Adobe Photoshop Cool Effects

Topics: Stroke, The Strokes, The Stroke Pages: 8 (2302 words) Published: August 25, 2013
Grunge Rubber Stamp Effect

Step 1: Open up a stock image in Photoshop of any size and/or format. The best results for this tutorial usually involve large photographic images with effective color separation.  Since the overall grunge effect will come out of this source image, it is best to select a photo with lots of vertical lines and straight edges going off at different angles.  Rounded objects (especially 'natural' objects) do not work very well.   From personal experience I can say that construction-yard pictures are ideal... although you may still need to experiment a little to obtain the optimal results.

Step 2: Ensure your background layer is selected in the layers palette, and prepare to vastly overexpose the contrast by selecting Image > Adjustments > Threshold from the main menu.    A dialog box should pop up.   Drag the slider nearly all the way to the left, leaving only the most prominent lines and details present.   When you are finished, press the OK button to finalize your changes.

Step 3:  Open up a new blank document (via File > New) of any size with a single white-filled background layer.   Click on the foreground color swatch at the bottom of the tools palette and set it to red.   Select the horizontal Type Tool and create your type.  In my example to the left I used the 'Gill Sans MT Ext Condensed Bold' font with a size of 250pt.

Step 4: Select your text layer in the layers palette and rasterize the text via Layer > Rasterize > Text.  This will allow you to modify the text like a brushed object.  At this point you can further enhance your text as you see fit before going any further. I chose to add a simple border using the Rectangular Marquee Tool and Paint Bucket Tool.

Step 5: This stage is entirely optional, but I find that it often helps to give the logo a little skew via Edit > Transform > Rotate.  Logos at perfect right-angles to the canvas look fake and ruin the illusion of real media that are trying to create.

Step 6: Go back to your original photo document that you created in steps 1 & 2.  Switch to the Magic Wand Tool and click directly inside a black-color area of your photo.  Expand your selection to all black areas via Select > Similar.   Now that you have all the black areas selected, it’s time to Edit > Copy and Edit > Paste them over to your logo document that you made in step 3.  The 'grunge' layer should automatically go to the top of the layers palette.

Step 7: Hold down CTRL on the keyboard (OPT if you are using a mac) and click on the grunge layer's thumbnail in the layers palette with your mouse to reselect the grunge object. Then, without losing your selection, make the logo layer active and press DELETE on your keyboard.  Now all you have to do is lose your selection, hide/delete your grunge layer... and its done!   All quite simple really!

Multiple Text Strokes With Smart Objects In Photoshop

Step 1: Add An Initial Stroke To The Text
Here’s the Photoshop document I’m starting with, made up of a single Type layer containing the word “style” (since we’ll be using layer styles to add the strokes) in front of a black background:

The original document.

If we look in my Layers panel, we see the Type layer above the Background layer. The Type layer is currently active (highlighted in blue):

The Layers panel.

To add an initial stroke around the letters, I’ll click on the Layer Effects icon at the bottom of the Layers panel:

Clicking on the Layer Effects icon.

Then I’ll choose Stroke from the bottom of the list of layer effects that appears: Choosing a Stroke layer effect.

This opens Photoshop’s Layer Style dialog box, with the options for the Stroke appearing in the middle column. First, I’ll choose a color for my stroke by clicking on the color swatch at the bottom of the options:

Clicking on the...
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