Photoshop Tutorial – Rusty Text
Create this very realistic looking rusty text using free brushes and gradients along with Photoshop’s filters and blending options.
Patterned Spheres Brushes from mediamilitia.com
Adoralyna’s Golden Metal Gradients from deviantart.com
Open a new file 1200 x 800, 72px resolution
Fill the background with black
Select the Type tool, Copperplate Gothic Bold text, size 300pt, foreground colour white
Type your required text all on one layer
Rename the layer ‘Text bg’
Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type
Duplicate the Text bg layer and turn off the visibility of this copy
Working on the Text bg layer, select the Eraser tool and erase every other letter of your text
Select the Brush tool, foreground colour black and the Patterned Spheres brush set. Select the one before last brush – number 22, set the size to 320px
Create a new layer above the Text bg copy layer
Rename this layer ‘pattern1’
Place the pattern of the brush over the first letter and click once
You will now have to erase any parts that overlap any other letters:
Click over each letter
Ctrl+Click on the thumbnail of the Text bg layer in the layers palette to select the pixels
With the pattern1 layer active, hit the delete key
Repeat steps 3 and 4, working on the Text bg copy layer (erase the letters that weren’t erased last time), with the visibility of both Text bg and pattern1 turned off
Name your new layer ‘pattern2’
Don’t forget to erase the overlapping parts of the pattern as before.
Restore visibility to all layers
Make pattern2 layer active
Hold down the shift key and select pattern1 layer also
Right click and click Merge Layers
Rename the layer ‘pattern’
Duplicate the pattern layer twice
Merge the 3 pattern layers together
Double click on the layer in the layers palette and apply the following Gradient Overlay (using Adoralyna’s Golden Metal Gradients Set) and Bevel and Emboss settings:
Duplicate the layer
Merge the two layers Text bg and Text bg copy together
Duplicate the layer
Drag the new layer to just below the pattern copy layer and merge those two layers together
Rename this layer ‘rust’
Filter>Distort>Ocean Ripple – apply the following settings:
Double click on the layer in the layers palette and apply the following Bevel and Emboss and Color Overlay settings:
Duplicate the layer and rename the layer ‘highlights’
Double click on the highlights layer and change the color overlay settings as follows:
Create a new layer and merge the empty layer with the highlights layer to rasterise the effects.
Double click on the highlight layer and apply the following color overlay settings:
Reduce the layer opacity to 59%
Finally, reduce the layer opacity of the rust layer to 83%
This tutorial appears to go some very long ways around creating the end result, for example, creating the pattern layer – since we need the pattern to be much darker than the brush puts it onto the canvas, it has to be done this way rather than creating a pattern and applying it as an overlay or using pattern fill – by duplicating those layers the pattern does not become darker hence the result will not be so effective.
This effect was actually stumbled upon by accident – I started out trying to make a ‘beaten metal’ effect, but became sidetracked and wandered off that path and along the rusty metal track – these diversities happen often when playing with Photoshop tools!
I hope you find this tutorial enjoyable and informative.