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Text Effect Quickie: Moon Shine Text Effect

In just a few simple steps, you can add a calm, easy-going text effect — great for evening events and crisp banners.

This is a Text Effect Quickie — a tutorial that teaches an effect quickly, yet is an effective technique that can be used time and time again. If you’re looking for advanced tutorials, be sure to check out the rest of our Photoshop Tutorials on Tutorial9!

What We’re Making

This Text Effect Quickie will show you how to easily create a soft glowing moon-like text.

Before getting started, you may want to download the font used:

Step 1 – Background

Since this text effect looks best on dark colored backgrounds, let’s create one. Using the color #0f1c25 and black, create a radial gradient from the center of your document.

Step 2 – Setting the Type

Let’s set some type in the document to use the effect on. Bolder and stronger fonts will work better!

Step 3 – Setting Up the Layer Style

Go into your text layers Blending Options (Right Click Layer > Blending Options).

Apply the layer effects shown below, making any modifications as needed.

Drop Shadow

Outer Glow


Inner Glow


Gradient Overlay

#afd3e2 to White


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    Brilliant. Thanks so much for posting this. Really easy instructions to follow, and also thanks for the Nevis Bold font style.

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    Dann Mccaskill (-12 Points) December 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Great post and straight to the point. I am not sure if this is actually the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to hire some professional writers? Thanks :)

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    EmaSDesign/MHD (-6 Points) December 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for this one, incredibly easy!

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    warrenChan:D (-7 Points) September 23, 2010 at 2:15 am

    what font are you using

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    wow, its a great text tutorial, thanx

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    NicOFXCreator1 (2 Points) August 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Yes, How’d you make the sparkle?

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    Brendan (0 Points) August 3, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    How’d you make the sparkle?

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    Abeon (1 Point) July 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Very nice, clean text style… Nice work :)

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    Jeffrey.S (1 Point) July 6, 2010 at 6:55 am

    This very quickly became one of my most favorite style for texts! Thanks a lot.

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    Kenzo (-3 Points) June 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Whats the font u are using :) x

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    tim (-2 Points) June 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

    wait so how do you create the radial gradient for the background..? ><

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    Orlan (-3 Points) June 14, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Awesome tutorial. The effect is really awesome. It actually inspired me for my logo design and I got my designer from to design a logo incorporating elements found from your tut. It came out better than expected as I thought it would be difficult to look strong and corporate but it looked really polished. Even my friends who were skeptics at first were blown away by how the logo design turned out. I got to thank you for posting this tut as I did show to my designer for reference to how I want it to look like. Thanks heaps!

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    Purple Area Rugs (-1 Points) June 2, 2010 at 7:34 am

    lovely stuff there!

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    Salim (0 Points) May 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Duuuuud that is perfect it was done before i know it.
    thanks please but more of those.
    see ya

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    jaka zulham (0 Points) May 3, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    that’s MONO GREATT

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    Web Design (0 Points) April 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Very cool, thanks for sharing.

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    jeighcee (0 Points) April 23, 2010 at 6:07 am

    whoa!!! that was fast… I was doing it step by step without reading through it first and I was surprised to see that were no further instructions… only 3 steps!!!

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    โหลดเพลง (0 Points) March 29, 2010 at 3:52 am

    Thank you for your share!

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    David Bradley (0 Points) March 24, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks, pretty clean, and nice.

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    Nigro48 (0 Points) February 28, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Thanks greate and easy text effect ;-)

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    Tutorial was very helpfull, but couldn’t get mine to look quite like the picture

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (0 Points) February 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush125

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (0 Points) February 2, 2010 at 1:46 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush118

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (0 Points) February 1, 2010 at 3:03 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush113

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (0 Points) January 30, 2010 at 11:56 am

    wow Cool tip thank for sharing.

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    Edit Digital Photos (0 Points) January 10, 2010 at 3:30 am

    so that how they do it! thanks for the TUT

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    on the last step on the gradient, how do i make it blue? mine is defaulted to black. Thanks!

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    Mamun_bangladesh (-1 Points) December 15, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for your easy tutorial

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    hey if someone can make a banner like this for my website I will pay.

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    Thank you very much for the effect Iam, please as the effect of light beams on the letters S and M? Thank you very much Iam!

