Published on December 14, 2022
Create a frozen text with icicles
In this blog I’ll show you a super fast and simple method to create a frozen text effect with icicles in Adobe Photoshop.
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Step 1: Create file and text
Create a new file. It doesn’t matter what size your file is. If you want to add the text to another photo or image, open that file instead of creating a new one.
Select the horizontal type tool. Pick a font and make the text white. Type your text. After you did that, click on the ✓ icon.
Press CTRL+T to activate free transform. Right click on the text and select ‘rotate 90° clockwise‘.
Your text is now rotated. If the text is too small, you can make it a little bigger. Then click on the ✓ icon again.
Step 2: Frozen text effect
Right click on the text layer and select ‘rasterize type‘. Make sure the text layer is selected, then navigate to ‘Filter > Stylize > Wind‘.
Direction: From the right
Click OK. The effect is very subtle now. To enhance the effect, navigate to ‘Filter > Wind‘ (the top option).
You will see that the icicles get longer after doing this.
To make the effect even more prominent, repeat this (Filter > Wind). If you don’t like it, simply press CTRL+Z to undo this and go one step back.
When you’re happy with the effect, press CTRL+T again. Right click on the text, this time select ‘rotate 90° counter clockwise‘ to rotate it back. You can now resize the text and pick the correct position.
And that’s how you create this frozen text effect in Adobe Photoshop!
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