Make text with mirror effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a text effect with a mirrored landscape using nature photos, clipping layers, masks, brushes, and filters. Let’s start!

I was inspired to create this effect by the numerous layer styles available on GraphicRiver.

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative font for the lesson.

1. Create the background and text layers.

Step 1

For a quality result, it is very important to choose the right picture. It should have two contrasting areas that we mirror and get the desired effect, and one of the contrasting areas should be fairly solid with a small amount of detail.

Open the foggy landscape or any other image in Photoshop. The image is quite large, so we will adjust its resolution using the command Image – Image Size (Image – Image size). Enter the required dimensions and click OK.

Step 2

We write any text using the Sumac Typeface font, then press Ctrl + T to activate the free transformation mode, and adjust the text size to fit the document.

When finished, press Enter to accept the changes.

2. Apply the texture to the text.

Step 1

Duplicate layer Background (Background), place a copy above the text, click on it with the right mouse button and select Create Clipping Mask (Create clipping mask).

Step 2

Move on Edit – Transform – Flip Vertical (Editing – Transforming – Flip Vertically) and Edit – Transform – Flip Horizontal (Editing – Transforming – Flip Horizontally).

Step 3

Take Move Tool (V) (Move) and use the arrows on the keyboard to shift the texture until we find the best location.

3. Create a gradient mask.

Step 1

Select a text layer and at the bottom of the layers panel click on the button Add layer mask (Add layer mask).

Step 2

Take Gradient Tool (G) (Gradient), on the top panel, select the black and white gradient and style Linear (Linear).

Click on the mask of the text layer and fill the bottom of the text with a gradient, starting from a point outside the lower border of the text and ending about halfway to the next border.

Thus, we have a smooth transition between the bottom of the text and the background.

4. Add the final touches

Step 1

Above all previous layers, add a new one and call it “Brush”, then take Brush Tool (B) (Brush).

Set the foreground color to white and add the Smoke brush set to Photoshop. With their help we draw smoke around the text in order to better mix the inscription with the foggy background.

When working, it is very important to adjust the opacity of the brush and the “Brush” layer separately in order to get a more interesting result than when using the same level of opacity.

In this case, I reduced Opacity (opacity) of the layer up to 50%, and for the brush in the process of working on the top panel changed the opacity.

Step 2

Above the previous layers, add a new one and call it “Noise”, then go Edit – Fill (Editing – Fill). In the window that appears, install Content (Content) on 50% Gray (50% gray) and click OK.

Step 3

Right click on the “Noise” layer and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object). Change the blending mode of the smart layer to Soft Light (Soft light).

Step 4

Set the foreground and background colors to black and white respectively (the D key) and turn Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter – Noise – Add noise).

Install Amount (Effect) at 15, Distribution (Distribution) – on Uniform (Uniform) and tick opposite Monochromatic (Monochrome). Note that the value Amount (Effect) depends on the size of the image that you selected at the beginning of the lesson.

Congratulations, we are done!

In this tutorial, we created a creative text effect with a mirrored landscape with the help of images, clipping layers, masks, as well as brushes and filters.

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