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How to Create a Winter Text Effect in Illustrator

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What You'll Be Creating

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to create a winter text effect in Adobe Illustrator. We'll start with the 3D ice text effect, and then we'll create a snow style effect.

If you don't have the time to learn how to create an ice text effect or snow style effects, you can always try Envato Elements, where you can find plenty of resources to create 3D ice, cool freeze effects, snow effect styles, and different types of winter text effects. This vector winter text effect is just one of the many examples.

Get this cool winter text effect for illustrator from Envato Elements.Get this cool winter text effect for illustrator from Envato Elements.Get this cool winter text effect for illustrator from Envato Elements.
Get this cool winter text effect for illustrator from Envato Elements.

Do you want to learn how to create winter and ice text effects in Illustrator by watching a video? Then we've got this cool video tutorial from the Envato Tuts+ YouTube channel waiting for you:

What You'll Learn in This Winter Text Tutorial

  • How to create a 3D ice text effect
  • How to create a snow text effect
  • How to create snow style effects

What You Will Need

You will need the following resources in order to complete this winter text effect:

1. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Start by pressing Control-N to create a new document. Select Pixels from the drop-down menu, set the Width to 850 and the Height to 400, and then click that More Settings button.

Select RGB for the Color Mode, set the Raster Effects to High (300 ppi), and then click the Create button to create your document.

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Step 2

Pick the Rectangle Tool (M) and focus on your toolbar. Remove the color from the stroke, and then select the fill and set its color to R=37 G=154 B=223. Click on your artboard to open the Rectangle window, and simply create an 870 x 620 px shape.

Keep this shape selected, switch to the Selection Tool (V), and focus on the control panel to easily center your selection. Make sure that the Alignment is set to Artboard, and then just click the Horizontal Align Center and Vertical Align Center buttons.

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Step 3

Keep your rectangle selected, move to the Appearance panel (Window > Appearance), and click the Add New Fill button to add a second fill.

Select it and then click the Radial Gradient button from the Gradient panel (Window > Gradient). This will apply a radial gradient to your selected fill. Focus on the gradient sliders and start by selecting the left one. Lower its Opacity to 0% and then double-click it to replace the existing color with R=37 G=154 B=223. Move to the other gradient slider, double click it, and set the color to R=2 G=98 B=185.

Once you're done, select the Gradient Tool (G) from your toolbar and use it to stretch your radial gradient roughly as shown in the following image.

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Step 4

Make sure that your rectangle is still selected, keep focusing on the Appearance panel, and add a third fill using that same Add New Fill button.

Select the fill and set the color to black (R=0 G=0 B=0). Lower its Opacity to 30%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Artistic > Film Grain. Move those sliders to 20, 0, and 10, and then click OK to apply the effect. Now that your background is set up, let's start the work on the ice text effect.

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2. How to Create the Ice Text Effect

Step 1

Pick the Type Tool (T) and open the Character panel (Window > Type > Character).

Select the Headline Knicknack font, set the size to 180 px and the color to white, and then simply click on your artboard to type in "WINTER".

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Step 2

Make sure that your text remains selected as you move on. Focus on the Swatches panel (Window > Swatches) and click the [None] swatch to get rid of the existing text color.

Move to the Appearance panel and use that Add New Fill button again to add a fill for your text. Select it, move to the Gradient panel, and click that Linear Gradient button to apply a linear gradient to your selected fill. Set the Angle to 90 degrees and focus on the gradient sliders.

First of all, double-click the left slider and set the color to R=119 G=212 B=252, and then double-click the right one and replace the color with R=229 G=240 B=241.

Click on the gradient bar twice to add two more gradient sliders. Select the first one, and set the Location to 30% and the color to R=163 G=239 B=252. Then select the second one, and set the Location to 60% and the color to R=205 G=242 B=251.

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Step 3

Make sure that the fill is still selected and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the settings shown in the following image and click OK to apply the effect.

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Step 4

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, add a second fill to your text, and drag it below the existing one.

Select this new fill, apply the linear gradient shown in the following image, and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Set both Scale sliders to 99.6%, drag the Move-Vertical slider to 0.5 px, increase the number of Copies to 30, click OK, and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the settings shown below and click OK.

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Step 5

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, add a third fill to your text, and drag it above the existing ones.

Select this new fill and apply the linear gradient shown in the following image. Lower its Opacity to 60% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the same settings, click OK, and go to Effect > Distort > Glass. Enter the attributes shown below and click OK.

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Step 6

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, add a fourth fill to your text, and drag it above the existing ones.

Select this new fill and set the color to R=8 G=59 B=148, lower its Opacity to 50%, and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort > Glass. Enter the settings shown below and click OK.

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Step 7

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, add a fifth fill to your text, and drag it above the bottom one.

Select this new fill, change its Blending Mode to Overlay, and apply the linear gradient shown below, and then go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Just move both Scale sliders to 99.5% and drag the Move-Vertical slider to 1 px, and then click OK to apply the effect.

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Step 8

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, add a new fill to your text, and drag it to the bottom of the panel.

Select it and set the color to R=2 G=98 B=185, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to -5 px, click OK, and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the settings shown below, click OK, and go to Effect > Stylize > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 30 px and click OK.

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Step 9

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, make sure that the bottom fill is still selected, and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button.

Select the new fill to lower its Opacity to 5%, and then select the existing Gaussian Blur effect and remove it using the Delete Selected Item button. This will be your 3D ice effect.

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3. How to Create the Snow Text Effect

Step 1

Make sure that your text is still selected, press Control-C to copy it, and then press Control-F to add a copy in front.

Keep this copy selected and focus on the Appearance panel. Select all the existing fills and remove them using that same Delete Selected Item button, and then add a new fill and set its color to white (R=255 G=255 B=255).

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Step 2

Make sure that this new piece of text stays selected as you move on. Focus on the Appearance panel to select that white fill and go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to 40 px and click OK.

Now press Control-[ to move this white text below the icy one. Alternatively, you can go to the Layers panel (Window > Layers), open your layer, and drag your white text below the other one.

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Step 3

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, make sure that the white fill is still selected, and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the settings shown below, click OK, and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Set the attributes as shown in the following image, and click OK to apply the effect.

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Step 4

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel and add a second fill to your white text.

Select this new fill, lower its Opacity to 40% and apply the linear gradient shown below, and then go to Effect > Path > Offset Path. Set the Offset to 15 px, click OK, and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Transform. Enter the settings shown below, click OK, and go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 20 px and click OK.

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Step 5

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, make sure that the top fill is still selected, and duplicate it using the Duplicate Selected Item button.

Select the new fill, lower its Opacity to 10%, and don't forget to remove the existing Gaussian Blur effect.

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Step 6

Keep focusing on the Appearance panel, reselect that white fill, and go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. Enter the settings shown below in the left window, click OK, and again go to Effect > Stylize > Drop Shadow. This time, enter the attributes from the right window and click OK.

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4. How to Create the Icicles

Step 1

Reselect the Rectangle Tool (M) and use it to create a 10 x 120 px shape. Fill it with white and switch to the Direct Selection Tool (A). Use it to select the bottom anchor points and go to Object > Path > Average. Check the Both box and click OK to easily convert your rectangle into a triangle.

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Step 2

Make sure that your triangle stays selected as you move on. Replace the white with the linear gradient shown below, and go to Effect > Stylize > Inner Glow. Enter the settings shown below and click OK.

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Step 3

Add a second fill to your triangle and select it. Apply the linear gradient shown below, lower its Opacity to 60% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Distort > Glass. Enter the settings shown below and click OK to apply the effect.

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Step 4

Add a third fill to your triangle and select it. Set the color to R=8 G=59 B=148, lower its Opacity to 50% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then apply a Glass effect with the settings shown below.

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Step 5

Keep your triangle selected, click that Path section from the top of the Appearance panel to select the entire path, and go to Effect > Distort & Transform > Roughen. Set the settings as shown in the following image and click OK.

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Step 6

Now you need to create several copies of your triangle (Control-C > Control-F), shrink some of the copies (4x48 px or 8x96 px), and spread them across your text roughly as shown in the following image.

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5. How to Add a Snow Style Effect

Step 1

Pick the Ellipse Tool (L) from your toolbar and use it to create a 20 px circle. Fill it with black, open the Brushes panel (Window > Brushes), and click the New Brush button.

Check the Scatter Brush box and click OK to open the Scatter Brush Options window. Set the Size, Spacing, and Scatter to Random, move those sliders as shown below, remember to set the Colorization Method to Tints, and then click OK to save your scatter brush. Once it's saved, you will find it inside the Brushes panel.

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Step 2

Select the Brush Tool (B) and your scatter brush from the Brushes panel, and draw a wavy path roughly as shown in the following image.

Move to the Appearance panel, set the color of your stroke to white, lower the Opacity to 20% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then go to Effect > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 5 px and click OK.

Move to the Layers panel and drag this path to the bottom of the panel, right above the rectangle which serves as the background.

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Step 3

Draw a second path as shown below. Again, set the stroke color to white, lower the Opacity to 60% and change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then apply a 5 px Gaussian Blur effect.

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Step 4

Draw one more path as shown in the following image. Set the stroke color to white, lower the Opacity to 60%, change the Blending Mode to Soft Light, and apply a 3 px Gaussian Blur effect, but this time lower the Stroke weight to 0.5 pt.

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6. How to Add Extra Shading and Some Branches

Step 1

Focus on the Layers panel to select the bottom rectangle. Press Control-C to copy it, and then Shift-Control-V to add a copy on top.

Keep this new shape selected, press the D hotkey to easily replace the existing Appearance settings with the default ones (white fill and black stroke), remove the stroke color, select the fill and change its Blending Mode to Soft Light, and then apply the radial gradient shown below. Use the Gradient Tool (G) to stretch the gradient as shown below, and don't forget to select the left gradient slider and lower its Opacity to 0%.

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Step 2

For the final touches, you can copy some fir branches from this Illustration and add them to your design. Scale and rotate these branches until you end up with something similar to this.

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Congratulations! You're Done!

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial and can apply these techniques in your future projects.

Feel free to adjust the final ice text effect and make it your own. You can find some great sources of inspiration at Envato Elements, with interesting solutions to give your design a cool or freezing feel.

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5 Popular Assets to Recreate Snow Effect Styles From Envato Elements

Envato Elements is an excellent resource for winter-themed resources and snow effect styles. Here's a short list of some of the most popular assets that you can find.

1. Snow Font (SVG)

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Looking for a way to create snow text in Photoshop? Check out this SVG font and create a snow font effect in Photoshop in a matter of seconds.

2. Cool Winter Text Effect Style (EPS)

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Make it fun and playful with this vector winter text effect. Just double-click the text and edit it as you need.

3. Snow & Ice Photoshop Text Action (ATN, ABR, PAT, PDF, PSD)

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Using this amazing action, you can create mesmerizing ice or snow text in Photoshop. Just add your text and hit play.

4. Photoshop Ice Text (PSD, ASL)

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Don't want to mess with ice text Photoshop actions? Well, you can always use smart objects to create vibrant ice text in Photoshop.

5. Southea: Snow Font (OTF, TTF, WOFF)

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Want to keep it simple? You can easily create a classic snow font effect in Photoshop using this trendy snow font.

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