Create Volcanic Lava Flow 3D Text Effect in Photoshop

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In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I used to Create Volcanic Lava Flow 3D Text Effect in Photoshop. We will be using a couple of lava stock images, plus some custom brush painting and filter effect.

This is an intermediate level tutorial and prior knowledge of Photoshop layers, image adjustments, masks are required.

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 or above.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)

lava-text-flatten

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OK Let’s get started!

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

Lava Stock 1

Lava Stock 2

3D Text Render

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 740px with black background. Load the Lava Stock 1 image into Photoshop and select the centre portion:

1-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place it at the bottom and slightly rotate it clockwise:

1-paste

Use the “Perspective” option in free transform tool to stretch the bottom of the image to give it some perspective:

1-pers

Use a soft eraser to fade the following parts of the layer:

1-erase

Apply the following image adjustments to this layer:

Black & White

1-bw

Layer mask on the above black and white adjustment layer to reveal the lava portion:

1-bw-mask

Levels

1-lvs

and here is the effect so far:

1-effect

Use a smoke/cloud brush or the cloud filter, add some smoke effect around the ground:

1-cloud

Step 2

Load the 3D text render into Photoshop and place it above the ground:

2-render

Remove the shadow of the letter using a soft eraser.

Use a crack brush as eraser, add some cracks to the letter. Also apply some soft eraser effect around the letter – this creates depths when we apply the texture later:

2-erase

Make a selection of the letter:

2-sel

Move the selection to the Lava Stock 1 image, select the following portion:

2-selection

Copy and paste the selection to cover the letter, change its layer blend mode to “Multiply”:

2-mul

Duplicate this layer once and change the layer blend mode to “Soft Light”:

2-soft-light

and here is the effect so far:

2-effect

 

Step 3

Load the “lava stock 2” image into Photoshop and select the following portion of the lava flow:

3-sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document, remove the rock parts off the lava with a soft eraser, then attach it to the text as shown below:

3-paste-erase

Duplicate this lava flow layer a few more times, attach them to the text as shown below. Vary their sizes and angle as you see fit:

3-more

Use a particle brush to add some small flying particles around the text

3-part

Step 4

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can flatten the image and duplicate the background layer, apply the following “Accented Edges” setting to the duplicated layer:

4-acc

Add the following layer mask to this filtered layer:

4-acc-mask

This filter gives the texts a more rusted, dark look:

4-effect

I further added some warm colours to the texts, and this is my final result:

lava-text-flatten

Please feel free to experiment your own colour scheme, and see what results they bring you.

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful! If you have any questions about the steps, please contact me or leave a comment below. I will try my best to answer them.

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.

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