Photoshop Tutorial: How to create an Ice effect on your text

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In this guide, we will discuss how you can turn your common type title text into Iced looking graphics. If your flyer printing title design or catalog cover needs something “cool” for its theme, then this might just be the right trick for you.

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irenethompson80
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In this guide, we will discuss how you can turn your common type title text into Iced looking graphics. If your flyer printing title design or catalog cover needs something “cool” for its theme, then this might just be the right trick for you. Review and try out the steps below and you can create your own customized Iced looking text graphics in no time at all. 1. Starting off, create your new document in Adobe Photoshop as needed. Set the width and height dimensions depending on how large you want your text title to be. If you are printing this for mass production, it is recommended that you use a high 300ppi resolution value when creating your new document as this gives the best quality for printing. Use 72ppi for web designs and computer graphics.
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2. Now, in your new document, setup the background as you need it. For our example, we will be using black as a background just so you can see the effects we are doing.
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3. Now, with the background setup, we are going to create a new channel. Just go to the channels panel (usually beside the paths and the layers channel) and then click on the button below to create a new channel (you should get ALPHA 1). Then, using the text tool, just type in the text that you want. Make sure you use very thick type font styles to make a more convincing icy type text. Use a white color for our text for now.
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4. Next, duplicate the channel by right clicking on it and then selecting duplicate channel.
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5. With the duplicate channel selected, go to Filter -> Pixelate -> Fragment to apply this filter. Afterwards, press CTRL+F three times to repeat the process and get a more pixelated shape in this layer.
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6. Then, go to Filters -> Pixelate -> Crystalize. In the window that appears, add a 7-20 value depending on the size of the text you are working with. Make sure that we get some nice edgy shapes in our text element. Just adjust it to your preference.
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7. Once done, select this layer we have and go to Select -> All (or press CTRL+A). Then, go to Edit -> Copy or press CTRL+C. Afterwards, go to the LAYER panel. Create a new layer by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+N. Then and go to EDIT-> Paste or press CTRL+V. This should transfer our shape as a layer.
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8. Now, we shall adjust the colors to get that blue icy effect. Go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue and Saturation. Adjust the values accordingly: a. Hue: 230 b. Saturation: 52 c. Lightness: 23
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9. Next, go to Image -> Image Rotation -> 90CW. This will rotate our text 90 degrees clockwise.
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10. Now, we will add a wind effect to simulate some icy structures. Just go to Filter -> Stylize -> Wind. Use the WIND method and the direction from the right.
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11. Then, rotate our text back to the original orientation by going to Image -> Image Rotation -> 90 CCW.
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12. Great! Now we have some great ICY elements already to our text.
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13. Now, go back to the channels panel and select our ORIGINAL channel. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur and then use an 8 pixel value.
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14. Afterward, go to Image -> Adjustment -> Levels and add the following value settings: a. 0 b. 0.5 c. 60
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15. Then, hold down the CTRL key and click on the Alpha 1 Channel. This should select the area of the text with our new effects in.
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16. Good, now go back to the Layers panel. Now press D and X on your keyboard to reset the foreground and background colours. Then Press CTRL+SHIFT+N to create a new layer.
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17. With the new layer selected, go to Filter -> Render -> Clouds. Then afterwards, go to Filter -> Sketch -> Chrome. Use a value of 3 on the detail and a value of 3 on the smoothness.
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18. Next, double click on this new layer to access its layer styles. Click on the option for inner glow and then use these settings. a. Opacity: 85 b. Color: Blue c. Choke: 25 d. Size: 24 e. Leave the rest to default
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19. Afterwards, change the Blend mode of this layer to “Overlay” and reduce its opacity to 50%.
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20. Great! Now you have a very ICY type text for you to use. Just use the eraser tool to remove any odd connections that you do not want.

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