How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s layer styles and filters to create an easy holographic text effect. Let’s get started!

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Create a Texture Background Base

Step 1

Create a new 900 x 600 px document with a White Background, right-click the Background layer, choose Convert to a Smart Object, and rename the layer to Texture.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Set the Foreground and Background Colors to Black and White, and go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

2. How to Create a Holographic Texture

Step 1

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Texture > Grain, and use these settings:

  • Intensity: 100
  • Contrast: 0
  • Grain Type: Clumped

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

To add each of the new filters below, click the New effect layer icon in the bottom right corner of the Filter Gallery window, and then choose the filter.

Step 2

Go to Stylize > Glowing Edges, and use these settings:

  • Edge Width: 2
  • Edge Brightness: 6
  • Smoothness: 7

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Go to Artistic > Watercolor, and use these settings:

  • Brush Detail: 3
  • Shadow Intensity: 0
  • Texture: 1

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Go to Artistic > Film Grain, and use these settings:

  • Grain: 3
  • Highlight Area: 0
  • Intensity: 10

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Go to Brush Strokes > Dark Strokes, and use these settings:

  • Balance: 0
  • Black Intensity: 0
  • White Intensity: 2

Click OK to get out of the Filter Gallery window.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Go to Filter > Distort > Wave, and use the settings below. You can use any other values you like as well.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

This is the basic texture, but you can adjust its size based on the final effect you want and the text you’ll be creating.

Here, we will go to Image > Image Size, set the Width to 1200 px, and the Height to 750 px.

Save this file and keep it open to use it later in the tutorial.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

3. How to Create a Subtle Vignette Background

Step 1

Create another 900 x 600 px document, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Solid Color.

Use a dark Fill Color such as #201c20.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Add a Gradient fill layer, and use the Colors #909090 to the left and #000000 to the right to create the gradient.

Change the Style to Radial, and the Scale to 250. Then, change the layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

4. How to Create Text and Use Glyphs

Step 1

Create the text using the font Premier Script, and set the Size to 200 pt.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Because the Premier Script font has a ton of glyphs, you can access a character’s available glyphs by highlighting it, and then click the glyph you want to use from the alternatives you get.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Another way to access those glyphs would be by going to Type > Panels > Glyphs Panel.

Highlight the characters you want to replace, and have fun changing up the text using the different glyphs available.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Make all the changes necessary before the next step.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Duplicate the text layer.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

5. How to Style a Glass Stroke

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Outer Stroke
  • Size: 6
  • Gloss Contour: Ring – Double
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Color: #222222
    • Opacity: 15%

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Distance: 1
  • Size: 1

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Color: #dbd6dd
  • Spread: 10
  • Size: 7

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This will create a glass-like stroke.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

6. How to Style a Glossy Text

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 84
  • Altitude: 42
  • Gloss Contour: Ring – Double
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 10%

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Rolling Slope – Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Color: #697b99
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 5
  • Contour: Cone – Inverted

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This will style the main text.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

7. How to Apply a Texture to a Text

Step 1

Go to the holographic texture document, press Command-A to select all, and Command-C to copy the selection.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go back to the text document, and press Command-V to paste the texture. Rename the layer to Texture, and change its Blend Mode to Screen.

Right-click the Texture layer, and choose Create Clipping Mask to clip the texture to the copy text layer.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select the copy text layer, and change the text Color to anything you like. The Color used here is #72757a.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

8. How to Enhance a Texture Using Adjustment Layers

Step 1

Add a Vibrance adjustment layer, clip it to the Texture layer, and change the Vibrance value to 50.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Add a Curves adjustment layer, change its Blend mode to Luminosityso that you don’t affect the colors, and its Opacity to 80%.

Adjust the RGB as well as the Channel curves to get a result you like.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Here are the adjusted Channel curves. You can skip adjusting these altogether if you don’t feel the need to make any changes, and you can use a different layerOpacity value as well.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Awesome Work, You’re Now Done!

In this tutorial, we used a bunch of filters to create a holographic texture.

Then, we created and styled two text layers using a bunch of layer styles to achieve a glass-like effect. Finally, we added the texture to the text, and used adjustment layers to enhance the final result.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

How to Create a Quick Holographic Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop