Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

Quicksilver Text

We are going to create a quicksilver text like this:

Step 1

Open a new RGB documentand type your text black on white.

Hold down CTRL and click the layer's label to select the text's shape and save it as channel. (Select --> Save Selection..)

This is what the channel view should look like now, I called the channel quicksilver.

Step 2

Go to Filter --> Distort --> Ocean Ripple

Set it to something like this:

Step 3

Apply Filter --> Blur --> Gaussian Blur with a radius of 1.


Step 4

Go to Image --> Adjustments --> Brightness/Contrast

Apply these settings:

The channel will look like this now:

Step 5

Go back to layers.

Create a new layer and fill it with white.

Apply Filter --> Render --> Lighting Effects:

Use the Quicksilver Channel as the Texture Channel!

Step 6

Load the selection of the alpha channel you created and inverse it (Select --> Inverse) and hit delete to delete the surrounding pixels.

Hit CTRL-M to open the curves dialogue and create this curve:

Step 7

Use CTRL-U and choose a quicksilver-like color.

Now apply these Bevel and Emboss and Contour Styles to your text:

Delete your original text layer!!!

This is what the quicksilver will look like now:

Now if you want to hit CTRL-T and warp the text a bit.

You also might want to apply another round of Filter --> Render --> Lighting to the quicksilver text so it looks something like this or slightly different:

That's it, your quicksilver text is finished.