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Christmas Snow Photoshop Text Effect

Tutorials Text Effects 34946 Views November 26th, 2012

Because the Christmas is coming soon I decided to make some winter season inspired text effects and I will start today with this beautiful snow text effect. To create it I was inspired by this amazing snow globe text style that you can download for free. So starting from this Christmas snow style I start creating my text effect using a simple winter landscape, transparent glass text and of course some really nice snow brushes.


Learn how to make a creative snowy glass text effect in Photoshop just in time for the upcoming Christmas time. For this tutorial you have to know how to add layer styles, how to work with paths and how to apply layer masks in Photoshop. Each step has a reference to tutorials for beginners so that everybody can complete this tutorial.

I will use a wood texture to create a wood table as background for my snow text effect but you can choose any background you want. I decided to keep it simple.

Pick the Type Tool and write a text using Cooper Std free font. You can choose any other font that you fond on the internet; I prefer a round font. Call this layer Transparent Glass Text.

Reduce the Fill of the Transparent Glass Text layer and add the following layer styles. We want to obtain a transparent text.

After appling all these layer styles our text should look like a transparent glass text. There are little details that you have to make in order to look like real glass. You can download the PSD file to see all the layer style details like colors and contour settings.

To make the text look like it is placed on the table, I have added a soft shadow effect. Create a black rectangle below the text bottom area and simply use Gaussian Blur and lower the opacity to make it look realistic.

Copy this snow stock image and use the Pen Tool to select and crop parts from the snow area. If you are not really sure how to do that check out these How to Use Pen Tool tutorials for beginners.

After right click and choose Make Selection, press SHIFT+CTRL+I to invert it. Press CTRL+J to make a Layer via Copy out of this selection. Call the new layer Snow Area.

Duplicate the Snow Area one or two times and arrange them to obtain nice snow dunes like in the image. Use the Burn Tool and Dodge Tool to create contrast areas. When you are sure about the result merge the Snow Area layers into one layer again. Make a selection out of the Transparent Glass Text layer and use it as a layer mask for the Snow Area layer.

Next I will add some of these Christmas trees and place them on the snow. You will have to resize them and place a couple of trees where you decide best.

Add a little shadow effect under each tree to look as realistic as possible.

In this step I will use some snow brushes to add snow effect. Use the Brush Tool and color white to add the snow in a new layer called Snow Layer.

Use Transparent Glass Text layer as a mask so that the snow to be just inside the text.

As a final touch I have added two Lights Layers. Simply make a Work Path out of the text layer and Stroke Path using the lights brushes. To create the lights I will use a simple dotted brush like in this tutorial with one small change; use the Shape Dynamics to set the Size Jitter to arround 60%. And also I have used the Scattering option to set the Scatter to around 260%. Inside the ZIP file that you can download at the end of this tut, you will find the layer styles that I have used for the lights. You can easily change the color if you want other combination.

Duplicate all the snow text layers and merge them. Use this merged layer to create a text reflection. Learn how to create a reflection in Photoshop. I have also added a sparkle effect; learn how to create sparkle brush from this easy to follow tutorial.

So here is the final result for the Christmas Snow Text Effect that you can use for the upcoming winter season. Great for creating personalized Christmas cards. Hope you upload your results at our comments section. And don't forget to download the ZIP with PSD file.

Here you can download the PSD FILE(2.63 MB) for the snow globe text effect with all the layers and layer styles intact. This is only for personal non commercial use; the redistribution on other websites is not allowed.

Christmas Snow Globe Creator - Photoshop Action

You can create unique Christmas effects using this one of a kind premium Photoshop action set. The pack contains 2 Photoshop actions that will allow you to create realistic Christmas snow globe effects out of any text, shape, raster or hand drawn path. It comes included with a fully detailed PSD Help File for you to obtain the best results.

21 comment(s) for "Christmas Snow Photoshop Text Effect"

11:46 PM Monday, November 26, 2012
WOW, that's a nice tutorial. Thanks for sharing.
Finja reply
11:46 PM Monday, November 26, 2012
Thank you, this is awesome ! reply
11:48 PM Monday, November 26, 2012
Thanks, I am glad you like it! If you practice the tut upload your result; I am curious to see how it looks like with another landscape image inside the snow globe :) reply
11:49 PM Monday, November 26, 2012
Thank you Darrell ! reply
6:29 AM Tuesday, November 27, 2012
This is a beautiful-beautiful work.
But I would like to ask how can I create the background with gray color and the wood image.
Please, help me! Thanx! reply
6:35 AM Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hi Agota,
Please download the PSD file and you will see how the background was created; there are added a color overlay, a gradient and a pattern overlay just for the background. As for the wood table you can choose one of the wood textures (the link is at the beginning of the tut) . reply
8:31 AM Sunday, December 02, 2012
wow thank u so much!!!
12:34 AM Saturday, December 08, 2012
Thanks for the tutorial. I loved doing it. reply
11:19 PM Sunday, December 09, 2012
Here is a nice practice of this snow effect made by one of our blog friends from

1:44 AM Thursday, December 20, 2012
Yet another practice of my Snow Globe Photoshop Text Tutorial with a great result, that I have found on flickr reply
6:19 AM Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Hi Ksusha, you have to use the UPLOAD button to post your work! reply
1:56 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
It didn't work when I tried to download the result. Here it is now. I don't know why but my letters don't look so glassy. And the lights in the stroke aren't that shiny... Maybe I'll have to do it all over again... some time! reply
1:56 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
Thanks for the magic tutorial! My result somewhat differs, but still I like it. reply
2:00 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
You can download the PSD file and see the exact settings for each layer. Very important! all the layer styles used in this tut are customized for an image of around 630 px width; so if you have a 1200px width image you have to scale the layer styles ( Image>Layer Style>Scale Effects) reply
9:05 AM Friday, January 11, 2013
Thanks, I'll study the styles more closely. reply
10:28 AM Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Another beautiful Snow Globe Photoshop Text effect made by Kellye reply
Emma Penet
Emma Penet
12:02 AM Friday, November 22, 2013
Super tuto ! reply
11:05 AM Sunday, December 01, 2013
I reg but I still can't download this file. Its not reconizing my user name and when I try to rereg it says I already am. I don't know what else to do. reply
11:09 AM Sunday, December 01, 2013
After you registered you received and activation email. You have to activate your account in order to login. reply
12:58 AM Thursday, December 05, 2013
I want to register, but i did not received the activation email !!! reply
1:00 AM Thursday, December 05, 2013
Try to look for the activation email in the SPAM folder, sometimes it gets there. reply

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