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Retro Text in Photoshop

Posted on 25th April 2018
For this tutorial, you will need some “Grunge” Textures and the Free Font “Streetwear” from “Artimasa”.

1 - In Photoshop, create a “New Document”. Double-click on the “Background” Layer to unlock it. Click “OK” in the Pop-Up window and give it a name if you want.

2 - Click in the “Create a New Fill or Adjustment Layer” button at the bottom of the “Layers” Menu and choose “Gradient”. Select a “Radial” Gradient with the following colors: #f1b568 and #f6da85. Play around with the “Color Midpoint” location until you are happy with the results. You can also click move around your cursor on the Gradient to change the position of its center point.

3 - Select the “Type Tool” (T), choose your font (we used Streetwear) and type your text. Use white as “Fill” color.

4 - Double-click on your text layer and apply the following “Layer Styles”:

Gradient Overlay: Gradient Color #2e858d, location: 0% and 100%. (The two squares under the located under “Gradient Bar”). For the ones located on top of the “Gradient Bar” use: (First line) 1st: 100% Opacity, 0% Location. 2nd: 0%, 48%. 3rd: 100%, 48%. (Second line) 1st: 100% Opacity, 50% Location. 2nd: 100%, 50%. 3rd: 0%, 54%. 4rd: 100%, 54%. (Third line) 1st: 100% Opacity, 56% Location. 2nd: 100%, 56%. 3rd: 0%, 58%. 4rd: 100%, 58%.

Stroke: (Color #2e858d)

5 - Right-click on top of your text layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object” and duplicate it (Command/Control + J).

6 - Double-click on your first text “Smart Object” (the one at the bottom), move it a few clicks down and right, then and apply the following “Layer Styles”:

Stroke: (Color #0b4045)

Color Overlay: (Color #0b4045)

7 - Select the duplicate (the one on top) and double-click on it and use this “Layer Styles”:

Stroke: (Color #5ca0a6)

8 - Select your two “Smart Objects” and click on the small “Folder” button at the bottom of the “Layers” Panel to create a “Group”. Name it “Text” and then use the “Free Transform” (Command/Control + T) to rotate your text a bit. We decided to move the top text layer a few clicks to the right and down to center it a bit.

9 - Open your “Grunge” Texture and “Paste” it (Command/Control + V) on top of your text. Resize it or move it around if you think is needed (we rotated the image 180°). Change the “Blending Mode” to “Soft Light” and lower the “Opacity” to 75%. Right-click on top of its thumbnail and choose “Create Clipping Mask”.

10 - Duplicate the texture and place it under the “Text” Group folder and on top of the “Background” Layer and change the “Blending Mode” to “Overlay” and the “Opacity” to 50%.

11 - Check it out

by @lornacane

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