How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This tutorial will show you how to use layer styles to create a super quick and easy sci-fi scan-line inspired text effect. Let’s get started!

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line 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 Simple Gradient Pattern

Step 1

Create a new 500 x 104 px document, and double-click the Background layer to unlock it.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Double-click the Layer 1 layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box.
  • Use the faucet 150 gradient fill.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Pick the Single Column Marquee Tool and click once anywhere to select a single vertical line.

Then, go to Edit > Define Pattern, and set the Name to Lines.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

2. How to Create a Background Texture

Step 1

Create a new 850 x 588 px document with the Resolution value set to 300, place the Black grunge wall texture image on top of the Background layer, and resize it as needed.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels, and change the Gamma value to 1.10.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Double-click the texture layer to apply a Color Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Color: #3b7aab
  • Blend Mode: Overlay

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This will add a blue color to the texture.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

3. How to Create and Style Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text using the font Kenney Future, and set the Size to 50 pt.

Duplicate the text layer and change the copy’s Fill value to 0%.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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

Step 2

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Style: Stroke Emboss
  • Technique: Chisel Hard
  • Depth: 550
  • Size: 6
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -169
  • Altitude: 37
  • Gloss Contour: Ring
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Color Dodge
    • Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Opacity: 40%

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Position: Outside
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Angle: 90
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Create the Gradient by adding alternating Color Stops of the Colors #1b5ad3 and #6db7fd.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
  • Color: #0886f1
  • Opacity: 60%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 0
  • Choke: 25
  • Size: 9

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 70%
  • Color: #7ffffd
  • Choke: 30
  • Size: 16
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 100

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Scale: 109%
  • Create the Gradient using the Colors #145190 to the left and #9517ff to the right.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Lines
  • Scale: 7%

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Color: #dd69ff
  • Spread: 10
  • Size: 30
  • Check the Anti-aliased box

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 10
  • Spread: 30
  • Size: 15

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Add another instance of the Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

  • Opacity: 70%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 20
  • Size: 35

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This will create the main effect.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

4. How to Add More Layer Effects

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

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 49
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 58
  • Altitude: 21
  • Gloss Contour: Cone – Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
    • Opacity: 77%
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 0%

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Rolling Slope – Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Color: #ab2eec
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 0
  • Size: 21

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Gradient: Use the Colors #3b5e7e to the left, #588b8a in the middle, and #c5c396 to the right
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 51
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 100%

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Scale: 109%
  • Create the Gradient using the Colors #98addc to the left and #9e727f to the right.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Pattern: Paper 2

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Color: #88621f
  • Spread: 10
  • Size: 20

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This will finish off the text effect.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

5. How to Add Finishing Touches

Step 1

If you want to add more than one line of text, just duplicate both styled text layers, and change their contents.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Color Lookup.

Choose the Fuji REALA 500D Kodak 2392 (by Adobe).cube table from the 3DLUT File menu, and change the layer’s Opacity to 35%.

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Congratulations, You’re Done!

In this tutorial, we used textures, patterns, and layer styles to create a quick and easy tech-inspired scan-lines text effect.

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

How to Create a Sci-Fi Scan-Line Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop