How to Create a Realistic Rock Text Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will create a realistic rock text effect using two images of real rocks.

We’ll start by creating the background using the Lighting Effects Filter. Then we’ll make the text by applying Layer Masks, Layer Styles, and a few Adjustment Layers. 

To finalize the effect, I’ll show you a few techniques you can use to enhance the lighting in the image.

In this tutorial, we’ll focus on just one letter, but you can use this same technique on multiple letters to create a word.

Although we’ll use various techniques and several Adjustment Layers to create a realistic effect, it is a very simple tutorial suitable for users of all levels.

So give it a try!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.

Final Image


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I didn’t get past the filter step in the tutorial. Once I made the rock a smart object, the lighting effects filter grayed out.


Another great tutorial Jesús. How realistic the effect looks is quite amazing.

C Hernandez

Because I do not use ANY of the social networks, does this mean I cannot download the tutorials, or tutorial files, for subscribers only?


So I’m watching the eye tutorial and in the multi color eyes the second eye seems to have a bit of a drop for me. I’m not sure how to fill with white or black. I got to that point following along and all was good and then smack. I think it is a great tutorial. I’m trying to improve my PS knowledge so maybe I’m not to this point yet. Would like to know what the steps were after you realized that you needed to delete the other eye and fill with white no black. That’s where you lost me.


I didn’t get past the filter step in the tutorial. Once I made the rock a smart object, the lighting effects filter blacked out. i am using the latest version of PS


I’m still in the beginner stage. I find you tutorials very helpful. There are so many things to remember in PS. but that will come with practice. Keep up the good work.


Just an idea to improve your tutorials. Attach a step by step description of “how to do it. Short not over page would greatly help in following your tutorials.


hey 🙂 awesome tutorial, i love it!! I also commented this on the youtube video, but thought I would also post here because it’s urgent:p One question – if I want to add another word at the end of all the steps, how do i? I went into the original text and added another word, but it doesn’t show. And it took me a while to create the text, so is there a way to add the new word without having to start from the beginning again?