Version: 7.0
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This tutorial shows how to make electric text, but the technique will work with any kind of object. Here's what the finished product looks like from this tutorial:

Step 1:

Start by creating a new document (canvas) and filling it with black. I made mine 480 by 300 pixels @ 72 pixels per inch. Create a Text layer for the text to be burned. For this example, this site's name will be used: Ecirp.com. The font used is a 72pt Arial Black with a font color of white. After you've typed in what you want, choose Layer->Rasterize->Type to turn the text into pixels. Use the Move tool to reposition the text so that it's centered horizontally and is just a little below the center line vertically. You might want to use guides to help you position your text within the canvas. Here's what it should look like at this point:

Step 2:

Duplicate the layer with the text on it (rename the new layer "Text 2"). You will use the duplicated text layer later to create the foreground text effect and the original text layer to create the electric illusion. Work on the middle layer (the original text layer) next. Transform the image 90 degrees clockwise ( Edit > Transform > 90 degrees CW ). Apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) with the method “Wind” and the Direction “From the Right”. Repeat ( Ctrl-f ) this filter. Now, apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) again except this time, use the Direction “From the Left”. Repeat ( Ctrl-f ) this filter. Transform the image 90 degrees counter-clockwise ( Edit > Transform > 90 degrees CCW ). This is what it should look like now:

Step 3:

Next, apply the Wind filter again except this time, only once in each direction (without rotating the canvas). Apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) with the method “Wind” and the Direction “From the Right”. Now, apply the Wind filter ( Filter > Stylize > Wind ) again except this time, use the Direction “From the Left”. Here's is the look you want to achieve:


Step 4:

Apply the Ripple Filter ( Filter > Distort > Ripple ) to make the light wavy. The following settings were used within the filter Ripple dialogue box:

  • Amount: 100%
  • Size: Medium

Click OK to apply the Ripple filter:

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Step 5:

Open the Hue/Saturation window ( Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation ). Select Colorize, bring Saturation up to 50 and set Hue to about 220. Here is what the layer should look like:

Step 6:

Unhide layer “Text 2” and activate it on the Layer Palette. Select the text on the layer by pressing Ctrl then clicking on the thumbnail of the layer on the Layer Palette. Rasterize the layer. Contract ( Select > Modify > Contract ) the selection by 1 pixels. Now Fill ( Edit > Fill ) in the selection with black ( Hex #000000 ). Here is your shocking product:

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