Rusted Text
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on July 17, 2003.
It is property of and 2001-2003 to Whisper's Web Works.
Please do not copy or place this tutorial or any of the graphics on any site,
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you may do so without writing for permission, but I always welcome a "who, where" email.  Thank you.

For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro 8  ~ download a trial version.
Xenofex 2 ~ download a trial version.
WW-rust gradients ~ download here,
then unzip into your PSP gradients folder.
(I have included three slightly different gradients, your choice on which to use.)

 

Open a new image:
600 x 300 pixels
Transparent
Raster background
16.7 Million colors

Select your text tool.

Set your foreground color to null and your background to gradient with these settings:
WW-rust (1, 2, or 3)
Linear
Angle 45
Repeats 0

Place your text by clicking on your image.

For the tutorial I will be using:
RUST
Arial Black
Size 120
Create as vector
Stroke 0
Anti-alias checked

Objects > align > Center in canvas.

Activate your Object Selector tool.

Right click on the text and Create raster selection.

Selections > Load/Save selection > Save selection to Alpha channel > Save.

In your Layer Palette right click on the vector layer and Convert to raster layer and rename the layer to text.

Add a new raster layer and name it dark rust.

Effects > Plugins > Xenofex2 > Stain > these settings:
Ring stain checked
Edge width 10.67
Roughness 100
Internal opacity 0
Overall opacity 91
Stain color #B93D17

Add a new raster layer and name it medium rust.

Effects > Plugins > Xenofex2 > Stain > these settings:
Ring stain checked
Edge width 24.29
Roughness 100
Internal opacity 0
Overall opacity 91
Stain color #D07D3A

Add a new raster layer and name it light rust.

Effects > Plugins > Xenofex2 > Stain > these settings:
Ring stain checked
Edge width 70.29
Roughness 100
Internal opacity 0
Overall opacity 54
Stain color #FFBC81

Set your foreground color to solid white and your background to solid black.

Add a new raster layer and name it light pocks.

Select your Airbrush tool and set at:
Round
Size 115
Hardness 55
Step 25
Density 5
Thickness 100
Rotation 0
Opacity 100

Using your Airbrush make a quick sweep across the top like you see below.

Selections > Float.

Selections > Defloat.

Add a new raster layer and name it dark pocks.

Toggle your colors by clicking on the small arrow in between the color boxes.

Flood fill the selection with black, be sure your Match mode is set to none or you will be filling those little spots all day!
(You may want to zoom in a bit to do this step.)

Selections > select none.

Still zoomed in grab your Mover tool and move the black spots 1 pixel down and to the right or left (your preference).

Layers > Arrange > Move down.

This is how your Layer Palette should be arranged:
light pocks
dark pocks
light rust
medium rust
dark rust
text
raster 1

Just a quick Layer Palette review on where the Opacity slider and the Blend mode drop downs are located:

Activate your light pocks layer.

Set the opacity of the layer to 60-75% and the blend mode to Overlay.

Activate your dark pocks layer.

Set the blend mode to Multiply.

Activate the light rust layer.

Effects > 3D effects > Drop Shadow > these settings:
Vertical & Horizontal 1
Opacity 50
Blur 1
Color black

Set the blend mode to Hard light or Multiply and the opacity to 75-100%.

Activate the medium rust layer.

Effects > 3D Effects > Inner bevel > these settings:
Slope #9 (if you want more definition try edger #10 or #11)
Smoothness 10
Depth 9
Ambiance 15
Shininess 60
Color white
Angle 319
Intensity 30
Elevation 25

Set the blend mode to Luminance (L).

Activate your dark rust layer.

Set the blend mode to Burn.

Activate the dark pocks layer.

Selections > Load/Save selection > Load selection from Alpha Channel > Invert image checked > Load.

Hit your delete key.

Selections none.

Go through and play with the blend modes and opacity of the different layers - you get some interesting results.

When you are done playing right click on any of the layers and Merge > Merge visible.

Now it is ready for a background of your choice.

Enjoy!

 

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