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In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design Awesome Grungy Text Effect with Stone Texture in Photoshop. The main focus of this tutorial is how you quickly apply textures and stock images to create great text effect. Have a try!

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Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (Click to Enlarge)

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Ok Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stock:


Grungy Texture (choose one from the pack)

Stone Ground Texture


Step 1

Create a new document with black background (size doesn’t matter for this tutorial), load the grungy textures into Photoshop and select a portion of it, copy and paste onto our document:

Apply the following adjustment layers to it:


Layer mask on the levels adjustment layer:

Black and white

and you will have the following effect:

Step 2

Open up the stone ground texture in Photoshop, use a 30px feather Lasso Tool to make a selection on it:

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, use a soft eraser to smooth its edge:

Add a black and white adjustment layer to this ground texture layer:

Made sure you set the blending mode of this black and white layer to “overlay”:

Use a hard red brush to paint some red lines on the grungy texture for some extra effect: (Set the brush flow and opacity to around 40%)

Step 3

Use the font we donwloaded, type some text on the ground – rasterize and perspective it a bit for more depth:

We only want a subtle effect for the text – so change this text layer blending mode to “overlay”, and erase the edges with a soft eraser:

Paint some shadow under the texture with a soft black brush:

Duplicate this text layer once and resize it as shown below: (change layer blending mode to “overlay” for this motion blur layer)

Duplicate this enlarged text layer once and apply the following Motion Blur filter to it:

and you will have the following effect:

Step 4

Use a cloud brush or render some cloud around the ground texture:

Go back to the grungy background layer, use a soft eraser tool to erase the grungy texture around the edge of the stone – this way you can create a floating effect for the ground:

and you will have the following effect:

Step 5

Load the rock image into Photoshop and select a portion of the rock texture with Quick Selection tool:

Copy and paste the selection onto our document, resize it to cover just the text:

Go back to the original text layer, load the selection of this layer then inverse it with Ctrl + Shift + I, then clear the selection:

Once you clear the selection, make sure you go back to the original text layer, and move it a little towards the left – this creates a fake 3D effect and make the text bolder:

Select the Erase tool and use the following Chalk brush settings for this eraser:

Carefully erase the bottom portion of the text with this chalk brush to blend it into the ground:

Step 6

We’re almost done. For some final retouches, I decided to add some Fibre effect to the text for some extra flavour. So let’s grab a 30px feathered Lasso Tool to draw a selection, fill it with black colour:

Render some Fibers inside with the Fibers Filter:

Change the layer blending mode to “Vivid Light” and drop the opacity to around 50%:

Duplicate this Fiber layer once and change the blending mode of the duplicated layer to “Screen”, drop the opacity to around 40%. You will have the following effect:

Finally, we can add a new Color Balance adjustment layer on top with the following settings:

Layer mask on this colour balance adjustment layer:

and I have the following final effect: (click to enlarge)

Hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful! Till next time, have a great day!

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