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Photoshop: Grunge Text with Custom Brushes

teacher avatar Benjamin Halsall, Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Project

    • 3. Creating Your First Customised Brush

    • 4. Create a Custom Brush from a Photograph

    • 5. Create A Gradient Background for your Text

    • 6. Create Grunge Text Using Your Brushes

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to use customised brushes to create grunge-style textured type. Creating custom brushes from images, working with adjustment layers and using clipping masks to create smart transparency are just a few of the techniques you will cover. 

So jump on in and check out the course! You can see a sneak preview of what will be covered below:


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Benjamin Halsall

Final Cut Pro X & Adobe Courses


For the designer in you I create fun short lessons in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator & Adobe InDesign. I include some creative and technical tips in all my lessons which are always easy to follow. Check out my popular Banksy Yourself Photoshop Class, how to create Polygonal Patterns in Adobe Illustrator or my Photoshop Drawing & Painting Fundamentals.

For Final Cut Pro X editors check out my course Learn Final Cut Pro X in 25 Minutes or learn how to put video inside type, create grunge style text or my basic and advanced split screen tutorials.

I look forward to seeing your projects and am always happy to answer your questions.

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1. Class Introduction: Okay, so there are two parts. This tutorial the first is we're gonna have a look at how we create customized brushes in Adobe Photo Shop. And then we're gonna be applying them to our text to create kind of grunge like text. Look, And this is a nice way of getting image stamps or your own brushes into text or breaking the text up so that you can see through that text through the the the Texas you have up on screen. So if you have a look at some of the examples that I'm showing up on screen now, you'll see this is what we're gonna end up with. So we're gonna take a brush. We're gonna then paint into the image mask on, then actually break that text up in a kind of cool, funky way to create this grunge text look. So let's go ahead and get started with this baby for a shot tutorial 2. Setting Up Your Project: Okay, So in this class, we're gonna have a look at how we create grunge text in a very Photoshopped on. We're gonna be working in a couple of different areas. Infection here. We're gonna create some customized brushes I'm using different images on Also some drawn image is in a very Photoshopped on. We're going to use those brushes within our text to kind of break up the text on a creator this kind of cool, grunge looking effect that you can see here. Okay, So if you've got some images you wanna work with to create your own brushes, that's great. Or you can download on the set of images that are touch a xfiles too. This lesson. So let's go ahead and get started. I have enjoyed a tutorial on day. I look forward to seeing some of the work that you come up with on the class board. Okay, so let's go ahead and get started photo shop. So we're gonna create brand new for a shop document. I'm not too worried about the specific size of what I'm creating here at the moment, so I'm gonna stick with us paper 8.5 by 11 on. I'm gonna flip this toe landscape once I get into photo shop. So go to file New on select US paper letter on, then click. OK, so once you've got that go to image image rotation and then 90 clockwise or counterclockwise, we don't have anything in there, so it doesn't matter too much, and then I'm gonna do Commander zero. So I'm feeling that page to the screen or control zero on the PC. Let's go ahead and say this. I go to file safe on your head and say this the desktop. 3. Creating Your First Customised Brush: Okay, So now that we have our projects out, let's go ahead and create our brushes. Okay, So we're gonna festival, create a brush using brushes, so I'm gonna grab my brush tool. Okay. On. Just gonna increase the size of it a little bit here. I'm gonna use basically black and whites on to create this brush. When you set a pattern for a brush. Then it's using the black, white and gray of that image or what you've painted on screen on to create the brush kind of texture from So it's using the black asses kind of a full color on the gray as a kind of translucent part that brush on. Then the whites will be completely clear. So if we go ahead on, I'm just gonna paint in, and I shape here. Kind of Randall ized shape. I like a little bit abstractions. This is gonna work quite nicely on. Then we'll go ahead and we're gonna fill some of this brush area with some grey. So at the moment, I'm working with 35 pixel brush. Okay, I'm gonna decrease. Sorry. I'm gonna increase the size of that brush. Okay? And I couldn't do it here in the the brush options up here. Or I can right click and use the brush options here. There's a short cut for doing this is the right hand square bracket. So just below the backspace key, okay, we can increase the size that rush to. Okay, I'm just gonna work on one leg here. I'm crazy. I'm pretty rough. So I'm not gonna go to my color over here and change this to a I kind of like two. Great that he's gonna be the translucent parts of the image. And I'm gonna change my brush to