Make mystical text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a stunning mystical text effect using water texture and smoke.

This is what the final result will look like:


Step 1. Create a new 1200x770px document and fill it with black. Load the image Ocean in Photoshop, cut out the top of the waves and paste it into the working document. Call the layer “ocean”.

Using a large soft brush, remove the excess area above the waves, as shown below.

Step 2. I decided to give the aquatic texture a more surreal look. To do this, create several adjustment layers:

Curves (Curves)


Apply layer mask to layer levels (Levels).

Color Balance

We get this effect:

Step 3. Activate Type tool (Text) (T) and, using the font that we loaded, we write the desired word one letter per layer, as shown below.

Then using Free transform (Free transform) (CTRL + T), adjust the size and slope of the letter.

Rotate each letter as shown below.

Then, under all text layers we create a new one and apply a filter. Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds).

Using a big soft eraser (E), remove the excess areas to give the image depth.

Step 4. Now we need to merge all the text layers into one, so that later they are easier to edit. To do this, select them all, then click the right mouse button and select Rasterize type (Rasterize the text).

Then again right-click and select Merge layers (Merge layers).

After that, hold down the CTRL key and click on the thumbnail of the text layer.

We draw with brushes, which we loaded earlier, inside the selection.

Using soft eraser (E) Delete some texture details.

If you want to make the text darker, duplicate the layer with it and change the blending mode of the duplicate to Color Burn.

Step 5. Now add light effects to the text. To do this, load the text selection again, create a new layer above all previous layers and fill the selection with white color. Name the layer “light on text”.

Remove selection (CTRL + D), then apply the filter Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur).

Then Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter – Blur – Radial Blur). Press CTRL + F to apply the filter several times.

Change layer blend mode to Overlay (Overlap), duplicate the “light on text” layer twice and get the following effect:

Step 6. Over all previous layers add corrective:

Color balance (Color balance)

Via layer masks hide some sites.

Curves (Curves)

Via layer masks hide some parts of the layer Curves (Curves).

We get this effect:

Step 7. Add the final details. Create a new layer and call it “light.” Using a soft white brush, paint in the areas shown below (set blend mode Overlay (Overlap) with opacity (70%).

Add noise around the text to create a splash effect. You can do this with a filter. Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise) or special brushes.

Duplicate the layer to which we previously applied the filter Radila blur (Radial blur), move up and Edit – Transform – Flip to Vertical (Editing – Transformation – Flip Vertically). Change the blending mode to Soft light (Soft light).
We get this effect:

I also added an adjustment layer. Blackwhite (Black and white) above all previous layers:

Then applied a layer mask.

Decrease opacity (opacity) of the adjustment layer up to 50% and we get the final result:

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