Using photoshop, how can I easily achieve the text effect shown below, where the "merge vr" text is part of the gradient but is slightly darker and stands out?

text blended into gradient background

So far I have the gradient background but my text is one solid pink color.

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I image I can apply a slightly darker gradient to the text but it's a lot of fiddling around with getting the right color and the right gradient angle.

Is there a simple solution that I am missing?


Setting the text to a slightly darker and more saturated version of the darker end of the gradient, I set the opacity to around 12% and the blending mode to Luminosity to get a similar look. You can tweak the colour values and opacity until you get the look you like.

text effect comparison

  • Woah thats really good! Thanks! Also, what font did you use? Your's is more closer to the original. – penguino007 Mar 1 '18 at 22:50
  • My pleasure. I used Helvetica but it looks like they used something like Avenir. – dugost Mar 1 '18 at 23:00
  • @penguino007 if this has answered your question please mark it as the accepted answer. – Mᴏɴᴋᴇʏ May 31 '18 at 14:04

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