Create Chilling Ice Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this chilling ice text effect in Photoshop. We will learn several useful method of applying texture onto your texts, as well as various effect creation such as cloud, particles and lighting adjustments.

This is an 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:

Wall Texture


Ice Texture 1

Ice Texture 2

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1200px * 700px with black background. Load the wall texture into Photoshop, select a portion and paste it onto our document:

1 paste

Use a soft eraser to remove the following parts of the wall texture:

1 erase

Apply the following 2 image adjustment layers on top of the wall texture layer:

Black and White

1 bw


1 lvs

and here is the effect so far – as you can see, only the centre portion is visible after we apply the adjustment layers:

1 effect

We will use this as a base for our text.

Step 2

We will work on our texts and start applying the ice texture in this step. Use the font you downloaded, type some letters onto the canvas:

2 text

Load the “ice texture 1” image into Photoshop, select the text layer and move the selection over to this texture and copy the selection:

2 move selection

Paste the texture back onto the texts and cover them as shown below:

2 paste

Apply the following 2 adjustment layers as clipping masks to this ice texture layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs

Repeat the above step and grab another piece of the ice texture:

2 sel

Paste it onto our document and set it as a clipping mask to the “Levels” adjustment layer you added just now:

2 paste 2

Change the blending mode of this second ice texture layer to “Hard Light”, and apply the following image adjustments:

Black and White

2 bw 2


2 lvs 2

and here is the effect you will have so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We will add some extra ice blocks onto our image in this step. Load the “ice texture 2” image into Photoshop and select one triangle piece:

3 sel

Copy and paste it behind our text layer, reduce its size as shown below:

3 paste

Repeat the above step and add a few more ice blocks onto our document:

3 effect

Step 4

We will add some extra effect onto our image with the “ice texture 2”. Grab a piece from this stock image and copy it over to our document, resize it as shown below:

4 compress

Apply the following adjustments to this compressed image:

Black and White

4 bw


4 lvs

Change the layer blending mode of this layer to “Screen”:

4 screen

and you will have the following effect:

4 effect

Use a soft eraser to fade the edges of this layer:

4 erase

and you will have the following effect:

4 attach

Step 5

We will add some flying ice blocks to the image. Again we grab a piece from the “ice texture 2” image:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, resize it to a smaller scale:

5 broken ice

Use the blur tool to blur it a bit to add some dynamics to the image:

5 blur

Repeat the above step and add a few more pieces in, make sure you vary the size and angle of each ice layer:

5 attach

Step 6

We’re almost done! For some final adjustments, I put a curves adjustment layers on top to add some colours:

6 blue

6 red

6 green

6 curves

I also added some cloud into the image with a cloud brush, and here is my final effect: (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!


  • 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

  • Muhammad Syahruddin

    the button is not given out

  • Anh Vũ Tuấn


  • slicingtaco

    What exactly am i deleting/erasing in the wall texture????? More details please. “Use a soft eraser to remove the following parts of the wall texture”

  • slicingtaco

    What parts do i delete or erase in the first step? Please use more detail…

    Is it the black or the color areas?

  • Deathstalkert

    the directions in step 1 dont make any sense

  • Ir Bfh

    this guys jump a lot of things they do… and put here is the final result..

  • Janikoo

    The end image was totally different from tutorial, bad! :(

  • Null

    You guys should SERIOUSLY stop skipping on us in allot of the steps. Also be clear on the directions.

  • James Qu

    @Null: Have a look at our youtube channel:, there are several video tutorials there providing extra explanations for the steps. For instance, this video tut: shows the coloring details and this technique can be used across the board.

  • David

    Shame. :( I was really looking forward to following along with this tutorial, but you jump around way too much and weren’t clear in a lot of the directions.

  • Thanks for the tutorial! But it’s not working.

  • debby surya

    thanks so much, i can do that.

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