In this tutorial, we will create letters from magma using layer styles and ordinary brushes.
Open the background texture in Photoshop. Choose a tool Horizontal text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) and write “PSD”. I used the font “Helvetica LT Std”. Open the Symbol window (Window> Symbol / Window> Character) to set all the settings.
Note that the letter D is still near the letter S. To increase the distance between the individual letters, put the cursor between them and set the kerning to -305.
Double-click on the text layer to open the styles window. Apply the following styles:
Stroke (Stroke): Position – Inside, Mode – Lighter, Stroke Type – Gradient;
Color overlay (Color Overlay): Mode – Normal;
Casting a shadow (Drop Shadow): Mode – Multiplication;
Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Saturation;
External glow (Outer Glow): Mode – Hard Mix, Method – Soft;
Internal glow (Inner Glow): Mode – Linear Brightener; Method – Soft;
Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – Outer bevel, Method – Hard cut, Shadow and highlight mode – Normal;
Texture (Texture): The texture of the magma.
Translator’s note: only textual style values have been translated. Numeric values are the same in both languages.
Create a copy of the text layer (Ctrl + J), right-click on it and select Clear Layer Style. Open the styles window again and set it up like this:
Overlay options (Blending Options): here you need to lower the Fill Opacity to 0%;
Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Brightening the base;
Internal glow (Inner Glow): Mode – Overlap;
Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – Inner bevel, Method – Smooth, Backlight Mode – Saturation, Shadow Mode – Overlap;
Pattern overlay (Pattern Overlay): Mode – Spot Light, Pattern – texture of magma.
Insert the magma texture into our document and place it under the text layers. Create an adjustment layer for the texture layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map).
The magma texture should be directly above the background layer. Set its blending mode to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge) and lower Opacity (Opacity) up to 35%. The detail of the background will be better after that. Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) with soft edges, erase the texture at the edges of the canvas. The light area should be just below the text.
Select both text layers, click on any right-click button and select Convert to Smart Object. Under the text, create a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + N) and name it “shadow”. Use a black brush with soft edges of 280 pixels to draw a shadow below the text.
Create a new “orange bright spots” layer. Draw orange spots under the text and apply a filter to them. Gaussian blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur / Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur). Set the Blend Mode to Linear Dodge and lower the opacity to 45%.
Select the text layer, create a copy of it (Ctrl + J) and name it “Smudged Layer”. Right click on this layer and select Rasterize layer (Rasterize Layer). We need to blur the edges of the letters in places where the temperature is high and melting. Choose a tool Finger (Smudge Tool) and customize it as shown in the screenshot below. Spread the edges of the letters.
Continue to smear the letters in the shape of letters. Use a large brush size for the orange areas. Then increase the contrast with Curves Correction Layer (Curves).
Create a new layer and select black soft. brush. Draw the dark spots on the letters and lower the layer opacity to 40%.
Add orange spots on a separate layer. Install Blend mode on Lightening basics (Color Dodge) and apply the filter Gaussian blur.
On the new layer, draw white spots with a soft brush. Install Blend mode on Overlap (Overlay).
Paste the smoke image into our document and discolor it (Ctrl + Shift + U). Install Blend mode on Lightening (Screen) to hide the black background. Tool Eraser (Eraser Tool) (E) Hide the unnecessary part of the smoke.
Activate warp mode (Editing> Transform> Warp / Edit> transform> warp) and change the shape of the smoke. To enhance the contrast of smoke, use the Levels correction (Ctrl + L).
Continue to add smoke and change its shape. Everything here depends on your imagination.
Insert the image of the sparks and set Blend mode on Lightening basics (Color Dodge). Add a pixel mask and a black brush to hide the sparks outside the letters.
The following screenshot shows what the mask should look like (left). The end result is on the right side of the screenshot. So that only the mask is visible on the canvas, hold down the Alt key and click on its thumbnail in the layers palette.