How to Create Street Signs With Photoshop

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How to Create Street Signs With Photoshop

The Adobe Photoshop program can be used to modify old images or even create entirely new ones. If you need a fake sign with humorous text to add to a website, or with a brand name to use as a logo, you can create a your own in Photoshop by using simple shapes and adding in a few textures.

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    Open the Adobe Photoshop program by double-clicking on its desktop icon or by clicking on the "Photoshop" entry in the "Programs" menu of your "Start" bar. Click on the "File" menu at the top left corner of the screen and then choose "New." Name the image whatever you would like and then set the canvas side in pixels to however large you want the sign to be.

    How to Create Street Signs With Photoshop
    Creating a new file
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    Change the front fill colour to black and the back fill colour to white by pressing the "Ctrl" and "D" keys at the same time. Right-click on the shape tool on the main toolbar and then choose the shape that you want to use for your sign, such as a rectangle or diamond. Click on the starting area and then drag across to create the shape on your canvas. Save the canvas as a separate layer so that you can make any necessary changes to it separately later.

    How to Create Street Signs With Photoshop
    The Shape Tool
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    Press the "Ctrl" and "X" buttons on the keyboard to switch the front fill colour to white and then create a slightly smaller shape inside your original shape to act as the outer edge of the sign. Save it as another layer. Create a new layer and then change your front fill colour to whichever colour you want the majority of the sign to be. Choose the radial gradient tool from the toolbar.

    How to Create Street Signs With Photoshop
    Switching fill colours
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    Click on one of the upper edges of the sign with the radial gradient tool selected and then drag down to the opposing corner to create your main colour. Save an image of an actual sign from a website that has a texture that you'd like to use and then open it in Photoshop. Click on the "Image" menu at the top of the screen, choose "Adjustments," and then click on "Desaturate." Fix the colouring of the image by choosing "Auto Levels" in the "Adjustments" menu. Use the "Marquee" tool to grab the portion of the sign that you want and then choose the "Move" tool and drag it over to your original image so that the texture is copied over.

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    Change the colour levels and opacity to create the shading effects that you want. Click on the "Text" tool and then add in the text that you want to appear on the sign. Use the "Shapes" tool to add any extra shapes you want such as arrows.

Tips and warnings

  • Download and use a new type of grunge brush if you want to add an aged or dirty look to the sign (see Resources below).

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