In any design, typography is key. Handcrafted, clean, minimal or full of fancy text effects, type literally tells the story that you are trying to tell. I have browsed the web and collected a list of free text effect PSD downloads for Photoshop. I have selected text effects that are actually usable in today’s industry. The level of commercial usage may vary, so be sure to check out the original creator’s license.
For those of you that are unsure what a text effect is. Open Photoshop, type something using the type tool, right click on the type layer in the layers panel and hit that blending options key. Play around with some of the options in there. You now have made a text effect. You could take it further with Smart objects, multiple layers, and textures, like some of the downloads below. If you’re interested in all that, check out this list of text effect tutorials. But for now, browse through our free collection text effects below.
A retro style PSD text effect inspired by vintage motel signs. Type your own text inside the smart object and create a striking typography piece with ease. Download Here.
This high detailed embossed text effect has a fantastic grungy feel. It’s made from a combination of two-layer styles and will function with any shape or text. Download Here.
A fun and sweet candy text effect PSD. The layer style effect can be applied to both shapes and text. The color also can be changed to be whatever you want. Download Here.
Chalkboard Typography Text Effect
Within this download, you will find a set of 4 Photoshop layer styles. They are easy to apple and again you can change the color via the adjustment layer. Download Here.
Chrome Metal Text Effect PSD
Usually, Chrome effects are slightly overdone, this hits it on the head. Download Here.
A smooth, subtle and shiny text effect with distinctive shadows and shines – add quality to your designs. Download Here.
A neon-themed text effect that really pops on a darker background – comes prepared with a concrete wall backdrop. Download Here.
A cinematic medieval text effect with high-quality grunge-metal details. Good enough for a film logo! Download Here.
3D Retro Text Effects
Within this download donated by Creativenauts, we have three fantastic retro-themed 3D wood text layer styles for use with Photoshop. Each of the styles that we have come prepared in their own PSD file, leaving you to simply change the text in the smart layer to create your piece. Download Here
Classic Neon Sign
This download comes with an on and off neon text effect complete with the 3 colors you see above. Create your realistic Neon text! Download Here.
An old-school themed text effect with a classic diagonal line pattern, thick outline, and a distinctive drop shadow. Download Here.
Stripes Shadow Text Effect PSD
This set contains 6 different text effect styles to create vintage inspired typography with Photography. Download Here.
Retro Text Effect
Made to shine at all sizes, this retro text effect is bold and creative. One of my favorites. Download Here.
Retro Text Effect
Another retro text style, similar to the one previous but a little more realistic with softer shadows and metallic 3D effects. Download Here.
This text effect allows you to transform your text into a soft white headline. Nice and effective. Download Here.
I can think of a million situations in which this text effect would come in handy. Download Here.
Sketch Text Effect PSD
This PSD template uses smart objects to create a realistic sketch effect for any text or shape. The file includes 3 different styles with changeable color via the adjustment layer. Download Here.
Need a retro movie title styled text effect? Got you covered. Download Here.
A high quality, realistic concrete wall text effect complete with long shadows and fantastic textures. Download Here.
Wall Poster Text
A subtle and beveled PSD text effect to create a smart text effect. Ideal to illustrate your poster or flyer design for instance. Download Here.
An original curved PSD wood text effect with two custom hanging wires to showcase your message with style. Download Here.
Looking for premium alternatives?
Free resources are fantastic and can certainly get you results, however, premium resources are a whole different kettle of fish.
Very easy to use. Replace the text in seconds via smart object layers. See instructions for more info! Works with text, vector shapes or any kind of shape really. Editable text. All fonts used are free to use or free for personal use. The links for the fonts are in the Help file located in the main download. But you can use any fonts you want! Purchase here ($8)
Very easy to use. Replace the text in seconds via smart object layers. See instructions for more info! Works with text, vector shapes or any kind of shape really. Editable text. All fonts used are free to use, free for personal use or demo versions. The links for the fonts are in the Help file located in the main download. But you can use any fonts you want with these effects! Purchase here ($8)
We’d like to thank Pixeden and GraphicBurger for designing most of the text effects above – they’re contributions to the design community is unbelievable. Such a gift. Also, thank-you Gianluca Giacoppo for your gorgeous Chrome effect and AlienValley for your Natural text effect.