How To Apply a Realistic Rust Texture in Photoshop

In today’s Photoshop video tutorial we’re going to realistically apply a rust texture to a design. This can be done with any kind of image, it could be a single colour logo like I’ll be using in this example today, or even full colour artwork or photographs. The technique makes use of the the Channels in Photoshop to make a selection of a texture, which is then used to erase the artwork wherever there’s rust. Because we’re using the Channels rather than a manual selection, every single tiny detail is captured, which produces an ultra realistic result.

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  1. Great tutorial Chris! I can’t wait to try this out. You gave me a bunch of ideas for using this technique with other textures for a project I’ve been thinking about doing. Thanks!

  2. Wow! How smartly you’ve done Chris! Before, I used blue channel only for masking. Well done Chris ! Now waiting for your next innovation!

  3. Nice tutorial, Chris! I had done something similar with a shot-up and rusty road sign, but had used blend modes and a displacement mask. I will have to try the channels instead. Also, thanks for the idea to print it on metal – it seems so obvious, but it wasn’t to me! :)

  4. Great tutorial! I am not much of a photoshop user but this is something I will try myself! Thanks for sharing, and keep up the great work Chris!


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