darkened. Okay, the reason for doing this I just go back to normal is that if I start painting with that brush now, it's gonna paint over the black areas of my image. But if I go to darken, it's gonna keep the black hair is image because my gray is not as dark as my black. Okay, I'm gonna hard not the issue, So I'm gonna increase the hardness, although up to around 18 90% okay. And then I'm gonna start toe fairly and Samaras this brush. Okay? Okay, so now that we've got some shapes there within the brush. Then we can start to now play with this a little bit. Okay? So I'm just gonna add in a couple of other spots this great here. Okay, I'm gonna go toe edit on scroll down to define brush preset. Okay, So, basically, that's gonna take the black and white plus that image here and make it into abstract brush . It will call this abstract brush. I click. OK, All right. So now you can see I've got that brush set up on because I have gray selected here. It's painting with that gray color so I can use the square brackets again to kind of move my brush and paint with it in different areas. OK, so now let's go ahead and delete everything we have on the campus there. I'm just gonna do shift on F five toe, fill my image with what? Here. Okay, so shifter five will brought the fill option, and then you can fill it with white. So at the moment, my brush is always in the same orientation. Okay, So what I want to do here is actually get it to spin and move around a little bit, so I'm gonna do edit and step backwards, which was which is option Command Z. Okay, We're just gonna take a few steps back, okay? And now, toe, add a random ization to the brush. Gonna change back to the default black and white here. Okay, I'm gonna go to the brushes option up here, so I'm actually got brush selected your new brush on, then I'm going to come across here. So we're gonna work with the shape dynamics and a couple other options in order to manipulate the brush here. So I'm gonna turn on shake dynamics out of its size. Jet, sir. Here. It's on. My brush changes size. I'm gonna get out of it. Angle Jetta. Okay, So now when I hit with my brush, you can see it started to produce them some nice kind of randomized textures. Okay, so that's in hearts about a little bit by turning on the scattering here, but we're gonna scatter this a little bit. Okay, so now you can see even with a small brush, I get some nice, interesting effects going on there. Okay. So we could stick with this and just have some fun with the brush, but I wanna show you the text techniques with this as well On how we can kind of turn this into a grunge style. Look, now you can skip straight from here to the part that you told that covers how toe Apply this to text and to work with the lame ass. Or you can go and have a look at how we're gonna make a brush from an image. 4. Create a Custom Brush from a Photograph: case In the last section, we had a look at how we create brush from painting directly into the shops are using blacks and greys to create brush. So we're gonna do this now with the photographic image. So this is kind of what we ended up with in the last lesson is kind of nice scattering abstract brush, OK, that we can move around and work with. But if we go to file and open, we're now look at how we change in image into a brush. OK, so I'm gonna grab this image of ah plane. Okay, open this up and again. I'll share all these images with you so you can use them and work with them. OK, so here what I want to do is I want to make this into a brush. But I wanna lose the gray that would be around the edge of this image. So couple things I'm gonna do here this is quite high resolution image to turn into a brush and you'll find out if you use a brush that's this big and it will often become distorted or slow down. You're painting with a brush, so I'm gonna go to image image size. I'm just gonna drop the besides this down. Okay, so you re simple image on I'm not. Drop the size down in pixels to one 1000 pixels. Okay, We'll just go to a few andi 100%. And so now I'm gonna move away from the brush tool here so we don't accidentally paint on this on. I'm gonna add a level adjustment layer to turn this gray cloud area to white. So gonna come down to my levels adjustment layer down here, and then I'm just gonna crunch the colors here. So I'm gonna pull my my white since all these gray areas the top of the image, you're gonna become white, And then I'm gonna pull in the blacks as well and just modify this until I lose all that kind of cloud area, and it's just a that kind of pure whites. Okay, I won't lose all that detail around the edge and, well, double check that in a second, but that's looking pretty good. Okay, Okay. So let's minimize the levels adjustment layer here. Okay, so now we're gonna flat on this image, so I'm gonna go to my layers panel just come to the right hand on flat my image. Then I'm just gonna use the magic wand here something a click and hold perhaps the magic wand. Just select all the outside air of this image. And basically, we're gonna change this all into pure white. So I'm just gonna do shift F five, okay to bring up the fill option when we're gonna fill this with white and that just make sure that when we make the brush, we don't have any kind of border around that brush that's gonna make you look a little funny. Okay, I'm gonna go to select on this, like now. Okay? And now I can go to edit Define brush preset. Okay, so I'm not gonna call this plain