Grunge Text Tutorial
Friday, June 1, 2007
Erm, I think today I'll make a tutorial, on how to make grunge text. I try to make it short and sweet, so you guys can do it right away.
Here is the end result:
1st, Making a New Image and The Base Text:
You have to make a new image in paint shop pro. dimensions are (300x150).......
Then use the text tool to make some text. You do need to promote it into a new layer, so as to make things easier to edit later on.
In the layer toolbar, right click the newly made selection (thats the text you've just made), and click promote selection into a layer.
Pls note the color being used (orange), it is in the material toolbar on the right. The font size depends on how big you want the font to be, for me it is size 29. The border of the text should be 0 and all other values are kept as the default.
2nd, Smudging the Text:
You use the smudge tool (If you don't know where is it, it is somewhere in the toolbar on the left) ..to smudge the orange text on its left edge.
Adjusting the smudge tool:
Once the smudge tool is in your hand, you can adjust its settings.. For this example, I've used a circular brush of hardness 100%. Pls note that the opacity of the smudge tool is set to somewhere around 60%-80%, and the step is 24 (so as to make the smudge fade away). The others are at 100%. If you are not sure, pls click on the screenshot to counter check your settings.
Texturing for a grungy effect:
For an added grungy effect, a sponge effect can be added to the brush. See the color selection on your material toolbar? You need to double click the top color to look at the color menu, and from there you select the texture you wanna use! For now, sponge works quite well, as it is one of the More Distorted textures. :)
3rd, Making the Main Text:
Then, use the font tool again, to create some black text. Also, for this time, promote the text selection into a new layer.
I'm not saying the font now, because it will be very messy it i do so. But the text Must be promoted into a layer! You might wanna, do a drop shadow to the text for a nicer look (It is found in the top toolbar: Effects>> 3d effects>> drop shadow).
4th. Smudging The Black Text In Another Layer:
After making the text, It's time to duplicate it's layer and smudge it!
(If you had not known yet, it can be done by right-clicking its layer in the layer toolbar, and clicking duplicate).
You see, you need to have two layers of the text for the effect. As you can see in the screenshot, a sort of grungey blur is made behind the orange and black text. It is done this way:
Remember the smudging you have done to the orange text? Now, you gotta use the smudge tool again. You don't really need to adjust it anymore, cuz' you should have set it correctly for the orange text previously. On the new layer, you can use to smudge the black text here and there.
After the smudging, you have to drag the smudged black text to the bottom of the layers. In The layer toolbar, drag the black smudged text to just above the background.
5th, Adding Ink Splats :
Let me introduce a 3rd new font to add blotches of ink splaaat....
The font size is somewhere around 20....
Because this font hasen't been "pre-eroded" to make a grungy look, you may want to use the eraser tool to erode it yourself.. In the settings for the eraser, the marble4 brush is preferred (Actually, any marble brush can do). Remember to scale it down to 25, so it will be small enough for the splats. Brush a little on the edges.
6th, Adding Extra Simple Brushing: (not really needed, unless you really want some fuller looking text)
Create a new layer above the background.
Select the airbrush tool, and choose the pencil edge medium brush (as shown in screenshot). Then, brush sparingly on the layer, around the text, just enough to make some parts darker.
7th, (optional step, not really part of tutorial)
Ok, for this part, I added the r-factor logo. lol...XD
Basically, it is just another repeat of step 5, but just that now the subject is an arrow instead of ink splats. Then, make another semi-transparent layer with a bigger logo and us the smudge tool to smudge it about ( for layer tansparency, you can set it via the opacity silder in the layer toolbar).
Once you have gotten the hang of it, you can use this tatic for your own banners, websites... etc.
And talking about the ink splat part, it was kind of a weird method, but you rather save time by using others's pre-made splats instead of drawing one yourself.
Text links.. the links may change anytime, so if it is broken let me know,
The orange grunge font (miasm infection): http://angelwerks.com/channelzero/miasmi.htm
The ink splat font (awesome 80's,.. only some characters are ink splats, you have to find it out yourself by testing):
The black font (dekapotmasss):
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