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Simple Break-Apart Rock Text Effect Creation in Photoshop

In this tutorial, we will be creating a simple break-apart rock text effect in Photoshop. We will use a number of basic selection techniques and texture manipulation techniques to achieve this effect.

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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:

Rock 1

Rock 2

Crack Brush


Debris Brush or Splatter Brush

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px*800px with black background. Load the Rock 1 stock image into Photoshop, make a rectangular selection as shown below:

1 sel

Copy and paste your selection to the canvas:

1 paste

Apply the following image adjustments to this rock texture layer:

Black and White

1 bw


1 lvs


1 curves

Use a soft eraser, fade the centre portion of the rock texture as shown below:

1 erase

Step 2

Use any font you like, type some letters onto the canvas. We will them as a guide when we add the rock texture over them.

2 type

Load the Rock 2 image into Photoshop. Pay attention to the various rock shapes within this image:

2 shape

Use the Quick Selection Tool to select a few pieces of rocks:

2 quick

Use your selection of rocks to form the letter, use the Free Transform to adjust the rock shape when required:

2 warp

Here is my letter “R”:

2 R

I used the following piece for the letter “O”:

2 sel o

Remove the centre portion with a soft eraser:

2 o erase

Continue and finalise the rest of the letters as shown below:

2 effect

Step 3

Use the Crack Brush you downloaded as eraser:

3 crack

Merge all the rock texture layers into 1 layer, then apply the crack eraser for some break apart effect:

3 c

Apply the following image adjustment layers as clipping mask to this merged text layer:

Black and White

3 bw


3 lvs

Apply the following layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:

3 lvs mask

Step 4

We will add some extra textures for our text. Use the Polygonal Lasso Tool:

4 poly

Select the following piece from the Rock 1 stock:

4 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document , place it over the letter as shown below:

4 paste

Change the layer blending mode to “Hard Light”:

4 hard light

And here is the effect so far:

4 hard effect

Repeat the above process and apply more textures for the rest of the letters:

4 more

Step 5

We will apply some snow texture onto our texts. Use this brush (should come with Photoshop by default):

5 brush

Load the snow stock image into Photoshop and create a new layer on top of, paint the following pattern on the new layer and select it:

5 selc

Go back to the snow layer, copy and paste a piece of snow onto our texts, place it to the following position. Adjust its shape with the Free Transform tool:

5 warp

Repeat the above process and add more snow textures to our texts:

5 more

Step 6

We will add some particles around the text in this step. Use the debris brush you download and the same method described in Step 5, grab some rock particles from the Rock 1 stock image:

6 particle

Place the rock particles around the texts:

6 par paint

Use the same method, place some snow particles using the Snow stock image around the canvas as shown below:

6 snow

Step 7

We will work on some final touches in this step. Flatten the layers and duplicate the background layer, apply the following Accented Edges filter to the duplicated layer:

7 acc

Add the following layer mask to this duplicated layer, this will reveal the background layer below:

7 mask

Add the following adjustment layers on top:

Selective Color

7 sel white

7 neu

7 black

Layer mask on the selective color adjustment layer:

7 lvs mask


7 vib

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


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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