brush. Okay, so now I have a brush off my plane. So if I jumped my brush tool and you can see I can paint in lots of planes and it's black and white. Now, I've lost the little bits color that I had in that, and we can now go back to our other documents. Grunge text document. Make a brand. You lay here, hide that background layer, never work on this brush a little bit, so we don't want it to be totally flat. So we're going to bring up the brush properties again. Okay, Come to check dynamics, increase the size. Jetta increased the angle Jetta, Andi, turn on the scattering So they get It's nice scattering off that as well. Okay, so we can adjustable these up and down. And so we have to go with God. I'm just gonna do select all. So come on today on delete. And now we should have something that provides a nice texture. I'm not too bothered with this. Looks like a plane or not. I'm or interested in the texture that it produces so we can see we're getting some nice kind of texture with that that you wouldn't get from a normal brush. And this is the way that I like toe kind of make my brush it so you'll see if we kind of flipped to a different color. We get some nice options. It's still on darken eso for jump back to normal. Well, see, we get this, uh, kind of variation off that. Okay, so let's turn on the color dynamics as well here. And if we turn on the huge other. Then we're gonna get some variation between the foreground and the background color. And you can play around with this until you're happy with what you have. You can see now that it's either jittering between lots of different colors or just jittering between the foreground and background color, and you can adjust and control that. Okay, so we've got some nice texture that let's delete this layer that were working only got a couple of nice brushes that we can work with him. So I'm gonna save this brush preset, okay? And I'm gonna jump back to this other brush that was using. Okay, Andi, I need to turn the scattering and shape dynamics back on for this. Okay, so now that we've got these brushes, let's have a look at how we can drop this into some text. So we've got these two brushes that we working with, and we'll see how we can have a play around with these wits and text to 5. Create A Gradient Background for your Text: Okay, So this short section we're gonna create a nice background for our text so that when we kind of cut through it and apply, some of the changes will be working with We've got a nice background to work with. So we're gonna grab the great insult here, okay? And I'm gonna change my grade and options. And so it's going from this purple to this orange. Okay. I want to use a radio Grady in, Okay. And we're gonna add a hue saturation adjustment layer to the top. This so I'm not going to necessarily use the purple orange. I'm gonna flip between different colors. So I'm gonna zoom out here just a little by tapping command and minus for controlling minus in the PC. OK, so when I create my Grady INTs now, it's gonna make it a bit bigger that I needed to speak. Okay, so that's why I want to see the edge around here. So I'm gonna go from the left here to the right on. Just let that radio Grady and kind of flow out. Okay? So once I've done that, I'm gonna go down to my layers down here on add a hue saturation adjustment layer. Okay, I'm gonna turn on colorize. Okay, so I'm gonna colorized this. So here. Now, one thing you'll notice with Grady INTs is that you get this banding a lot of time and the next step we're gonna do will remove that. We're gonna have some noise to kind of remove this kind of radiant banding, so we'll leave that as is. And I'm just gonna see what happens when I dropped capacity of this. Just a touch to see what kind of color I get. Okay, that's looking pretty nice. So now I'm gonna go ahead and flatten my image, okay? And then I'm gonna go to view 100% and then I'm gonna go to filter noise on add noise. Okay? So basically here, I don't want to add lots of noise like this. I would just go for, like, 34% noise just to kind of break the image up. OK, so if you go to zoom out, you'll notice that when we're 100% we see much less of that founding. So I'm just gonna add a little bit more so filter noise. And as we add more noise, we lose that banding. It kind of breaks up the image quite nicely. Okay, let's say this image 6. Create Grunge Text Using Your Brushes: Okay, let's go ahead and add a text land so will drag this out on. I'm gonna change my text color to black. Okay, Just type in grunge type. Okay? We're gonna use bold for this, okay? We'll get more of the effect that we want here, and I'm just gonna jump in here and increase this. So one way, I like to increase my Texas by placing the cursor into this area and then just hold down, shift and click the era, and that will just increase it by increments of 10. It's nice. Quick way of getting a nice big text image. Okay, jump back to the moon. It'll on now. I have my type player. Okay, so I'm gonna grab one of my brush is now on a new layer above this layer. Okay? And I'm gonna use the brush toe here, and I will use my abstract shape. Okay? And I'm just gonna select a nice kind of blue. Okay, On with the brush. Till now, I'm with the brush. Till now, I'm gonna just kind of move across this image on Adan some texture to this. Okay, so I'm feeling this layer up with a brush, and I'm gonna flip between a couple of different colors as I do this. And blues and some