Create Abstract Text Effect with Metal Scraps in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the processes of creating an abstract style, shattered text effect with metal scraps in Photoshop. We will use just one scrap metal stock image and build the text effect based on it. Methods including image adjustments, selection, brush painting will be used in this tutorial.

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This is an intermediate level tutorial and some steps can be tricky.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in CS6 – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

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 stocks:

Metal Scrap

Abstract Brushes

Step 1

Create a new document sized 800px * 1147px with black background. Load the abstract brush set into Photoshop and use the following brushes:

1 brush

With the brush opacity set to 40% and flow set to 60%:

1 brush setting

Paint some patterns over the background as shown below:

1 paint

Step 2

We will start working on our text in this step. Use any font you like and type a letter over to our canvas:

2 text

Load the selection of this text layer:

2 sel

Load the scrap metal stock image into Photoshop and move the selection over to this image:

2 move

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, and cover the letter as shown below:

2 copy

Use a soft eraser, remove parts of the metal texture as shown below:

2 erase

Apply the following adjustment layers as clipping masks to this metal layer:

Black and White

2 bw


2 lvs


2 curves

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We can paint some lines to joins the broken metals with a small, soft brush with red colour:

3 lines

We will add some shattered metal pieces around the text. Choose one of the brushes from the abstract brush set we downloaded:

3 brush

Go to the metal stock image, create a new layer and paint as shown below:

3 paint

Select this new painted layer as shown below

3 sel

Go back to the background layer and press Ctrl + C to copy the selection:

3 bg sel

Paste the texture over to our document, resize and position the texture as shown below:

3 paste

Use an eraser tool to remove parts of this metal particles as shown below:

3 erase

Repeat the above process and add more metal particles into the image:

3 more

Step 4

We will add some extra effects for our text. Use a cloud brush to paint some smoke/cloud effect to the left side of the brush:

4 cloud

And use a small, soft brush to paint some curvy lines to the following positions of the text:

4 lines

4 more cloud

Step 5

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can apply the following adjustment layers to add some colours for our text:

Selective Color

5 sel col 1

5 sel col 2

5 sel col 3

Set this selective color adjustment layer’s blend mode to “Multiply” and opacity to “60%”:

5 sel col blend


5 curves

5 curves red

5 curves green

5 curves blue

and this is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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  • siddhesh

    awesome anyone who shown it…. thanks

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