Create Amazing Lightning Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn the process of creating this great looking Lightning Text Effect in Photoshop. We will use a simple rust stock image and use it to texture our text, and add lighting/electrified effect around the text. Have a try!

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This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and some steps can be tricky.


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:


Rust Texture

Lightning Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1400px * 700px with black background. Use this smoke brushset to paint some cloud over the background, as shown below:

We will make the background that we will place our text on. Load the rush texture image into Photoshop, select the following portion with the rectangular marquee tool:

Copy and paste the selection to our document, compress and set perspective to it using the Free Transform Tool:

Erase the edge with a soft eraser:

Then, apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this new layer:

Black & White



and this is the effect so far:

Step 2

We will continue the making of our background in this step. Once again we paste the rust texture onto our document, place it at the following position:

Use a soft eraser to remove the edges of this texture:

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping masks to this layer:

Black & White


and here is the effect so far:

Step 3

We will work on the rust text effect in this step. Use the font we downloaded, type some texts over our document:

Add a layer mask to this text layer, use this chalk brush as eraser, rough-up the edge of the text as shown below:

Go to the rust texture image, use Lasso tool to select a portion of the texture as shown below:

Make sure you select the portion that has a variety of texture pattern:

Copy and paste the selection to our document, cover the text. Then set them as clipping mask to the text layer. You will have the following effect:

We will continue adding more rust texture to our texts. Use lasso tool to select a bigger portion of the texture as shown below:

Copy and paste the big texture to our document, covering the text:

Use a soft eraser to remove the unnecessary bits:

Then break apart the this texture with a particle/grunge eraser:

Change of the layer blend mode of this bigger rush texture layer to “Hard Light”:

Duplicate this big rust texture layer once, and change the layer blend mode of the duplicated layer to “Color Burn”:

and this is the effect you will have:

Step 4

Use the lightning brush we downloaded, paint some lightning/electrified effect around text. Make sure you adjust the size of the brush to fit the text:

Also we can add some lightning on the ground:

This ground lightning effect is achieved by using the free transform tool: (scale, distort option)

Paint some extra lightning effect around the canvas:

and this is the effect so far:

Step 5

If you’re happy with the result so far, you can conclude the tutorial in step 4.

This step 5 is optional – I decided to apply some colours to our texts with a couple of image adjustment layers:

Selective Colour


This 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 for this tutorial, please let me a comment below and I will try my best to answer it.

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.