Rusted Type Photoshop Tutorial

There are many methods to creating rust in Photoshop. Here is one way to make rusted type. We can make our text look weathered with a little effort.

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Rusted Type Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Start with some test on a new layer.
rust-000- Rasterize the type, by right clicking on the name on the layer thumbnail and selecting “rasterize text” (Render type in PS 5.0 and 5.5)

 

Step 2

Select the text (Ctrl/Cmd+Click on layer thumbnail)
Select the linear gradient tool and choose the “copper gradient” fill the text with the gradient.

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Step 3

Change the color of the text by using the Hue/Saturation option. Press Crtl/Cmd+U to open the command and set it for a gray/blue color.

Duplicate the layer.

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Step 4

To add the texture:

Filters>Texture>Grain
Shoose the settings as shown to the right.

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Step 5

Switch to Difference mode and notice how the color begins to come out.

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Step 6

Now load the layer as a selection by Cmd/Ctrl+Clicking on the layer thumbnail.
Select>Modify Contract Choose 4 pixels.

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rust-009-In the bottom of the toolbox click on the quickmask button, or press the “Q” key

Step 7

Filter>Distort>Glass

Choose the settings shown.

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Step 8

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Click off the quickmask tool or press “Q” again.
Duplicate the layer
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Step 9

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Press the Delete/backspace key to delete the selection.

Step 10

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Switch to color dodge mode.

Step 11

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Add an inner bevel to the layer.

Also add a drop shadow to the original text layer for effect.
Here is the effect with a shiny border, for a variation please continue.

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Step 12

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Change the mode to Saturation

Ctrl/Cmd+U for the Hue/Saturation
Change the color to suit

Step 13

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Drop onto a colored background for effect.
There you have it… Rusted Text. Rust never sleeps! (And neither does Colin these days :)

For more cool techniques like this on an easy to follow video format check out Photoshop Secrets Special FX photoshopCD.com

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe