Winter Break
Credit: Denise McGill

Photoshop can really do some great things.

Photoshop has many tools, filters and artistic effects that help to create any number of fun and interesting headings and embellishments.  This one is a really fun icy text tutorial design to try.  The text can be used for any wintery labels or title pages.  It would make a fun Winter Party invitation or flyer.  After doing the ice text, you don’t stop there.  I added some fun snow elements also.


Step 1

Start a new document with 1280 x 700 pts and resolution at 300 pixels/inch.

Gradient Tool
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Step 2 and 3

Go to the Gradient tool usually in the left panel, change the color to blue to grey by clicking the gradient box in the upper left.  Hold shift and drag the tool down vertically to fill the background with a gradient.  Grey at the bottom and Blue at the top.

Go to the text icon.  Choose any type face.   I chose Cooper Std.  With the color black, I typed Winter Break.  I did another one with my name for fun.   I used control/command+T to scale it up and control/command+A to center the text by hitting center icon.

Liquify Text
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Step 4

Go to Filter>Liquify.  Choose the warp tool setting.  Brush setting 100, or any brush size you prefer, brush pressure 100.  Pull out the square edges of text.  Push and pull edges to make them look like melting ice.  Click ok and lock the layer.

After the Liquify Tool
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Step 5 and 6

Make sure you have selected the text layer.  I used the magic wand tool to select the text.  Still in black, go to Filter>Render>Clouds.  Then Edit>Stroke and set for 6 pixels in background for stroke.  Make sure you click the Inside stroke or the next step will leave you with blurred edges instead of sharp edges.  Oh and the stoke can be either black or white, whichever you prefer.

Go to Filter>Blur>Gaussian blur and set for 7 pixels.  Select>Deselect.

Render and Clouds
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Step 7 and 8

Duplicate layer by using control/command+J.  Rename the bottom layer “plastic” and copy layer “chrome”.

With the Plastic layer selected, go to Filter (or Filter Gallery) >Artistic>Plastic Wrap.  Change settings if you want.  I left the default settings. Hit okay then change the blend mode to Overlay.

Artistic>Plastic Wrap
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Step 9 and 10

Select the Chrome layer.  Go to Filter (or Filter Gallery) >Sketch>Chrome.  Change settings if you want.  I set Detail at 5 and Smoothness at 7.  Hit ok.

Change the blend mode on Plastic layer to Screen.  Duplicate the Plastic layer (control/command+J) and change the blend mode to Soft Light.  Lower opacity to 20%.

Step 11 and 12

Create a new layer for shinny effects.  Select a “star” shaped paintbrush and white.  If you don’t have one, you can download one from several sources online.  I got mine from Obsidian Dawn Digital Design Resources.  Add shiny or sparkle places wherever you want on the text.

Select all layers except the background layer and group them together.  Rename this group “Ice Text”.  Duplicate Ice Text and rename this group “Ice Reflection.”

Pull the Reflection layer below the text layer.  Go to Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical.  Drag the layer down under the ice text so it just touches the bottom edge.


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Step 13 and 14

Put a mask on Reflections layer.  You can find the mask in the lower right under the layers.  The icon looks like a black moon.  Go to Gradient tool and select the first one, (a black to white gradient).  Hold the shift key and drag it up vertically to fade the reflection and shown in the sample.  If it doesn't fade the way you want pull the gradient tool again and again until you are happy with the results.

Go to Image>Adjustment>Hue and Saturation to change colors of background if desired.  I decided not to change any of my colors.

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Step 15

To add snow, I found the settings for the brushes.  I had never played much with the brush settings before.  I checked the brush for 6 points and hardness at 65%.  I checked the brush icon on the right panel and in the dialog box I checked Shape Dynamics, Scattering, Texture, and Smoothing.  Then I moved Scatter to 199%, Count to 1, and Count jitter to 0%.  I also reduced the Opacity to 60% and added snow on top of each letter, under the letters and a few in the sky.  You can play with these to find just the levels and shaping you like.

I really enjoyed playing with the snow and think this would make a beautiful addition to any flyer or header. 

Snow Effect
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