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In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create a Burning Metal Text Effect in Photoshop. This is an beginner level Photoshop tutorials and the steps are quite easy to follow, have a try!

Along the way, we will go through some basic method of adding texture to your text, also practice the use of image adjustment layers and various layer blending modes.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:

Font (pick any one from the list)

Metal Texture


Step 1

Create a new document sized 1200px * 600px with black background, and type some texts on to the canvas with the font you just downloaded:

Apply the following layer blending options on this text layer:

Inner Shadow

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

and you will have the following effect:

You can use some grunge brushset (lots of these on the internet) to paint some background texture as shown below:

Step 2

We will add some metal texture onto the text – load the metal image into Photoshop and select a piece as shown below:

Copy and paste the selection onto our document over the text layer, set it as clipping mask to it:

We can smooth the texture a bit by applying this Reduce Noise filter (Filter > Noise > Reduce Noise) to this metal layer:

and you will have the following effect:

Add the following adjustment layers as clipping mask of this text layer, above the metal texture layer:

Black and white



and here is the effect so far:

Step 3

We can now add some fire and produce some burning and melting effect. Load the fire image into Photoshop, and select the centre portion of the image as shown below:

Copy and paste this selection above all previous layers, set this layer as a clipping mask to the text layer as well:

Change the blending mode to “Hard Light”:

Duplicate this fire text layer once, and use the liquify filter to “melt” some part of it as shown below: (use the forward warp tool)

Make sure this duplicated layer is not a clipping mask, and blending mode is set to “Hard Light”, you will have the following effect:

Step 4

OK we’re almost done! I further added some cloud with a cloud Photoshop brush (you can use the cloud filter as well) around the text:

Flatten the image, and duplicate the background layer once, then apply the following “reduce noise” filter to it:

This way we can bring out some more deteils from the fire and metal texture from the text:

We can add some colour to the image with this selective color adjustment layer:

I apply a layer mask on the selective colour layer to hide some part of it, and here is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!

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