In this tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a worn and weathered text effect in Photoshop. Here’s the effect we’ll be creating:
To create a worn and weathered text effect, you’ll need:
- Any recent version of Photoshop
Create a new document of 640px width and 480px height.
Press D to set black as the foreground color and fill the document with black by pressing Option+Delete (Macs) / Alt+Backspace (Windows).
Press X to set white as the foreground color, select the Type Tool and type your text using the Impact font. Then, press Command+T (Macs) / Ctrl+T (Windows) to enter Free Transform and drag the corner handles outwards while holding Shift+Option (Macs) / Shift+Alt (Windows) to make the text larger.
Now, go to Layer > Rasterize > Type.
Select the Polygonal Lasso Tool, make a jagged selection of the first letter and finish the selection by selecting the rest of the word.
Now, press Command+Shift+J (Macs) / Ctrl+Shift+J (Windows) to move the selection onto a new layer.
Press Command+T (Macs) / Ctrl+T (Windows) to enter Free Transform and drag the center target icon to the top-left corner.
Now, rotate the letters counterclockwise to create a little tear and press Return (Macs) / Enter (Windows) when you’re done.
With the Polygonal Lasso Tool, make a jagged selection around the second letter and then select the rest of the word.
Again, press Command+Shift+J (Macs) / Ctrl+Shift+J (Windows) to move the selection onto a new layer.
Once again, press Command+T (Macs) / Ctrl+T (Windows) to enter Free Transform and drag the center target icon to the bottom-left corner.
Now, rotate the letters clockwise and press Return (Macs) / Enter (Windows) when you’re done.
Repeat step 3 for all the other letters. Here’s my text after rotating the letter “A” counterclockwise and letter “R” clockwise.
Select all the text layers by first selecting the top layer and shift-clicking on the original text layer.
Now, press Command+E (Macs) / Ctrl+E (Windows) to merge all of the text layers.
Select the text by command-clicking (Macs) / ctrl-clicking (Windows) on the merged layer’s thumbnail.
Now, click on the Add A Layer Mask option.
Go to Filter > Filter Gallery, choose Spatter from the Brush Strokes folder and use the settings shown below.
With the text layer selected, click on the Layer Styles option.
Select Stroke from the list that appears and select Gradient for the Fill Type option.
Click on the gradient preview area.
Now, double-click on the black color stop and select a bright red color. Then, double-click on the white color stop, select a dark red color and apply the Layer Style.
And we’re done! The worn and weathered text effect tutorial is complete!