Home » Tutorials

Creating a Concrete Text Effect in Photoshop

31 July 2008 9,071 views One Comment

Have you ever wanted to create some realistic-looking concrete text? Follow the simple steps shown in this PSD Nation exclusive tutorial to achieve the effect below. The techniques used in this tutorial can easily replicated and implemented into a variety of designs.

Step 1 – Creating the Background

Because the text will pick up the texture created by the background, creating the background is the most important part of the tutorial.

To start off, we will created a gradient on the background layer with the colors (#1e2110) and (#635f46). Your background should now look something like this:

Step 2 – Adding Grime

In order for this to look like real concrete, we need to add a bit of grime and scratches. To do this, I download a free pack of grunge brushes from Digital Revolutions. You can download them here. If you have your own grunge brushes you wish to use, feel free.

Create a new layer with a blend mode of “Soft Light”, set your foreground color to (#1e2110) and use your chosen brush to create a layer of grime like the one below:

Next, create another layer with a normal blend mode and select a gritty brush and apply a hefty coating of grit.

Step 3 – Creating the Text

Now that we have some good-looking concrete it is time to create the text. We will utilize layer styles to achieve the effect. Select the text tool and type your text on the image before making the following layer style changes:

Notice that the layer’s blend mode is set to Overlay.

Congrats! You have now created some great looking concrete text. Be sure to experiment with the effects used and let us know what type of tutorials you would like to see in the future.

You might also like:

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)
Loading ... Loading ...

One Comment »

  • Bill said:

    Looks pretty good; the only thing I would change is the shinyness of the concrete, you can easily update that by decreasing the opacity of the highlight in the layer styles.

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.