Candy-Cane Text Effect

In this tutorial I will show you how to make some nice-looking candy-cane text mostly by using layer styles.
Candy-Cane Text Effect

Step 1

First of all, of course, create a new document in which you can make your text. I used a document size of 400 x 200 pixels.
Now add in a background that will suit the text effect. I started by adding a blue gradient in the background. (#007eba and #00669a)
Blue Gradient Background

Step 2

Now add in some soft snow for the background. I made mine by first creating a new layer, then doing some soft white brushing on the bottom of the document.
Then on another new layer do a bit more soft brushing with black.
Dark Brushing
Lower the opacity for this brushing layer to 10-15%.
Lowered Opacity

Step 3

Now we’ll finally get to making the actual text. Start by writing out your text with a curvy font, use white as your text color.
Written Text
The font I used above is called Myriad Apple, you can use pretty much any font though.
Right-click the text layer in the layer’s palette, then apply the following layer styles and settings:

  1. Drop Shadow
  2. Inner Shadow
  3. Bevel and Emboss
  4. Gradient Overlay

Your text should now look like this:
Candy-Cane Text Effect
If your text didn’t turn out like mine, make sure you used the same settings as what my screenshots showed. You could also download the PSD file for help.

Please note that this tutorial has been posted once before on a website known as DesignerSource, but that website no longer exists.

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