Create a new layer and call it Lightning Texture. Copy this electric lightning texture in this layer and set the blend mode to Screen.
Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer to the Lightning Texture using a clipping mask. Set the blend mode to Color. Also add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer to the Lightning Texture using a clipping mask like shown in the preview.
Select the Lightning Texture layer and its two adjustments and click on the Create new group button. Call this Lightning Texture Group.
How to Mask Groups in Photoshop
If you want to mask multiple layers in Photoshop, first you have to create a new group like we did in the previous step. Then add a layer mask to group like you do with a regular layer using Add layer mask button. Use the Brush Tool with a soft round brush, color black and different opacity levels to mask the texture like shown in the preview.
Create a new layer and call it Highlights. Set the blend mode to Overlay and use the Brush Tool, color white to paint over some areas that you want to be brighter.
If you want you can add more details using some of these lightning textures and brushes that you can download also for free.
For the final touches add adjustment layers:
- Hue/Saturation; click on the layer mask of this adjustment and go to Filter > Render and choose the Clouds Filter. Make sure that the Foreground color is white and the Background color is black.
- Gradient Map; set the blend mode to Hue and choose pick these colors: #97461a and #efdbcd
Last but not least I like to use the High Pass Filter to sharpen the image. Learn how to sharpen images in Photoshop using the High Pass Filter technique.
So here is the final result for the electric lightning text effect photoshop tutorial.