Filter Forge Filters For Text Effects
Among many other uses (here is the list with my tutorials), Filter Forge can be used for text effects, don't you know? I did some text effects in the past and re-discovered them recently while creating category thumbs (3) for my site Photoshop Plus.
Which Filter Forge filters to use for text effectsIn essence, there is no limit which category of filters to use to produce cool text effects. Anyway, you should start with: Effects > Creative or Distortions. Most of the time you can get the right effect out of the box just by applying preset and other times you will need to adjust settings slightly.
There are also filters under Effects > Patterns which can produce cool effects when applied to text like: Chukify, Cross-stich and Puzzle Mosaic.
You can also use Effects > Misc > Plastered Wall, Metalizer and so on to create your effect, it really depends on your project needs.
Starting pointGood starting point for your exploration is to type your text against contrasty background. Note: you must merge layers before visiting Filter Forge to create an effect.
I will recommend you to merge layers on Smart Object layer what gives you ability to retype text, change font or background. After converting two or more layers to Smart Object layer go and duplicate it, then rasterize because you cannot run Filter Forge on a Smart Object layer.