Create Electrified Metal Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps to Create Electrified Metal Text Effect in Photoshop. We will cover a number of selection techniques, as well as how we can use the right texture to form unique text effect.

This is an intermediate level tutorial so some steps can be tricky, but why not 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:

Metal Texture

Lightning Texture

Step 1

Create a new document size 1280px * 720px with black background. Load the Metal Texture into Photoshop and select a portion of it, copy and paste the selection over to our document, resize it to fit our canvas size:

1 paste

Use the eraser tool to remove part of the image as shown below, we will later on fill these with our text:

1 erase

Add the following adjustment layers on top of this background texture layer:

Black and White (set this layer’s opacity to 80%)

1 bw


1 lv

and you will have the following effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will now add the text onto the background texture. Let’s go back to the metal texture, use the quick selection tool to select a shape as shown below:

2 sele

You can use the Refine Edge tool (Press Ctrl + Alt + R while selection is active) to adjust the selection if necessary:

2 refine

Copy and paste the selection into our document, place it inside an erased portion of the background texture:

2 paste

Repeat this process, copy and paste a few parts of the metal image onto our document, and to form the following letters:

2 effect

Once you’re happy with the placement, merge all the text layers into one. Add a layer mask onto this merged layer, and use a soft eraser to fade the bottom part of the letters on the mask. This will add a bit of depth for the text:

2 erase bottom

Step 3

We will add a few adjustment layers as clipping masks to this text layer:

Black and White (set this layer opacity to 75%)

3 bw


3 lvs


3 curves

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We can now add the lighting texture over our text. Let’s select the merged text layer, and apply the following Refine Edge settings – this will add Feather to the selection:

4 refine

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool, then drag and move the selection to the lightning texture:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our image, and cover the metal:

4 paste

Use a soft eraser to remove the following red parts of the lightning texture to add some variety and depth to the image:

4 mask

Duplicate this lightning texture layer and set the duplicated layer’s blending mode to “Color Dodge”:

4 color d

By setting it to color dodge, this will add some shining effect to the lightning:

4 brighter

Repeat the above process, add more lightning texture to the letters as shown below:

4 effect

Step 5

We’re almost done :) To spice up the effect, I add some light effect as shown below – you can have a look at this tutorial for the creation of this effect:

5 light

We can also apply the following Reduce Noise filter to sharpen the lightning effect as shown below, after we flatten the image:

5 redu

As you can see, the lightning looks more crisp after the filter application:

5 after redu

I added some colours with a number of adjustment layers (color balance and selective color) – I will leave this for you to experiment:

and this is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


Hope you enjoy this tutorial 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.

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