Rusted Type
Photoshop Tutorial

There are many methods to creating rust in Photoshop. Here is one way to make rusted type. We can make our text look weathered with a little effort.

INGREDIENTS

by Colin Smith

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Start with some test on a new layer.
Rasterize the type, by right clicking on the name on the layer thumbnail and selecting "rasterize text" (Render type in PS 5.0 and 5.5)

 

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Select the text (Ctrl/Cmd+Click on layer thumbnail)
Select the linear gradient tool and choose the "copper gradient" fill the text with the gradient.

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Change the color of the text by using the Hue/Saturation option. Press Crtl/Cmd+U to open the command and set it for a gray/blue color.

Duplicate the layer.

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To add the texture:

Filters>Texture>Grain
Shoose the settings as shown to the right.

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Switch to Difference mode and notice how the color begins to come out.

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Now load the layer as a selection by Cmd/Ctrl+Clicking on the layer thumbnail.
Select>Modify Contract Choose 4 pixels.

In the bottom of the toolbox click on the quickmask button, or press the "Q" key

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Filter>Distort>Glass

Choose the settings shown.

 

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Click off the quickmask tool or press "Q" again.
Duplicate the layer

 

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Press the Delete/backspace key to delete the selection.

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Switch to color dodge mode.

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Add an inner bevel to the layer.

Also add a drop shadow to the original text layer for effect.
Here is the effect with a shiny border, for a variation please continue.

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Change the mode to Saturation

Ctrl/Cmd+U for the Hue/Saturation
Change the color to suit

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Drop onto a colored background for effect.
There you have it... Rusted Text. Rust never sleeps! (And neither does Colin these days :)

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