Create a Unique Rock Text with Space Background in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Create this Unique Rock Text with Space Background in Photoshop. I will show you an interesting way to place the rocks and join them together with simple line-drawing techniques. This is a beginner to intermediate level tutorial, 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:

Rock Image

Space Brush (Choose one from the list)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1280px * 700px with black background. Use the space brush you downloaded, paint some space patterns over the background layer:

Hint: Make sure you set the brush flow and opacity to be both around 50%, to ensure we have only a subtle space effect.

1 bg

Load the rock image into Photoshop and select a piece of the rock path using Quick Selection tool:

1 select

1 select 2

Copy and paste your selection over to the document, use the free transform tool to resize and rotate the rocks, to form the effect below:

1 place

Step 2

Duplicate these two rocks layer a few times, use the free tramsform tool to rotate the duplicated layers and move them around the canvas, and form a letter “T’, as shown below:

2 rotate

Continue with the same methond described above, and form the rest the letters, so it reads “TEXT”, as shown below:

2 text

Step 3

Now we get the fun part of this tutorial – Some line drawings!

It would be great if you have a graphic tablet for this part – if not, a mouse will do, although you may have to use the liquify filter or free transform tool to adjust the line shapes.

We will use a 1px, 90% hardness brush to paint some dark pink lines as shown below:

3 brush

And use the same brush settings, paint some light pink colour as shown below:

3 lighter

Repeat this process, add more lines to join the rocks for all the letters:

3 eraser

Step 4

We can add some cloud with the cloud filter behind the text to add some dramatic effect, make sure you set the layer opacity to a low value of 30%:

4 cloud

Add some highlights to the rocks with a soft white brush:

4 highlight 2

4 highlight

Step 5

To finalise the effect, I flattened the layer and duplicated the background layer, and apply the following Unsharp Mask to the duplicated layer:

5 unsharp

Duplicate this sharpened layer and apply the following Oil Paint Filter settings (CS6 only, skip this if you don’t have it):

5 oil paint

This will add a nice softening effect to the text. We want add a layer mask to this layer and remove the red parts to reveal the layer below:

5 mask on oil paint

Add the following Selective Color adjustment layer on top to fine-tune the rock colour a bit:

5 sel white

5 sel neutral  

And here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


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

Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

  • Show Comments

  • Lahi

    Which brush did you use ?

  • Adnan

    Can i try this on any earlier version of photoshop?

  • rpple

    only photoshop cs6,filter menu

  • Color adjustment is vary nice. Which brush did you use ?

  • Michelle

    Thank you, it’s great. I just purchased Flame Painter app and it seems it can make showy abstract-like texts too.

  • Andrei

    thank you very much for the tutorial, but i thought that tutorials are for beginners. yours do not contain the exact steps to follow (for example where do we find selective colors button etc.)

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