In this Copycat Wednesday, you’ll learn how to recreate the TikTok Logo effect in Photoshop!
Table of contents
Download the starter image here!
Set Up the layers
Open the document with a black background layer and another layer with TikTok’s logo.
Select the Logo layer > right-click > Convert to Smart Object. With a Smart Object, you can apply editable adjustments, distortions, filters, and transformation.
Duplicate the Logo layer twice. You can also press Ctrl J (Windows) or Command J (macOS) and repeat that again to duplicate the layer.
Note: When you duplicate a Smart Object, the duplicates are all tied to the original Smart Object. (i.e. changes made to the contents of the original Smart Object, will apply to the duplicate).
Rename the Layer
Rename one layer as “Cyan” and the other as “Red.”
PRO TIP: Press the Tab key on your keyboard to quickly switch between renaming one layer to the one below!
Reposition the Layers
With the Cyan layer selected, activate the Move tool and hold the Shift key as you tap the left arrow key five times.
Then, still hold the Shift key as you tap the up arrow key five times.
PRO TIP: With the Move tool activated, pressing the arrow keys moves the layer 1 pixel at a time. However, holding the Shift key as you press the arrow keys moves the layer 10 pixels at a time!
Select the Red layer. Hold the Shift key as you press the down arrow five times.
Then, hold the Shift key as you press the right arrow key five times.
Apply Advance Blending Options
Double-click on the side of the Cyan layer to bring out the Layer Style window.
Under Advanced Blending, uncheck the R channel to only show the Green and Blue channels, and this results in a Cyan color. Press OK to exit the window.
Double-click on the side of the Red layer to bring out the Layer Style window.
Under Advanced Blending, uncheck the Green and Blue channels to only show the Red channel. Press OK to exit the window.
Edit Smart Objects
Double-click on the Logo Smart Object layer thumbnail to open it in another tab.
Select another icon or logo in the library to swap it with the TikTok logo. Just click the image from the library and drag it to the Layers panel.
Disable the original logo to only show the new logo.
Change the logo color to white (#ffffff). Then, press the checkmark to commit to the changes.
Press Ctrl S (Windows) or Command S (macOS) to save the changes and automatically apply it to the working document, then close the tab.
Returning to the working document, you’ll see how Photoshop applies the same effect even with a new text or logo simply by editing the Smart Object.
You can use this Smart Object as a template to apply this effect to any other logo.
With this tutorial on how you can recreate the TikTok logo in Photoshop, you can even use it as a template to create logos with the TikTok style!
If you want to learn more similar tutorials, here’s how you can recreate the Instagram logo.