06 All solid shapes should be imported into Photoshop using the Shape Layers button, and all strokes as Smart Vector Objects. It’s important to follow this rule, as doing so will give you the most flexible way of working without needing to come back to Illustrator for changes. Further colours will be sampled from our interim Swatches panel.
07 We want to achieve a glowing look that has dimension for the main type. Double-click each shape layer to bring up the Blending Options menu, and add Inner Shadow in a darker colour tone to each fill, plus extra shadow via Inner Glow, Satin and Gradient Overlay. I’ve used the following values: Inner Shadow – Multiply; Opacity: 75%; Size: 55; Noise: 10. Inner Glow – Multiply; Opacity: 70%; Size: 65; Choke: 55; Noise: 10. Satin – Lighten; Distance: 20; Size: 10; Contour: Cove – Deep.
08 Switch on all stroke layers before you create copies (Cmd/Ctrl+J) of the main type layers. Select them one by one, turn Fill Opacity to 0% and add Inner Shadow set to: Multiply; Distance: 35; Size: 4. Make sure you work with a colour tone that is close to the colour of the word below.
09 In the penultimate step, we are going to add some subtle texture to the piece. Draw a simple X, or just use a font and create a new pattern. Then, create a Pattern Fill adjustment layer and add it to the top of the stack. Set Scale to 5% and Opacity to 7% via Overlay. This will add a nice tone, as well as a retro feel and texture.
10 Since we’ve been working on an image that borrows from the past, let’s add a Photo Filter adjustment [Warm Filter 85%], which will unify the colours. To round off the type, add an extra Levels adjustment layer, selecting the Increase Contrast 1 preset. These should make the colours brighter and stronger.