Create a realistic print effect in Photoshop

In this lesson you will learn how to create an interesting effect of realistic printing in Photoshop in a few simple steps.

This effect can be found in my action Rubber Stamp Generator, which is available on the website GraphicRiver.

1. Create a grunge background

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 850 x 550 pixels (Ctrl + N). You can take a different size, but then you will have to proportionally adjust all the sizes that we will use in the lesson.

Paste on a new layer of paper texture.

Step 2

Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map), click on the gradient bar to open the editor, and set the colors to # 7a6849 and # fffbf7.

2. Create a stamp base.

Step 1

Activate the tool Ellipse Tool (U) (Oval) and draw a circle. During operation, hold down the Shift key to maintain the proportions. Name the layer with the shape “Circle 1”.

Step 2

Three times duplicate (Ctrl + J) layer “Circle 1”. Each copy is called “Circle 2”, “Circle 3” and “Circle 4”.

Decrease Fill (Fill) layer “Circle 1” to 0%. Then double click on this layer to open the window Layer Style (Layer style), and apply Stroke (Stroke). Set the stroke width to 6 pixels and the color to # 000000.

Step 3

Select the “Circle 2” layer and press the Ctrl + T combination to activate the free transform. On the top panel, press the button with chain links to keep the proportions, and set the scale to 95%.

For this layer also reduce Fill (Fill) to 0% and apply a layer style Stroke (Stroke). Stroke width – 4 pixels, color – # 000000.

Step 4

Select the “Circle 3” layer and press the Ctrl + T combination to activate the free transform. On the top panel, press the button with chain links to keep the proportions, and set the scale to 75%.

For this layer we reduce Fill (Fill) to 0% and apply a layer style Stroke (Stroke). Stroke width – 6 pixels, color – # 000000.

Step 5

Select the “Circle 4” layer and press the Ctrl + T combination to activate the free transform. On the top panel, press the button with chain links to keep the proportions, and set the scale to 70%.

For this layer also reduce Fill (Fill) to 0% and apply a layer style Stroke (Stroke). Stroke width – 4 pixels, color – # 000000.

Step 6

Next, load the round shapes and install them in Photoshop. To do this, go Edit – Preset Manager (Editing – Set Management), in the dropdown list Preset Type (Type of set) choose Custom Shapes (Freehand shapes). Then press the button Load (Download) and in the appeared window we find the downloaded CSH file.

Set the color to # 000000. Activate Custom Shape Tool (U) (Arbitrary figure), on the top panel in the settings tool set Defined Proportions (Keep proportions). Select any circle and draw it along the outer contour of the stamp. In this lesson, figure 17 is used.

3. Add text

Click on the thumbnail of the “Circle 3” layer mask. Then take Horizontal Type Tool (T) (Text), move the cursor to the contour of the circle until the symbol | with a wavy line nearby. Click on the contour and print the text.

The lesson uses the Intro font and the color – # 000000. But you, as usual, can pick up your fonts and settings.

4. Turn photos into print

Step 1

We transfer to the working document a photo of the model.

Step 2

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the mask of the “Circle 4” layer to load its selection.

Go to the bottom of the layers panel and press the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) to apply the mask to the model layer.

Step 3

Next, we check that the foreground color is set to black (# 000000), and the rear color to white (#ffffff), otherwise the result will look incorrect.

Apply filter Filter – Sketch – Stamp (Filter – Sketch – Linocut). Light/ Dark Balance (Tone balance) set to 4, and Smoothness (Softening) – by 1.

Step 4

Double click on the layer with the model and in the window that appears Layer Style (Layer style) go to settings Blend If (Overlay if). Upper white slider This Layer (This layer) move to the left 180 degrees to completely remove the white color.

Then we right-click on the layer with the model and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object).

5. Add a grunge effect.

Step 1

Now we need to select all the layers with print. To do this, we hold down the Ctrl key and click on all the “Circle …” layers, the text layer and the model layer. Then click on them with the right mouse button and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object).

We add a mask to the resulting smart object by clicking on the button. Add layer mask (Add layer mask) at the bottom of the layers panel. Next, take the tool Brush Tool (Brush), set the diameter to about 800 pixels and the color to black. With the help of downloaded grunge brushes we edit the mask to add scuffs on the print.

Step 2

Add a new layer (Ctrl + Shift + N) and call it “Print Lines”. Take Brush Tool (B) (Brush), in the “Print” set we find a suitable brush with wavy lines and draw them.

Then we add a mask to the layer with lines and again with the help of grunge brushes we edit this mask to add scuffs. Also remove those sections of wavy lines that overlap the round seal.

6. Add color to print.

In this section, I will tell you how to add color to print. Select a smart object with print and apply a layer style to it. Color Overlay (Overlay color). To fill use the color # d9a4ae or any other.

And as a final touch, we will add another interesting effect. Create a new layer “Old envelope”. In the set of “Envelopes” choose the appropriate brushes and work with them using the color # b24659.

Congratulations, we are done!

In this lesson, you learned how to create a realistic print effect from scratch using different brushes and textures. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

This effect can be found in my action Rubber Stamp Generator, which is available on the website GraphicRiver.

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