Decaying Text Effect

Today we are going to learn how to give our text this really cool looking decaying effect. So, without any further a due, lets begin shall we…

Lets start off by opening a new document with a background of #3e3e3e, any size will do, but the bigger the better, you will see why later on in the tutorial.

Select you text tool with a large fat font, for this tutorial I have used Berlin Sans FB, and type something in the center of your document.

Right, now that you have done that we are going to add a layer style t the text.

For convenience I have the images here for you to copy. I have resized them to fit on this page, click on the images for larger views…

Go ahead and apply these settings.

Inner Glow:

Inner Glow

Bevel and Emboss:

Bevel and Emboss



Gradient Overlay:

Gradient Overlay



Once those settings have been applied, you should have something similar to this.

For this next step, you will see why I said that a bigger the document the better.

Before we begin this step, you will need to download a brush set that I found here, take a moment to download and load it into Photoshop.

Once you have done that, create a new layer and select Black as your foreground color, then with select a newly loaded brush selected, start to do random brush strokes over tour text, but don’t go overboard with this.

Here is a what mine looks like at this point.

Don’t worry if it looks a bit hideous, we will be cleaning it up in a second.

Now to “clean” it up, Ctrl + click on the text thumbnail on the layers pallet, this will make a selection of the text. With this selected, go to Select – Inverse (Shift+Ctrl+I).

So it looks like this…

At this point make sure that your layer that you added the brush strokes to is selected, once it is, hit the Delete key. Deselect the selection by pressing Ctrl+D.

Your text should be coming along lovely now, here is mine at tis point.

Lets give our text that real decaying feel to it shall we. Again we are going to add a layer style with a few settings, so here we go…

Bevel and Emboss:

Bevel and Emboss



Color Overlay:

Color Overlay

Apply that style and set the Fill of this layer to 25% and the Mode to Linear Burn.

Now go to Image-Adjustments-Hue/Saturation. At this point it i down to you to play around with this as each font will have different settings.

As a guide, Here are the settings I used on mine.

With all o this done, your end result should be quite “decayed”

Here is my Final result

And here is another example…

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