US-based illustrator Tabor Robak’s work is heavily influenced by the hyperreality that he sees as his cultural heritage – “a vibrant world created by Hollywood special effects, video games, and music videos where everything is idealised and excessive,” he says.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to create flashy type-based art quickly by making cunning use of Photoshop’s layer styles. You’ll be using the same image on multiple layers, modifying each version with its own layer style – this can help you achieve dramatic effects that seem far more complicated to create than this. It’s a handy little cheat that can save you plenty of time – while also creating a glowing, shiny result.

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The technique is most effective when used for type-based art – and particularly logos – but it has a wealth of other uses. Here, Tabor Robak shows how to fake a glowing gel effect, but you could also use it to create a plastic, metal or any other texture.


Adobe Photoshop

Time to complete

1 hour

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