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Create ice text effects!

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
December 23, 2015

Chill your text this festive period with shapes, filters and adjustments

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1. Create text

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Open a new document on Photoshop, and set the Foreground colour to white. Select the Horizontal Type tool and an appropriate font (we used Book Antiqua Bold). In a large font size, type out your word. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Return/Enter to confirm. Use the Move tool to position.

2. Duplicate and rotate

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Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to quickly duplicate the text. Press Cmd/Ctrl+T to bring up Free Transform. Right-click on the canvas, then choose Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise. Press Return/Enter to confirm and then click OK.

3. Clean up the selection

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Go to Filter>Stylize>Wind. Choose Method: Wind and Direction: From the Right. Click OK. Press Cmd/Ctrl+F three or four times. Press Cmd/Ctrl+T, right-click, and choose Rotate 90 degrees Counter Clockwise. In the Layers palette, move below the original text layer. With the Move tool, line up to the original text.

4. Mask it

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Click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers palette. Select the Brush tool and choose a Soft Round brush at 40% brush Opacity. Set Foreground colour to black. Dab throughout the mask to add slight variation in the wind streaks. Use square brackets to size the brush as needed.

5. Apply blur and glow

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Click on the layer thumbnail. Go to Filter>Blur> Gaussian Blur. Outer Glow via the Layers palette’s fx button. Use a blue (#3366cc), set Blend Mode: Screen, Opacity: 75%, Noise: 100%, Spread: 0%, Size: 4px. Click OK. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J twice. Lower the Opacity of duplicates to 50%. Use Move tool to offset.

6. Style the text

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Select the original text layer. Click the Layers palette’s fx button again, choose Bevel and Emboss. Set to Style: Inner Bevel, Technique: Chisel Hard, Depth: 100%, Size: 55px, Soften: 0px. Keep the Layer Style dialog open for the next step.

7. Continue styling the text

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Choose Inner Glow on the left of the dialog. Use a blue colour (#3366cc) and set to Opacity: 75%, Noise: 0, Choke: 50%, Size: 100px. Now add Outer Glow. Use another blue (#247aef), set to Opacity: 75%, Noise: 40%, Spread: 15%, Size: 115px. Keep the Layer Style dialog open.

8. Add a pattern

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Lastly, add a Pattern Overly. Experiment with the preset patterns. Here we used Wax Crayon on Charcoal Paper from the Artistic Surfaces category. Set to Blend Mode: Linear Burn, Opacity: 30%, Scale: 500%. Click OK. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate the text.

9. Add sky texture

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Place a sky texture over the text. Press Return/Enter. Set to Linear Burn using the blend mode drop-down in the Layers palette. Option/Alt+click between this layer and the duplicate text layer to clip. Position with the Move tool so light areas appear at the bottom of the letters.

10. Mask texture

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Click the Add Layer Mask button in the Layers palette. Select the Brush tool and choose a Soft Round brush at 80% brush Opacity. Set the Foreground colour to black. Dab throughout the mask to tone down areas. Paint back with white to restore as needed.

11. Duplicate text and clip

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Option/Alt+click and drag the original text layer above the sky texture layer to copy. Drag the fx icon to the Layers palette’s trash button to remove styles. Option/Alt+click between this layer and SkyFlipped layer to clip.

12. Add Bevel and Emboss

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In the Layers palette, drop Fill to 0%. Click the Layers palette’s fx button, choose Bevel and Emboss. Set to Style: Inner Bevel, Technique: Chisel Hard, Size: 45px, Highlight Mode Opacity: 100%. Click Contour on the left and choose the Cone preset. Keep the dialog open.

13. Add Outer Glow and hide

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Add Outer Glow. Use an aqua colour (#00e4ff) and set to Blend Mode: Screen, Opacity: 100%, Spread: 60%, Size: 40px. Click OK. We’ll apply a blank mask so we can selectively apply. With Option/Alt depressed, click the Add Layer Mask button from the Layers palette. Set the Foreground colour to white.

14. Selectively apply

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Select the Gradient tool. Choose the Foreground to Transparent preset, Radial style, gradient Opacity: 100%. Click and drag out in small areas to develop grooves. Deepen by painting with the Brush tool and an artistic brush like Chalk. Paint back with black at different opacities.

15. Final colour adjustment

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Click the Create New Fill Layer button in the Layers palette, choose Solid Color. Pick #8188b4. Click OK. Set to Soft Light blend mode. Press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate and double-up on the adjustment. From here, try our suggestions for adding snow and clouds.