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Aqua Plastic text

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Ok, now I have made a few blue looking plastic text effects in the past but this one is different, I promise hehe. I made an action for this effect and it received about 1,000 downloads in 2 days so here is the tutorial.
(you can download the action here)

First up, start with a new image, depending on what your going to write, make it about 800x800px with a white background. Now select the Type tool:

Now type your text at size 450pts no other size. The font apple garamond looks best and you can download that Here
Make sure your text is the right shade of blue #9FB8C1 Once done, click the Tick to commit your text:
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HOLD CTRL and click on the type layer to select it. Now with "layer1" selected on the layers palette, go to Edit>Fill and in the pop up use the same settings as shown in the picture opposite.
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Do not lose the selection of the text. Switch to the channels palette, create a new channel and fill the selection in white. Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 14 then again, Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 7. And again Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 4, last time Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur and enter 2. OK you are now done blurring. Deselect (CTRL+D) and go back to the layers palette.

Now HOLD CTRL and click on "layer1" now go to Filter>Render>Lighting Effects. Add these settings: Light type - spotlight, Intensity 35, Focus 69, Gloss 59, Material 60, Exposure 0, Ambience 8, Texture channel Aplha1, Height 50.
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You will get text similar to the picture on the left. Now you need to blue this layer, Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussion Blur and enter 2 for radius.
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Next we must make a curves adjustment. So Go to Image>Adjust>Curves. Match the settings as close you can to the picture on the left. The closer you get the more realistic the effect will be.
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Ok now we can see the plastic coming along. Seen as though I want blue plastic I am going to make a colour adjustment. Go to Image>Adjust>Hue/Saturation. Match the settings so they are the same as mine on the left (MAKE SURE COLORIZE IS TICKED IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER) ok almost done.
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Now we are going to make a few colour adjustments. To do this press CTRL+B. Make sure "preserve luminosity" is ticked and enter these settings.

Shadows: 0,0,-100

Midtones: 0,0, +93

Highlights: 0,0,-15

Click ok when finished, it should look like mine.
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You are now done all you need to do is to add a drop shadow (Layer>Effects>Drop Shadow) and resize the whole image, (Image>Image Size.) And there you go. If you have any trouble with this tutorial you can just post in the forums. :)

This Tutorial was Brought to you by Robouk, Please post any questions in the forum. Thank you.

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