Create a Vintage Press Text Effect in Photoshop

Create a Vintage Press Text Effect in Photoshop

Retro and grungy letter press inspired effect using textures

This tutorial will show you how to use Smart Objects, Filters, textures and Clipping Masks in Photoshop to a create a retro letter press style text effect.

Step 1

Launch Photoshop and create a new document, width 900 pixels and height 600 pixels. letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 2

Go to the Layer menu and select New Fill Layer > Solid Color.. click OK and then enter #262627 in the Color Picker letter press retro grunge text effect letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 3

Type your text onto the canvas using Bebas Neue Regular.
  • Size: 180 px
  • Vertical Spacing: 136 px
  • Alignment: Left
  • Color: #ffffff
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Step 4

In order to round the edges of the text slightly, apply a Stroke layer style aligned to the outside:
  • Size: 2 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #ffffff
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Step 5

To make the text look rougher around the edges, first convert the layer to a Smart Object and then go to the Filter menu and select Distort > Ripple...
  • Amount: 35%
  • Size: Medium
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Step 6

Drop in this free texture sample from the Gentle Press Effects set and resize it to fill the canvas, whilst holding down the Shift key to constrain proportions. letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 7

Place the texture layer above the text Smart Object in the Layers panel and create a Clipping Mask. letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 8

Apply a black Color Overlay to the texture layer:
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
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Step 9

Set the Opacity of the texture layer to 50% letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 10

Duplicate the texture layer, change the Opacity to 15%, and move it down in the Layers panel so that it sits below the text Smart Object layer and above the Color Fill layer. letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 11

Change the Color Overlay from black to white (#ffffff) on the duplicated texture layer. letter press retro grunge text effect letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 12

Now we can draw or drop in our custom shape. I am using the Gas Mask icon from the Signia - Vector Icon Pack. Set the fill color to #b4c95f. letter press retro grunge text effect

Step 13

Move the shape layer between the top texture layer and text Smart Object layer, which will automatically add it to the Clipping Mask already set up. letter press retro grunge text effect

Result & Variations

Feel free to experiment with the last step and try out different shapes and color fills: letter press retro grunge text effect letter press retro grunge text effect letter press retro grunge text effect

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