How to Create Graffiti Art and Text in Adobe Photoshop

Creating Graffiti Text

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

This graffiti-style text can be created against a plain background or you can use an image of a brick wall for your background. For the purposes of this tutorial, we shall use a brick wall for an authentic effect. There are two methods you can use to create your graffiti artwork.

Method #1

  1. Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

    Open your brick wall image. Select the text tool and then choose a font and font color. Type in your desired text onto the image.

  2. Rasterize the text: right click on the text layer and then select rasterize.
  3. Select the text using the Magic Wand tool.
  4. Expand your selection using by 3px (Select > Modify > Expand).
  5. Add a new layer behind the current text layer (Shift + Ctrl + N).
  6. Fill the selection with a color of your choosing.

Giving Graffiti Text a Worn Look

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects
Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

Give the graffiti text a worn or faded look;

  1. Select both of the layers (text and background layers).
  2. Merge the two layers together (Ctrl+E).
  3. Select the erase tool, and choose a round brush 250px size.
  4. Adjust the brush hardness to 0.
  5. Erase some of the text edges and portions of text. Reduce the fill to 90%.
  6. Save your image. And you are done!

Method #2

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

1. Select a font and font color, and then type in your desired text onto the image.

2. Rasterize the text: right click on the text layer and then select rasterize.

3. Expand your selection using by 3px (Select > Modify > Expand).

4, Add a new layer behind the current text layer (Shift + Ctrl + N).

5. Fill the selection with a color of your choice.

6. Select the text layer. Select the text color using magic wand tool, and then delete the color.

7.

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

Select the gradient tool. Adjust the settings to create a funky gradient scheme.

8. Add this scheme to your selection.

9. Give it a worn look by following the steps in Section #2 above.

10. Save your image. And you are done!

Give Your Graffiti Text Some Flair

Add graphic elements s to your graffiti to add some flair. For the purposes of this tutorial, we will add a love heart.

1. Create a heart shape using Photoshop’s custom shapes.

2. Feather the shape’s outline by 6px (Select > Feather).

3. Fill the heart with a color of your choice. We have used orange in our example.

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

4. Contract the selection (Select > Modify > Contract) by 3px.

5. Fill the selection with more of the same color

6. Give the heart a 3D-look by adding a white portion to the upper left or right corner of the heart shape.

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects
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Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

Photoshop Tutorial - Graffiti Text Effects

7. Add the completed heart to your graffiti art. And you are done!