How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop


   What You'll Be Creating
What You'll Be Creating

We're honouring the German language and culture this week in celebration of the launch of the  German version of Envato Elements

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a text effect using gradient fills and layer styles in Adobe Photoshop. This week is dedicated to German culture, so we will use the German phrase "Aller Anfang ist schwer" which means "All beginnings are hard".

I created a Modern 80s Text Effects with unlimited text effects using the same method for my  GraphicRiver portfolio.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Tutorial Assets

You will need the following fonts in order to complete this tutorial:

1. How to Prepare the Document

Step 1

Go to  File > New and create a new file to work with. Use the following settings:  Width: 3000 px; Height: 2000 px; 300 dpi.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Click T to open the  Horizontal Type Tool and create any text using the Mexcellent Font with a size of  146 pt .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select the text layer and then Right Click > Convert to Smart Object .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Create another text layer using our second font with 33 pt  size and move it up 120 px from the top of the smart object while holding  Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Select the background layer and Fill it with #231434 color using Shift-F5 .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

2. How to Create the Background Elements

Step 1

Hit  U to activate the  Rectangle Tool . Then create a shape with the following settings: 

  • Width: 255 px
  • Height: 255 px
  • Fill: None
  • Stroke: 5 px
  • Color: #ffffff

After that, move it to the top-left corner of the canvas while holding Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Right Clickon the first shape layer and select  Duplicate .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select the second shape and move it 250 px to the right while holding  Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Create ten more duplicates as we did before, and then move them to the right side to fill the whole canvas.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Now we need to select all the shape layers we've created and Right Click > Duplicate

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Select the new duplicates and move them 250 px  down while holding  Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Duplicate your shape layers to fill the entire canvas.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

After that, we need to select all the shape layers using Shift and then  Right Click > Convert to Smart Object .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Select your new smart object and press Control-T and resize the grid to fill the canvas more accurately.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Select the smart object and go to Edit > Transform > Perspective .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Select the top-left transform point and move it by 25° while holding Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Press Control-T and then move the top transform points to the edges of the canvas.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Now we need to move the smart object down by 895 px while holding Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Now we need to create a duplicate of the grid, select the smart object, and then Right Click > Duplicate .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Click  U  to activate the  Rectangle Tool . Then create a shape in the center of the document with the following settings:  Width: 2100 px; Height: 1050 px; Color:  #ffffff .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Click  U  to activate the  Rectangle Tool . Then create a shape in the center of the document with the following settings:  Width: 3000 px; Height: 900 px; Color:  #151515 .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Now we need to create the last shape between the text layers with the following settings: Width: 1200 px; Height: 1 px; Color:  #000000 .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Now we need to convert our shape layers into smart objects. Right Click > Convert to Smart Object .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

3. How to Create Effects for the Background Layers

Step 1

Select the first shape and change the Blending Mode to  Overlay .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Now we need to add an Outer Glow effect in the  Layer Style  panel. Double Click on the layer and use the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 25%
  • Color:  #ffc47d
  • Spread: 2% 
  • Size: 40 px
  • Range: 45%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise  and use the following settings: 

  • Amount: 400%
  • Distribution: Uniform
  • Monochromatic
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select the smart object with the grid and then click on the  Create Mask icon.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Select the mask of the layer and press  Control-I to invert the color of the mask.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Hit B to activate the  Brush Tool and use the following settings : 245 px; Hardness: 20% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

After that, press Alt and Right Click on the mask, and draw a mask as shown in the picture below.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Now we need to add a blur effect to the mask. Select the mask again, and then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur  and use the following settings:  Radius: 80 px.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Now we need to add the same effects to the second grid shape and change the Blending Mode  of the layer to  Overlay  and the  Opacity  to  75%.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This is how our image will look after all the manipulations listed above:

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Select the next smart object and change the Blending Mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 25% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur  and use the following settings:  Radius: 250 px.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Select the next smart object and change the Opacity to  75% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur  and use the following settings:  Radius: 165 px.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Double Clickon the layer and add a  Gradient Overlay  using the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Lighten
  • Opacity: 15%
  • Angle : 125 °
  • Style: Linear
  • Scale: 59%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

After that, we need to change the gradient in the same Gradient Overlay panel. Double Click on the gradient and create a new gradient with the following colors: #db9176 and #1c1527 .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Now we need to edit our last smart object with the line shape. Right Click > Edit Contents to open the smart object.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

In the newly opened window, press Control-Alt-C and change the canvas size to 1220 x 20 px .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Double Clickon the shape in the smart object and add an  Inner Glow  using the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size : 0%
  • Range: 50%
  • Color:  # ffffff
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Afterwards, add an Outer Glow effect using the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Lighten
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Spread: 11%
  • Size : 9 px
  • Range: 45%
  • Color:  #ffc47d
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Change the Fill of the layer to 0% and then close and save the smart object.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 21

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur  and use the following settings:  Angle: 0°; Distance: 440 px .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 22

Change the Blending Mode to  Hard Light .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 23

Select all the background shapes while holding Shift , and then hit the  Create a New Group icon.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

4. How to Create 80s Text Effects

Step 1

Create two duplicates of the first smart object with the text ( Right Click > Duplicate ).