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    really cool but how did you get it so the sparkle came on?

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    evilkitty75 (0 Points) November 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    I always add a tichy star to each letter ^.^

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    nice, simple and effective…love it

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    vidoko (2 Points) November 1, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Cool effect. Might give it a shot, but how do you get the little sparkles on the letters, or am I missing something?

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    Tutorial9 is my favorite Photoshop site – simple and great tutorials!

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    adobe text effect (0 Points) September 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    that is very detail step by step method to create a good moon text effect

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    impressive !!! thanks a lot For the Tutor :)

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    great tut i liked alot i am still an amatuer at PS and trying to get better.

    thx again

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    Jordy – The Netherlands (1 Point) August 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Great tut! I use some twinkle brushes and a cool star texture for the finishing touch:

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    Thanks for the tutorial , very helpful. You can make it more helpful if you add some explanation why you add such layer effects. This will help people like me who doesn t know Photoshop to better understand.

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    thank u , nice effect on text

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    Alexo (1 Point) July 27, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Thk, for the moonlight effect.

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    Graha (1 Point) July 10, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Hey nice tuts, very helpfully improving my designing skill, hope that tutorial9 will be exist 4ever!!

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    marbio (1 Point) July 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

    good effect, I will use it on the my new layout ! HIi ;)

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    Quyen (0 Points) June 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Tyler, I would have the same question as Younes above. When done in high resolution, the gradients have bands. How do I avoid this?

    Thanks for the tutorial Tyler.

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    Nikola Ovcharski (0 Points) June 28, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Awesome. Thank you for the style

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    kiki123 (0 Points) June 19, 2009 at 10:37 am

    wow~nice tutorial~cool!

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    Miguel_k (0 Points) May 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Great tutorial, thanks a lot.

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    huwaw69 (-1 Points) May 2, 2009 at 9:20 am

    wow great twinkle effect on the text this is great…

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    Christian Kahle (1 Point) April 17, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    That looks nice also if it’s simple

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    Mark Ole Barner (1 Point) March 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I found out that the font used for “Effect” is a font called “Kastler”. :-)

    correct me if im wrong ;-)

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    Thank you Tyler Bramer for ur easy and amazing way to set the tuturial

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    Harshil Karia (1 Point) March 14, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Hey Tyler,

    Thanks for the tutorial. How do i get that effect which seems like a star is shining?


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    iatngicu (1 Point) March 9, 2009 at 5:31 am

    nice share, you so young but your very experience with photoshop great ^^

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    iatngicu (1 Point) March 9, 2009 at 5:28 am

    nice share, it’s very helfull for me^^, thanx

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    Tom Bradshaw (1 Point) March 5, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Great effect! I’m planning to use this effect on a design in the near future. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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    Nice tutorial, it’s simple but really attractive, love it.

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    Very nice tutorial! I suck at photoshop and was able to follow it without any problems! congratulations!

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    Foreign Object (0 Points) February 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I love the way you guys explain the process; it’s comprehensive and easy to follow. Also this is cool.

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    Nicolas TAFFOREAU (0 Points) January 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Great tutorial thanks a lot !

    This is just an example of use:


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    Stuart (0 Points) January 11, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    @Andre, Terkel, and Ron

    The sparkles can be added with a brush. Try this one here:

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    any luck with the .pdf file? ^_^

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    Love this tutorial but how where the sparkles added? It is not shown in this tutorial. Thanks

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    First of all… Thank you very much for the effort publishing such simple but powerfull tuts!

    I made a wallpaper out of this one with a widescreen resolution which is 1920×1200. I dont know if such a high resolution causes the problem I am having but i am very interested in how to solve it: The problem is the gradient you use which cause banding which are in a very annoiing way visible. I tried to apply some noise but that doesnt help either. How do i solve this banding problem?

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    Affordable Web Design (0 Points) November 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Nice tutorial!

    Thanks for the share

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    Woops, didn’t see the comment above!

    Thanks again!

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    Great tutorial!

    Would you be able to tell me what font you used for the small text that says “effect”?


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    Tyler Bramer (0 Points) October 30, 2008 at 1:57 am

    That would be the font English.

