Giving “age” to images, came into vogue several years ago, and acquired the name of such a style of “grunge”. Textured works with antiquities are still very popular, and recently this style has found a new direction as a “new retro”. The general idea is to create a vision of the future … from the past. This effect is good for all kinds of projects, flyers, websites, posters. It looks especially good on projects related to music.
Here is a poster with the text that we will create. Full size
Step 1. Create a new document in Photoshop size 250 x 180 mm in RGB mode and 300 dpi. Putting such a resolution is important, since the values for the filters that we will use will need to be changed to others if you work with other sizes.
Step 2. Choose a tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), radial, and click on the gradient thumbnail to invoke its editor. Here you need to change the colors to the proposed. Double-click on the color pattern and enter the colors shown in the screenshot. You can also enter color values in the corresponding field. Colour (Color). After preparing the gradient, drag it from the center to the edge of the document.
Step 3. Activate the tool Text (Type Tool) and select the font you want to use. The author has chosen to begin with a classic, sans-serif font, which is called Avant Garde. In the second version (which you will see at the end of the lesson), the font was used. Serif, which looks at the author’s opinion much better. Now write your text.
Then go to layer styles, in the menu Layers – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer- Layer Style- Gradient Overlay) and adjust the gradient as shown in the screenshot.
In the same window, configure Stroke (Stroke), gradient, and also use the settings suggested in the screenshot. Another author suggests setting up Inner shadow (Inner Shadow) – settings to your taste.
It is also worth noting that the author reduced the kerning settings in the letters ‘N’ and ‘Y’ to even the spacing.
Step 4. Create a new layer under the text layer, then select the two layers and go to the menu Layers – Merge Layers (Layer-Merge Layers). This will rasterize the text and layer styles, and we can add some more styles.
And so, add Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). See settings below.
Repeat the process of merging layers: create a new layer under the text layer, then select these two layers and go to the menu Layers – Merge Layers (Layer-Merge Layers).
And add again Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). See settings below.
Merge the text layer with the empty layer, as they did before, the layer styles will become non-editable.
This is how your text should now look.
Step 5. Duplicate the SHINY layer in the menu Layers – Create a duplicate layer (Layer- Duplicate Layer) and go to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur), in the filter settings, set a radius of 8 pixels. Make sure you blur the copy, not the original, which is a layer above.
Step 6. Duplicate the original SHINY layer again and go to the menu. Filter – Blur – Radial Blur (Filter-Blur-Radial Blur), set in the settings Method – Linear (Method-Zoom), amount (Amount) 100%, Quality – Best (Quality – Best). Set the starting point in the center, at the bottom with respect to your text.
Step 7. Using the command Free transformation (Free Transform) Ctrl +T , holding the key Shift (to keep the proportions), edit the layer that you blurred with Radial Blur. This is necessary because this filter did not quite correctly cope with our task.
Now go to the menu Filter – Sharpness – Smart Sharpen (Filter> Sharpen> Smart Sharpen). Add layer mask to menu Layers – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer- Layer Mask- Reveal All) and erase Eraser (Eraser) areas that you do not need. Name this layer ZOOM BLUR.
Step 8. Duplicate the ZOOM BLUR layer and set its blending mode Multiplication (Multiply).
Step 9. CTRL + click on the ZOOM BLUR layer thumbnail (not on the mask thumbnail), this action will load the layer selection. Then go to menu Selection – Inversion (Select- Inverse Selection).
Create a new layer below the ZOOM BLUR layer, name it FILL LIGHT and fill it with white.
Then go to layer styles, in the menu Layers – Layer Style – Gradient Overlay (Layer- Layer Style- Gradient Overlay) and adjust the gradient as in step 3.
Create a layer mask and use the tool Eraser (Eraser) to remove all unnecessary areas. You will get better results by reducing Opacity (Opacity) eraser to about 30% and repeatedly, gradually you will erase on the mask.
Finally, reduce Opacity (Opacity) layer by 50% and move it below the layers with text in the layers palette.
Step 10. Activate the tool Line (Line Tool). In the settings, set the mode Layer shape (Shape Layers), 8 pixels thick, and select white. Draw a white line. Then instrument Rectangle selection (Rectangular Marquee Tool) create a selection along the length of the line.
Now select Brush (Brus) large and with soft edges. Decrease Pressure (Flow) up to 21% and start creating glow. Click on the edge where the selection is connected to the line.
