Create in Photoshop text from the TV series The Walking Dead

Textures and brushes can enhance detail and add depth to a simple design, making the design look more interesting. In this tutorial, I will show you how to do this using blur filters and simple layer styles to create beautiful grunge text in Adobe Photoshop. So let’s get started!

The final result:

1. Create a Background and stylize it.

Step 1

Create a new document 1920 x 1080 px. Set the foreground color to # 2a1e20, and the background color to # 1a0f13, and then go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds). Duplicate the background layer.

Step 2

Double click on duplicate layer with background to apply layer styles.

Apply layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening (Screen)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Colour (Color): # d0fbc1
  • The size (Size): 15

Step 3

Apply layer style Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Color tone (Hue)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 70%
  • Angle (Angle) 107
  • Style (Style): Linear (Linear)
  • Scale (Scale): 138%
  • Click on the color gradient scale to set the colors.

At the top of the gradient scale, you can change the opacity settings with Control points opacity (Opacity Stops), at the bottom of the gradient scale, you can change colors using Color control points (Color Stops). Set the gradient colors as # 016f6e on the left and # fee847 on the right. Set the value Control point opacity (Opacity Stop) to the right of 0.

Step 4

After applying the layer styles, click the icon. Create a new adjustment or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and in the appeared menu select the option Levels (Levels).

Step 5

In the settings window of the adjustment layer Levels (Levels), set the value for Of shadows (Shadows) at 8, and the value Gammas (Gamma) at 1.21. This will lighten the corners and edges a bit.

2. Apply the Grunge Brushes to the Background.

Step 1

Set the foreground color to # 2b1c1f, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool (B)). Choose a brush from the set of grunge brushes Dirt. Next, create a new layer on top of all other layers, and then change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen).

Apply the brush in the background, but do not overload it. You can brush the corners and edges of the image with a brush instead of filling the center. You can also use other brushes from the set at your discretion.

Step 2

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) blur by 2 to soften the result.

Step 3

Set the foreground color to # 857276, create a new layer on top of all other layers, select the Grunge brush, which is shown in the screenshot below.

We use the Grunge brush to enhance the effect of grunge at the corners, as well as at the bottom of the image. To do this, we need to rotate the angle of the brush, and then reflect the brush vertically. Open the panel Brush (Brush), for this we go Window – Brush (Window> Brush) to customize the brush.

Step 4

The brush can be rotated by changing the angle of inclination. Install Angle (Angle) 90 degrees.

Step 5

Next, flip the brush vertically, for this, tick the box Flip Y (Flip Y). After you set up the brush, apply it in the background.

Step 6

Set the foreground color to # 121212, create a new layer on top of all other layers, name this layer Centre (Center) reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 55%. Select a large soft round brush, then draw a large spot in the center of the image to darken the area behind the text, which we will add later.

3. Add a Texture and finish creating the Background.

Step 1

Open the original texture 7. Move this texture to our working document, placing it on top of all other layers. Scale as necessary, and then rename this layer to Texture Background (BG Texture), also change the blend mode for the texture layer to Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 2

Next, go Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation), set the value Saturation (Saturation) at -50.

Step 3

Set the foreground color to # 6e5f40, create a new layer on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen) and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 35%. Next, using a large soft round brush, add large bright spots in the lower corners of the image.

Step 4

Create another new layer on top of all other layers, change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen) and also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 65%. Select the Spray brushes that are shown in the screenshot below. With the Spray brush, add a splash effect to the edges of the image.

You can flip the second brush horizontally. To do this, check the box Flip X (Flip X) in the settings panel Brush (Brush) to apply a brush on the right side of the image. You can also rotate the brush up or down, changing the angle and apply after adding text, if necessary.

Step 5

Double click on the layer to apply a simple internal glow effect.

Apply layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Bright light (Vivid Light)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • A source (Source): From the center (Center)
  • The size (Size): 7

Step 6

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) blur at 1.5.

Step 7

Select all the layers you created, except for the original layer with Background (Background) and then group them. Name the new group “BG” to make it convenient to work in the layers palette.

4. Create a Text, apply Styling and add a Texture.

Step 1

Type in capital letters using the SI Font font (or you can use the Impact font instead of this font). Font color # e6d5b5, font size 225 pt, value Tracking (Tracking) -10.

The small text above the main text is selective. For small text, the font was Gill Sans MT Condensed, font size 85 pt. You can also use a different font to create small text.

Step 2

Double click on each text layer to apply a simple internal glow effect.

