How to Make Text Like Icing in Photoshop

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How to Make Text Like Icing in Photoshop
Create frosty text like the one in this example to your own website in a few easy steps. (icy love image by Fata-Morgana from

For a fun way to cool down the text on your winter-themed web page, try applying an icing effect to one of your titles. Photoshop offers several ways to create text that appears frosty, including the one in this easy-to-follow tutorial. With icicles dripping from the letters, it's sure to add a breath of frozen air to your page.

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  1. 1

    Open a new document with a black background and a white foreground. Create a new text layer. Select "Layer," then "New," then "Layer." Select the font you would like to use and use the "Horizontal Type Tool" to create white text in the centre of the document. Make sure to leave space around the edges for the icing effect. A bold font will display the effect more prominently.

  2. 2

    With your text layer selected, add noise by selecting "Filter," then "Noise," then "Add Noise." Enter 150 per cent for the amount and choose a uniform distribution. Make sure the "Monochromatic" option is selected.

  3. 3

    Choose "Filter," then "Pixelate," then "Crystallize" and enter a cell size of three. Next, choose "Filter," then "Stylize," then "Find Edges" to sharpen the edges of the effect. Invert the colours by selecting "Image," then "Adjustments," then "Invert."

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    Rotate the text 90 degrees clockwise by selecting "Edit," then "Transform," then "Rotate 90 CW." Apply a Gaussian blur to the text layer by selecting "Filter," then "Blur," then "Gaussian Blur." Choose a radius of 0.8. Apply the "Wind Filter" to create icicles: Select "Filter," then "Stylize," then "Wind." Choose the option of having the wind coming from the right. Optionally, fade the effect by choosing "Edit," then "Fade Wind" and decreasing the opacity to your satisfaction.

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    Rotate your text back to its original position. Select "Edit," then "Transform," then "Rotate 90 CCW." Create another new layer: Choose "Layer," then "New," then "Layer." Choose a light blue hue from the colour swatch to create the illusion of contours in the ice on your text. Fill the top layer with the colour you selected and change the blending mode by selecting "Blending Mode," then "Overlay." Decrease the opacity of the overlay to your satisfaction.

  6. 6

    Select your text layer from the Layers tab. Right-click on the layer and choose "Blending Options." Check "Bevel & Emboss" and double-click on it to adjust the individual properties. Choose "Pillow Emboss" or "Inner Bevel." Adjust the size of the effect in pixels to your satisfaction.

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