First Is first. You need to set up your workspace. The tools you’ll need for this are, the text tool, and the selection tool. You will need graphic styles and gradient panes as well.
Graphic styles is not on the side, this is how you will insert the gradient into the text.
Create a text box with the text tool. Put your text in it. Zoom in or blow it up, so you can clearly see it.
Once the text box and text have been created we will not use the text tool again.
Now We’ve taken the select tool, selected the text box, and clicked one of the graphic styles. I use the green or the pink, because its easy to see that you now have a graphic style.
You’ll also see the gradient box is now filled and you can change content. You now have a gradient graphic style. Feel free to change the colors of the gradient to your liking. More information on the gradients box will be later in the post.
Now you need to make your gradient, well, yours. You choose 2 types of gradients, Linear or Radial. Linear is used for most shiny text. Now the gradient bar (In this picture its blue) is where you add color stops and adjust opacity and colors.
At the bottom of it are at least 2 boxes with points on the top. Those are color, each one is a different color on the gradient. At the top of the bar are little diamonds. These are color stops. Drag them closer to the color they belong to, to reduce how far that color is faded. To make a color amount smaller, with the same faded area, drag the color button in the underside of the bar.
To make a shine, you have at least 3 colors, in the middle being the color that is the shine (usually white or off-white). The color stops should be As close as you can possibly get them to that middle color. (NOTE: For 3 colors, there are 2 color stops)
For a 3 color shine (Color 1, color 2 and shine color) You would have color 1 on the left (-90 degrees angel puts that at the left, going right) a shine at the 50% mark (OR where ever you want it), color 2 on the right side of that shine, and the 2 color stops as close as you can possibly get them to the middle color, which should be white or off-white to create a shine or glare to it.
More tools. Play around a little, learn what they do. Its fun.
To change the color double click on of those house like objects. You’ll get a flyout like this and then you can pick the color and you can also adjust opacity there.
Depending on how you want your shine, you can play around with the angles. This is a 45 degree angle. A -90 degree angle gives you the first color on the gradient bar on the top, and the last color on the gradient bar on the bottom. For a horizontal shine this is best. 90 degree would produce the opposite effect, the first color being on the bottom fading up.
Here is a finished horizontal shine. Click on the image to see the settings on how to adjust it. Play around with the settings to find a gradient that suits your needs. If you find one you like, you can save it by clicking the dropdown arrow on the side of the preview box (The box immediately to the left of the dropbox that says “Linear” in this screenshot. The flyout will have an icon to save that gradient so it can be applied to many images.