Create an icebound text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you the steps I used to create a chilling and icy text effect in Photoshop. Yesterday and today it is very hot in my city (I want winter here right now !!), so I thought that I could do something to refresh myself.

During the lesson, we will practice different mixing techniques, texture application, selection technique and an interesting method for creating a snow / fog effect. Try it!

Here is a preview of the final effect of this lesson:

Alternative option:

So, let’s begin!

To complete this tutorial, you need the following sources:

Step 1. Create new document 1000 * 600px in size, leave white as the background color, and let’s first create a background for working on it.
Take Ice Grunge Brushset, which you just downloaded, circle around the edges of the background layer as shown below (hint: set the value opacity (transparency) and flow(intensity) brush about 50%, and try to use different brushes with these settings, so we get a mixture of patterns):
Additionally, you can apply Star Brushset brushes for an extra effect.

Now we can add some refreshing effect to the background. To do this, I added two adjustment layers to it:
Color Balance (Color balance)

Brightness and Contrast (Brightness and contrast)

And the effect at the moment:

Step 2. Use the font that we downloaded and write some text in the document:

Apply the following blending option (blending options) to text layer:
Drop shadow (Shadow)

InnerShadow(Inner shadow)

Outer glow (External glow)

Inner Glow (Internal glow)

Bevel and Emboss (Embossed)

Color overlay (Overlay color)

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay)

Pattern overlay (Overlapping pattern)

Stroke (Stroke)

And you get the following effect:

Step 3. Load any image from the Ice Package into Photoshop (I chose ice6_0174), select a separate part of the image using the tool Rectangluar marquee tool (Rectangular selection area), copy and paste the selection into your document, expand it as shown below:

Rename this layer to “Icy Texture right” and change it blending mode (blending mode) on “Screen” (Brightening), use the ice brush brushes that we downloaded to erase the edges of this layer, leaving only the central part of the image:

Duplicate this “Icy Texture right” (Right Ice Texture) layer once and place the duplicate on the left, rename it to ““ Icy Texture Left ”(Left Ice Texture), leave blending mode (blending mode) on “Screen” (Brightening), and you get the following effect:

Step 4. Now let’s create some broken ice around the text.
Load another image from the ice package in Photoshop (I chose ice6_0176.jpg) and use the same method described above, select a part of the image, copy and paste it into our document, and place it below the text layer:

Use the ice grunge brushset to erase the edges and leave the pieces in the center (tip: click the left mouse button several times on the center of this image for a destructive effect):

Rename this layer to “Background Ice Texture Right” (Background ice texture on the right), add the following adjustment layers (adjustment layers) to this layer (make sure that the function “Usepreviouslayerasclippingmask ” (use the original layer as a clipping mask).

Black and white (Black and white)

Color Balance (Color balance)

And you will have the following effect:

Duplicate the above three layers and put them on the left, you get the following effect:

And add an additional effect for the text. To add it, take the tool Ellipitical Marquee Tool (Oval selection) with feather (shading) 20 px, create a new layer under the text layer, draw a selection as shown below:

Save the selection, again take the ice brush brushes that we downloaded, paint inside the selection. You will get the following effect:

Step 5. Now we can correct the image. To begin, we will reduce the image (do not forget to save a copy of the original before mixing it) (note Ctrl + Shift + E) and duplicate the background layer once, apply the following settings motion blur (motion blur) to this layer:

We come to the interesting part: change blending mode (blending mode) of this duplicate layer on “Pin Light” (Spot Light), leave opacity (transparency) of this layer to 100%, press Ctrl + T and change the size of the duplicated layer as shown below:

Erase the edges of the duplicated layer.
You see that by applying these actions, we create a pretty snow / fog effect for our icy text.
Now we can finish the image by adding the following adjustment layers (adjustment layers):
Curves (Curves)

Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation)

Color Balance (Color balance)

And here is the final effect that turned out in my lesson:

Of course, in the future you can improve the image effect by mixing light effects, changing settings hue / saturation (color tone / saturation), etc.
Here is an alternative version, which I got after I changed something (I decided to apply a darker / improved theme to the image):

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!

Author: DaveStreck

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