Note technology rapidly evolves and this tutorial is over 3 years old, as a result some of the practices used in this tutorial may be out of date.

Grungy Rusted Carbon Fiber Text Effect

Here we’re going to show you how to create a grungy rusted carbon fiber text effect using a couple patterns from Webtreats ETC.

final-text-effect

Step #1

First you will need to download the two textures below and convert them into photoshop patterns for later. To do this simply open each image then go to EDIT >> DEFINE PATTERN in the menu. Alternatively, if you’ve downloaded the source files at the end of this post, simply install the included (.pat) pattern set by double clicking on it.)

Click here to download all tutorial assets in zip file.

Step #2

Create a new transparent document 670px * 400px at 72dpi as seen below.

new670px

Step #3

To keep our psd file organized first click on the folder icon in the layer pallet 3 times to create three folders and name them FRAME, TEXT, and BACKGROUND respectively.

1-create-3-folders-and-rename

Step #4

Create a new layer within the FRAME folder and name it frame. Activate the shape tool by typeing U, make sure the rectangular shape tool is selected, then draw out a square similar to the one below, leaving a little room on the top and bottom.

2-frame-shape-layer

Step #5

Activate the layer styles dialog box on your shape layer by double clicking on it or by going to LAYER >> LAYER STYLE >> BLENDING OPTIONS in the menu. Then enter the settings below.

frame-layer-styles-1 frame-layer-styles-2 frame-layer-styles-3 frame-layer-styles-4

Step #6

Create a new layer above the frame layer by going to LAYER >> NEW >> LAYER in the menu, activate the text tool by typeing T, then type in your title using the settings below.

3-frame-title

STEP #7

Within the BACKGROUND folder create a new pattern fill layer by going to LAYER >> NEW FILL LAYER >> PATTERN in the menu and choose the grungy corrugated metal texture you either installed or created in step #1 as seen below.

pattern-fill

STEP #8

Open the layer styles dialog box by going to LAYER >> LAYER STYLE >> BLENDING OPTIONS in the menu and enter the settings you see below.

pattern-fill-styles

STEP #9

Above the grungy corrugated metal texture layer create a gradient fill layer by going to LAYER >> NEW FILL LAYER >> GRADIENT in the menu with the settings seen below.

gradient-overlay

STEP #10

Open the layer styles dialog box on the gradient layer you just created and enter the settings you see below.

gradient-styles gradient-styles-2

STEP #11

Within the TEXT folder now activate the text tool by typeing T then open the character pallet and choose Arial Black at 310pt with a vertical stretch of 110% as seen below and then type in some text.

text-layer

STEP #12

Duplicate the text layer you just created by going to LAYER >> DUPLICATE LAYER . Then activate the layer styles pallet on the top text layer and enter the settings you see below.

top-text-layer-styles top-text-layer-styles-2 top-text-layer-styles-3 top-text-layer-styles-4 top-text-layer-styles-5 top-text-layer-styles-6 top-text-layer-styles-7

STEP #13

Open the layer styles dialog box on the botom text layer now and enter the settings you see below.

bottom-text-layer bottom-text-layer-2 bottom-text-layer-3 bottom-text-layer-4 bottom-text-layer-5color-overlaybottom-text-layer-7bottom-text-layer-8 bottom-text-layer-9

STEP #14

To create the shadow beneath the text create a new layer beneath the two text layers, activate the brush tool by typeing B and choose a basic round brush with the settings highlighted below. Then paint in a shadow at the base of each letter as seen below.

shadow

STEP #15

To clean up the shadow use the motion blur filter by going to FILTER >> BLUR >> MOTION BLUR in the menu and enter the settings below.

gaussian-blur

STEP #16

To finish up set the layer blend mode of the shadow layer to Multiply and the Opacity to 80% as seen below.

multiply

Thats it!

