Photoshop – Decay Text Effect

This photoshop tutorial will teach on how to create an effect of decayed text with simple but effective way.


  1. Create a new document of white background with any dimension, my case i am using 500 x 500 px. Type in your text and choose type of font which preferably wide on its width, here i am using Impact.

  2. Then Rasterize the font by right clicking on the Text Layer and select Rasterize Type

  3. Next, find a picture which has multiple objects in it or with complicated object texture. For me on this tutorial, i simply grab a picture of a grass field as shown above. Open it in photoshop of course.

  4. If your picture has more than 2 colors, desaturate your picture by going to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate or shortcut key Ctrl + Shift + U, this will turn the whole picture to black and white. In my case my picture only consist of black and green, so i remain as it is.
    Using that picture, open up the Levels option by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels or the shortcut key Ctrl + L. Then adjust the settings to enhance the picture’s contrast. It’s ok if the picture’s color has gone burst, that’s our objective. In case you don’t know how to control the settings, just follow the number or pattern as shown on the above image

  5. If you are not satisfied with the above result, you can always open up the Levels option again to adjust.

  6. Now, use the wand tool (shortcut key W), using tolerance amount of 20 – 30, make sure the Contiguous is uncheck. Select any part of the the picture to get a region of interest.

  7. While the selection is active, copy it’s content (Ctrl + C) and paste it on top of your text which you had created on step 1. This content will be on it’s own new layer. Name this layer decay

  8. After that, Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the layer decay which was created on step 7 to make a marquee selection all over it.

  9. Hide the decay layer, click once on the Text Layer to activate that layer, use the marquee tool (shortcut key M) and move the marquee selection around. *remember to use marquee too to move and not the arrow tool as it will cut the text straight away.
    After you decide on which area that you want to decay the text, press Delete once. The result might not be as what you want to for the first try, but it’s trial and error kind a way to do it, so u can always undo it (shortcut key ctrl + alt + Z) and move around the region again and delete to see the result, repeat this until you can the desire result.

  10. This is my end result. Please be noted that your result will surely be different from the above shown image, you can’t expect 2 things will decay the same way right? Anyway the effect will still be there.

By using the text created from the above steps, again you can make several designs on it as shown below. Happy photoshop-ing!




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20 Comment(s) On This Topic

seraphangel said during March 7th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

mmm not bad

pinksterz said during March 7th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

oooooooooh! now i know! i always love punkish effects like this!

can try can try! *jumps around*

levian said during March 7th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

wow this is so cool !! i’m gonna try it too !!
πŸ˜€

Cometh said during March 7th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Woot……. grunge effect…. =p

johnny ong said during March 7th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

u are good la….now i can curi tips from here

Edward said during March 8th, 2008 at 12:46 am

How bout drawing grunge Chipster logo?

chingy said during March 9th, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Omg your background so many Chipsters!
And cool grunge effect, πŸ™‚

Hope you’ll win the MacBook k?
Then pinjam me play! XD

keeyit said during March 10th, 2008 at 9:56 am

My friends also good on photoshop.. for me, I just want to use some software to combine my photos and post on blog.. that’s all I want..

boon said during March 10th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

@seraphangel: πŸ˜‰

@pinksterz: do it and show me! hhehehe~

@levian: hope u like it πŸ˜‰

@Cometh: say it decay ler..i very hard only think of a word to replace grunge wan ler πŸ™

@johnny ong: dun lah say curi, is share πŸ˜›

@Edward: wah…gila meh:O

@chingy< ?b>: hahaha, now only u notice πŸ˜› no ler..not mine already the macbook πŸ™

@keeyit: Oooo…but somebody still like to cahnge a bit on the photos, add some captions and watermark πŸ˜€

lil_lil said during March 31st, 2008 at 8:22 am

I think what you are teaching here is great but I am having problem becasue I only have Adobe Photoshop Elementd 6. A new beginner so if you can, can you send me an email showing it. (I don’t have the rasrerize function) Thanks!

djupi said during March 31st, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I’ll put it in my site, may i?

boon said during March 31st, 2008 at 2:56 pm

@lil_lil: i nvr use element 6 before, but i will have a look into it πŸ˜‰

@djupi: hahah, u already used it πŸ˜› but anyway, i don’t mind at all πŸ˜‰

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Feiner Blogg. Ist echt toll! Weiter so πŸ™‚

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