Create a glowing water text in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will create a watermark by overlaying the texture on the text. Using the Plastic filter, layer styles and color corrections, we create simple effects and lighting.

Final result:

Lesson resources:


Step 1

Create a new document in Photoshop (Ctrl + N) with a size of 1280×800 pixels with a black background. Open the desert image in Photoshop in a separate document. Tool Rectangular area(Rectangular Marquee Tool) (M) select a piece of sand.

Copy the selection (Ctrl + C) and paste it into the created document (Ctrl + V). Then select the tool Eraser(Eraser Tool) (E) with soft edges and erase the edges of the sand.

Above the sand layer, create three adjustment layers through the black and white circle icon at the bottom of the layers palette.

Black and white (Black White):

Levels (Levels):

Curves (Curves):

Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) on top of the corrective layers and create clouds using special brushes or the Clouds filter (Filter> Rendering> Clouds) (Filter> Render> Clouds).

Step 2

Let’s create the inscription. Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) and select the font “Freestyle Script” (it should be in the standard set of programs). Write the word “Water.”

Double-click on the text layer to open the styles window. Set as shown below:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss):

Color overlay (Color Overlay):

External glow (Outer Glow):


Step 3

Add a water pattern on top of the label. From the set of water patterns provided at the beginning of the lesson, select any one of your choice and open it in Photoshop. Select a portion of the water.

Copy it (Ctrl + C) and paste into our document (Ctrl + V). Place the water on top of the label so that it covers it completely. Then right-click on the layer with water and select Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask). After that, the water will not go beyond the letters.

Go back to the document with water and select some of the water again. Copy it and paste into our main document. This layer should be under the text layer. Being on it, go to the menu Filter> Plastic (Filter> Liquify). Tool Deformation(Forward Warp Tool) (W) change the shape of the water as shown below.

The following screenshot shows what you need to achieve. Perhaps this will require several attempts.

Step 4

Load the spray brushes in Photoshop. Create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and draw a splash around the label. Wipe the edges of the spray with a soft eraser.

On top of all layers, create the following adjustment layers:

Selective color correction (Selective color):

Paint the mask of this layer as shown below.

Curves (Curves):

Write the mask like this:

Color balance (Color Balance):

Final result:

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