Traditionally, the Photoshop Style was the tool designers used to share their text effects, but these days the Smart PSD has become the new weapon of choice for sharing pre-made effects. Smart PSDs make use of Photoshop Smart Objects, which allow the user to edit the source of a specific layer in order to update the whole PSD with new content. In comparison to Photoshop Styles, Smart PSDs give the designer much more freedom when creating the original effect, allowing them to use Filters alongside Layer Styles to achieve brilliant results. In this roundup I present 30 of the best FREE text effect PSDs I could find. They help you produce stunning effects with ease by simply customising the file with your own text or logo.

Free 3D Text PSD

Free 3D Text PSD

“Cool” Free 3D Text Effects Style

Cool Free 3D Text Effects Style

Old Movie Text Effect

Old Movie Text Effect

80s Retro Typography Effect

80s Retro Typography Effect

Bold 3D Text Effect

Bold 3D Text Effect

Cinematic 3D Text Effect

Cinematic 3D Text Effect

Retro Text Effect

Retro Text Effect

Lightbox Text Effect

Lightbox Text Effect

Retro Text Effect

Retro Text Effect

Cinematic Title Text Effect

Cinematic Title Text Effect

Grand Motel Text Effect

Grand Motel Text Effect

Sketch Text Effect PSD

Sketch Text Effect PSD

Earth Quaking Text Effect

Earth Quaking Text Effect

Vegas Text Effect

Vegas Text Effect

Medieval Text Style

Medieval Text Style

Metal Text Style

Metal Text Style

Eraser Text Style

Eraser Text Style

3D Wood Text Style

3D Wood Text Style

Neon Light Text Effect

Neon Light Text Effect

Stone Text Effect PSD

Stone Text Effect PSD

Visual Text Effect PSD

Visual Text Effect PSD

Retro Typoghraphy Text Effect

Retro Typoghraphy Text Effect

Pretty Vintage Text Effect

Pretty Vintage Text Effect

Legend 3D Metal Text Effect

Legend 3D Metal Text Effect

Piece of Cake Psd Text Effect

Piece of Cake Psd Text Effect

Type Zilla Psd Text Effect

Type Zilla Psd Text Effect

Bounce Psd Text Effect

Bounce Psd Text Effect

3D Metal Text Effect

3D Metal Text Effect

Free Vintage Retro Text Effect

Free Vintage Retro Text Effect

Diagonal Shadow Text Effect

Diagonal Shadow Text Effect

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  1. Thank you for these! I am an old school designer just learning about smart objects and the power behind them – these are great for practicing!!

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    • I’ve always just Smart Object solely for being able to scale an element back up without affecting its quality, but as these resources show, they can do so much more!

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    • Looks like they are mostly linked elsewhere and not hosted from here, so “all” probably not easily available.

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  2. I can’t figure out how to work these and I’m sorry if this is a basic question. I downloaded the “Cinematic Title Effect” as an experiment. If i click on the red upper layer in the PSD I get several messages about how I don’t have the same font. That’s ok since I can bypass those and change the font to whatever I like but doing that simply opens up a separate PSD file with the fonts and no matter what I do, the fonts on that PSD don’t apply to the whole thing. The “Effects” group and the “Shadow” group have well over 50 different layers collectively so they would all have to change at the same time. How can I get the upper layer changed text to apply to all the other layers? Thanks for your help.

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    • All these files will have a highlighted Smart Object layer that requires editing. Double click the thumbnail of this layer to edit its contents. Once you’ve changed the text in the Smart Object file, save and close it, which will return you back to the main PSD with all the text and effects automatically updated.

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  3. I don’t see anything to download, nothing but a blank space.. I use Firefox and tried Chrome but see nothing but a blank space with both browsers … is this for members only?

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  4. I am really digging the unique design of the site. But I am failing to see the main selling category. All images and Icons, Photoshop downloadables. And beyond that what’s the focus?Don’t get me wrong I love what youre doing here man.

    -Andrew

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  5. I’m constantly learning of the virtues of Smart Objects! They make PS worthwhile – as if it needed another reason! LOL
    Thank you for sharing these!
    Su

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