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Tutorial – Multi-colored effect

Jul 2nd 2009

Many people asked me: “How did you make the soft glossy effect in the presentation image of your Duplex font?”
The answer is short and simple. Discover it by following the step-by-step tutorial below. Enjoy!


Many people asked me: “How did you make the soft glossy effect in the presentation image of your Duplex font?” The answer is short and simple. Discover it by following the step-by-step tutorial below. Enjoy!

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86 Responses

  1. Anna says:

    Wow, so simple, so amazing. AWESOME! I vote you have more tutorials…

  2. slize says:

    Very nice, simple and effective!

  3. Doug says:

    I agree, more tutorials please.

  4. 21lab says:

    Perfect, simple tool nice results!!

  5. Tuomas says:

    Awesome! More tut please!

  6. karla says:

    Does it work the same way when using a mac?

  7. Pritam Singh says:

    very nice effect with minimum affort. cool!

  8. i can do it,,, thankyou

  9. claudio says:


  10. Ada says:

    Can anyone help me? 🙂 I am using Photoshop CS 3, and I select the patch tool and basically drag from the start of the arrow to the end of the arrrow, but it just tries to move the box down… and nothing happens :(. Patch tool is definitely selected and I’m using the left mouse button… if anyone has any ideas, please help? 🙂

    This is an awesome tutorial, thanks so much!

  11. musc says:

    many many thanks for this cool & handy tutorial


  12. musc says:

    PS: more tuts pleace

    you got that “magic touch”


  13. Zach says:

    Absolutely Awesome! You guys are great!

  14. Ivo says:

    Nice and simple 🙂

  15. great……
    looking for more…

  16. Eric says:

    Interesting tutorial and good special effect. I experimented with it and found that feathering the selection a bit (say, 10 pixels) can result in an interesting 3D effect, especially for very bold display fonts.

  17. michael says:

    owww realy awesome

  18. sharer says:

    wow…So Great!!!!

  19. Simple yet very sophisticated design. Thanks for the tutorial!

  20. Mihir says:

    it’s that last step that makes the simple technique so effective! Props!

  21. ZIP says:

    I don’t get ‘hold the left mouse and drag down with patch tool’. When I try to drag it down, the selection box is just moving along. Nothing happened.

  22. Manuel says:

    Same happened to me but I figured out: Make selection – Right click – Use patch as source – Now you drag

  23. German says:

    I´m using CS5 and i had the same problem , but then i realized that i didnt had all the layers merged, so if you are having any problem try to merge all layers.

  24. Jolene says:

    Nice tut but the patch tool doesnt work for me… I mean Im doing exactly as it says when when I select it anddrag it nothing happens :S anyone knows?? Im using photoshop cs3

  25. Alejo says:

    Woow! excelent! thank you

  26. Mine says:

    Thank you for insipiring tut, but we want more…. we want more…

  27. Alice says:

    Really easy and helpful. You should explain all the nice effects you have in your typography examples 😉

  28. cecilia says:

    i have the same problem when i drag it down,
    You just need to unlock the background to this for work, After merge ALL the layers go to: Layer > new > background from layer. And then tray again selecting the area and drag it with the patch tool. (you can see that the square is divided in two) be cool, this is what happen when it works.
    sorry for my bad english
    hope u can solve this problem

  29. @artwitto says:

    Thank you! As a programmer, I’ve been aparted from desing stuff, but I actually could do it! Now, I’m going to do it again, and again, until I become an multi-colored effect expert 🙂

    I bet you my soul that you followed this tutorial and wrote your name in your design.

    (Sorry for my miserable english)

  30. mantis says:

    Thanx for great, simple tutorial!
    This is for anyone having trouble finding bacground image

  31. Craig says:

    Thank you Mantis! Any hints on where to download the font?

  32. Amy says:

    Very nice effect!!!!

  33. CR says:

    really usefull!! it’s so easy!! thanks!!!

  34. adryan says:

    it nice font…. I like it

  35. Suzie says:


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