In this quick tutorial I will show you how to create a ice snowflakes text effect in Photoshop in just a few easy steps. You can create so many creative winter borders and frames using this technique. So first let's take a look at the effect that we are about to create.
Start with a simple background and add a Gradient Overlay layer style with colors #0078aa and #06bed9. Call this first layer Background 1
Duplicate this layer and rasterize the layer styles. The option Rasterize is only available for Text and Vector Shape layers, so if you right click on this layer, the Rasterize Layer option will not be available. When I say to rasterize the layer styles or flatten layer effects I mean that you have to create a new blank layer and merge it with the layer that you want to rasterize.
Call this layer Background 2; add a layer mask. Select the layer mask(click on it; you should see a black frame if the mask is selected). Go to Filter>Noise menu and choose Add noise
Add a text layer and type something. Call this layer Text 1
Duplicate the Text 1 and call it Text 2. Add a layer mask to the text layers. Add Noise Filter as you did for the background. For the first text layer the noise effect is 120% and for the second text layer the noise effect added is 60%. Add a Bevel and Emboss layer style to both layers with the following settings:
Create two new layers above all the other layers and call them Snowflake Border 1 and Snowflake Border 2. Create work path using one of the Text layers.
Now I am going to create a snow brush; pick one of these Christmas shapes collections that have snowflakes. Create a new PSD file and add the snowflake shape. Use white for the background and black for the shape. Go to Edit>Define Brush Preset and type a name for your brush.
Using the brush make in the previous step we will now create a customized brush using dynamics. Here are some complex tutorials on how to create brushes in Photoshop if you want to learn more interesting things.
So pick the Brush Tool, choose the snow brush made earlier and toggle the Brush panel to reveal more options. Set the Brush Spacing and Shape Dynamics like shown in the image and create a new brush preset called snaowflake 1. Reapeat the process but this time set the spacing to 60% and save the new brush as snaowflake 2
Stroke path using the two snowflake brushes in Snowflake Border 1 and Snowflake Border 2 layers using color white. Your result should look like this.
Add the Bevel and Emboss layer style that we used for the background layer and the icey text effect should look like this.
Duplicate all the layers except the background layers and merge them. Add a Drop Shadow effect to the resulted layer. Also you can use the snowflake brush in a new layer and create decorative Christmas borders. You can also use sparkle brushes and maybe some lens flare effects. So here is the final result for the ice snowflake text effects, I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial.
If you want to create similar winter border and frame effects with just 1 click you can try our Christmas Card Borders and Frames Generator. This pack contains 10 Photoshop actions that will allow you to create realistic Christmas Cards out of any text, shape, raster with decorative borders and frames. The Christmas borders and frames can easily be modified and customized after the action is ended.