Ice Text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create realistic text from ice.

Final result:

To complete the lesson we will need additional materials:

Step 1. Create a new document (size is not important) with a black background.
Create a new layer above the background and using Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with Feather (Feather) 40 pixels draw a selection:

Then go Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds):

Set the foreground / background color to white and black, inside the selection we generate clouds:

As you can see, due to the increase in the level of feathering, the clouds turned out with soft edges:

Go to Levels (Levels) (CTRL + L):

We apply the following parameters:

Then soft eraser (E) slightly erase the edges of the clouds so that they smoothly move into the background:

Then you can transform these clouds into any shape, do not worry about what the edges will be:

Duplicate (CTRL + J) compressed clouds several times and place copies on the working canvas:

Step 2. Use any font to write the letter in the center of the canvas:

Apply layer styles to text:
Layer – Layer Style – Bevel and Emboss (Layer – Layer Style – Chamfer and Emboss)

Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer – Layer Style – Gradient Overlap)

Create a mask for the text layer and edit it using the Dirt brushes that we loaded:

Thanks to the edited mask, we have the effect of breaking and cracking on the ice:

Here is the result:

Step 3. Now let’s add some texturing to the text. Load the grunge texture in Photoshop. Select the area in letter shape:

Copy (CTRL + C) and paste (CTRL + V) the selected area onto the working document, make sure the texture covers the letter as shown below:

Change the blending mode of the texture layer to Overlay (Overlap):

Use hard eraser (E) to gently remove some areas of the texture:

Add two adjustment layers and convert them to a clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G):

Curves (Curves)

Black and white (Black and white) (we reduce the layer opacity to about 50%)

And we get this effect:

Step 4. Now load the frost image in Photoshop. Select the area in the shape of a letter, copy and paste it into the working document to cover the letter, as shown below:

Change the blending mode of the frost texture to Overlay (Overlap):

Add two adjustment layers and convert them to a clipping mask (CTRL + ALT + G):

Black and white (Black and white) (we reduce the layer opacity to about 60%)

Levels (Levels)

Optional: You can create scatter particles with brushes that can be found in the vast network, and add more cloud effect.

We get the following result:

Step 5. We are almost done. Use filter Filter – Noise – Reduce Noise (Filter – Noise – Reduce noise) (before applying the filter, merge all layers into one):

As you can see, the texture became more like ice:

I also used Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Selective Color (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Selective Color Correction) to slightly adjust the colors. With this tool you can adjust individual colors without affecting the entire image:

Since my image is dominated by shades of blue, in the settings of the adjustment layer, I chose colors Cyans (Blue) and Neutral (Neutral):

As you can see, the blue / blue areas have become more saturated:

For areas with neutral colors, I added more yellowish tint:

Selective color correction is most effective if applied separately to each color:

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