oranges. Okay. And once I'm happy with the colors that I've got in there and just kind of keep building this up a little bit more, then I'm gonna come down to my lab and right click on that layer and turn it into a clipping mask. Okay, so you can see now, instantly we get this nice kind of breakup of that text layer. Okay, so the next step here is I want to cut into this to reveal a bit of the background that I can come back and pay on this layer. Everything we do in this is gonna be non destructive. So we'll always be able to come back and, like, ID, let him more detail into the layers on which will give us a nice control over what we're doing. Okay, so Okay, so now I'm going to create on my grunge type layer a layer mask. Okay, so you'll see. Now I've got a layer mask. So I click on this button down here on that layer, and I'm going to select my other brush tool. So the plane brush tool that I created. Okay, I'm going to use black to paint on here. So basically, now when I paint on here, it's gonna be cutting into that type so you can see here. I'm cutting away at the edges of the type here. Okay? All right. So I'm gonna do a couple things here just as we modify the song at a hue saturation adjustment layer for the layer below. Just kind of tweak and work on the color. Okay. And I'm gonna do the same for these two layers, so I'm gonna add a hue saturation adjustment layer here, turn on colorize and right. Click here and turn on a clipping mask. Okay. And that's gonna restrict any kind of adjustments I do to that layer. Okay. So you can see now we start to get kind of effect that I'm looking for. This kind of slicing into the type and what you need to make sure when you're doing this is that you work on the right layer. Okay, so I'm accidentally painted on this layer here, so I'm gonna jump back in to my type, blame us, and then I can just use the black here to kind of slice out parts of my text. And then if I flip the white to the foreground image, I can paint back in parts of that text so I can use the X key to flick these back and forth and then just cut in to that in some spots, okay? And then also bring it back. OK, so you can come eat away at this now, As you can see, it doesn't really matter that this was, ah, an airplane. When I using it here, it's more important that it's kind of slicing in. So the image I'm just gonna come back to my brushes here and turn off the color dynamics. It's getting a bit too much control. They're so it's flipping to the white. What I wanted to. Okay, so you can see here. We're cutting nicely into our type. Using these brushes we create on that random ization of those brushes creates a nice effect . Okay, Now, if we create any other layers within that type, it's gonna borrow the transparency from the text laid low, which is nice. So if I add a new layer here, you can see that? All these clipping masks. So fight. Grab a brush tool here on just start paints in some different kind of colors and shades. Okay, then it's gonna trains over the top. I hope that. Okay. And if I pay above the clipping mask here, I don't know the chipping mouths to it. Okay, then it's gonna put some more color into that some different types of content. So normally I'd find myself kind of flipping between things like the arrays, a tool Asai work on this and then also using the different brushes to add some texture and effects. I'm gonna do a couple things here. One is I'm gonna grab a new layer here. Okay, Add it to that stack of clipping muscle I've got. And I'm just gonna grab one of the regular default brushes that I have here. Okay, Andi, I'm gonna pick some different colors. And for this, I'm gonna be using a nice soft brush. So tech hardness right down to zero on. I'm gonna use the square brackets just to increase the size of it. Okay, So once we've done that, you see, we can paint in some nice big glass of color. So I'm gonna pick a couple nights colors here and then just blast him across and Lebanese that layer blend modes to actually refine its a little bit. So let's go to multiply and you'll see we start toe, get some nice map mixing of those colors with the background colors. Okay, I'm gonna finish up on color there. It's gonna be a nice combination of all those different layers that I've worked on on. One very last thing that will do here to add to this is I'm gonna grab an image that I create another lesson on creating polygons in Adobe Photo Shop and we're gonna place this over the top, so I'm gonna go to file place embedded. Andi, grab this polygon image. We'll place it in here. Andi, once I gotta and I are gonna hit, answer and right click. Add it to the clip. Ingmar Set. I've been working on a kind. You can see these nice lines kind of drop in there well and kind of add to that effect so we can keep going, grab our brushes and continue working in these different patterns that we have on one very final thing before we finish up here. This type is totally additive. Also with all the layers and that adjustments we've been doing if we jump down to the type player. Okay, Look for the t of the type player on double quick here. Okay, You can see the text highlights so we can begin to change the text. So Okay. And it keeps all that texture that we've worked in to our previous image. I have you found this useful playing with layers in this way with a layer mask. There's a really fun way to develop different ideas. And I look forward to seeing what you come up with on the project. Well,