How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop

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How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
Laser-cut text in a brushed metal background. (Joanne Mendes)

Laser cut text is a great look that can be used on web pages, in animation or wherever a clean crisp metal-type text is needed. Creating the text is a two-step process: Create the brushed metal background and then create the text. The result is a text that looks as though it has been laser-cut into a metal surface.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "File" and choose "New. " Create a new Photoshop document with a white background. Click "OK."

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
  2. 2

    Click the "Edit" tab and choose "Fill." Choose "50% Grey" from the pull-down menu and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click the "Filter" tab in the main menu bar and choose "Noise." Choose "Add Noise." Change the noise amount to "20%" and check the "Monochromatic" box. Click "OK."

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
    Add noise to the background.
  4. 4

    Click the "Filter" tab in the main menu bar and choose "Blur." Reset the distance to "25" and the angle to "-48." Click "OK."

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
    Begin to smooth down the background.
  5. 5

    Select the "Blur Tool" in the tool bar. Choose a soft brush and change the brush size to "35." Brush across the grain of the background until you get a soft brushed metal look.

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
    Blur tool settings.
  6. 6

    Click "File" and save your metal background.

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
    Brushed metal background.
  1. 1

    Click "Layer" and choose "New." Name the layer "Text" and click "OK." Make sure the new layer is selected in the "Layers" palette.

  2. 2

    Click the "Text Tool" in the tool menu. Create a text box on the background. Change the font style to "Niagara Engraved" and the font colour to "#010101." Type your text into the text box. Use the "Move Tool" to move the text book to the desired location on the background.

  3. 3

    Right-click on the "Text" layer in the layers palette to open the blending options box.

  4. 4

    Check "Outer Glow." Change Blend Mode to "Normal," change the gradient picker to "Foreground to background" and check "Anti-aliased." Change the Range and Jitter to "100%." This will add some metal shavings to the sides of your letters.

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
    Add an outer glow to the text.
  5. 5

    Check "Bevel & Emboss" and change the direction to "Down." Click "OK" to save your layer changes. You now have text that looks like it was laser-cut into brushed metal.

    How to Create Laser Cut Text in Photoshop
    Finished product.

Tips and warnings

  • Change the font type used to alter the laser effect. For instance: Niagara Engraved creates an engraved laser look while Comic Sans produces a raw laser effect.
  • Add a laser burst to the text with a star brush. Select a large star brush in the brushes palette and drop a star on the edge of the text. Alternate with yellow and white stars to give it a bright laser feel.

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