If you love lettering and watercolors, you’ve probably come across the watercolor galaxy effect. Whether just as a beautiful texture, or incorporated into lettering, it’s eye catching. Made from a variety of cloud-like colorful textures, it’s further detailed with doodled stars. There’s nothing like creating this traditionally with watercolors, but you can achieve this same look in Photoshop. In this tutorial, I take you through my process of creating and applying this watercolor galaxy effect to lettering, all within Photoshop. This is a bit of an advanced tutorial, so we’ll move through things quicker and with less detail than usual since there’s a lot to cover. Let’s dive into this galaxy!

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watercolor galaxy effect in Adobe Photoshop

 

Create a Watercolor Galaxy Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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Here’s an overview of how we made a watercolor galaxy effect in written form:

  • Scan your black lettering and remove any white by magic wanding > select > similar > delete.
  • Place your first watercolor texture and keep it a normal blend mode. Be sure the texture covers the entire lettering and apply a clipping mask.
  • Duplicate your texture, reposition and change the blend mode to ‘darken’.
  • Apply a black background color to your document.
  • Duplicate your black lettering layer and position it above both texture layers. Change the blend mode to ‘overlay’ at 60% opacity and apply a clipping mask.
  • Bring in your splatter textures. Change the color overlay to white and apply an outer glow. Outer glow settings: blend mode of screen, opacity 50%, spread 15% and size 12px.
  • Create multiple copies of your splatter textures, alter rotations, scale and opacities. Continue until you’re satisfied with their randomness within the lettering. Make sure all splatter layers also have a clipping mask applied.
  • Create a new document, sized 200px by 200px, resolution of 300. Use the pen tool to create a star shape in black. With it selected go edit > define brush preset and save it as a brush.
  • Create a new layer in your galaxy file and brush the newly made star, changing its size. Apply an outer glow layer style, similar to the splatter textures. Apply a clipping mask to your star layer.
  • Add depth within the letters if desired.
  • At the very bottom of your layers palette, create a new layer and place a galaxy stock photo just above your black background layer. Change its blend mode to ‘color dodge’ with an opacity of 50%.
  • Done!
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