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Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect

This tutorial will explain how to use multiple Layer Styles to create a velvety glossy glittering red text effect. Then, using some more Layer Styles and a simple brush, that text will be surrounded with melting ice. It’s an easy, very wintry-looking effect, that uses mainly the power of Photoshop’s Layer Styles. Let’s get started!

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS6 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1152 x 864 px document, place the Car Paint texture image on top of the Background layer, resize it so that it fits within the document, then merge it with the Background layer (Layer > Merge Down).

Place the texture 4 blue snow texture on top of the Background layer, and change its layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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Double click the texture 4 blue snow layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect, by changing the Blend Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 95%, using a Transparent to Color gradient fill with the color #353750, changing the Style to Radial, and the Scale to 150.

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You can click and drag the gradient around as you like.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 1

This will add a nice purple-y tone to the background, and darken the corners a little bit.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text in All Caps using the font Garnet, the font Size 363, the color White, and the Tracking value 50.

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Duplicate the text layer, then change the copy’s Fill value to 0. Duplicate the copy layer 3 more times.

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Next, we’ll be applying Layer Styles to each text layer we have. So for each text layer, double click it, then use the values shown below:

Step 3

Original text layer:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 30
  • Size : 15
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Color : #e0e0e0
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #4f3a11
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– Color Overlay

  • Color : #7d3421
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– Drop Shadow

  • Opacity : 66%
  • Distance : 24
  • Spread : 6
  • Size : 32
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 3

This will create the main text layer with the color and drop shadow values.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 3

Step 4

First copy text layer:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 16
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 45
  • Altitude : 74
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #393939
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– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 4

– Texture

  • Pattern : GlitteringMetal
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 4

This will create the glittering part of the text.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Second copy text layer:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 40
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 45
  • Altitude : 74
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #4c0a0a
  • Opacity : 50%
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 5

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 5

This will create the first gloss layer.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Third copy text layer:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 49
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : -146
  • Altitude : 53
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #393939
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– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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This will create the second gloss layer.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 6

Step 7

Fourth copy text layer:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Stroke Bevel
  • Gloss Contour : Ring – Double
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
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– Contour

  • Contour : Log
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 7

– Texture

  • Pattern : Fake Brick
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– Stroke

  • Size : 3
  • Fill Type : Gradient
  • Style : Reflected
  • Angle : 90
  • Gradient Fill : Bronze Br44
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This will create the outer stroke.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 7

Step 8

Create a new layer below all text layers and call it Shadow. Set the Foreground color to #a1a1a1, and pick the Brush Tool.

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Using a big soft round brush, start dotting the shadow shape below the text.

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When you’re done, change the Shadow layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Burn, and its Opacity to 10%.

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Step 9

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Ice, then change its Fill value to 0.

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Double click the Ice layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 10
  • Contour : Ring
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Linear Light
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– Contour

  • Contour : Guassian – Inverse
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 9

– Texture

  • Pattern : Texturetastic Gray
Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 9

Step 10

With the Brush Tool still selected, open the Brush panel (Window > Brush), choose a soft round brush tip, then modify its Settings as shown below:

Brush Tip Shape

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Shape Dynamics

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 10

Start creating the ice around and inside the text. You can either click and drag, or just click once, to create the different parts of the ice.

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 10

Step 11

Place the lens flare 10 image on top of all layers and change its layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Dodge (Add).

Glittering Red and Melting Ice Text Effect step 11

Go to Edit > Free Transform (or press Ctrl/Cmd + T), then resize, rotate, and place the flare as you like. When done, hit the Enter/Return key to accept the changes.

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Duplicate the flare’s layer, then transform it again for another letter, and so on until you have flares wherever you want on the text. Try not to create too many or very big flares. They’re meant to add a nice sparkle to the ice, not overwhelm the design.

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Step 12

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon down the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map.

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Change the Gradient Map layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light and it Opacity to 35%. Click the Gradient box to create the gradient used

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To create the Gradient, you’ll need to click below the gradient bar to add Color Stops, and when you click each Color Stop, you can change its Color and Location values. Here are the Color Stops values used from left to right:

Color – Location

  • #954c39 – 0%
  • #b25744 – 15%
  • #e5883b – 32%
  • #ffd175 – 50%
  • #e5883b – 66%
  • #b25744 – 85%
  • #954c39 – 100%
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The Gradient Map will finish off the effect, enhancing the overall coloring, and adding a purple tone to the final result.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful :)