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Ice Snowflakes Text Effect in Photoshop
Tutorials Text Effects 19335 Views December 9th, 2013

Learn how to create an icy snowflake text effect in Photoshop using some simple Photoshop techniques. All you have to do is to creatively use snowflake brushes to create a border for the text. We'll also create an ice texture with layer styles. For this tutorial you have to know basic Photoshop information about working with brushes, layer masks and Photoshop styles. I hope you will enjoy this new tutorial and decide to create the ice text effect for these winter holidays.


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.

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11 comment(s) for "Ice Snowflakes Text Effect in Photoshop"

1:58 AM Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This is a very nice work. I would like to create it but (immediately in the first step) I can't resterize layer styles.
Whether why? The "Rasterize" option in the pop up menu is gray. Please, help me. reply
2:18 AM Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hi,the option Rasterize is only available for Text and Vector Shape layers.
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. reply
9:28 AM Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Oh, oh... Sorry! Thanx a lot, John, for the quick help. reply
10:48 AM Tuesday, December 10, 2013
:) you're welcome reply
4:10 AM Wednesday, December 11, 2013
this time u really deserve for it.....nice one thankx reply
Bi k
Bi k
1:59 AM Friday, December 13, 2013
"Duplicate this layer and rasterize the layer styles."
I can't do this step, can you help! reply
2:01 AM Friday, December 13, 2013
I have updated the step you are referring to, so please check it again :) reply
7:17 AM Monday, December 30, 2013
Very beautiful Photoshop Icy Snowflakes Text Effect inspired by our tutorial, made by kolobok555 reply
10:59 AM Monday, December 30, 2013
Another frozen snow text effect made in Photoshop by voki ( reply
8:55 AM Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Beautiful 2014 calendar made in Photoshop by Ginger cat from reply
2:42 AM Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Another beautiful fan art that you might find it interesting is "Let it Snow" by Irene

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