You should now have something that looks like the image below.

final-text-effect

What’s Included in the Download

  • Fully layered source PSD
  • .ASL file containing the layer styles for the text effect layers
  • .PAT file with both patterns needed for the tutorial – ready to install!
  • .JPG files of the patterns used
  • BONUS: Layered PSD of the variation shown in the preview.
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147 comments on “Grungy Rusted Carbon Fiber Text Effect

  1. Mike says:

    you can never have too many tutorials no matter how simple or complex…your presentation is excellent.

    August 29, 2009 10:26 am
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  2. Sean says:

    Seems like a great tut….but…step 11 confuses me. Why put a text layer in the frame in the beginning then use a different font in step 11 as well as being in the “text” folder? Another part that gets me is, nothing is said about typing any text in step 11 – this could be common sense but i’m just looking at all angles since i can’t figure it out. I’m using CS2. Any help would be greatly appreciated – Thanks!

    November 5, 2009 7:22 am
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    1. Pamela says:

      Yes, I can see why that’s confusing! We will add “Type in some text” to step 11.
      The entire frame folder is actually an optional step that we reuse and add to the beginning of all our text effect tuts.
      We include it because our Webtreats are packaged in these frames and we often get asked why we don’t explain how to do it.

      November 5, 2009 9:30 am
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    1. nika says:

      well neither i can’t find that pattern and see you found it, maybe you could send me the link or something??

      thanks

      January 14, 2010 6:51 am
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      1. Pamela says:

        Go to “Edit > Preset Manager” in the menu, then select “Patterns” for the preset type. If you click on the little arrow to the right you will see a list of pattern sets – select “Artist Surfaces”.

        January 19, 2010 11:38 pm
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  3. Joe says:

    Nevermind, found it. Had to add it off the extras disc of the Creative Suite. Great tutorial, a very eye-catching effect.

    November 21, 2009 5:46 pm
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  4. sooraj says:

    It Is Great i realy loved it thanks so much…. i wana say u some think… GOD BLESS U from my heart. thanks so much..

    January 3, 2010 12:29 am
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      January 15, 2010 9:46 pm
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  5. brian says:

    cant do step 6…my whole screen is black not like yours when most of it is transparent and the bottoms are blac…also i dont have the conchin text? is it only on mac?

    help??? i was gonna use this for my WWII website for my school project

    April 30, 2010 5:16 am
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    1. Lita says:

      Did you create a document with transparent background? Also, on step #4, create a new layer within your FRAME folder, make sure that the rectangle that you draw does not cover the whole layer. There should be some room at the top and enough room at the bottom to hold your text.

      If you are still having trouble with this, let us know.

      May 6, 2010 9:08 pm
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  6. Jean says:

    Hello, thank you for your tutorials!

    I have a question, I change the letter to another one which I dont remember (im a noob) and at the end of the process the carbon fiber patern is only around my letters, the inside are still grey. I have no idea why, so if anyone could please just give me a tip about how to fix it, it would be great.

    Thx again!

    September 16, 2010 8:31 pm
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  7. Manik says:

    Great stuff with great presentation. This tutorial is really nice.
    I love to try this effect. It would be great fun.
    Thanks for sharing. Keep it up.

    October 12, 2010 1:48 am
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  8. mark says:

    THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Followed each step and the result match perfectly urs!!!!! U R GREAT!!!!

    December 19, 2010 1:05 am
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  9. teddy says:

    dude it waz perfect work…i followed the steps…easily understandaple…tnx man…u’re great person!! Fabulos work tnx lot

    May 8, 2011 6:20 am
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  10. Gunjan says:

    step 7…the pattern layer fills everything including the black border areas of my canvas and I can’t figure out how to prevent that..does anyone know how i can achieve the effect they did in the tutorial?

    July 6, 2011 10:27 pm
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  13. sarfaraz ansari says:

    the effect was awesome but will u pls tell me
    u use the pattern on step 12 on duplicate layer
    i can’t find those pattern and u not write abt that pattern will you pls tell me

    September 29, 2011 2:25 am
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  14. musc says:

    1000 x thanks for all these excellent & beautiful tutorilas ++ being able to download also the source pad-files

    a great and helpfull way to learn of it :)

    December 8, 2011 6:02 am
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