How to Create a GTA Text Effect Action in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing text effect inspired by the Grand Theft Auto video game. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time. 

The text effect shown above is the effect I will show you how to create here in this tutorial. If you would like to create both a GTA photo effect from your photos and a GTA text effect, using a single click and in just a few minutes, then check out my Grand Theft 2 Photoshop Action.

Action final results

What You’ll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following font:

1. How to Get Started

First, go to File > New to create a new file to work with, name it GTA Text Effect, and use the settings below:

Creating new file

2. How to Create a Text

Step 1

In this section we are going to create some text. Choose the Horizontal Type Tool (T), and set the Font to Pricedown, Font Size to 550 px, and Text Color to #000000. Then, click anywhere inside the canvas to create a new text layer and type grand.

Creating text layer

Step 2

Now, with the same settings for the Horizontal Type Tool (T), click anywhere inside the canvas again to create another text layer and type theft.

Creating text layer

Step 3

We need to create one more text layer. With the same settings for the Horizontal Type Tool (T), click anywhere inside the canvas and type action.

Creating text layer

Step 4

Now, using the Move Tool (V), move the text layers vertically and horizontally to position them as shown below:

Positioning text layers

Step 5

While the action layer is selected, Shift-click on the grand layer to select all layers at the same time. Then, press Control-E on your keyboard to merge them into one layer. Name this layer Text.

Merging text layers

3. How to Create a GTA Text Style

Step 1

Right-click on the Text layer and choose Blending Options. Then, check the Color Overlay style, and set the Blend Mode to Normal, Colour to #ffffff, and Opacity to 100% as shown below:

Adding layer style

Step 2

Right-click on this layer and choose Rasterize layer. Then Right-click on this layer again and choose Blending Options. Check the Stroke style and use the settings below:

Adding layer style

Step 3

Now go to Layer > Layer Style > Create Layer to create a new layer using a layer style.

Creating new layer using layer style

Step 4

Control-click on the thumbnail of the Text layer to make a selection of this layer. Then, select the Text’s Outer Stroke layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection to create a layer mask that hides the selected area of the layer.

Adding layer mask

Step 5

Now Right-click on the layer mask and choose Apply Layer Mask. Then, Right-click on the Text layer and choose Blending Options. Next, check the Inner Shadow style and use the settings below:

Adding layer style

Step 6

Right-click on the Text’s Outer Stroke layer and choose Blending Options. Check the Stroke style and use the settings below:

Adding layer style

Step 7

Control-click on the Text layer to select both layers at the same time. Then, go to Layer > New > Group from Layers to create a new group from the selected layers and name it GTA Text.

Creating new group from layers

Step 8

Press Control-A on your keyboard to make a selection of the canvas. Choose the Move Tool (V), and click on Align Vertical Center and then on Align Horizontal Center to align the text both vertically and horizontally.

Aligning the-text

You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! Here is our final result:

Final result

If you would like to create both a GTA photo effect from your photos and a GTA text effect, using a single click and in just a few minutes, then check out my Grand Theft 2 Photoshop Action.

Action final results