How to Create Awesome Grunge Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

From the twenty seven steps of this tut you will learn how to create Cool Grunge Text Effect with layer styles, Lichen and Tree Bark Texture and FFF Tusj Font by Magnus Cederholm which you can download for free from http://www.fontsquirrel.com/.

Both textures used are my own photos and unrestricted stock so you can use them the create the text in this tutorial and for your own works too.

All Photoshop versions are applicable.

This is the result you should get:

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STEP 1

Open Adobe Photoshop, go to the Menu bar and select File, New to create a new .psd file. Name this new document Grunge Effect. Set the Width to 1200px and Height to 700px. Insert 96 Pixels/Inch for Resolution, then select RGB for Color Mode and Transparent for Background Contents. Rename the Layer 1 that you’ll get to Background. Press Ctrl+G (or go to Layer, Group Layers) to place the Background layer in a Group and call the newly created Group Background too.

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Go to the Tools bar and change your Foreground color to #6e8885. While the Background layer is highlighted, use Paint Bucket Tool or Edit, Fill, Foreground color to colorize the Background layer.

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Now double click on your Background layer’s thumbnail or go to Layer, Layer Style, Blending Options and tick Inner Shadow. Don’t change most of its default settings, only reduce the Distance to 0px and increase its Size to 160px.

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Click on this beautiful Lichen Texture and when it pops up on your screen in high resolution, right click on it and choose Save As to download it the folder where you put your Grunge Effect .psd file.

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Create a New Layer named Lichen Texture on top of the Background group. Open the Lichen Texture in Photoshop, select it (Ctrl+A), then copy it (Ctrl+C). Go back to your Grunge Effect document and while Lichen Texture layer is selected press Ctrl+V to paste the texture there.
Now go to Edit, Free Transform and resize the texture to cover your canvas. Press Enter to apply the Transformation when you are ready.

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Change the Blend Mode of Lichen Texture layer to Multiply and lower its Opacity to 60%.

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Now download this Tree Bark Texture the same way you downloaded the texture in Step 4.

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Create a New Layer above Lichen Texture layer in Background group and call it Tree Bark Texture. Copy the previously downloaded texture and paste it in this new layer then resize it with Free Transform. Press Enter to apply the Transformation.

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Change Blend Mode of Tree Bark Texture layer to Overlay.

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While Tree Bark Texture is selected, click on Add Layer Mask icon at the bottom of Layers panel. Select Brush Tool and find Sponge Brush Projection in your Brush Preset Pucker. If you have no such brush, you can replace it with any spatter brush, just set its size to 90-100px.

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Now check if your Foreground Color is set to black and if the Layer Mask thumbnail is selected. Start erasing with the Sponge Brush Projection- leave only the borders and the middle strip of the texture untouched. See the screenshot below for a reference.

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In this and next step we are going to add more color to our background by means of Photo Filter. So navigate to the Menu bar and select Layer, New Adjustment Layer, Photo Filter.

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After you have chosen Photo Filter Adjustment Layer, a Properties dialog box should pop up on your screen. Select Underwater from Filter drop down menu and increase Density to 100%.

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In this step we’ll start with the creation of our Grunge Text Effect.
Many thanks to www.fontsquirrel.com for the awesome text effects which they provide for free. I decided to use for the purpose of my tutorial FFF Tusj font by Magnus Cederholm: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/FFF-Tusj.

Install the font then select Horizontal Type tool from the Tools bar (or press T). From the Font Family drop down menu choose the newly installed FFF Tusj Font. Set the Font Size to 150pt and click on Center Text symbol in the Options bar. I have chosen #ac1e4d for Text Color but the color doesn’t matter as later we are going to apply Gradient Overlay. Now type Grunge Effect in Capital Letters as you see on the screenshot given for this step.
Highlight your Grunge Effect Text then click on Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels icon in the Options bar and Set the Tracking for the Selected Characters to a value you like. I have chosen 180 because I think that the text won’t look neat if the letters are too close to one another.
Press Ctrl+G to place the Text layer in a Group. Call the newly created Group Text.

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With this step we’ll start to add Blending Options to our text. Right click on Grunge Effect text layer and select Blending Options (Layer, Layer Style, Blending Options). Firstly tick Droup shadow and leave most of its settings unchanged. Only increase Spread to 4%, Size to 9px and select Ring-Triple from the Contour drop down menu.

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Now check Gradient Overlay in Layer Style box. Select Yellow, Violet, Orange, Blue Gradient from the Gradient Picker and choose Reflected Style. Leave all other settings as given by default.

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Check Color Overlay Layer Style- leave the default #ff0000 color, only reduce the Opacity to 45%.

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The last Layer Style to be applied on Grunge Effect text layer is Bevel and Emboss. Increase its Depth to 1000%, change the Highlight Mode to Hard Light and set Color for Highlight to #ffe42d, increase Highlight Opacity to 100%, then change Color of Shadow to #004e54 and also increase its Opacity to 100%.

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Create a New Layer on top of Text group and name it Tree Bark Texture 1. We are going to use again the second texture added to the background. So copy the Tree Bark Texture you downloaded in Step 7 and paste it in this newly created layer. Resize it by means of Edit, Free Transform to make it cover your text then press Enter to apply the Transformation.

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Now hold down Ctrl and click on Grunge Effect layer’s thumbnail to Load Selection, then go to Select, Inverse. Keep Tree Bark Texture 1 layer highlighted.

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This is how your image will look after inverting the selection:

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Now press Delete key to get rid of the selected parts of the texture. Press Ctrl+D to deselect.

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Add Layer Mask to Tree Bark Texture 1 layer. Select Soft Round Brush and set its Size to 15px then start erasing parts of the texture.

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This is how your Grunge text will look after removing portions of the Tree Bark Texture:

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Double click on Tree Bark Texture 1 layer’s thumbnail to call Layer Style dialog box, check Bevel and Emboss- only increase its Depth to 250% and change the Color for Highlight to #c57856.

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Our Grunge Text Effect is ready. You should have the following groups and layers in your Layers panel:

1. Background group with these four layers in it: Background, Lichen Texture, Tree Bark Texture and Photo Filter Adjustment layer and
2. Text Group which contains two layers: Grunge Effect and Tree Bark Texture 1.

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This is how the Text Effect will look saved in .jpg format. You should get similar result if you have followed all my steps.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful. Thanks a lot for reading and God bless! 🙂

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