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Dark Gothic Text with Fire Effects in Photoshop

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Tutorials Text Effects 16927 Views October 22nd, 2013

Learn how to create a dark Gothic Photoshop text effect using some cool fire flame effects and fire brushes. This text effect can be used for creating spooky Halloween party flyers for example, creepy text styles, horror dark posters and the examples could continue.

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Gothic metal text with flames Photoshop tutorial

In this new tutorial I will show you how to create a dark gothic text effect in Photoshop using some grunge textures and fire effects. The focus point is of course the dark metal text that you can customize as you wish, by using other font types for example. Here are some gothic horror fonts that you might want to check out.

So let's start with a simple dark room background; this is actually a premade background. Add two images and use the Clone Stamp Tool to make the room higher and to blend the two images. I will keep only the ceiling and remove the floor.

Gungy background wall

Use this grunge crack texture for the wall and set the blend mode to Multiply 100%. I have also used two adjustment layers, a Hue/Saturation and a Brightness/Contrast as shown in the image. Make sure you add the two adjustments as clipping mask for the Grunge Cracks Texture layer.

Adjustments for grungy wall with cracks

You can also add a blood texture with the same Multiply blend mode.

Grungy cracked wall with blood stains

You can add a new grunge texture with Multiple 75% opacity only for the wall not the ceiling. I have used this desaturated texture for my old wall effect. For all the layers add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer with these settings.

Enhanced cracks in a grungy wall using Brightness/Contrast Photoshop adjustments

Copy this clock image and use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to make aselection and to extract the clock selection. Use a Brightness/Contrast adjustment for the Clock Layer to make sure it blends with the wall. Also add a Drop Shadow layer style.

Wall clock on cracked grungy wall

Time to add the gothic metal text; you can choose any font you want, simply download and install font in Photoshop. I am using the Ligurino font. Use different layers for each letter to move and rotate them individually.

Photoshop gothic text effect on grungy wall

For each Text Layer use the following layer styles. The only difference is the distance od the Drop Shadow effect that you might want to set different. You can download the style used.

Gothic text effect Drop Shadow settings Gothic text effect Inner Shadow settings Gothic text effect Outer Glow settings Gothic text effect Bevel And Emboss settings Gothic text effect Bevel And Emboss texture settings Gothic text effect Color Overlay settings Gothic text effect Pattern Overlay settings

Your dark horror text effect should now look something like this.

Photoshop gothic metal text on grungy wall

To hang the text I will use this chain image; you have to extract the chain from the background and resize it. Here are some useful tutorials on how to remove background in Photoshop; I used the Rolor Range method.

Add metal chain to gothic metal text effect

Use two adjustment layers only for the Chain Layer as shown in the image. Duplicate the chain four times; you will have to make some of the chains longer by using the Clone Tool

Multiple metal chains duplicated in Photoshop Use the Eraser Tool to fix the chains where they intersect with the letters. Erased areas to reveal metal chain links

Now you have to add a realistic drop shadow effect using as reference some of these tutorials. This is a shadow in perspective so you have to cast shadow for the chains on the wall but also on the ceiling. Use a copy of the chains to create the shadow.

Metal chains cast shadow

In a new layer add these demon hands and remove the background. Place them so that it seems like the hands are holding the letters. Use a Brightness/Contrast adjustment and also add a Drop Shadow effect.

Photoshop added demon hand over the gothic text effect

For the final touches I will add some fire flames effects using this fire stock image. So add the image two times like shown in the preview and merge the images.

Photoshop added flames

Change the blend mode to Screen and also add these Photoshop adjustments for contrast and saturation.

Flame images blended with Screen blending and adjusted with Hue/Saturation and Brightness/Contrast adjustments

I have also used the Smart Sharpen filter to make the fire flames more vibrant.

Smart Sharpen filter applied to flames

You can also use the Brush Tool with color white in a new layer to add some highlights. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay. You can also use a Gradient map to add a soft orange color to the image. So here is the final result for the dark gothic Photoshop text effect perfect for Halloween.

Dark gothic text effect with fire flames Photoshop tutorial final result

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2 comment(s) for "Dark Gothic Text with Fire Effects in Photoshop"

Su Hall
Su Hall
12:31 PM Monday, October 29, 2018
Thank you muchly for the cool tutorial! I see it has been around a while!
As some of the resources are no longer available, you guys should re-write this tut, using textures4photoshop as a source! There are SO MANY good resources there!
Thanks, again! More, please? reply
PSDDude
12:35 PM Monday, October 29, 2018
Hi Su, I am glad you like the tutorial!
Thank you very much for your great suggestion :) We'll try to update the tutorials but there are so many to edit and so little time... reply

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