In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to create text that looks like it’s made out of metal wire. The cool thing about this, is that the text remains fully editable throughout so you can try different fonts and different words. Oh yeah, I’ll also give you the layer style for free at the end, but don’t cheat, read the tutorial first so that you know how to use it correctly, or you’ll run into problems with the shadow. This tutorial follows the popularity of my outline text tutorial
If you go to blending options at the top of the styles panel you will see opacity and fill opacity. Turn fill Opacity all the way down to 0. Give it a drop shadow. Do you see the problem with the shadow here? It adds a shadow for the whole word, not just the outline. We have to be sneaky and figure out a work-around.
Hide the Drop Shadow for now and this is what your text and layers panel should look like so far. (Ignore the Gradient Overlay in the screenshot)
Here is something a lot of people don’t know, You can add layer styles to layer groups and they respect the transparency of all the nested layers combined. Whaa? That means you can get it to do what you want. Select the type layer and press Ctrl/Cmd+G to put in a layer group
In case you want to jazz it up a bit, you can add a light beam using Lighting effects. Filter>Render>Lighting Effects (Note: Lighting effects ONLY works in RGB mode).
Here is the result.
Make sure you adjust the shadow so that it falls in the right direction, away from the light source.
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