Grungy Rock Star Signature

Create this awesome rock star tag with our easy to follow tutorial.

Step 1 – First of all get a good stock. Not only good but one you like. This time, we’re going to make a tag with a black and white stock. You can get the tag we used here.

Step 2 – As you can see, the stock isn’t big enough to cover the entire canvas When this happens, pick the Clone Stamp Tool and while holding ALT, cick somewhere in the tag (a place where the background is uniform).

Step 3 – Then let go of the ALT key end and click in the parts where the stock doesn’t reach. This will recreate the background you ALT-clicked on that area, In this case, this method was used two times.

Step 4 – Make a new layer and apply image (Image > Apply Image). Then delete most parts with a splatter brush, and after this, just reposition that layer somewhere in the canvas.

Do this again but show another part of the layer.

Step 5 –With the splatter brushes you used on the two above steps, brush once in the area where both layers you did above encounter themselves. Brush in a color that blends well (in this case, black and white are fine).

Do this again, but with another color.

Step 6 –This part can be tricky to people inexperienced with doing masks and so I’ll explain it as detailed as possible. First, make a small circle with Eliptical Marquee Tool and fill it with white. Then on another layer apply image. Then right click on that layer and choose “Create Clipping Mask”, and that layer will have a small arrow pointing at the layer below (in this case, the applied image layer will have an arrow pointed at the small circle layer). Now just move the applied image layer around and you’ll see the layer moving behind the circle. as in a keyhole

Here’s the result of this long step:

Step 7 – Repeat this step but show another part of the layer.

Step 8 – Once again, apply image in a new layer and now delete about half of it. Then, brush some of the areas remaining with a hard brush in white.

Step 9 – With the layer you did in the last step selected pick the Clone Stamp Tool and on a new layer, with a hard brush clone the area you want to clone. Don’t do it neither too big nor too small pick the best size.

Step 10 – Make a new layer, apply image end delete some parts of it. After that, go to the Bending Options menu, click on Color Overlay and pick the black color. Then reposition the layer.

Step 11 – Pick the Line Tool and draw some lines with different sizes and thickness. Use colors which blend well with the tag you’ve made so for (In this case, as usual black and white are good colors)

Step 12 – Pick some random render, preferably a unicolored one. If it has multicolors just put a Color Overlay through the blending options of that layer. Now position it anywhere in the tag so it gives it some flow without ruining the mainly coloring.

Step 13 – Now create a new layer and apply image. Delete most of the layer with some splatter bashes and then reposition it.

Step 14 – Apply image once again in a new layer and now. besides deleting some parts with splatter brushes, use the Clone Stamp Tool to erase or enhace some parts.

Repeat this step once more on a new layer.

Step 15 – Make a new layer, apply image, and delete most of the layer with splatter brushes. Then just reposition it somewhere in the canvas.

Repeat the last step once again.

Step 16 – Now its the time to really add something from outside. Choose a C4D render and put it in your canvas. Depending on the render you picked and placed choose the most appropriate blending mode. With this render, its best to put it in Darken.

Step 17 –Remember how to create clipping masks? Well you’re going to create one now. Choose a custom shape from the ones that come from photoshop (in this case, we’re using the arrow), and after creating a new layer and applying image, create a clipping mask.

Step 18 – Create a new layer, apply image, and go to Edit >Transform > Flip Horizontal.

Apply image in a new layer and while using the clone stamp tool delete some parts with splatter brushes.

Step 19 –Now its time to add some color to it. With a soft brush, brush some small spots of light, and put that layer in lighten (Colour used: #FEO5BA).

Step 20 – With the Pencil Tool, draw some small curved lines coming from the light spots with the same color as used.

Step 21 –Make a new layer, apply images, add some random filters (you pick a good selection), and delete parts with splatter brushes, as usual.

Step 22 –Now its time to pick the Blur Tool and blur some minor parts of the tag. Don’t blur it too much, as it may look bad. Then put this layers opacity at 80.

Step 23 –Remember that random stock you used before? (In this case, it looked like a wing) Well pick it up again, and put it somewhere in the middle. Delete some parts of it, but keep it visible.

Copy it again into your tag and erase some other parts of it, and also change its position.

Step 24 – With a soft round brush in a new layer, make another spotlight, with more intensity this time (make it white). Put that layer in Lighten. Then duplicate it (the duplicated layer should come already in Lighten If not, just put it in lighten).

Make another spotlight in a new layer, in a different place, but this time, put it in overlay.

Step 25 – Using the Dodge and Burn Tools make some areas darker than others as well as ones lighter than others. This creates more contrast between different areas as well as increases the overall depth of the tag.

Step 26 – For the last time, pick the random stock you used before (the one like a wing in this case), and put it near the focus point, to make some kind of ‘wall’ between the background and the focus point. Delete some parts of it, so it doesn’t look too thick when compared to the other background components.

Step 27 – Make a line with the Line Tool, and fill it with a bright color (not necessarily white, but recommended).

Make a block small circle away from the focus point, to once again enhace the flow.

Step 28 – Make some vertical and horizontal lines in your tag, once again using the Line Tool. Don’t make them too near to the focus point, because it may take away the attention from it. On the other hand don’t make it too away from the focus points because the contrast between the background and the lines color may create another focus point.

Step 29 – Apply image for the last time, in a new layer, and once again use the Blur Tool to take the attention away from those areas. This step may come in handy when you have more than one main focus point. It helps you concentrate the others attention to where you want and not to where they want.

Step 30 –With a hard round brush, brush some connected black circles. Then, using the Eraser with a soft round brush (slightly smaller than the one used to create the circles), erase most of the circles you just designed. Then put that layer in Dissolve, to create a soft dot pattern.

Redo the last step, but instead of creating connected black circles, create connected white circles. Then while erasing erase a bit less than before to make the dots (after you put the layer in Dissolve) more dense.

You can download the final PSD here.

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