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A Glossy Starburst Tutorial

So here is the easyway to make those shiny, glossy, snazzy, glassy, sleek, web2.0 style, clean, bubbly, starburst, badges things. like so.


To begin: open up shop. 1) Press CTRL + N (open new document) make the size whatever you like – I did mine 500x 500px. background white >OK

when doc is open – Choose a foreground color you want to work with I chose dark blue.

2)Select the shape tool – choose the custom shape tool – than from the shapes library up in the properties panel on top of screen…

Select shape

select the “starburst shape” if you cant find one than click on that small arrow to the right of the shapes menu and click on ALL – this should bring up all the custom shapes which includes a starburst shape. Now with the starburst shape tool selected go to the middle of your work stage and drag out a nice shape (holding down on shift to keep perportions.) name that layer base.

With the base layer selected hold down on ctrl and click the square thumbnail on that layer. This will make a marquee selection of the starburst shape.

Create New layer .(SHIFT+CTRL+N) -place it above the base layer. – name this layer brightness. and now select that layer.
Now with the brightness layer selected – go to select >modify>contract and enter the number 1 pixels> ok.

While selection still active go to your color pallete and choose a nice bright color as foreground color of the same family as your starburst shape – for example: if your starburst is dark blue than now you should be choosing a bright/light blue.
Make sure that in your in your properties on top of the page show that your gradient tool is set to FILL TO TRANSPARENT


> Now grab the gradient tool and place the cursor just below your current marquee selection preferably at the bottom right corner and drag from bottom right corner up towards the top left corner and just about half way through that selection release the dragging. (Joke – no connection to tutorial: how do you take a dog with no legs for a walk? take it for a drag)

Your starburst contracted selection should still be active do not deselect. – now go create a new layer and place it above the others and select it. NOw name that layer “gloss” ( if your marquee selection for some reason has been deselected than just go to SELECT>RESELECT .) get the eliptical marquee tool (circular one) and with your one hand holding down on alt and shift – go drag a circle/oval selection partially over the top left area of your star. This should cut out a peice of your selection. Like so

gloss selection

Go change your foreground color to white and than press alt+backspace to fill that selection. Now press ctrl+D to deselect. you should now be on the gloss layer – GREAT! now go and lower the opacity of that layer from to about 27%.

opacity 27%

Now to top it off. Go select to the base layer and double click on it (or right click and select “blending options”) select the drop shadow effect and lower the opacity to 29-32% – the rest leave as default.

Drop shadow

YOUR DONE CONGRATS now go get your self a coke (or diet) and you can add any text you want on top of that usually chunky texts go well with this. ENJOY. Any questions? leave a comment and I will try to answer asap.

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glossy text tutorial


THE SHINY FLOOR EFFECT so fresh and so clean web2.0 – yummy

Here is another photoshop web 2.0 style graphic tutorial.

the finished Product

This is what we will be doing …now that is a clean floor. This one I tried something new – I dont always like the way tutorials are written out – they can get boring and not easy to follow. So I am not going to talk much…

here is the process:

the process

so how is it going? shall we move along?

The continuation

and now the finally.

Teh finalle

And how can i forget the free psd file!

PSD comes with all layers intact…and it’s free for use and reuse … until you cant stand it no more!
Now how was that tutorial.? I hope to hear some feedback on that one…. was it clear and easy to follow? did you get the job done? Photoshop tutorials can sometimes be a real pain when there is too much text to read – So I guess I am trying to minimize the text and go more visual. Since it is not video this is what we got.


glossy text tutorial


Glass Badge


The Glossy TEXT web2.0 style

Remember – reading and doing is the best way to learn…anyways…Today I will be talking about and even giving some tips about the “way too famous” Glossy text EFFECT – something like this:
Finished product

over used on web2.0 logos…but how can it not be – it is just so NICE! – I am sure you have all seen it out there – I also know that there are many more than one way to do this effect – that is one of the countless awesome things about photoshop. “To each his own”.
NOw here is how this will work.

I will give detailed explanations – along with one image of the whole process – and if that still dont work you are free to take the psd -and use it however you like.
Begin: CTRL N – to open new doc.
choose your document size and click OK.

anyone who is using a mac it is COMMAND instead of CTRL.

Here goes:

1. using the Type tool – write out the text that you want to glossify .

Keep in mind that most of these text effects are very bad for running text but rather for titles, logos, headlines etc.. The Best fonts for this effect are the more THICKER fonts …trying to put this effect on a slim font doesnt always look as cool as we want…although it is all possible.

2. SHIFT +CTRL + N to add new layer – name it whatever you like – I call it gloss.

while the “gloss” layer is selected. Hold down on CTRL and click on the layer which your TEXT is located on (you should be clicking directly over the T icon on the text layer)

3. The “gloss” Layer should be the one which is currently active (blue)
Go to the “SELECT>>MODIFY>CONTRACT enter 1 or 2 pixles.

Now go get the eliptical marquee tool.

While holding down on alt+shift drag a horizontal oval over the top area of your selected text (apprx 1/3 of the top of your text should be selected)

now grab the gradient tool (from fill to transparent) make the fill color a light shade of the color of yo text , in my case it is a pinkish white. Now from the top of the text drag down halfway and voila…

you can add more shines of white while keeping that top area selected – whatever looks better -just play around with it.

Here was the process in image form:

The process

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