Creating a Cool Signature (Ice Cube Example)

Today I’ll show you how to make this awesome signature:

First of all make a new document [ File > New ]. I have used 400 by 90. Now fill the new document with black [ Edit > Fill > Black ].

Now find a nice looking render and place it in the middle of the tag. I have re-sized mine because it was big. Make sure it is rendered (without background).

Now find a city stock, and add it to your tag. Re-size it and place it in the middle of the tag, make sure some piece of the stock is visible on the left side of the render as well as on the right, erase where your main render is placed. Set the layer to Lighten .

Now we have some free space on the sides, time to fill that with the same stock. Copy the stock and move it to the right side of the tag. Erase some parts of the tag so that it blends better with the rest of the stock we had before. Set it also to Lighten.

Do the same thing again, but this time do it on the left side of the tag.

Now take your brush tool and select some cool brushes (like something in the grunge style). Now brush a little on both sides of the render. Use white for the brushing color. Erase the parts you don’t like.

Apply image on a new layer [ Image > Apply Image ]. Now take your smudge tool and smudge the city background. After you are done with smudging it, set it to Lighten.

Add a nice looking texture stock and set it to Lighten. Now take your erase tool and by using a soft round brush, erase the parts you don’t like or that don’t look very good.

Make anew layer and fill it with black [ Edit > Fill > Black ]. Then take your brush tool and make some small dots by using a soft round brush. Then take your smudge tool and smudge some of the dots a little bit.

Set this layer to Color dodge.

Make a new layer. Take your brush tool, select a soft round brush and lower the opacity to about 5% and brush on the sides. After you’re done with brushing set it to Dissolve.

Apply image on a new layer [ Image > Apply Image ]. Now take your dodge tool and by using a soft round brush, make some parts around the renders head lighter.

Make a big white dot on the top of the tag where you can see the renders head. Set the layer to Overlay and then you can erase the parts you don’t like or you can just smudge it a bit to give it better flow.

Brush with brown on both sides, then take your smudge tool smudge the brushing. After you’re done, set the layer to Color dodge.

Brush in black by using a soft round brush. It is best to make big dots, like one on the left side, in the middle, and one on the right side, that will give you the best effect. After you’re done with brushing set the layer to Soft light and lower the opacity to 33%.

Make new layer and take your pencil tool and select a hard round brush 1px big. Now make random lines around the renders head, use two different colors.

Apply image on a new layer [ Image > Apply Image ]. Then take your dodge tool and by using a soft round brush make some parts of the tag a bit lighter. Lower the opacity of the layer to 55%.

Add gradient map :

Set it to Multiply at 22% opacity.

Add a Photo filter:

Set it to Soft light at 33% opacity and erase the parts you don’t like .

Add a Photo filter:

Set to screen at 15% opacity.

Add Color Balance :

Leave it at normal but lower the opacity to 70% and erase the parts you don’t like.

Brush in brown over the render’s face by using a soft round brush and lower the opacity of the layer to 33%.

Brush in white on the bottom of the tag, somewhere near the render’s head.

Make a big white dot on the top of the signature somewhere above the renders head, to make the lighting better. Use white for this and a soft round brush.

Brush over the left side of the render’s head with yellow. Set the layer to Soft light.

Add a gradient map:

Set it to Luminosity at 33% opacity.

Apply image on a new layer [ Image > Apply Image ] then do [ Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen ].

Now you’re done. I hope you have learned something new from this tutorial and that you like your outcome.

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