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How to create light effects around text in Photoshop, part 2

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Tips & Tutorials, by The Photoshop Creative Team
May 20, 2014

Learn how to create a dazzling text effect using Photoshop’s filters and layer styles

Follow part 1 of this tutorial


Copy the layer we just created(Cmd/Ctrl+J and rename the copy Radial Blur. Go back to your Wind layer and select the Polar Co-ordinates filter (Filter> Distort> Polar Co-ordinates)


With the Polar Co-ordinates filter active, select the Polar to Rectangle Option and rotate the canvas 90° clockwise (Image> Image Rotation> 90° CW. With this done we invert the colours (Cmd/Ctrl+I) and select the Wind filter (Filter> Stylize> Wind).


Set the Method to Wind and the Direction to From the Right then click OK, repeat this two more times. Select the Wind filter again and set the Direction to From the Left. Invert the colours and apply the Wind filter once more as before, three times from the right and three times from the left.


Rotate the image 90° CCW and select the Polar Co-ordinates filter again, this time set it to Rectangle to Polar. To make the lines appear a bit smoother, use the Radial Blur filter (Filter> Blur> Radial Blur), setting the Amount to 25, Method to Zoom and Quality to Best.


Set the blend mode of the Wind layer to Screen and then select the radial blur layer. Repeat the Radial Blur filter on this layer but set the Amount to 100. Drag the text layer between the Wind and the Radial blur layers.


Add a Gradient adjustment layer (blend mode set to Color) above the Wind layer and load the supplied Orange to Pink gradient file, setting Style to Radial and Angle to 0°. Select the Eraser tool and remove the top and bottom parts of the effect created on the Wind layer.