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Outline text in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial




Newer method for Photoshop CC here   

(JUST ADDED: See the bottom of this tutorial for a PSD and a layerstyle that works in Photoshop CS6 and CC)

Step 1


Start with a blank layer and some text, this will work for shapes too.


Step 2

Right click/Cmd click on the layer name in the layers pallette. Select rasterize layer. Ctrl/Cmd click on the layer thumbnail to select the type.


Step 3


Create a new blank layer.

Edit>stroke. I added a 6 pixel stroke here. Make the location center.

Click ok.

Ctrl/Cmd click on the layer thumbnail to select the new stroke.


Step 4


In the layer palette, turn off the bottom layer, you should see the outline now.
Using the gradient tool: foreground to background linear – Black to white. apply a gradient to the selection.


Step 5


Now apply the stroke again, this time 1 Pixel and set to outside.


Step 6


To make the gradient look like metal, use our favorate curves trick.

Image>adjust>curves, use a similar curve to what is shown here.


Step 7


Now display the bottom layer again and fill with a color or a gradient to get this result.


Step 8


For a little extra depth apply a layer style to the outline, use a dropshadow.


Step 9


Here is the result.


Step 10


Another variation is to hide the fill and just use the outline with a dropshadow.


Step 11


Here is yet another variation. This is just the previous image inverted. Ctrl/Cmd+I Note for this to work, you must flatten the image first.


Step 12


Here is another variation. Play around with this effect and have fun.

See you in a week with another new tutorial.

Download the PSD

Beveled outline text with a Layer style

(Photoshop CS-CC)

Here is a newer versions of the effect that I have created with a layer style



Download the layer style here




Also see the tutorial on creating a metal wire text effect as shown here



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10 responses to “Outline text in Photoshop Photoshop Tutorial”

  1. Sounds like a lot to do for a simple outlining of text. Seems like a rather large oversight for PS to not have something so simple

  2. Why does this look like it’s from Windows 2000? I don’t think the version of photoshop around in 2016 is compatible with anything older than Windows 7 so why was this out of date tutorial posted?

    • There is a link at the top to the CC version. Many people are on older versions and still find this tutorial very relevant, that’s why.

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