ohhh goody, my first post. hehe.
here's my result.
um... for some reason... the step where to change it's color with Brightness/Contrast or using ColorBalance... i used balance color while on the "text" plate, and then when trying to gradient it from bottom to top, it wouldn't come out for me... and instead i gradient from bottom to top in the "text gradient" plate instead. hence, the different colors on mine and i think it's because i played with the color balance of it.
oh well, i had loads of fun, and glad that i can now mess with text and do something different instead of the same ol