Make a vintage text effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps that I use to create this beautiful font in the ancient style, using the texture of the dried earth and floral brushes in Photoshop. I will also share with you a technique for creating really beautiful light strips for your image.

Throughout the lesson, we will use a variety of different techniques for blending layers, cutting, image correction tools and layer correction, in addition we use the gradient and blur tools. This is a lesson of medium difficulty, so beginners may find it a bit difficult. But the attempt is not torture!
Here is a preview of the final result:

Let’s start!
To complete this tutorial, you will need the following sources:

Step 1. Create a new document of 1000×800 px with a white background. Create a new layer and name it “radial gradient” (radial gradient). Choose a tool Gradient Tool (G) (Gradient) and set the radial gradient in the settings, fill them with a layer as shown below:

Step 2. Above the “radial gradient” layer, use the font that we just downloaded, write some text (I wrote only the letter “A”, but you can write any text you like).

Apply the following settings blending option to this layer:
Drop Shadow (Shadow)

Inner Glow (Inner Glow)

Bevel and Emboss)

Color Overlay (Overlay Color)

Gradient Overlay (Gradient Overlay)

And you will have the following effect:

Step 3. Load the text selection area by holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the text layer icon with the left mouse button in the layers palette:

Press Ctrl + Alt + R, you will have the tool settings window Refine Edge Tool (Refine Edge), apply the following settings:

Load the dried earth texture into Photoshop and apply a text layer selection area to it (to do this, select the tool Rectangular marquee tool (Rectangular selection area), move the selection to the desired texture area):

Copy and paste the selection into our document, you will have the following effect:

Name the created dry soil texture layer and change it blending mode on “Hard Light ”, you will have the following effect:

Step 4. Above the layer, a “dry soil texture” layer will create the following adjustment layers (adjustment layers) with the appropriate settings (make sure you have checked the option “Use previous layer as clipping mask” (use initial layer as clipping mask) for all corrective layers)
Curves (Curves)


Color Balance

Brightness and Contrast and contrast)

Black and white (Black and white balance)

And you will have the following effect:

Step 5. Now I would like to show you an interesting way to add light strips to the text. Create a new layer above all other layers, select the tool rectangular marquee tool (rectangular selection area) and draw a selection like below:

Then take a large soft white brush (I used the size of 800px) and make a few clicks where the selection area allows:

Then resize the selection and rotate it until it reaches the effect shown below:

Name this layer “light strips” and duplicate it a couple of times, place the duplicated layers as shown below:

Merge the duplicated layers and again make several duplicates of the merged layer, place them in the desired direction:

When you are satisfied with the result, merge all the layers with white stripes together and, using the tool Eraser tool (Eraser) with a soft round brush, erase the areas where they cover the text:

Step 6. To add some more decorations to the text, we use brushes that we downloaded and just draw them.
Create a new layer above the “radial gradient” layer (radial gradient), use the brush with clouds to paint some clouds at the bottom of the canvas:

Create another layer above the cloud layer, use the color brush to add some curls around the text:

Step 7. To add final touches, apply two more. adjustment layers over all layers (this time do not check the box “Use previous layer as clipping mask” (use initial layer as clipping mask))
Curves (Curves)

Use the following vector mask (vector mask) for Curves Adjusment layer (Curves adjustment layer):


Use the following vector mask (vector mask) for Levels Adjusment layer (Levels adjustment layer):

Color Balance

Use the following vector mask (vector mask) for Color Balance Adjusment layer (Color Balance Adjustment Layer):

And in the end you will have the following effect:

Great, we are done with this tutorial! Of course, in the future you can change this image by adding to it some more effects, textures and filters.
But my final version of this lesson (I added a little radial blur (radial blur), adjusted contrast):

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Thank you and have a nice day!

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