Quick & Dirty Photocopy Effects in Photoshop Staff Pick

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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16 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Introduction & Overview + Contest Details

    • 2. Getting Started

    • 3. Smart Object Setup

    • 4. Effect #01: Distressing Type

    • 5. Swapping Designs

    • 6. Effect #02: Distressing Graphics

    • 7. Effect #03: Creating a Striped Image Effect

    • 8. Effect #04: Creating a Contrasty Image Effect

    • 9. Effect #05: Creating Clumped Toner Textures

    • 10. Effect #06: Creating Toner Textures with Sprinkles

    • 11. Effect #07: Creating Striped Toner Textures

    • 12. Effect #08: Creating Smudged Toner Textures

    • 13. Creating Composites

    • 14. Adding Colour to Your Work

    • 15. Scaling & Saving Your Work

    • 16. Final Thoughts & Conclusion

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About This Class


Add a retro lo-fi print aesthetics to your work by imitating a photocopy look with our special technique for distressing all sorts of graphics & creating unique gritty textures in Adobe Photoshop.

This technique is based on a Photoshop Smart Filters combination which we have developed to be able to easily distress any type of graphics without any additional materials. This class is not about using the pre-existing Photocopy filter in Photoshop! Instead you’ll be learning how to use a few different non-destructive filters to create a range of looks and textures, which can be adjusted and customised to suit any purpose!

This technique is designed for graphic designers, hand-letterers, illustrators & photographers and it is super handy when designing posters, t-shirt prints, working on editorial projects and creating zines, or when you just want your work to look a little less digital!

Using this technique you will be able to easily and quickly distress:

typographic & lettering compositions;
— logotypes;
— graphics;
— drawings;
— illustrations;
— photographs;
and create a number of unique gritty textures.

Everything in this class is based upon non-destructive smart filters, so once you have built these effects, you will be able to easily distress anything you want and create tons of unique textures!

In this class you will learn:

— how to distress type, lettering, logos or any other solid colour graphics;
— how to distress multitonal graphics, illustrations or drawings against a white background;
— how to create 2 different effects to distress photographs and complex multicolour illustrations;
— how to generate 4 different kinds of unique gritty toner textures;
— how to combine distressed images and textures with each other;
— how to colour your distressed images;
— how to scale your distressed images to achieve different results.

I cannot wait to see how you use this technique in your own work, join in now and let’s make something awesome!


To celebrate the launch of our 25th class for the first 2 weeks of this class we’ll be running a special contest and one lucky winner will get a 1 year Skillshare Premium Membership! All you need to do to enter is create a project in this class before Wednesday (noon EST), 3rd of October 2018!

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