Glossy Plastic Text Effect – Photoshop

Glossy plastic text effect

Start with new documents with the size of 290 x 230 fill its background with the blue color and its color code #0080FF. Add black gradient overlay with it. Then type something on it with the size of 200 pixels. I typed out “T”. Apply color overlay style through selecting on it. Here I will use medium gray for the chrome color. Don’t have any color of chrome object. It’s a 100% reflective surface.

This step is very important cause here I will set off around the word as rounded volume. For some, the realistic glossy effects use a vertical light source also a very sharp gloss contour profile. For this go to the gloss contour profile and play with the curve editor. Now go to edit -> preset manager. Then click on the preset type and select contour. Click on the load button and find out the contour, click done.

Now go to bevel and emboss layer style click on gloss contour swatch at the left located as a little arrow. When simulating 3D objects adding a drop shadow and it’s always mandatory. The satin effect is best for simulate reflection and through these we able to simulating distorted reflection into the edge of each letter. Previous stuff would have been enough for making the design glossy and chrome effect.

But here should add a few refinements into the effect. By adding this effect we will find a more dark effect in the text. Adding a sharp inner glow cause it helps to reflect the underlying drop shadow of the text. And finally adding a cherry on top which basically reflecting the background in where the letters place. It will help to make a better combination of letter and background.

Now for the plastic glossy text effect duplicate the chrome text layer. Click on layer visibility eye to hide the chrome layer. Select the duplicate layer then go to layer -> layer style -> clear layer style. Again select the duplicate layer and go to layer -> rasterizing -> type. Finally, create the encapsulated effect. Our text is ready with chrome and glossy effect.