Create grunge text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a bloody text effect in Photoshop. We will use brushes, blending layers, cloud effects and color correction. The lesson is very simple and suitable for beginners Photoshop-masters.
Here is the final result:

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Create a new document of any size with a white background, use the Crack brushes to paint a light gray texture for the background:

Create a new layer, set Opacity (Opacity) of the layer by about 30% and with the Crack brush paint a dark red texture:

Step 2. Use the downloaded font or any other to write the text:

Apply blending options for the text layer. Layer – Layer Style (Layer – Layer Styles):

Drop shadow (Shadow)

Inner shadow (Inner shadow)

Inner glow (Internal glow)

Bevel and Emboss (Chamfer and embossing)

Gradient overlay (Gradient overlap)

And we get this effect:

Step 3. Create a new layer under the text layer, load the Splatter brushes, reduce their size, choose a dark red color and draw some blood behind the text:

We use Lasso Tool (Lasso) (L) with feather (feather) about 40-50 px to create a selection around the text and add clouds inside the selection Filter – Render – Clouds (Filter – Rendering – Clouds):

Compress them down (CTRL + T):

Change the layer blending mode with clouds to Color burn (Blackout base):

Duplicate (CTRL + J) this layer several times and get the following effect:

You can also transform clouds vertically (CTRL + T), attach to the left side of the text (do not change the blending mode):

Add more vertical clouds on the right side of the text, as shown below:

We get the following result:

Step 4. Create a new layer above all the previous ones, add smoke using Smoke brushes (you can also add a bokeh effect around the text):

Add adjustment layers:
Levels (Levels)

Using a gradient, edit the mask of the adjustment layer:

Curves (Curves)

Color balance (Color balance)

And we get the following result:

Step 5. We are almost done! Now let’s play a little with filters.
Merge all layers, duplicate the background (CTRL + J) and apply on copy Filter – Sharpen – Unsharp Mask (Filter – Sharpness – Contour Sharpness):

Again we duplicate the background and move it to the very top on the layers panel, apply Filter – Artistic – Cutout (Filter – Imitation of artistic effects – Application):

And we get the following effect (the blood has become more realistic):

Change the blending mode to Hard light (Hard light) and we get the following result:

AND final version:

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