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Make the two upper layers invisible and create another group for the first smart object.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Double Clickon the smart object and add a  Gradient Overlay  using the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90%
  • Reverse: On
  • Scale: 100%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

After that,  Left Click on the Gradient  in the same panel and create a new gradient with the following settings: 

  • Color: #5a91aeLocation: 0%
  • Color: #aee2f1Location: 22%
  • Color: #d3f3f9 ,  Location: 51%
  • Color: #3d3a3a , Location: 51%
  • Color: #513c4f , Location: 60%
  • Color: #8c5f92 ,  Location: 75%
  • Color: #cc9ada , Location: 90%
  • Color: #d8b7e2 , Location: 100%

Once you've created the gradient, hit OK .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Press Make Default .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Create another duplicate of the smart object and put it below in the Layers panel.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Move the duplicate of the smart object 1 px left and 1 px up while holding Shift .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

To create a fake 3D effect, we need to create 23 more duplicates of the smart object and sequentially place them 1 px up and 1 px right one from another, as we did with the smart object in the previous step.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

After that, we need to go to the next smart object above the fake 3D group of layers and Double Click and press Bevel & Emboss in the Layer Style panel. Use the following settings: 

  • Style: Outer Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 1000%
  • Size: 2 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Shading: 90°
  • Altitude: 30°
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Hit Stroke and use the following settings: 

  • Size: 4px
  • Position: Inside
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Color:  #ffffff
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Activate Gradient Overlay and then hit Reset to Default .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Now select the last smart object and go to the Layer Style panel. Click on Color Overlay and use the following settings: Blend Mode: Normal ; Opacity: 100% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur  and use the following settings:  Radius: 15 px .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Change the Opacity of the layer to 35% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Select the small text layer and go to the Layer Style panel. After that, press Inner Shadow and set the following parameters: 

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color:   #ffffff
  • Distance: 5 px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 1 px
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Go to Inner Glow and use the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Source: Edge
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 2 px
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Add a Gradient Overlay to the smart object in the same panel and use the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Reverse: On
  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: 90°
  • Scale: 139%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

After that,  Left Click on the  Gradient  in the same panel and create a new gradient with the following settings: 

  • Color: #2b3039  Location: 0%
  • Color:  #4f7ba0  Location: 28%
  • Color:  #eafdfe , Location: 51%
  • Color:  #282021 ,  Location: 51%
  • Color:  #2c323c ,  Location: 60%
  • Color:  #8c5f92 , Location: 75%
  • Color:  #416286 ,  Location: 90%
  • Color:  #6cadd8 ,  Location: 93%
  • Color:  #fffffd ,  Location: 100%   

Once you've created the gradient, click OK .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Finally, let's add an Outer Glow  effect to the layer style using the following settings: 

  • Blend Mode: Lighten
  • Opacity: 75%
  • Color: #ffc47d
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 4 px
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Select all the smart objects with the text (including the fake 3D group) while holding Shift , and then press the  Create a New Group  icon.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

This is how our image should look after all the manipulations listed above:

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

5. How to Create Light Effects

Step 1

To create a more organic look, we need to add light effects. Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Double Clickon the  Gradient Fill layer and use the following settings: 

  • Style: Linear
  • Angle: -55,3°
  • Color: #ffdbb6
  • Position: 0
  • Opacity 100%
  • Color: #ffdbb6
  • Position: 100  
  • Opacity: 0%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Create a duplicate of the gradient fill using Right Click > Duplicate Layer .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Place each gradient fill layer above each text layer and after that, Right Click > Create Clipping Mask .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Change the Blending Mode of the first gradient fill to Overlay and the Opacity to 65% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Change the Blending Mode of the second gradient fill to Overlay .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

As you can see, the second gradient fill effect is not working on the second text layer. To resolve this issue, you need to convert the text layer to a smart object using Right Click > Convert to Smart Object .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Create another duplicate of the last gradient fill and then Right Click > Release Clipping Mask .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Double Clickon the  Gradient Fill layer and use the following settings: 

  • Style: Radial
  • Angle: -90°
  • Scale: 250%
  • Reverse: On
  • Color:   #000000
  • Position: 0
  • Opacity 100%
  • Color:   #000000
  • Position: 100  
  • Opacity: 0%
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Select the two last gradient fill layers while holding Shift , and then press the  Create a New Group  icon.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

Change the Opacity of the group to 75% .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Awesome Work, You're Now Done!

In this way, we can create 80s-inspired text effects in Adobe Photoshop using smart objects, gradient fills, and layer styles.

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial, and feel free to contact me for any help with it. You can also check my Modern 80s Text Effects in my portfolio on  GraphicRiver .

How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create an 80s-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop