Photoshop Tutorial for Rusted Metal

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Photoshop Tutorial for Rusted Metal
Use semi-transparent layers of rust to create a natural-looking effect. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Creating a rusted metal effect in Photoshop involves several steps: you first create the metal, then apply rust as a second layer to the image using a cloud effect, then add some noise to create dark speckles of rust. The rust layer should be semi-transparent to create the appearance of it bleeding out through the metal. If the rust is not deep enough, use additional layers of rust, changing the orientation of each layer to create a natural rust effect.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    Making the Metal

  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and create a new document with a height and width of 500 pixels. Select "Transparent" as the Background Content.

  2. 2

    Select the "Paint Bucket Tool" from the Toolbox. Click the "Foreground Color" and type "5b5b5b" in the text field beside the "#" symbol. Click the background to fill it with an ash grey colour.

  3. 3

    Select the "Burn Tool" from the Toolbox. In the Burn Options bar, Set the Brush at "170," Range at "Midtones" and Exposure at "20%."

  4. 4

    Drag the brush over the canvas while clicking the mouse every second or two to create short, dark swirls. Continue this for at least 30 seconds until the canvas has a cloudy midnight sky look.

  5. 5

    Select the "Dodge Tool." In the Dodge Options bar, set the brush at "120," the Range at "Highlights" and the Expose at "17%."

  6. 6

    Drag the brush over the canvas in swirling motions while clicking the mouse every five seconds until the canvas looks like a worn plate of battleship grey steel.

    Making Rust

  1. 1

    Click the "Layer" menu, select "New" and click "Layer."

  2. 2

    Click the "Foreground" colour and type "703505" beside the "#" symbol. Click the "Background" colour and type "000000" beside the "#" symbol.

  3. 3

    Click the "Filter" menu, select "Render" and click "Clouds." Go back to the "Filter" menu, select "Render" and click "Difference Clouds."

  4. 4

    Click the "Select" menu and select "Color Range." Click on the darkest part of the clouds with the eyedropper. Click "OK."

  5. 5

    Press "Delete" to delete the darkest part of the clouds. Press "Delete" again.

  6. 6

    Click the "Select" menu, then "Deselect."

  7. 7

    Change the Opacity and Fill of the layer to "50%" on the Layer panel. Change the Blending Mode to "Color Dodge."

  8. 8

    Click the "Filter" menu, select "Noise" and click "Add Noise." Type "12" into the Amount text field.

  9. 9

    Click the "Layer" menu and select "Duplicate Layer." Click "OK." Click the "Edit" menu, select "Transform" and click "Flip Horizontal."

  10. 10

    Add additional layers of rust as needed. Experiment with the Opacity, Fill and Noise settings on these Steps to create the best rusted metal for your project.

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