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    I can’t download layer style.
    Is there some error?

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    Hi. Great tutorial. I would like to know what is the name of the font used for “Effect” text next to Moonshine. Thank you.

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    Cihan Çağlar Çankaya (0 Points) October 28, 2008 at 12:22 am

    That’s was great job. Thanks.

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    Dude, this site is amazing!!!!!!!
    Keep up the brilliant work and nice and easy tutorial

    grtz, SpunX

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    Summerschok (0 Points) October 7, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, it was great! Keep coming with the tuts! ;)

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    custom Icons (0 Points) September 20, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Nice idea, trying it out right a way. Try some more natural effects like space view, night view, noon vies,…

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    I’m glad that you all like the simple clean look that I was going for!

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    nice, simple and effective…love it

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    It’s Named Nevis Bold…. You can see it in the top of the topic and in the first comments.

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    wow..nice effects I love text effects but then the layer style is hard to remember.. any ideas how to memorize it??? thx… Awsome tutorial!

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    Michelino (-1 Points) September 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    somebody know what is the name of the font used here? thanks!

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    Terkel (-1 Points) September 10, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    how do you make the glitre shine effect?
    I really like it! Thanks mate

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    @Uproar: Thanks Ray :) All the writers at Tutorial9 do what they can to help the community. Just in case you missed it, this Tutorial was actually written by Tyler Bramer, but we’ll all be sure to take this as a huge compliment, so thank you!

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    Uproar (-1 Points) September 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Hey David ive been viewing your work for the past few weeks now, and really love this site, i venture around the places like this alot of the time, but this site makes me want to come back for me, your tutorials are easy and detailed to follow, because of this site i was introduced to and my condolences go out to you and your hard work putting such a great learning experience for beginners to highly adept graphic designers. With this site there is always something new to learn and this moonshine is just one of many.

    great simple and VERY effective text style :) keep it up david i am always telling everyone about this place. for great experience.

    Yours Kindly


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    Cool effect. Might give it a shot, but how do you get the little sparkles on the letters, or am I missing something?

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    PureDezigner (-1 Points) August 27, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Simply Awesome, great work Tyler! This is just what I needed to help me create a new logo for my site.

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    Otavio tatasoka (-1 Points) August 26, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks David!
    Tutorial9 is my favorite Photoshop site – simple and great tutorials!

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    FRançois Therrien (-1 Points) August 26, 2008 at 11:32 am

    love when it’s not to complicated but when it’s simple and quick !

    looks pretty nice and professionnal

    GoOd Job !

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    Jovotrox (0 Points) August 26, 2008 at 7:15 am

    keep doing tutorials… a loved it!
    thankyou for everything!
    Nice Work!


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    bandpang (0 Points) August 26, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I like your tutorial.
    Good job!

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    NaldzGraphics (0 Points) August 25, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    looks elegant:)simple yet cool.great tutorial.


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    @rad_thundercat: Nice suggestions rad_thundercat :) Sorry, your first comment was held for moderation. It’s up now. Sometimes the comment system makes errors like that.

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    rad_thundercat (0 Points) August 25, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I guess the comment didn’t post because I had a link.

    Nice and subtle effect.

    You can make those glares a little more realistic by doubling up the layers and setting one to screen, and the other to ‘color dodge’. Adjust the visibility by tweaking the levels of each layer, not the opacity.

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    rad_thundercat (0 Points) August 25, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Nice and subtle.

    You can make those glares pop a bit more by doubling up the layers and setting one to screen, and the other to ‘color dodge’.

    Shown here:

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    ilyas TEKER (0 Points) August 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    that was great… thank you :)

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    Mr Kuzio (0 Points) August 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    It’s great!

    I like this effect, it’s like a milky effect XD

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    Tom Sinclair (0 Points) August 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Nice and simple, exactly what it says on the tin :)

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    Nevis Bold. There’s a link up towards the top of the Tutorial for it ;)

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    time4event (-1 Points) August 25, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Nice one :) hmmm… what font it is? :>

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    antonwoods (-1 Points) August 25, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Very nice, quick and effective as usual from Tutorial9. Keep them coming :)

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    Nice and simple Tyler. A Text Effect like this would work great in a Dark Themed Website in my opinion.

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