Create Mysterious “Energy Flow” Rock Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to create this Mysterious “Energy Flow” rock text effect in Photoshop. We will use a rock texture, river flow stock image, and cloud brushes to achieve this effect. The rock texture will form the foundation of the text, whereas the river stock will be used to create the “Energy Flow” around the text. Have a try!

This is an intermediate level difficulty tutorial and require prior knowledge of basic Photoshop commands, as well as using layer masks in Photoshop to complete.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – 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)

mysterious-energy-rock-text-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Cloud Brushes (Pick a few from the list)

Rock Texture

Water Flow Stock Image

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 720px with black background. Use the cloud brushes you downloaded, paint some cloudy pattern over the background. You can choose whatever cloud brush you like, and here is my result after the cloud paint:

1 paint

Load the rock texture into Photoshop and select the tip of the rock as shown below:

1 sel

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, rotate and re-size the selection as shown below, and place it on the right side of the canvas:

1 paste rotate

Use a soft eraser to erase the edge of the rock, so it blends into the cloud background:

1 erase

Repeat the above process and add another piece of rock on the left side of the canvas:

1 paste 2

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will work on the text in this step. Use any font you like, type a letter onto our document:

2 type

Again we select a piece of rock texture from the tip with the Quick Selection Tool:

2 sel tip

Copy and paste the selection to our document and cover part of the letter as shown below:

2 paste1

Use the chalk brush as eraser, remove parts of the rock texture as shown below:

2 eraser

2 erase 1

Repeat the above process, add another two pieces of rock to the letter, again we use the chalk brush to remove parts of the texture:

2 erase 2

2 erase 3

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

Group all the rock layers for the letter together. Add the following adjustment layers to this group:

Black and white

3 bw

Levels

3 lvs

Curves

3 curves

here is the layer sequence:

3 layer

and here is the effect so far:

3 effect

Step 4

We will work on creating the mysterious energy flow in this step. Load the river stock image into Photoshop and select the following piece:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document. Use the free transform tool to warp it as shown below:

4 warp

Apply the following image adjustments to this layer:

Black and White

4 bw

Levels

4 lvs

Then apply the following unsharp mask filter 3 times:

4 unsharp

Then apply the follow color balance adjustments to this river layer:

4 col sha

4 col hig

4 col mid

Change the layer blend mode to “Color Dodge” for this river layer:

4 color dodge

You will have the following effect – you can use the free transform tool to adjust its shape as you see fit:

4 effect

Repeat the above process, and add more energy effect around the canvas:

4 more

Step 5

We will finalise our effect in this step by adding colour effect for our design. We can do so with the following adjustment layers on top:

Color Balance

5 col sha

5 col mid

5 col hig

Selective Color

5 sel whites

5 sel neu

5 sel black

Levels

5 lvs

Curves

5 curves

Vibrance

5 vib

This is my final result for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

mysterious-energy-rock-text-flatten

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. Till next time, have a great day!

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  • 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

  • noyon100

    Most essential Text effect, You can change your choice wise
    text style by few click most of people love this effect and which is supported
    by Photo shop.
    photoshop 3d text
    effects

  • Hubert Cumberdale

    I like it when the red water comes out

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