How to Create Icy Text Effect from Lich King Computer Game (Part 1)

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This two part tutorial will show you how you can make the ice wall background from Lich King computer game. In this Part 1 (of two) you will create ice wall background.

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Step 1

Create a new document with size of 1200 x 800 pixels with default settings (RGB, 72 dpi, white background). This will be the layer where we will be working to create our ice wall background.

Press (D) to set up foreground and background colors black and white. After this apply Filter > Render > Fibers (you can click on Randomize to change to a different render):

Step 2

Use Image > Adjustments > Levels to edit brightness and contrast levels.

Step 3

Create a new layer and fill it with white color. Then apply Filter > Noise > Add Noise with similar settings to these:

Step 4

After this apply Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize:

Step 5

Finally use Filter > Stylize > Find Edges:

Step 6

Press Ctrl+I to invert colors.

Step 7

Now rotate this layer with Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW:

Step 8

Blur this layer a little bit with Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur:

Step 9

After that add wind with Filter > Stylize > Wind:

Step 10

Rotate this layer back by using Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CCW and apply Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast with next presets:

Step 11

Now change layer mode to Lighten for this layer.

Step 12

Usually ice has a little blue color. So let’s add some color. Create a new layer and fill it with color #67a7ff, then change layer mode to Overlay.With this step we are done with background.

Part 2

Part 2 of this tutorial has been published.

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21 Responses

  1. Rick Adams says:

    I enjoyed the Lich King icy tutorial and was very disapointed about part 2 not published Just got cs5 and need to learn for job on web graphics asap.

  2. vaibhav says:

    where will the 2nd part be published??????

  3. sewa mobil says:

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

  4. mehul patel says:

    It’s good For Photoshop Learner.

  5. alex grecov says:

    this is great, but i am waiting fo part two.thx a lot!

  6. Luis says:

    2nd part will be published tomorrow.

  7. mary says:

    It is very nice and simple. I wait for part 2.

  8. Elie says:

    after finishing step 3, i stuck at step 4. I went to Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize, but i wasnt able to press on it. i dont know where i went wrong. I need help

  9. omar says:

    Step 11
    Now change layer mode to Lighten for this layer.
    i can`t make it

  10. Yohannes says:

    this where the best tutorial i been needing

  11. Fred says:

    This is great and interesting thx much

  12. Vinod, says:

    Vinod,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    vinodsathyan29@gmail.com
    I did not understand step 11 And 12

  13. vedat says:

    It is very nice and simple. I wait for part 2.

  14. Ryan says:

    Yeah, definitely just looks like icy text – the whole “Lich King” part is irrelevant. If Wrath of the Lich King text was designed like this, I would have been sorely disappointed lol

  15. subhamay says:

    Thank you. very nice tutorial.thank you again.

  16. SIVA says:

    i like very much & i

  17. ehsan says:

    nice i searched a lot for it thank you

  18. nu says:

    i did not understand step 10,pls help me

  19. anoop says:

    “Now change layer mode to Lighten for this layer”
    How did do this? please explaine

  20. It’s very nice reading this blog. Thanks so much..

  21. Riana Rosalia says:

    it’s very inspiration reading this blog,i wait part two….
    thanks.