Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

Wax Text

Step 1

Create a blank document, size depends on the size of your text, I made it 300*300px.

Black background. White foreground.

Type your text.

Step 2

Use Filter --> Distort --> Polar Coordinates..

Select Rectangular to Polar.


Step 3

Turn the cancas by 90 clockwise (Image --> Rotate Canvas --> 90 CW)

Step 4

Now use the Wind Effect.

Filter --> Stylize --> Wind..

Use it once from the right and once from the left .

Your image will look something like this now:


Step 5

You're going to use Polar Coordinates again.

Use Polar to Rectangular this time.

Step 6

Turn the cancas by 90 UNclockwise (Image --> Rotate Canvas --> 90 UCW):

Step 7

Select your text layer (CTRL-D).

Create a new channel in the channels tab.

Fill the selected area with white and use Gaussian Blur (Filter --> Blur --> Gaussian Blur) with a radius of about 4 pixels.

Step 8

Return to the text layer and hit CTRL-D.

Go to Filter --> Render --> Lighting Effects..

Choose Alpha 1 as your Texture Channel and adjust the settings like seen below.

It will look something like this now:

Step 9

Pick a color (CTRL-U).

There's your wax text.