Design a Dawn of War Style Concrete Text Effect in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps I took to Design a Dawn of War Style Concrete Text Effect in Photoshop. I try to break this tutorial down into some fine details and hopefully will give beginners some ideas of how to apply textures to font, plus masking and image adjustments. Have a try!

This text effect is inspired by the Dawn of War game box art.

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Here is a preview of the final effect: (click to enlarge)

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Ok Let’s get started!

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

Font

Paper Texture

Concrete Texture

Step 1

Create a new document size 720px * 900px, load the paper texture into Photoshop, hit Ctrl + A to select the entire texture and copy it, paste it onto our document and resize it to fit:

We will be adding a few image adjustment layers for this texture to darken it a bit. You can find those commands under Layer > New Adjustment Layer:

Hue Saturation

Levels

Mask on Levels Adjustment layer

Curves

and here is the effect so far:

Step 2

Use the font we downloaded to type some text on the canvas:

Apply the following layer blending effect to the text layer:

Drop Shadow

Inner Shadow

Bevel and Emboss

Gradient Overlay

Stroke

and here is the effect so far:

As you can see, because this bevel effect we added, the text has a nice shinning finish on top:

Step 3

Now we will add some shadow for the text. Firstly Ctrl + Left-click the thumbnail of the text layer to load its selection:

You will see the marching ants around the text:

Create a new layer under the text layer, fill the selection with black colour ON THIS NEW LAYER:

Apply the following Gaussian Blur settings to this shadow layer:

After the blur, move this shadow layer a little lower:

and you have a nice shadow under the letter:

Erase the top right of the shadow with a soft eraser as we don’t really need it:

Duplicate this shadow layer once and compress it down with Free Transform tool, this will form some shadow under the text. Adjust the layer opacity to around 50% for better effect:

and here is the effect so far:

Step 4

Now use the previous method described, load the selection of the text layer again:

Click on the Rectangular Marquee Tool, then move your mouse over the selection, you will see the mouse shape change into something like below:

Click and drag the selection onto the concrete texture:

Copy and paste the selected texture onto the text:

Add the following two adjustment layers as clipping mask on the texture layer:

Black and White

Curves

and here is the effect so far:

Step 5

We’re almost done. For some final touches, we can add some adjustment layers on top of all layers:

Black and White

Mask on Black and White adjustment layer:

Levels

Selective Color

Mask on Selective Color layer:

and I have the following final effect: (click to enlarge, I added some splatter brush to the image to spice it up a bit.)

That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy this tutorial and find it useful! 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.