Create a snow text in Photoshop

The author of the video lesson: Alexandra Antsiperovich

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create glossy text with falling snow inside using brushes and layer styles.
To create this text the author was inspired by the famous snow globes with falling snow.


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* Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended was used in the lesson
* size of the final result 1024 * 768
* You may need to learn the basics of working in Photoshop to complete this lesson.

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Step 1. Set the foreground and background colors to # 344b50- # 172327, respectively, then create a radial gradient fill from the center of the document to one of the corners.

Place the frost texture over the background layer and change its blend mode to Overlay (Overlap).

Create text in capital letters using Keep on Truckin ‘FW. The font size is 300 pt and color # 4e737b.

Reduce the Fill parameter of the text layer to 50%.

Duplicate the text layer (CTRL + J) and reduce the Fill of the copy to 0%.

Step 2. Double click on the original text layer to apply layer styles:
– Drop shadow (Shadow): Reduce Opacity to 50%, Distance 13, Spread 10 and Size 18.

Inner glow (Inner Glow): Change the blending mode to Vivid Light (Bright Light), Opacity (Opacity) 10, Noise (Noise) 100, Color # b2ebfc, Source Center (From the Center) and Size (Size) 40.

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss): Change the Size (Size) to 16, Soften (Soften) to 3. Uncheck Use Global Light, then change the Angle to 130 and Altitude to 48. Activate Anti -aliased (Smoothing) and select the contour Valley – High. Also, change the Highlight Mode (Backlight Mode) to Vivid Light (Bright Light) and select the color # eef7f7, change the opacity of the Shadow Mode (Shadow Mode) to 0%.

If you do not have the necessary contours, this image shows how to load them.

– Contour: Select the Ring contour and activate Anti-aliased.

Now the text should look like this.

Step 3. Double click on the copy of the text layer to apply the word styles:

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Change the color to # 404040, Distance 0 and Size 10.

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss): Change the Size to 27. Deactivate the Use Global Light option, then change the Angle to 117 and Altitude to 69. Activate Anti-aliased (Smooth), change the Highlight Mode (Light Mode) to Vivid Light (Bright Light) and its opacity to 100%, change the color of the Shadow Mode (Shadow Mode) to # 535353.

Contour (Contour): Select the contour Cone – Inverted, activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing) and change the Range (Range) to 100%.

This is what should happen.

Step 4. Create a new layer between two text layers and call it “Falling Snow”.

Double-click on the “Falling Snow” layer to apply the layer styles:

Inner shadow (Inner shadow): Change the color to # 769caa, Distance 0 and Size 3.

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss): Change the Size (Size) to 9, activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing), change the Highlight Mode to Linear Light and the color to # 85d0cc, change the color Shadow Mode at # 679dab.

Contour (Contour): Select the contour Cone – Inverted, activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing) and change the Range (Range) to 60%.

Texture (Texture): Select the pattern Clouds.

Click OK and open the brushes panel. Window – Brush (Window – Brushes). Choose a hard round brush and change its parameters:

Brush tip shape (Brush print form):

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form):

Dual brush (Double brush):

Now press the CTRL key and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to create its selection.

Move on Select – Modify – Contract (Selection – Modify – Compress) and compress the selection by 5 pixels.

Use the customized brush to add some snow at the bottom of the letters.

Duplicate the “Falling Snow” layer and move the copy under the original.

Click the right mouse button on the copy of “falling snow” and select Clear layer style (Clear layer style).

Move on Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur) and change the Radius by 5 pixels.

Change the blending mode of the copy of the “Falling Snow” layer to Overlay (Overlap) and Opacity by 60%.

Step 5. Go back to the brushes panel and select a hard round brush, then adjust its parameters as shown below:

Brush tip shape (Brush print form):

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form):

Scattering (Scattering):

Activate Wet Edges (Wet edges).

Create a new layer above the “Falling Snow” layer and call it “Sparks 1”.

Use the customized brush to paint some snow in the bottom half of the letters.

Double click on the “Spark 1” layer to apply the layer styles:

Drop shadow (Shadow): Change the color to # 2b4347, Opacity 30% and Distance 8.

Outer glow (Outer Glow): Just change the color to white #ffffff.

This will add a soft glow.

Step 6. Create a new layer above the “Iskra 1” layer and call it “Iskra 2”. Apply the same layer styles to it as to “Sparks 1” (right-click on the “Sparks 1” layer and select Copy Layer Style, then right-click on the “Sparks 2” layer and select Paste Layer Style (Paste Layer Style)).

We load the Brushes O5 set of brushes into Photoshop (in the lesson we used the brush number 467986), then we change the settings on the brushes panel:

Brush tip shape (Brush print form):

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form):

Scattering (Scattering):

Brush add shine inside the letters.

Step 7. Take Brush tool (Brush) (B) and open the brush selection panel. Click on the small black triangle in the corner and select Assorted brushes (Brushes of arbitrary shape).

We press Append (Add) to add brushes to the active set.

Select the Dimond brush and change its parameters on the brushes panel:

Brush tip shape (Brush print form):

Shape dynamics (Dynamics of the form):

Scattering (Scattering):

Create a new layer above the “Spark 1” layer and call it “Golden Sparks”.

Double-click on the Golden Sparks layer to apply layer styles:

Drop shadow (Shadow): Change the Opacity to 40% and the Distance to 7.

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and Emboss): Change Technique (Method) to Chisel Hard (Hard Cut), Gloss Contour (Gloss Contour) on Steps, activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing) and change Highlight Mode (Light Mode) to Linear Light (Line Light) .

Contour (Contour): Select the contour of Steep Slope – Jagged, activate Anti-aliased (Smoothing) and change the Range by 30%.

Texture (Texture): Select the Metal Landscape pattern and change the Scale to 50%.

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay): You can experiment here. Choose any gradient you like. There is a gradient in the archive.

Duplicate the Golden Sparks layer and rename it to Red Sparks, then double-click on the layer to change the Gradient Overlay style settings. You can load the gradient used from the archive.

Select the “Golden Sparks” layer and add sparks using the previously configured Dimond brush.

Then go to the “Red Sparks” layer and add red sparks.

Finish, go Select – Deselect (Select – Unselect) (or CTRL + D) to remove the selection from the letters.

Step 8. Take Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U) and click on the button Paths (Path) on the tool options panel. Then create a new layer above the “Spark 2” layer and call it “Rings”.

Draw a small circle above the letter in the center.

Take a hard round brush with a size of 3 pixels.

Activate again Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U), set the foreground color to white, make sure that the “Ring” layer is active, right-click on the created contour and select Stroke path (Outline stroke).

From the drop-down list, select Brush (Brush) and uncheck option Simulate pressure (Simulate pressure). Click OK.

Duplicate the layer (CTRL + J) to add the rings above the rest of the letters.

Select all layers with rings, then go Layer – Merge Layers (Layer – Merge layers) (or press CTRL + E).

Apply layer styles from archive to the resulting layer.

Select the text (CTRL + click on the layer thumbnail), then take Eraser tool (Eraser) (E), set its Opacity to 70% and erase the bottom of the rings (the layer with the rings should be active). When finished, press CTRL + D to deselect.

Create a new layer above the “Rings” layer and call it “Buttons”, then apply these layer styles. Take a hard round brush with a size of 15 pixels.

Click once on the ring to draw a button.


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