How to create a glass logo effect in Photoshop?

Here's a quick way to create some nice looking translucent glass type that'll work great on any background, made completely with layer styles.

photoshop text glass effect

Step 1:

First, get your background ready. We'll use a great wet metal texture (Google for it).

photoshop metal texture

Step 2:

The next step is adjusting Lightness and adding a blue gradient.

Select the texture layer and press Ctrl+U on the keyboard to open the Hue/Saturation setting window. Set the following parameters:
Hue: 202; Saturation: 68; Lightness: +10;

photoshop metal blue texture

Step 3:

Type a text you want and choose its font – we used Franklin Gothic Heavy because bold type is the best for this effect. The size to be used in about 300 pt and the color you choose for the text will not influence the outcome.

photoshop text glass effect font selection

Step 4:

Next comes adding layer styles to the text. At the bottom of the Layers palette click on the Add a layer Style option and choose Drop Shadow. We will also use Inner Shadow, Inner Glow, Bevel and Emboss, Satin and Stroke options from the same list. Choose values from the image below for each layer style to get the glass effect.

Keep in mind that the Advanced Blending option, Fill Opacity value should be 0%. This will make the color of your text transparent.

photoshop glass effect blending

photoshop glass effect drop shadow

photoshop glass effect inner shadow

When you select the Inner Shadow style, you need to select white (#ffffff).

photoshop glass effect inner glow

In the Inner Glow option, select #bee0ff color code.

photoshop glass effect bevel & emboss

When you select Bevel and Emboss layer style, the value of the Gloss Contour field should be
Rolling Slope – Descending.

photoshop glass effect satin

When you select the Satin style, the color code should be set to #006fce.

photoshop glass effect stroke

We remind you that all Layer Styles values in the images above should be identical.

photoshop glass letters

So there you have it – our simple Glass Effect tutorial is over and you can now create amazing graphics in Photoshop.


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