Simulating different materials is an important capability in Photoshop. The key to making it work is based on two main things: surface texture and lighting. Doing both of these correctly creates a good illusion of a given material. In this tutorial, we'll look at creating the look of plastic, a shiny semi-translucent material. This effect works on both text and any other type of object in the layer. This is what our final product will look like: Click HereTweet Pin It now!