Gerascophobia is an abnormal or persistent fear of growing old or ageing. All things are affected by the passage of time, and they deteriorate as they get older.
Some people like aged, vintage objects, but these old objects can also trigger the fear of growing old. In this tutorial you will learn how to make a metal sign look old and worn in Adobe Photoshop.
The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:
1. Create the Wall Background
Create a new 850 x 570px document, and create a new layer called Wall Background. Copy and Paste the Old Plaster Wall on this layer.
Create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and set the level of Saturation to -57.
Create a Levels adjustment layer and set the levels of the Shadow Input Level to 0, the Midtone Input Level to 1.22, and the Highlight Input Level to 201. Also set the Highlight Output Level to 153.
Create a Selective Color adjustment layer and set the levels Yellows and Cyans.
2. Create the Rounded Rectangle Shape
Create a new layer called Vintage Sign. Pick the Rounded Rectangle Tool and set the Radius to 25 px. Draw a rectangle shape with rounded corners.
Add this layer style to the Vintage Sign layer: Drop Shadow (color
#141715) and Bevel and Emboss (colors:
3. Create the Vintage Sign
Add the Scratched Texture on a new layer above the Vintage Sign layer. Right click on the Scratched Texture layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color. Right click on the adjustment layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Double click on the Selective Color Thumbnail to edit it. From the Colors drop-down, we'll change the setting for Reds, Yellows, Greens, Whites, and Neutrals.
4. Add the Car PNG
Add the Car PNG image on a new layer.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. Right click on the adjustment layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
To change the color of the car, double click on the Hue/Saturation Thumbnail to edit it. Set the Hue to 180 and the Saturation to 51.
Go to Image > Trim and make these settings to cut the image.
Create a mask for this layer by clicking on the mask button at the bottom of the Layers panel.
Go to the Scratched Texture layer, keep the Control key pressed, and click on the layer thumbnail of the layer to make a selection. Press Control-C to copy the selection.
Go to the Car layer and on the Channels tab click on the Car Mask to make it visible. Press Control-V to paste the image.
Press Control-D to deselect.
Make sure you are on the Car layer mask thumbnail and go to Image > Adjustments > Levels. Set the Input Levels depending on how you want the image to look.
5. Create the Vintage Text Effect
Add the text that you want using the Team Spirit Font type. Use the color
#ffffff for the text and size 200 pt.
Add this layer style to the Vintage Text layer. Drop Shadow (color
000000), Inner Shadow (color
000000), Inner Glow (color
464646), Bevel and Emboss (color
#000000), Color Overlay (you can choose the color) and Stroke (color
Click on the Color Overlay style to hide it for now.
Add the Scratched Texture on a new layer above the Vintage Text layer. Right click on the layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Add a Gradient Map by clicking on the Create new fill or adjustment layer button at the bottom of the Layers panel. Right click on the adjustment layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Change the Gradient Map color tones: (color
#bcbcbc, location 30%), (color
#868981, location 53%), (color
#cf3854, location 73%), and (color
#94274e, location 91%).
If you use the Color Overlay layer style, you can easily change the color of the vintage text.
6. Create the Metal Bolts
Create a new layer and use the Brush Tool and a hard round brush to paint a dot in each corner of the metal sign.
Add this layer style to the Metal Bolts layer: Fill Opacity 0%, Drop Shadow (color
#000000), Inner Shadow (color
#000000), Outer Glow (color
#ffffff), Inner Glow (color
#ffffff), Bevel and Emboss (color
7. Lighting Adjustments
Create a new layer and add the Old Plaster Wall on this layer. Set the blend mode to Multiply and add a Gradient Overlay (color
#030201 and color
#ffffff) layer style.
Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer above the Old Plaster Wall second layer. The colors for the gradient are
#9e8b7a with location 12% and
#ffffff with location 100%.
Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Congratulations! You're Done!
In this tutorial you learned how to create an old vintage metal sign in Photoshop using channels and textures. I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial.