Photoshop Tutorial: Rusted Text Effect

In this adobe Photoshop tutorial we will see a grunge rusted text effect which can be used to display old rusted surfaces with text embedded on them, like old ships, castles etc. We will be using a free font downloaded from the www.actionfonts.com website.

Step 1: Create a new file.

Create a new file with the following specifications displayed in the screenshot below.

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Step 2: Create background.

For this tutorial we have selected a rusted background image which can be easily searched online. You can use any image however we have selected a rusted background for added effect. Just place the image and resize so that it fits our canvas perfectly.

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Step 3: Create text layer.

Now we will create a new text layer using a free font called “Cantara Gotica” which is available for download from the following link. http://www.actionfonts.com/details/CantaraGotica

Place the text in the center of the image, and use the following parameters.

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Step 4: Create layer effects on text.

Now we select the text layer and double click to open the layer style dialogue box.

We will be applying the following layer effects to the text.

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This should be the result of the effects applied till now.

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Step 5: Text effects continued.

Now we apply the following final emboss and contour effects to the text layer which will give it a chiselled metallic look.

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Step 6: Duplicate layer.

Now duplicate the text layer by right-clicking on it and selecting Duplicate layer.

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Apply Motion blur on the duplicated layer by going up to Filter->Blur->Motion blur and select the following parameters.

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Now keeping the layer selected, we need to first change the order of the layer so that it appears underneath the original text layer. Then Drag the position of the layer on screen so that it gives the effect of water stains. Change the layer opacity to 80%.

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Step 7: New layer

Now add a new layer, fill it with 50% gray and place it on top of all the current layers.

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Now we will create a noise lighting effect by going up to Filter->Render->Difference clouds. Now select the layer and change the blending mode to Soft Light and the layer opacity to 70%.

We are done!

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You can experiment the same effect with different fonts and text sizes to give unique effects. Try the lighting effects on the text add a new dimension to it!

 

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