Create Realistic Frozen Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show the process I used to create this realistic frozen text effect in Photoshop. We will be using a number of ice textures and custom brush to achieve this effect. We will also be using adjustment layers and filters to perform the touch-ups.

This is an beginner to immediate level tutorial and some steps can be a little tricky, have a try!

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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:

Ice Texture 1

Ice Texture 2

Crack Brush

Note: If you have difficulty with Step 3 and 4 of this tutorial, please watch this video tutorial below:

Step 1

Let’s start by creating a new document sized 1400px * 900px with a dark blue background as shown below:

1 bg

Load the “ice texture 1” image into Photoshop and select the entire image, copy and paste it over to our document, resize the new layer to fit the size of our document:

1 paste

Change the blending mode of this layer to “Soft Light”:

1 soft light

Add the following Curves adjustment layer to the ice texture layer:

1 curves

Add a highlight to the centre of the canvas with a big, soft white brush on a new layer (with “soft light” blending mode), and you will have the following effect so far:

1 paint

Step 2

Use any font you like, type a few letters to on top of our document: (I used the “Trojan Pro” font which comes with Photoshop)

2 type

Apply the following layer blending options to this text layer:

Bevel and Emboss

2 bevel

Inner Glow

2 inner glow


2 satin

Pattern Overlay

1 pattern

Drop Shadow

2 drop shadow

Add a layer mask to this text layer, and use the crack brush you downloaded as an eraser, remove some parts of the text on the layer mask:

2 eraser

and this is the effect you will have after applying the cracked eraser:

2 effect

Step 3

Load the “Ice texture 2” image into Photoshop and select a piece of ice texture as shown below:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and cover the text:

3 paste

Right-click on this new ice texture layer and choose “create clipping mask” and set it as the clipping mask for the text layer below, and here is the effect:

3 clipping mask

Step 4

We will add some frost over the text.  Select a chalk brush from the brush panel:

4 brush

Careful go over the edges of the text and paint with this brush, adjust its size accordingly:

4 paint

We can also add some extra ice texture down the bottom of the canvas. Let’s select the tip of the ice with the quick selection tool as shown below:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection and place it down the bottom of the canvas:

4 paste

Optionally, you can add some falling snow particles with a particle brush to add some extra effect:

4 falling snow

Step 5

We’re almost done! For final touches, I flattened the image and duplicated the background layer, and apply the following Accented Edges filter to the duplicated layer:

5 filter

Apply the following layer mask to this duplicated layer: (Highlighted areas)

5 mask

and this is the final effect I have: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!

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  • Thank you so much! So helpful!

  • Jingi

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  • Miguel

    Very useful :) Thanks!

  • Kathy

    the fifth step isn’t very easy and i think you should have explained it more for begginers too!

  • thank you very much for the tutorial

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  • wow! just perfect! :)

  • Ebrahim Jarkas

    Hello i reallu dont get step 5… can anyone explain it to me??