Distressing

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Font is ChunkFive and Picture Perfect paper is by Micheline Martin.

There are times when you need a messy, grungy font. Here’s a simple trick to take any font and distress it in Photoshop.

Step 1: Write words and rasterize

In Photoshop, use the text tool to write any word on a new layer. I prefer a wider font, so I’m using the font Chunk Five.

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Rasterize the word by selecting Layer > Rasterize > Text.

Step 2: Create an inverted mask and add/subtract distressing

With the rasterized text layer selected, hold down the ALT key and select the mask icon in the layer palette. (A little square with a circle in the middle.) The text layer will become invisible, but don’t worry – just use a white grungy brush to “paint” the word back.

Just remember: white reveals and black conceals. Set the brush opacity to around 65% to start. You can toggle between black and white to distress the text to your liking, adjusting the opacity to achieve the amount of distressing you want.

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You can also, very carefully, use the grungy brush on the text layer itself to add some messiness to outside the text boundaries.

Step 3 – Paper Option: Clip any paper to the layer

I chose a navy blue polka-dot paper by Micheline Martin and clipped it to the word by placing it over the word and hitting CTRL+ALT+G.

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I could now merge the layers together and drag the word onto a layout.

Step 3 – Blending Option: Blend to a paper

Using the Fonts Don’t Float tutorial (my personal favourite at The Daily Digi!), blend the text onto a paper, further distressing it.

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I could see this being using on art journaling pages, especially being combined with other distressing and grungy techniques like over-painting and paint sprays.

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