Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to create a retro/grunge looking metal text using some basic Photoshop techniques as well as a texture. We are going to then finish off the image using another texture and a few other techniques to bring the whole image together.

You will Need:

Grungy Film Texture

Background Texture (First Image)

Step 1

Create a new 1200x1200px document in Photoshop and bring in your text/logo, and make sure it is set in black (The shorter amount of letters you use, the easier it will be).

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 2

Create a new folder (Layer>New>Layer Set) and call it “Metal” This is where we are going to put all our pieces that will become metal.

Using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), click and drag a dark gray box (#333333) so it covers some of the text/logo.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 3

Continue making different size and shaped boxes, one on each layer (Create a new layer with Ctrl+Shift+N, or going to Layer>New>Layer), so they cover the entire logo.

Now we are going to add some layer styles to each of the boxes. Go to Layer>Layer Style and click on Drop Shadow.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Next we are going to add an inner shadow.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Now add a Bevel and Emboss.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

And finally add a Gradient Overlay.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Add these styles to each box we just created.

These layer styles will add an edge to the box as well as some shading to the inside to make each box stand out on its own. You should have come up with something that looks like a really boxy version of your logo, like I have below.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 4

Now to get our logo shape back, Ctrl and click on the original logo, which will make a marquee selection around it. Click on the “Metal” folder and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask>Revel Selection. This will add a mask to the folder and get rid of the extra metal parts that we had.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 5

Click on the “Metal” folder, and go to Layer>Merge Layer Set. This will turn all those layers in our folder into one layer.

Go to Layer>Layer Style and click on Bevel and Emboss. This will give an edge to the entire text like we had for the individual boxes.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 6

Make a new folder called “Rivets”. Create a new folder (Ctrl+Shift+N), using the Circular Marquee tool make a circle 6x6px and fill it with #999999.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Go into Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Add a Bevel and Emboss

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Also add a Gradient Overlay. This will give our rivet more of a shape to it.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 7

Duplicate the Rivet we just made with Ctrl+J and put as many as you would like throughout the logo, on the corners of the boxes.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 8

We are now going to add a texture to give the metal a little bit of inconsistency, for a little more realistic look. Go get the grungy film texture from Zen Textures.

Shrink the texture down until you get a section that you like. Now Ctrl and Click on the original black logo layer, to select it. Click on the texture layer and go to Layer>Add Layer Mask>Revel Selection. This will make the texture only show up on the logo. Change the blend mode to Soft
Light and change the opacity to 50%.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 9

Now we are going to go get our background texture (the first one) from Lost and Taken.

Open up the texture in Photoshop and go to Image>Rotate Canvas>90 degrees CCW. This will put the dark part of the texture at the bottom. Now Go to Image>Image Size, change the resolution to 72 pixels/inch and the height under Pixel Dimensions to 1200px.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Bring the texture into our document and put it just above the background layer.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 10

We are going to add a Pillow Emboss around the logo to make it look like it is sunk into the background. So first we need to duplicate the logo with Ctrl+J and move it below the other one. Double click on the Bevel and Emboss on the layer, this will open up the options.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 11

Using a paint splatter brush (Something like this brush from brusheezy) we are going to put some paint splatters like the one to the right of the logo.

Change the blend mode to Overlay and duplicate the layer with Ctrl+J.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 12

Now we are going to add some text below the logo in white. Add a drop shadow to it by going to Layer>Layer Style>Drop Shadow.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 13

To finish off the design, we are going to add a few small finishing touches. First, using the Square Marquee tool (M), change the feather to 50px, then click and drag a box around the entire document. Create a new layer (Ctrl+Shift+N), go to Select>Inverse and fill with black. Change the blend mode to Overlay. This will give the image a subtle dark edge.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 14

Now we are going to make the middle of the document lighter. Click on the Gradient tool (G), and using a white to 0% opaque (gray and white checkered) gradient click from the middle out to the edge of the document. Drop the opacity down to 20%.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Step 15

Finally go to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map. Pick a yellow to purple gradient and check reverse. Drop the opacity to 20%.

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

Final

Create a Retro Metal Text poster in Photoshop

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21 Comments

  1. Rob
    18/06/2010

    Nice! That little gradient map overlay at the end looks great! Another way of doing it might be to copy the texture, add a layer mask to the ‘Dd’, then paste it into the layer mask channel.
    Great tutorial

  2. 19/06/2010

    Rob: That’s a good idea, I’ll have to try that.

  3. Ave
    21/06/2010

    Damn, I really like this !
    Learned alot of this :)
    Except that I can’t download the Grungy Film Texture, maybe you can help me with that ?
    The link only gives me a normal .JPG file. Or maybe it’s just me and i’m too stupid to import it :P
    Once again, very great tut. mate :)

  4. 21/06/2010

    Ave: You should be able to open up the JPG in Photoshop, and then drag it into the document.

  5. N
    21/06/2010

    Thanks!

  6. Jeff
    22/06/2010

    Cool. The final design looks really good. The chrome finish looks really realistic. It served as an inspiration for my logo design. I got my designer from logodesignstation.com to design it based on some of the elements I liked and it turned out great. Many people were quite amazed at how good it looked. Thanks for posting this!

  7. 17/07/2010

    Great tutorial! The outcome was very nice

  8. Dekuu
    23/07/2010

    lovely work please keep on the good works. i really appreciate your tips. thank you.

  9. 26/07/2010

    Really cool design tutorial !!

  10. Sebinho
    31/07/2010

    that came out really good mate, Thanks for that :)

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  12. 12/10/2010

    Nice outcome. I will try it for sure.
    Thanks for the tutorial. Its really helpful.

  13. Zeeshan Khan
    20/01/2011

    i realy like it..

  14. ali
    23/01/2011

    This is awesome tutorial, I just used it in my project, but more grungy looking. Thanks alot for this tutorial!!!

  15. natural
    26/03/2011

    man i’ts KAWA bgup

  16. babu ram
    29/07/2011

    nice work i like the type of work thank u!!!

  17. 13/08/2011

    I really enjoy seeing these design guides; it really helps to see an image and description for each step. This would make a really nice promotional poster for a club or electronic music festival.

  18. 03/01/2012

    Howdy! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  19. 28/01/2012

    Finnaly iv’e out of all the sites ive seen this is the only one that gives this good of information. thank you

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  21. very useful . thanks buddy. :) :) :) :) :)