opacity:30%
  • UncheckUse Global Light boxbefore setting theAngle:135°
  • Distance: 35px
  • Spread:0%
  • Size:0 px
  • Contour: Linear
  • UncheckAnti-aliased
  • Noise: 0%
  • CheckLayer Knocks Out Drop Shadow

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

ClickOKto save changes.

Congratulations, You’re Done!

In this tutorial you learned how to create a piece of fairytale text. Hope you like it. Don’t forget to share your result with us.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This text effect we have just created is a part ofmy text style pack on GraphicRiver.

How to Create a Cartoon Gradient Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop