Create text from ice cream in Photoshop

It’s very fun to see how ordinary things can inspire a creative text layout.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to implement an amazing text effect using ice cream! The process of creating such text is simple enough for any Photoshop lover. We will deal with drawing methods, explore the power of layer styles, and learn how to use brushes. And now forward!

Look at the picture that we will take, having studied this lesson.


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Here is a snippet at 100% magnification.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Let’s start the lesson by creating a new document of size 2560? 1440 pixels. Fill the background with the color of your choice (it doesn’t matter at this stage), and double-click on the layer to open the layer style window. Add a radial gradient from c0e6df before 15a48b.

Step 2. At the moment we need to choose the right font for the illustration. If you have patience, you can try to draw letters, and if you are lazy, then we will find a suitable font. The author chose the font Doughboy.

Note translator: It looks like this font is only under Mas, in any case, my search for this font for PC did not succeed. I can only offer you a very similar font Val.

Write a word or phrase, leaving each letter on a separate layer.

Step 3. First, we will make the first letter S. The process of creating other letters will be the same, therefore, once you understand how to create one “ice cream letter”, you will be able to reproduce this infinite number of times.
Rasterize the letter layer, right-click on the layer and select Rasterize the text (Rasterize Type). Then right-click again and select Overlay options (Blending Options). In the blending options, we set the color and depth for the letter. Add Color overlay (Color Overlay) # fd5e74

Select Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) with the following settings and check the box Circuit (contour) to make the 3D effect more obvious.

Finally add Gloss (Satin), set it overlay mode Lightening basics (Color Dodge) to add some interesting details.

Step 4. To make the “letter ice cream” more realistic, we will add texture. Download this image of ice and drag it to the main document above the letter layer. Click Ctrl + T, to activate the tool Free transformation (Free Transform) and resize the image.

Set the blending mode for the texture layer to Darkening basics (Color burn) and reduce opacity (opacity) up to 10%.

Standing on a layer with a texture, load the selection of the letter S by clicking on the thumbnail of the layer with the letter with the key pressed Ctrl. Now add a mask to the texture layer. This method will hide the unnecessary areas of the texture.
To add a layer mask just click Add layer mask (Add layer mask), which is located at the bottom of the layers panel.

Step 5. Select the texture and letter layers and click Alt + Ctrl + E, to merge them into a new layer. We will use this image from now on, and we will hide the two original layers. Now let’s add a sound effect. Make sure your foreground color and background color are white and black, then create a new layer and fill it with black. Go to menu Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter- Noise Add Noise).

Add a layer mask as we did in step 4, so the sound effect will only affect the letter layer.

Set the blending mode for this layer to Screen (Screen) to remove black areas, and then lower the layer opacity to 30% to make the effect softer.

Step 6. And now it’s our turn to create a wand. Draw it with a tool Rounded Rectangle (Rounded rectangle tool) with a radius of 30 pix.

Fill this shape with a light brown color. f4d0b0 and rasterize the layer.

Tool Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee tool) select the upper part of the wand and click Delete. Then the key combination Ctrl + D deselect.

Duplicate the wand layer by clicking Ctrl + J. Then move the duplicate below and to the right by a couple of pixels. Fill with dark brown # d68f61.

Step 7. Using the same technique as in steps 4 and 5, add a wooden texture to the wand layer. Load a wooden texture and drag it to your document. Set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay) and you will see how this will affect the wand.

Reduce the layer opacity to 60%, and also add a layer mask to remove texture areas that extend beyond the wand.
(To select two layers with a stick, use the combination Ctrl + click on the first stick and then hold the key Shift, click on the layer icon with the second stick).

Select a layer with a texture and two layers with chopsticks in the layers palette, and then merge them into a new layer (Alt + Ctrl + E) and hide the original layers.
Using tool Pen (Ren tool) in contour mode (path mode), create a contour on the top of the wand. With it, we will make the top edge not so smooth. Click Ctrl + Enter, to activate the selection and click Delete.

Step 8. Use tools Dimmer (Burn) and Clarifier (Dodge) to make darker and brighter areas of ice cream. In the screenshot below you can see how the author processed the areas behind the wand.

Apply the tool Dimmer (Burn) this time on top of the wand. Given the direction of the light source, this area should look darker.

Step 9. The light effect can help enhance some texture details and make the frozen effect on ice cream look more realistic. And so, create a new group and set the blending mode for it to Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Create a layer inside the group, take a large, soft white brush (hardness – hardness 0%), and click once on the ice cream. Reduce the opacity if the effect is too strong.
Here is the result.

Step 10. This is where the fun begins! We will create droplets and pieces of ice using layer styles. The author’s first thought was to use stock images of drops and water, replacing them with blending modes. However, after several attempts, the author decided to proceed to the option where Brush (Brush) and layer styles.
Create a new layer, select the tool. Brush (Brush) with stiffness (hardness) 100%. Then draw the droplets over the ice cream.

Note translator: it will be more convenient to draw when you customize layer styles.

Double click on the droplets layer to bring up the layer style window. Reduce the opacity of the fill (Fill opacity) to 0%.

Add a layer style Stamping (Bevel and emboss) to give droplets depth and relief.

Add a Shadow (Drop shadow) and Inner shadow (Inner shadow).

Finally, add Internal glow (Inner glow) and Gloss (Satin).

Step 11. Now that you have set up the layer, you can start drawing! The author specially shot a video for you to see how he draws droplets using his Wacom tablet.

Step 12. This is how the first letter looks finished.

Create a new layer and draw a shadow effect with a soft black brush. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) this layer, so the result will look softer. Finally, using a brush, paint the drops on the floor.

The final touch is increasing contrast. Just add a new adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set these colors: red (# ee202e), blue (# 002874) and yellow (# f9e600). Blend mode for this layer set Overlap (Overlay) with Opacity (Opacity) 30%.

I hope you understand how to create one “letter-ice cream” and you can make a whole word or even a phrase in this way. Exercise, and your creativity will allow you to play with different shapes and colors.

Ice cream is ready! Are you hungry??


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Author: Sebastiano

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