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Paint on Wall Photoshop Effect Tutorial

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In this Photoshop tutorial I will show you how to create a wall painting effect using your own text, shape, logo and so on. Using this technique you can paint on lots of background textures like wood or concrete. This graffiti effect or wall paint effect can be achieved using some simple layer styles and filters.

It is not really the classic graffiti spray effect, it looks more like an old painted wall, and this old peeled effect can be applied on other grungy textures.


Graffiti Old Paint on Wall Effect

Let's take a quick look at the image that we are about to create. This paint grunge effect it is really easy to obtained even by a Photoshop beginner. We only have to apply some layer styles and filters to achieve the spray effect.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a wall paint effect in Photoshop using a logo, text or a simple shape. This effect it is similar to a graffiti effect and it can be used on different background textures or surfaces like wood, wall, cement or asphalt texture. It looks great on a multitude of textures but they have to be old grunge textures.

Ok so open this old wall texture in Photoshop and call it Wall Layer. Use a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer to darken the image like shown in the preview. If you don't know how, check out this Photoshop adjustments guide for beginners.

Copy this written wall texture in a new layer and change its blend mode to Lighten to make the wall look more grungy.

Time to add a text, logo, shape, etc. You can use whatever you want aslong as you follow these steps. I will use this closed sign combined with a sad emoticon shape.

Using the Magic Wand Tool, select the black areas from the "closed sign" and remove it. Uncheck Contiguous so that you select the black area inside the letters.

Using the Magic Wand Tool, select the white areas from the "closed sign" and remove it. Check Contiguous so that you do not select the letters that are also white.

Fill the sad emoticon with a yellow color and also the letters from the closed sign using brite yellow, green, orange and blue colors. To fill the letters you can use the Paint Bucket Tool. You should obtain a similar result.

Add a black Stroke of around 3px to both layers(closed sign and sad emoticon). Select the two layers and convert them into a Smart Object or rasterize them it is up to you. The difference is that as smart object you will be able to edit them later on. Call the new layer Logo Layer.

Open the layer style window of the new Logo Layer and add a white Stroke of around 8px.

Select the Logo Layer, right click and convert it again in smart object. Keep the same name Logo Layer. Go to Filter, Brush Strokes and choose Spatter to add the spray effect especially on the logo edges. You can at any time edit this smart filter.

Add a layer mask to the Logo Layer; if you are not sure how to add a layer mask in Photoshop find out all there is to know about Photoshop mask from this tutorial - Photoshop mask for beginners.

After you added the mask, make sure you have the mask selected(click on the mask thumbnail), go to the Filter, Noise menu and choose Add Noise. As you can see we obtain a spray effect like the one used for graffiti art works.

Change the blend mode of the Logo Layer to Overlay, 74% opacity level.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer above the Wall Layer. Make a selection out of the Logo Layer(press CTRL and click on the layer thumbnail). Contract the selection with around 5px.

With this selection return to the Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer made above the Wall Layer and add a layer mask. You will see that the layer mask is

For the final touches you can desaturate some areas of the final image result to make it look even nore old, you can add some more scribble and doodle brushes and so on. Here is the final result for the wall paint, graffiti effect as you want to call it. Hope you like it and I am waiting to see your results.

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