Classic Ice Text Effect

Classic Ice Text Effect

In this tutorial you are going to learn a very classic but still applicable and nice way of making text look like it is frozen solid and consists solely of ice.

Final Result

First of all, let us have a look at the finished result before starting.

Step 1

Create a new document to work in. For this example I am using an 800×600 document at 72ppi. After creating the document, fill it with a dark blue (#151a22).

Step 2

It is time to bring out the Type Tool (T) and set some base text. I am using the font Marker Felt set to its Wide variation at a size of 300pt.

Step 3

Because the effects we are going to apply require that the type is rasterized, we are going to do this and a little preparation. In the layers panel, duplicate the ICEY text layer by dragging it to the new layer icon or using the shortcut Command + J (PC: Control + J). This will create a duplicate layer for us to work on, leaving the original text intact, should we need to go back. Don’t forget to turn off the visibility of the original text layer by clicking on the eye icon.

Right click on the duplicate and select “Rasterize Type”.

Step 4

Time to make it look like some ice! With the rasterized copy selected, go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° CW. This will get us the text on the side. Next, go to Filter > Stylize > Wind and apply the filter with the Method set to “Wind” and Direction to “From the Right”.

Step 5

To make the downforcing “drips” a litlte bit stronger, we need to add this twice. To reapply the same filter as before with the same settings, use the keyboard shortcut Command + F (PC: Control + F), or select the top item in the filter menu.

Step 6

To make the type a little more rugged, go into the Wind filter and re-apply it, only chancing the direction setting to, “From the Left”.

Step 7

With the wind in place, it is time to rotate it back and take a look at how it looks so far. To rotate it back, use Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° CCW.

Step 8

It is time for a series of steps now applying the style itself. Go into the Blending Options (by right-clicking on the layer and selecting it from the pop-up menu) and apply first the settings shown above for a Bevel and Emboss and then follow the two images below to add a contour and texture to the bevel.

Note, to get to this pattern which is called “Leaves”, open up the pattern selector (button next to the pattern preview), click on the little fly-out menu icon and choose the Nature Patterns pack. When promoted how you want to load it, choose Append.

Step 9

With the bevel and emboss in place, it is starting to look like ice. To further enhance it and make it look even more frozen, add an outer glow with a light blue color (#bcd4fb) and the settings shown above.

Step 10

Finally to make it even more dramatic and deep with color, add a Satin (with its default black color) and just tweak the default settings as shown in the screenshot above.

Final Effect

After all these layer effects, it is time to enjoy the final ice text. For all parts of this tutorial you can use your own colors with the same settings otherwise to achieve a very similar result with a color that might work best for you.

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Erik is the owner of online media company Bernskiold Media that runs tutorial website Bernskiold learning and he is a Web Designer, Photographer and Software-Trainer.

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