In this simple tutorial you will learn how to create a snow covered text effect in Photoshop using Pen Tool. Everything will be vectorized, but be aware when creating the snow with the Pen Tool to have the proper size and shape.
Open Photoshop, go to File - New (CTRL + N) and use the settings below:
First we need to fill the background with black. To do that, right click on the Background Layer and select "Layer from Background" and accept the change.
With the Paint Bucket Tool (G) , select a black color, and make the background black. Now select the Text Tool (T) and write a text with uppercase letters. We will write "Snow Covered Text" with a light red color (#ed3b3b). Check the results below:
Click on the Pen Tool (P) and make sure to have it selected on Shape Layers, using white color. To make your work easier zoom the scene to 500% using CTRL and + (plus) or - (minus) to decrease the zoom. By holding SPACE you can navigate in your scene.
Tip: You can edit vector points using the Convert Point Tool (long click on Pen Tool and select from list).
To create the path of the snow shape, click once on the scene to create the first point. If you place the second point and you don't release your mouse button, you can bend the line. Check the animated image below to see an example:
Repeat the same steps on every letter. To make it more awesome you can place snow not only above the text, but imagine how snow is spreading on objects. Check below the final results and PSD download of the snow covered text.