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In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating a cracked golden text inspired by the popular game Elden Ring.

Along the way, we will practice layer blending, free transform, clipping masks and more. Great for beginners who just started learning about making text effect in Photoshop

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

Update May 28, 2022 – I’ve created a quick video tutorial to demonstrate how to use the Lasso Tool to create the break apart effect for this tutorial, you can watch it below:

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OK Let’s get started!

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


Stone Texture

Gold Texture

You will also need a few cloud brushes, particle brushes and crack brushes. There are plenty of these on the net, feel free to use any of those.

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440x768px, fill the background with dark grey color. Create a new layer and use a cloud brush to paint some cloud as shown below:

Press Ctrl + T and bring up the Free Transform Tool, use the Warp option to warp the cloud into an angle as shown below:

Duplicate this cloud layer once and flip it horizontally:

Place the flipped layer to the left of the canvas as shown below:

Here we’ve completed the preparation of the cloud background.

Step 2

Use the font we downloaded, type some texts onto the document with a gold colour:

Apply the following “Satin” layer style on this text layer:

Duplicate this text layer once and make a copy. Turn off the previous layer. Then right-click on the duplicated text layer and choose “Rasterize Type”:

Use a crack brush as eraser, work through the entire duplicated text and add cracks over the text:

We can also use the Lasso Tool to cut & move some parts of the texts, as shown in this video tutorial below:

Step 3

Load the stone texture into Photoshop, select a portion and cover the text as shown below

Right-click on the stone layer and choose “Create Clipping Mask”:

Change the stone layer blend mode to “Overlay”:

Load the gold texture into Photoshop, select a portion and cover the texture as shown below:

Set the layer blend mode to “Lighten” for this gold texture layer and set it as clipping mask, same as the stone texture layer:

And here is the effect so far:

Step 4

Use a particle brush, add some particles around the text. Use gold colour so they look like golden dusts from the texts:

I applied some dark-blue colour to the background and here is my final result: (click to enlarge)

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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