Create Rock Text Surrounded by Fire and Lightning in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I used to Create Rock Text Surrounded by Fire and Lightning in Photoshop. We will form the text by using several rock boulders and apply fire and lightning elements via stock images and brush paintings. 

This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of Photoshop layers, image adjustments, layer masks are required.

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

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

rock-text-with-lightning-fire-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Rock Stock

Fire Stock

Lightning Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 800px with black background. Load the rock stock image into Photoshop and select a portion of it as shown below

1-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, re-size to fit the size of the canvas:

1-paste

Use a soft eraser, remove the centre portion of the texture and fade the edges as shown below:

1-fade

Apply the following adjustment layer as clipping mask to the rock layer:

Black & White

1-bw

and here is the effect so far:

1-effect

Step 2

Use any font you like, type a letter “A” at the centre of the canvas:

2-type

Go to the rock stock image and select a few pieces of rock:

3-sel-rocks

Copy and paste your selection to cover the letter “A” as shown below:

3-attach

Make sure you adjust the size of the rocks and rotate them for more variety:

3-more

And we will form the following text effect:

3-centre

Step 3

We can add some floating rocks around the letter. To do this, simply add a small rock to the side of the letter as shown below

4-black-rock

Apply the following image adjustment as shown below:

Black and white

4-bw

Levels

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And we will turn the rock into a black one as shown below. The reason I made the rock looks like this is to add some depths to this image:

4-effect

Add a few more rocks around the letter as shown below:

4-more-rocks

Step 4

On top of all previous layer, add the following adjustment layers:

Black and White

5-bw

Levels

5-lvs

Curves

5-curves

and here is the effect so far:

5-effect

Step 5

We will add some cracks to the rock and lightning effect. Use the lightning brush downloaded:

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Create a new layer on top, set the  lightning brush colour to Black, paint some cracks over the rocks:

6-black

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Then change the brush colour to white, add lightning effect as shown below:

6-white

Step 6

Load the fire stock image into Photoshop and select the following piece using Lasso Tool (set its feather setting to 40px):

7-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, reduce its size and set its layer blend mode to “Hard Light”:

7-hard

Attach the fire to the rocks:

7-fire

Repeat the above process and add more fire around the rock:

7-more

Use a particle brush, paint some particles around the text. And this is the overall effect:

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I further applied some colours to the image with a couple of colour adjustment layers, and this is my final result: (click to enlarge)

rock-text-with-lightning-fire-flatten

Please feel free to experiment your own colour scheme, and see what results they bring you.

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

Till next time, have a great day!

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