Retro car logo in Photoshop

In this tutorial, by combining text and layer styles, we will create a chrome-plated car logo in the style of the 50s.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

Create a new document with a size of 1920 x 1280 pixels, double-click with the left mouse button on the background layer to turn it into an ordinary one. At this stage, the fill color of the layer does not matter.

Double click the left mouse button on the background layer. This time to bring up the window Layer style (Layer style). Apply Inner glow (Internal glow) and Gradient overlay (Gradient overlay).

As a result, we obtain a background filled with a red gradient.

Step 2

Using Pen tool (Pen) (P), above the previous layer, draw a black figure with a jagged edge. We use it to create the illusion of reflection of mountains on the horizon.

Step 3

On the layers panel, reduce the Fill to 0% and apply the layer style.

External glow:

You should have about the same result.

Step 4

Create a new layer and fill it with white. Make sure that the new layer is active, hold down the Ctrl / Command key and click on the thumbnail of the layer with the silhouette of the mountains to load its selection. Press the Delete key to delete the selected part of the white layer.

Reduce the Fill to 0% and apply a layer style. Gradient overlay.

Step 5

We have created a good foundation and now we will deal with the logo itself.
Via Ellipse tool (Ellipse) (U) draw an oval, set it to Fill (Fill) to 0% and apply a layer style. We applied this effect to create a shadow from the chrome base of the logo.

Inner shadow:

Gradient overlay:


Step 6

Duplicate the oval layer, delete all the layer styles from the copy, set its Fill to 0% and create an outer stroke in black and 25 px wide.

Click the right mouse button on the current layer on the layers panel and select Convert to Smart Object (Convert to smart object). This will allow us to return to the layer style parameters in the future and change the width of the stroke if necessary.


Step 7

Apply a layer style to a smart object to give it a chrome effect.



Internal luminescence:

Step 8

Next we add the reflection of the mountains inside the oval. Create a new empty layer. Make sure that it is active, hold down Ctrl / Command and click on the thumbnail of the oval layer to load its selection. Next, hold Ctrl / Command + Alt and click on the white layer that we created earlier. As a result, there will be a selection of that part of the mountains that is inside the oval. Fill the selection with black and apply the layer style. External glow.

Step 9

Duplicate the layer with the oval, delete layer styles from it and move it to the very top of the layers palette. Set its Fill parameter to 0% and apply a layer style Internal glow, to add a soft glow effect.

Step 10

Duplicate the topmost layer with an oval and delete layer styles from it.
Set its Fill parameter to 0% and apply a layer style Internal glow, to add shadow.

Step 11

In order for the logo to be really made in retro style, we need the appropriate font. I will use Cocktail Shaker, which you can download from this link. We write the text and apply the layer style to create a chrome effect.

Stamping / bevel:



Internal luminescence:

Gradient overlay:


Step 12

Now we draw the texture in the form of a chessboard. Create a new document 200 x 200 pixels with a white background. In the upper left and lower right corners we draw two black squares measuring 100 x 100 pixels.

Press Ctrl / Command + A to select the entire working canvas and go Edit – Define Pattern (Editing – Define a pattern). Give the name of our texture and click OK.

Step 13

We return to the main document. At the top and bottom draw lines across the entire width of the document. Apply layer style to them. Pattern overlay (Pattern overlay), using as the texture that we created in the previous step.

Gradient overlay:

Pattern Overlay:


Final result

Using the basic selection tools and layer styles, we have created your own car logo in retro style.

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