Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Tip Squirrel Week 4

Creating a graffiti wall with actions

I had some good feedback on last weeks tutorial, especially the use of the built in actions that come with Photoshop - this week I will be showing you another trick using actions.

Step 1.

Open Photoshop and create a new document, i'm going to use 512x768, the technique we will be using will double the size of the document, so we will end up with a 1024x768 size picture.

Step 2

Next, like last week we want to access the actions textures, go to the actions palette and locate the Textures -See the picture below. This will give you access to the texture actions.

Step 3

First choose the ink blots action and press the play button to execute it.

giving you a pattern like the one below...

step 4

Next choose the sunset texture action, run this action like before. set the blending mode for this layer to screen.

step 5

Next choose the Marbled Glass texture leaving the blending mode to normal.

Step 6

We now choose the bricks action setting the resulting layer to multiply

step 7

The final action is to choose the rippled oil action setting the result to overlay with a fill of 40%

because these actions are random - each wall will look different :)

Step 8

Next we want to download a graffiti font - go to http://www.dafont.com/graffiti-keny.font and download the font - to install the font follow the instructions here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314960.

Choose the Text Tool from the Toolbox, size to 72pt (change this if you want bigger or smaller text) and set the foreground colour to white and type whatever you want on your wall. Finally set the fill to 35%.

step 9

We want to decorate the text, we use some layer styles. First choose Outer Glow (Layer > Layer Styles > Outer Glow) and leave the default settings. Then we choose the Inner Glow (Layer > Layer Styles > Inner Glow) setting the blending mode to normal and the colour to black. Finally we select Gradient Overlay (Layer > Layer Styles > Gradient Overlay) Choose the spectrum gradient, set blending mode to overlay and click OK.

step 10

Finally make a new Layer at the top of the Layer Stack called Grass, choose the Grass brush from the brush picker and with a foreground set to yellow #a29d18 and a background set to green #197b30 and paint in some grass around the bottom of the wall.

That's about it, please feel free to play with the settings and see what you can produce - as always i'd love to see your results, if you have an comments - please e-mail me at simonrudd@gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

I love actions! I often forget to use them, but if I'm doing really repetitive work, they can't be beaten. :D

Simon Rudd said...

they are ace :)