Select a layer with a line and glow, merge them and name it TWINKLE. Now go to the menu Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur), in the filter settings, set a radius of 4 pixels.
Step 11. Using tool Eraser (Eraser), with the settings as in the screenshot, erase the sharp edges.
Duplicate the TWINKLE layer and move the copy in parallel. Duplicate it again and using Free transformation (Free Transform), rotate the copy 90 degrees, and also change the size and position.
Step 12. Create a new layer and fill it with black. Go to menu Filter – Rendering – Blick (Filter-Render-Lens Flare) and set the settings as in the screenshot.
Note translator: The author does not indicate, but it seems to me that it is just necessary to set the blend mode to the layer with the glare Screen (Screen). And yet, with the help of a mouse, the flare can be dragged, in the filter dialog box, to the place you need.
Move the flash to the center of previously created glow effects.
Via Levels (Levels) correct the flash by removing the extra glow on it, and then discolor it in the menu Image-Correction-Discolor (Image- Adjustments- Desaturate).
Select 4 layers with a glow: TWINKLE with its two copies and a layer with a flash. Combine them into a group (Ctrl + G) called STAR.
Step 13. Use Free transformation (Free Transform) to rotate, resize and position the stars. Duplicate the STAR group and also rotate, resize and reposition. Because each element in the STAR group is on its own layer, you can adjust each part of the star until you are happy with the result.
Create a new layer under all groups with stars and name it GLOW. Choose a tool Brush(Brush) in white with the settings as in the screenshot below and add an extra glow for each star, choosing the appropriate brush size.
Step 14. Merge all layers into a group called SHINY (except the background). Duplicate the group and go to the menu Editing – Transform – Flip Vertically (Edit – Transform – Flip Vertical). Create a layer mask for the group (select the group and go to the menu Layers – Layer Mask – Show All (Layer- Layer Mask- Reveal All) and using the tool Gradient (Gradient Tool), linear from white to black, hide part of the label, thereby creating a reflection effect. Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 50%.
Step 15. Well, it seems we coped with the most laborious, now it’s time to add texture. The author proposes to use the texture number 2 of this set.
Place the texture at the top of the layers palette, and change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).
Now the image looks too dark, and we will fix it with the help of a correction layer. Levels (Levels) c settings as in the screenshot. Also add a clipping mask to the layer with layers (Right-click on the layer, and select the option Create clipping mask (Create Clipping mask).
To enhance the texture, duplicate it, discolor and change the blending mode to Hard light (Hard Light). Decrease Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 58%.
Step 16. Select all layers, copy, and merge copies into one layer. Place this new layer on top of the layers palette (keep the originals intact). Duplicate this layer and discolor it.
Then go to menu Image – Correction – Inversion (Image- Adjustments- Invert). And further, Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter- Blur- Gaussian Blur), in the filter settings, set a radius of 40 pixels. Change the blending mode for this layer to Overlap (Overlay). Also add a correction layer. Levels (Levels) c settings as in the screenshot.
Step 17. In this step, we will change the color mode of our image to Grayscale (Grayscale) on the menu Image – Mode (Image-Mode). In the appeared windows confirm the flattening of the layers.
Now we change the Mode again, but this time, on Bit format (Bitmap), in the options, select the setting Halftone raster (Halftone Screen) and check the resolution.
Once you have coped with these tricky manipulations, select the entire canvas Ctrl + A, and copy it to the clipboard Ctrl + C. Go to the palette Story (Window-History). And go back to that point in history, which is before changing the mode to grayscale. Then paste the layer from the clipboard and move it to the very top of the layers palette.
Choose a tool Magic wand (Magic Wand) and uncheck the option Adjacent pixels (Contiguous). Select any white area, a selection will appear, then click Delete.
Step 18. Set the blending mode for this layer to Soft light (Soft Light) and reduce Opacity (Opacity) up to 80%. Then adjust the opacity on the final layers, as shown in the screenshot below. Now merge the layers: with the finished label, the layer is blurred, inverted and discolored, and an adjustment layer with levels. Copy the merged layer again and set the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay).
Note translator: Optionally, you can reduce the opacity of the copy with the mode Overlap (Overlay).
If you want to achieve an even older look for your image, you can download grunge brushes, for example, on Deviantart.com and using color ddc8b3, On a new layer, experiment as much as you want.
From the translator: Below is my work, which appeared thanks to this lesson.
I wish you success!