Adding and Embellishing Text 609 In the Layers palette, turn off visibility (click the eye icon) for the Glow and Glow copy layers. You'll want to be able to see the new effect you're about to create. Choose Select, Load Selection from the menu bar. In the Load Selection dialog box, under Selection, choose Text and then click OK. Now choose Select, Feather from the menu bar. For large, bold text above 72 points in size, you'll want to enter a large Feather Radius amount, such as 20; for 72 points and smaller, enter a smaller feather value. Click OK. The effect you're going for is to reduce the selection to a series of blobs, as if you'd left the selection out in the hot sun too long and it melted. In the Layers palette, choose the Base layer. Then select Layer, New, Layer via Copy from the menu bar. Rename the layer Shimmer. Change its blend mode to Pin Light. To see what you've made, turn off visibility for the Base layer for a moment. Each letter should look like it's been lit by individual, soft light bulbs. Create Block Layer In the Layers palette, turn on visibility for the Base layer (click its eye icon), and turn off visibility for Shimmer. With the Base layer chosen, load the Text selection again. Then choose Select, Modify, Contract from the menu bar. In the Contract Selection dialog box, enter a value about one-fourth the amount you entered in step 4 for the Feather Radius. Click OK. Choose Select, Modify, Smooth. In the Sample Radius dialog box, enter a value about one-half the amount you entered in step 4 for Feather Radius. Click OK. With the Base layer still chosen, select Layer, New, Layer via Copy. Name the new layer Block. Then set its blend mode to Difference. Now your letters have a glowing rim and a second tier of glow on the inside. View the Result When you're satisfied with the image, save the PSD file. Then merge the layers together and 5. 6.