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Transparent Glass Text Photoshop Tutorial

In this Photoshop tutorial, we are going to create a transparent glassy effect that allows the background to show thorough.

Step 1


Start with a background. 72dpi and RGB mode.


Step 2

Add some text, here I used galant (


Step 3

Add a layer style by clicking the little “f” at the bottom of the layers pallette.

Add a dropshadow and a bevel, copy the settings shown here.


Note 2 things here that really make the glass “pop”

1. Change the contour, this gives the reflected look.
2. uncheck the global light and change the altitude to 53.


Step 4

Here is the result, pretty uninspiring huh?


Step 5

This step is where the magic happens!

In the styles palette, click on the Custom blending options.

Now pull the fill opacity all the way to 0 and the rabbit comes out of the hat!



Step 6


Here is our glass type.
Download the psd


Step 7

Here is what it looks like against a different background


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