Create ice text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a “crisp” icy text using Photoshop. From the lesson you will learn several interesting ways to work with textures, as well as we will work with lighting.

This work was performed in a version of Photoshop CS6. The lesson can be categorized as “medium difficulty”. Perhaps some of the steps will seem to you not quite simple, but this is no reason not to try your hand!

Let’s start.

To complete the lesson you will need the following materials:

Step 1

Create a new document 1200 x 700 pixels. with black background. Move the Wall texture to the working document. Place it on canvas as you like.

Activate the tool Eraser (Еraser tool), in the settings, set a soft round brush and erase the texture areas, as shown below.

Next, above the texture layer, we will add two adjustment layers:

Black and white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

After applying the adjustment layers, only the central light areas of the texture should be visible on your canvas.

The resulting background will serve as the basis on which the text “stands”.

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the previous ones. Activate the tool Horizontal text (Horizontal type tool). Add the word you plan to work with on your canvas. This lesson uses the font “Coolvetica”.

Download the Ice 1 texture to your work. Standing on a layer with this texture, create a selection around the outline of the text. Copy the selected area to a new layer.

Turn off the visibility of the “Ice” texture layer and place it under the text layer.

To the layer with ice letters we will add two adjustment layers (as clipping masks):

Black and white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)

Go back to the layer with the ice texture, turn on its visibility. Create a rectangular selection and copy it to a new layer.

Place the resulting copy above the Levels layer and apply it as a clipping mask.

Set the blending mode of this copy layer to Hard light (Hard light). Switch to Image – Correction – Black and White (Black and White).

And then to Image – Correction – Levels (Levels)

You should have a similar result:

Step 3

Add additional pieces of ice to our work. Download the Ice 2 image. Separate, in any way convenient for you, a triangular fragment.

Copy the shard to a new layer, and then transfer it to the main working canvas and place it under the text layer. If necessary, reduce the size of the shard.

Repeat the previous step and add a few more ice fragments to your document.

Step 4

Let’s continue working with the Ice 2 texture and add a few adjustments to it. Go to the layer with the Ice 1 texture. Create a rectangular selection and copy it to a new layer. Place a new ice texture copy layer on top of all the previous ones. Transform the plot with the texture as shown below:

Already familiar adjustments apply to the resulting compressed texture section:

Black and white (Black and White)

Levels (Levels)


Blend mode (Blending mode) of the top layer with an ice texture change to Screen (Screen).

This is what you should get:

Activate the tool Eraser (Еraser tool) and process the edges of the modified texture.

Place the texture as shown in the example below:

Step 5

Go to the Ice 2 texture and create another selection along the contour of the ice fragment.

Copy the section with the ice on a new layer and transfer this layer to the main working document. Activate Transform (Transform) and zoom out the shard.

Use the tool Blur (Vlur tool), to make the farther edge of the ice fragment softer. This will help give dynamics to the image.

Repeat the previous steps and add some more ice to your canvas. Adding a new fragment, change its size and angle of rotation.

Step 6

We are almost done! We turn to the final correction.
Let’s work on the color. To do this, add an adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) on top of all the previous ones. Curve settings you can see below.

In the final stage, I also add some clouds. To do this, brushes with clouds were used (click on the image to view a larger size).

This lesson is over! I hope you were interested in working on it.

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