Making grunge text in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create cute grunge text. In the process, we will use the tools Photoshop, layer styles, brushes and textures.

Here’s what we get in the final:


Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

Perhaps not all of you know how to install a font or brushes in Photoshop, so I want to explain how to do this before starting this lesson.

Font setting:

– download the archive with the font and open it;

– then transfer the file with a new font to the folder “Control Panel \ Fonts”, which is located on your computer.

– open Photoshop, your new font should appear in the list of fonts.

Brush setting:

– download the archive with brushes and unzip it;

– Open Photoshop. Go to the main menu tab Edit – Set Management (Edit – Preset Manager);

– in the “Type of set” submenu, set “Brushes”. A new window appears. Here you specify the address of the file with the brush that you downloaded. Now, your new brush has appeared at the bottom of the list of brushes.

Now we can get to work!

Step 2

Open Photoshop and create a new file (File> New (File> New)). I set the size of the image 600×400px. You can choose any other canvas size!

You have noticed that the first layer, located in the layers palette, is locked. Double-click on it to unlock, and make the layer editable. Choose a tool Fill (Paint Bucket Tool (G)), set foreground color to # D3D3D3. Fill the background layer.

Step 3

Now I will show you how to create a beautiful paper effect by adding a simple filter. Switch to Filter> Noise> Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Set a small effect value to 3%. Now our background looks like newsprint.

Step 4

Activate the tool Text (Text Tool (T)). Select from the list the font “28 Days Later” that you previously installed. Create a new layer and write the desired phrase or word.

Step 5

It is time to decorate our text. To do this, we will use layer styles. It’s very simple, to achieve the effect of “imprint”, you just need to add white shadow (drop shadow) and black inner shadow (inner shadow). Follow the prompts below:

The effect of “print” is reached! “The pattern for this text was selected from the standard set, but you, of course, can use your own patterns.

Step 6

Add a few final touches to our work.

Create a new layer under the text layer. Activate the tool Brush? (Brush Tool). From the set, select the grunge brush. Make a few strokes around the text.

Step 7

Let’s return to the text. In my opinion, our text looks a little pale. This can be easily corrected by adding dark and light areas using the tools. Dimmer (Burn Tool (O)) and Clarifier (Dodge Tool (O)).

In order for the text to be edited with these tools – it is necessary to rasterize it. Before rasterizing a text layer, I recommend making a copy of it, it will come in handy if you are not happy with the result. Now right-click on the new layer and in the submenu select “Rasterize the text“(Rasterize text). Next use the tools Clarifier (Dodge Tool) and Dimmer (Burn Tool) for light and dark areas.

Believe not believe, but this was the last step of this lesson! I got this result:


If you are reading this line, it means that you have followed step by step in this lesson, and I sincerely thank you for it! See you next time in a new lesson!

Author: Madalin tudose

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