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Dripping Blood Text Effect in Photoshop
Tutorials Text Effects 2811 Views January 13th, 2018

Learn how to create a dripping blood text effect in Photoshop using some simple techniques. We will use a Photoshop blood style for the text and some blood drips and stain for the final touches.

For the background you can use a wood surface like I did, or you can use a wall texture, a glass window, etc.


Learn how to create a dripping blood text effect in Photoshop from this quick tutorial.

dripping blood text effect in photoshop

For this text effect we need a grunge wood background; you can also use other surfaces like stone for example. So add this old rustic wood texture in a new layer and call it Wood Background.

grunge wood background

Click on the Create new fill or adjustment layer button from the Layers tab to add a Gradient Map. Set the opacity to 76%.

gradient map in Photoshop gradient map in Photoshop

Add a new Text Layer and type the word "blood". I used the font type LeckerliOne which is a free font type. Learn how to install new font in Photoshop in just a few steps.

text layer photoshop

Right click on the text layer and choose Rasterize Type.

rasterize text layer photoshop

Go to Filter > Distort > Wave to add a blood stain shape to the text.

distort wave photoshop filter

Add this blood layer style to the text layer: Drop Shadow (color #171717), Inner Shadow (color #000000), Inner Glow (color #ff0000), Bevel and Emboss (colors #ffffff and #0d0000), Color Overlay (color #6e0000) and Satin (color #770000).

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The blood text style should now look like this.

blood text style

In a new layer add this dripping blood PNG image. Resize the blood drips to match with your text. Scale down more on the Vertical Scale to make the dripps smaller. Use also the Eraser Tool to adjust the shape.

dripping blood photoshop

If you want you can add a Bevel and Emboss layer style to match more with the blood text.

Add this blood stains texture and set the blend mode to Multiply. Use the Eraser Tool to remove some areas.

Open the layer style window and adjust the Blend If option. Simply drag the White point to around 250 to hide the white.

To make the red color more vibrant, add a Levels adjustment just for the Blood Stains Texture using a clipping mask.

If you want to make the image more scary you can use the Brush Tool to add a scribble. Add a pressed layer style to make it look like it was carved on wood.

Use the Knife PNG image and add a Drop Shadow and Inner Shadow layer style.

If you want you can add a text on the knife. Use again the blood stains texture and set the blend mode to Darken. Right click on the layer and choose Create Clipping Mask to obtain the bloody stains only on the knife.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment above all the other layers.

For the final touches I will sharpen the image using the High Pass Filter technique. Here you can learn how to Sharpen Photos with High Pass Filter; this effect is really useful for creating a crisp image.

Congratulations, You Made It!

The final result for the dripping blood text style made in Photoshop using textures.

dripping blood text effect in photoshop

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2 comment(s) for "Dripping Blood Text Effect in Photoshop"

Aimme Martin
Aimme Martin
8:23 AM Friday, January 19, 2018
This is very simple, but so effective! I love the design but can you help me out in Vector art design i want to learn about it and I will definitely make one for myself:) Have a nice day. reply
8:26 AM Friday, January 19, 2018
I am glad you like our new tutorial on how to create dripping blood in Photoshop.

If you want to learn how to create a vector art in Photoshop here are 2 useful tutorials for beginners: reply

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