September 28, 2008 / Fall 2008 / Photoshop/Illustrator

How do you do that? Spray painting

Written by Idea File Staff

Create a simple spray paint effect that can be used to spice up fonts and graphics.

Spraypaint1. Start with a background image. The background image can be solid or have texture, such as the rock used here.

2. Type your text, in this case, “Class of 2009.” Be sure to choose a thick font. If the letters are too thin, the words may become illegible. It is also important that the color you choose for the type contrasts with the background.

3. Duplicate the “Class of 2009” layer.

4. While still on the duplicate text layer, go to Filter, then Blur, then Gaussian Blur. You will be asked to rasterize the type. Click OK.

5. Once in the Gaussian window, set the Radius to approximately 50 pixels. Click OK.

6. From the Layer Blending mode options, choose Dissolve.

7. Select the copy on the original “Class of 2009” layer and delete it from the “Class of 2009” copy layer. Make sure you turn the “Class of 2009” layer off when finished.

8. Repeat steps three through six for the dancing girl silhouette.

  • Susan Greig

    I was letting new students use this to practice and the gaussian blur at 50 pixels was really scattered – didn’t have the sharp edge close to the letters. Any suggestions? I tried dropping down to 1 pixel and it was still scattered.

    • Jamie Chambers

      Hi Susan,

      One suggestion that I have is that you make sure you are using a bold font–I tried the same effect with a thin font and it didn’t work as well. This goes for any images you want to try the effect on as well. Also, keep in mind when using a blending mode like dissolve, the image may change slightly once you have flattened the file. Hope this helps!

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