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In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a rusty text effect inspired by the video game “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice“. I will start by creating the rusty text, and then I will add some additional elements to give it a more stylised look.

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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 stocks:


Rusty Metal Texture

Fire Texture


Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 780px with black background. Use the font we downloaded at the beginning of the tutorial, type some texts over the canvas:

Apply the following layer styles to this text layer:

Bevel and Emboss


Satin (use a dark brown color and set blend mode to “Multiply”)

Drop Shadow

And this is the effect so far:

Step 2

Load the rusty metal stock image into Photoshop. Select the entire image:

Copy and paste the selection over to the text, and set this new layer as clipping mask to text layer below. Use the free transform tool to reduce its size:

Create new layer on top and use a soft black brush, paint some dark spots around the text. This adds some depth into the image:

Step 3

Load the fire stock image into Photoshop, select the fire particles using the lasso tool (set its feather value to 40px):

Copy and paste the selection to our document, reduce its size and place it over our text:

Duplicate this layer a few times, move them across and copy all the letters:

Step 4

I further applied some extra fire elements around the text:

I added an ancient sword onto the texts by using the following stock image:

Place the sword on the top left of the text:

I want to make the sword look like it’s spread the fire onto the text, so I picked this following section of fire and made a copy:

Attached this portion of fire onto the sword:

I painted some smoke effect around the text:

I applied some minor adjustments of colour and contrast, and this is the final result (click to enlarge):

That’s it for this tutorial! Leave me a comment below if you have any questions and I will try my best to answer it.

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