Create Rusted Metal Text Effect Inspired by “Mad Max” Movie

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In this Photoshop tutorial, I will show you the process of creating this Rusted Metal Text Effect Inspired by “Mad Max” Movie. Have a go!

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

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – 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:

Desert stock by HumbleBeez

Font

Rusted Metal Texture

Some particle Photoshop brushes (you should be able to find lots of these over the internet)

Step 1

Create a new document sized 1200px * 800px with black background. We will prepare some background for our texts to reside on.

Load the desert stock image into Photoshop and select the following area:

Copy and paste your selection over to our document and use a soft eraser to fade the top edge as shown below:

Apply the following image adjustments to this desert layer:

Color Balance

Levels

Use a cloud brush or cloud filter, add some subtle cloud effect over on our document: (layer opacity should be around 20% for this cloud layer)

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

We will use the font download and type some texts onto our document:

Use the chalk brush as eraser:

Add a layer mask on this text layer, apply this eraser to the edge of the text to roughen up the edge:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 3

Load the metal stock into Photoshop and select a piece of it:

Copy and paste your selection onto our document, right-click on the layer and make it a clipping mask to the text layer:

Here is the effect after making it a clipping mask:

Step 4

We can add some particles effect over the texts in this step. We will use a black particle brush like this one below:

Simply paint over the text with this particle brush:

We can also add more metal texture onto our text by selecting another piece from the metal stock image:

Again we paste the selection of metal to our document, set it as clipping mask, and choose “Hard Light” blend mode for it:

You will have the following effect so far:

Step 5

We will add some extra details for our texts in this step. Go to the metal stock image and select a piece of rusted metal like this:

Hint: use the Lasso tool (20px feather) to make the selection.

Copy and paste the selection to our document, add it around the texts as shown below:

Paint some extra particles around the text as shown below:

Step 6

For final touches, I adjusted the colour of the texts with this following Selective Color adjustment layer:

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

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy it and find it useful. If you have any questions for this tutorial, please let me a comment below and I will try my best to answer it.

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.