Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of Weathered, Painted Graffiti on a Brick Wall

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of Weathered, Painted Graffiti on a Brick Wall


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create the look
of weathered, hand-painted graffiti on a brick wall and how you can easily and quickly change its colors. For your convenience, I provided this brick
wall background that you can place your graffiti onto. Its link is located in my video’s description
or project files below. Open your Horizontal Type Tool and pick a font. I’m using, “Graffonti”. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link, as well. I’ll make its size approximately 350 points,
Sharp and Center Alignment. You can use any color for now, since we’ll
be replacing it with the Color Overlay layer style. Click on your document and type out your text. For this font, I’m typing in all lower case. If you want to adjust the space between 2
characters, click between those characters and press and hold Alt or Option as you press
the right or left arrow key on your keyboard. Then, click the check-mark at the top. Click the “fx” icon and click, “Color Overlay”. Click the color box and pick a color for the
inside of your text. You can always change it later if you want. Click, “Stroke”. And pick any color. I’ll make the size 16 pixels, however, feel
free to make it any size you like. The Position is “Outside”. Click, “Inner Shadow”. Again, you can adjust these settings to whatever
looks good to you. I’ll make the color black, the Angle: 43 degrees
and the Distance: 23 pixels. Click, “Outer Glow”…pick a color…and click OK. Make the Opacity and Spread: 100% each and make its size whatever looks good to you. Then, click OK. If you want to add a graphic above or below
your text, press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag your text to reposition it. The graphic that we add to our text will look
best if we begin with a simple, high-contrast, black and white image. For this example, let’s use a graphic that’s
already loaded into our custom-shaped tools. First, click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Open your “Custom Shape Tool” and at the top,
choose “Pixels”. If you’re using CS5 or earlier, the Pixel icon is here. Open your current shapes and click the gear
icon to open your list of Shape presets. Click “All” to load all of them. When you see this message, click OK to replace
the current shapes with all of them. If you like, you either scroll down to see
all of them or drag the window open to see all of them at once. Find one that you’d like use and click it. I’m using a shape called, “Crown 4”. Click the gear icon and tick, “Defined Proportions
and check, “From Center”. Drag out the shape to since that works with your text. To reposition it, press “v” to open your Move
Tool and move it. I want to get rid of the bottom part of the
crown, so I’ll open my Eraser Tool and make sure its Hardness, Opacity and Flow are all 100%. Then, I’ll press Enter or Return. I’ll adjust the size of the eraser with my
bracket keys and brush over the bottom part that I want to erase. We’ll copy the text effects onto our shape
layer by pressing and holding Alt or Option as we drag the “fx” icon onto the shape layer. To change the colors of the shape, click “Color
Overlay” and the color box. You can either pick another color here or click
on a color of the text to copy its color and click OK. Click “Stroke” and the color box. I’ll click on another color of the text to
pick up that color and click OK. I’ll keep the same color for Outer Glow, but
if you want change it, just repeat the previous steps. We’ll convert our text and shape into a Smart
Object so we can wrap them around the contours of the brick wall using a displacement map. To this, first, Shift-click the text layer to make
it active, as well and then click the icon at the upper right of the Layers panel . Click
“Convert to Smart Object”. Hide the graffiti layer and make the brick wall layer active. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ J. We’ll use this copy for our displacement map. Displacement maps work best when they’re slightly blurred. Go to Filter, Blur and Gaussian Blur. Blur it 3 pixels and click OK. Remove its color by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + U. Go to File and “Save As”. Save it to your Desktop and name it “Displacement”. Save it as a Photoshop PSD file and click “Save”. If you see this message, just click OK. Now that we’ve saved it, we can trash it by
either pressing the Delete key on your keyboard or dragging it to the Trash. Make your graffiti layer visible and active. Click the “fx” icon and click “Blending Options”. The “Blend If” feature essentially clips one
layer into another based on the tones of the two layers. In the near future, I’ll be doing an-depth
tutorial on the “Blend If”, but for now, drag the black Underlying layer to the right. Doing this pushes the dark tones of the brick
wall through our graffiti.. By dragging the white Underlying layer to
the left, it pushes the light values through. We can create smoother transitions by splitting
the triangular icon in two. To do this, press and hold Alt or Option and
drag the second half across. You can choose to give your graffiti the degree
of how much you’d like it to be weathered and distressed based on where you drag it to
on the Underlying layer bar. Next, we’ll wrap our text around the contours
of the bricks using the displacement file that we saved earlier. Go to Filter, Distort and Displace. Make the Horizontal and Vertical scales: 8
, “Stretch to Fit” and “Repeat Edge Pixels”. Locate and click the Displacement file and click “Open”. If you want to change the overall colors,
click the Adjustment layer icon and click “Hue/ Saturation”. To restrict the adjustment layer to affect
just our graffiti layer and not the brick wall, either click the Clipping Mask icon
or press Ctrl or Alt + G on Windows or Cmd + Option + G on a Mac. First, I’ll reduce the graffiti’s color saturation to
blend it better with the bricks. Slide the “Hue” to the left and right until
you find a color combination you like. Lastly, we’ll add a soft, dark vignette on
the edges of the background to focus our attention more on the graffiti, itself. Make a new layer. We’ll it with white and since the background
is white, press Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Change its Blend Mode to Multiply. Go to Filter and “Lens Correction”. Open the “Custom” tab and drag the Vignette
slider all the way to the left and click OK. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

28 thoughts on “Photoshop Tutorial: How to Create the Look of Weathered, Painted Graffiti on a Brick Wall

  1. I really love how he goes by explaining step by step on how you do it unlike others that do almost the same thing but waste 30min on every step on how things work and do's and don'ts

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial Martin. can you please make a tutorial on how to advance select and cut hairs in adobe PS. thanks!

  4. Hey Marty, I really like you teaching. Really cool to see the guy who is credited with advancing me from novice to better than novice hobbist. Thanx Marty.

  5. Hi! Teacher Mr Marty. I want to know the name of the image transition program what you use opening and closing of your lecture screen.

  6. Great video but I want to be able to extract the text from the wall keeping the brick effect and just lose the brick background

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