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Ice
Freeze your text with this neat effect.

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The order of these instructions was designed to be very flexible and allow you lots of control over the effect.

STEP 1

In a new photoshop file, create your text white on a black background. Flatten the layer.

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STEP 2

Create a new white layer, and use Filter>Render>Clouds on it. Perform Filter>Render>Difference Clouds about 5 times to bring out some details. (Note, render clouds and difference clouds behave differently at different resolutions. Higher resolutions give more detail.)

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STEP 3

Put the text layer above the clouds layer, setting its opacity to 50.

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STEP 4
Add a levels adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels.) Adjust the minimum and maximum input levels to encompass the area on the right. The result you end up with should be your text with the clouds filling. 8
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STEP 5
Add a curves adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Curves.) Adjust the shape of the curve so it resembles a bell or hill shape like pictured. The second and fourth control points are important. The resulting image wont look like much but a spotted outline. 10
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STEP 6

This step is recommended to help with future adjustment. We'll use a levels adjustment layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels) to add some frost blue color to our text.

Your going to adjust multiple channels, including the overall RGB channel.

Channel the RGB channel middle input level so its skewed left.

Move the Red channel minimum input level right.

Move the Blue channel maximum input level all the way left.

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STEP 7

And now the real fun starts. Select your text layer you created in step 1 a apply a Gaussian filter on it. I used a setting of 4, but it will depend on your image size. The real fun here is since we did the adjustment layers already, you can see what the effect will look like with different amounts of blur.

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STEP 8

One last thing to make the image a little more ice like is to effect the cloud layer. Select the cloud layer from step 2 and use the ripple filter, Filter>Distort>Ripple. I used about 500% ripple with the size set to large. I applied the ripple filter 10 times.

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You can now go back to the adjustment layers and continue to fine tune or adjust if you desire.

And there you have it, the final version.

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