Apply layer style Internal glow (Inner Glow). Set the following settings for this layer style:

  • Blend mode (Blend Mode): Lightening (Screen)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 30%
  • Colour (Color): # d5c09f

Step 3

Select the text layer (or text layers) you created, and then go Filter – Convert to Smart Filters (Filter> Convert for Smart Filters). Name layer with smart filter Text (Text) and then duplicate this layer. Place the duplicate layer below the original layer.

Thus, we will apply filters to the text without loss of pixels, except that the text will be readable even after any further changes.

Step 4

Open the grunge texture (grunge-background3.jpg). Move this texture to our working paper, placing it on top of the original text layer, then right-click on the grunge texture and in the appeared window select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask).

Step 5

To a layer with a grunge texture, apply a correction Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation), go for it Image – Correction – Hue / Saturation (Image> Adjustments> Hue / Saturation). In the settings window of this correction, set Color tone (Hue) to 4, and the value Saturation (Saturation) at -30.

5. Fade Text

Step 1

Choose a tool Brush (Brush Tool), then click the bookmark Brush (Brush) Window – Brush (Window> Brush), set a soft round brush, and then set the following settings for this brush:

Brush Print Form (Brush Tip Shape)

Form Dynamics (Shape Dynamics)

Color dynamics (Color Dynamics)

Broadcast (Transfer)

Step 2

Create a new layer on top of the grunge texture layer, name this layer. Brush (Brush), change the blending mode for this layer to Multiplication (Multiply), and then right-click on this layer and in the appeared window select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping Mask), next, set the foreground color to # a5a196, and the background color to # b8976c.

Now start coloring the top of the text and randomly inside the text to create some dark spots along the top edges and inside the letters.

6. Add a Grunge effect inside the Text, as well as around the Text.

Step 1

Set the foreground color to #fffada, create a new layer, name this layer Spray (Splatter), change the blending mode for this layer to Lightening (Screen) reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 70%, and convert to a clipping mask. Next, select the brush from the Grunge brush set, which is shown in the screenshot below.

Click on the text as many times as you need to create a grunge effect inside the text, but try not to move the text on the text, but just click.

Step 2

Hold down (Ctrl) and click on the thumbnail of the text layer to load the active selection around the text.

Step 3

Make sure you are on a layer Spray (Splatter). Next, press the keys (Ctrl + J) to duplicate the selection on the new layer.

Name the duplicate layer Horizontal (Horizontal), and then change the blending mode to Lightening (Screen), then duplicate the layer, name the new duplicate layer Vertical (Vertical).

Go to layer Horizontal (Horizontal), zoom in a little, then press the direction key with the left arrow 6 times to shift the brush effect drawn 6 px to the left.

Step 4

Once again create an active selection around the text, and then press the “Delete” key to get rid of the drawn effect inside the text and save the effect at the edges, at the end go Selection – Deselect Selection (Select> Deselect).

Repeat the same steps, but with a layer Vertical (Vertical) by shifting the brush effect at the edges vertically 4 pixels up.

Step 5

Choose a tool Eraser (Eraser Tool), set the soft round brush. Remove the separate fragments of the effect you just created from the horizontal and vertical edges.

Step 6

Transform layer Horizontal (Horizontal) and layer Vertical (Vertical) in Smart Objects, and then change the blending mode for these layers to Lightening (Screen).

Next, for each layer with a smart object, apply a filter Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur), go for it Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) blur 0.7.

Step 7

If necessary, you can also reduce Opacity (Opacity) layers to create a more subtle effect.

7. Final Strokes

Step 1

Select a duplicate text layer, and then go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur), change Angle (Angle) on 90, and Bias (Distance) at 10.

Step 2

Choose a hard round brush 1 px in the tab Brush (Brush) do not forget to install Interval (Spacing) on ​​1.

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all other layers, name this layer. Line (Line). Set the foreground color to # f26d7e.

Click at the upper point of the left edge of the text, now press and hold (Shift), then click at the lower point of the left edge of the text.

Step 4

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set Radius (Radius) blur 0.7.

Congratulations! We have completed the lesson.

In this tutorial, we used a couple of grunge brushes and textures to create a simple grunge background, then made a little color correction.

Next, we added text and converted it into a smart object. Added another grunge texture and applied a brush to create a grunge effect around the text.

Filters Gaussian blur (Gaussian Blur) and Motion blur (Motion Blur) helped soften the effect and, in conclusion, we added a bright red line to the outer edge of one of the letters to complete the effect.

Thus, we created a grunge effect using different textures and brushes, made color corrections and used various blending modes, including blur filters, to hide any hard edges.

Please leave your comments and suggestions, as well as your work.

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