How to Make Metal Scratches With Photoshop

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Scratching a car in real life, also known as keying, is often grounds for some sort of punishable action but on screen, adding scratches is a form of texture and can liven up an image. Make an image look old, shabby, damaged or simply artistic by adding metal scratches with Adobe Photoshop. Using Photoshop's design tools makes designing image modifications almost as quick as doing the actual scratching, but far less damaging.

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    Existing Image

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    Open Photoshop, click the "File" menu and select "Open." Browse to the image you'd like to add metal scratches to and double-click its file name.

  2. 2

    Click the "Lasso" tool on the top of the "Tools" column and draw an outline around a thin line in the picture. When blinking lines surround the thin line, right-click them and select "Layer via Copy."

  3. 3

    Double-click the new Layer 1 line on the "Layers" palette to open the "Layer Style" window. Move the window so you're able to see the outlined area and the window itself.

  4. 4

    Check the "Bevel and Emboss" box and the "Satin" box, which turns the outlined line into a groove with a metal appearance. Click the "OK" button to close the window.

  5. 5

    Right-click Layer 1 and select "Flatten Image." Repeat the "Lasso" process to add additional scratches as desired. Click the "File" menu and select "Save As" when satisfied. Type a new name for the image and click the "Save" button.

    New Image

  1. 1

    Open Photoshop, click the "File" menu and select "New." Enter "Scratches" into the "Name" box. Type the desired graphic's width and height into the boxes. Select "inches" from the drop-down menus. Select "White" from the "Background Contents" menu and click the "OK" button.

  2. 2

    Double-click the Background layer on the "Layers" palette. Click "OK" at the pop-up screen, changing the title to Layer 0. Double-click Layer 0 to open the "Layer Style" window. Check the "Satin" box to form a metal background and click the "OK" button.

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    Click the "New Layer" icon, which looks like a square with a bent bottom-left corner on the bottom of the "Layers" palette. A new Layer 1 is added to the palette. Double-click the "Color Picker" at the bottom of the "Tools" column. Choose a black or dark-grey paint colour. Click "OK." Click the "Pencil" tool on the "Tools" column and draw the scratches.

  4. 4

    Double-click Layer 1 to reopen the "Layer Style" window. Check the "Bevel and Emboss" window to make the scratch lines look like actual grooves in the background.

  5. 5

    Right-click Layer 1 and select "Flatten Image." Click the "File" menu, select "Save As" and click the "Save" button.

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