Graffiti with Photoshop

17 February 2011

Step 1
Find yourself a nice photo of a wall to put your logo on (i found this image on the internet with Google Images). Every image is suitable if there is a suitable structure (no smooth walls!).


Step 2
Place the logo you want to use in a new layer. The logo has to be a pixel-based image (no fonts, paths and shapes) because in the next step we will apply a "perspective transfer" which requires the layer to be pixel-based.


Step 3
Select "perspective transform" in the edit-menu en change the aspects of the logo that it fits the perspective of the wall. When you mak a "perspective transform" the selection you're transforming gets a bounbing box. You can use the lines of this bounding box to align the logo with the wall.


Step 4
The logo was just a bit to wide, but thats no problem. You can adjust this with the normal transform tool (CTRL+T). Make it a bit smaller so it will fit nicely in the wall. If the perspective of the logo doesn't look realistic, redo the previous steps, because the realism of this is the most important.


Step 5
After this, put the blending mode of the logo layer to "overlay":

The result:

Step 6
The logo still has sharp edges and looks more like a sticker than a graffiti drawing. To make this a bit more realistic we are going to blur the edges a bit. To blur only the edges, but not the logo, you'll have to make a copy of the layer and place it under te original logo.

Step 7
The, blur the copied layer with a "Gaussian Blur" with a value of 5,0 pixels. The gaussian blur is found in the filter-menu.

Step 8
At last, to improve the realism, use the eraser tool to erase the logo where the wall is worn down.



If you like the vague version of step 5 more, but with the blurred edges, you can select the blurred layer and click (while holding CTRL) on the thumbnail of the original logo layer. This way you'll select the outlines of the original layer. If you've done this, press DELETE to delete the selected part from the blurred layer.

To make it all even more realistic, you can place another graffiti (a more worn down one) on the wall of erase more from the logo to make it look more worn down.

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First contribution by Dave Scott Design:
Another piece of work was send in by L. Handel:
And this one's done by Jatin Israni:
This is Ryan Christian Robles' work:
And two new contributions by Olivier Weber:
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    24 September 2019


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    06 January 2019

    I have featured your tutorial in my graffiti Photoshop tutorials collection:

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    05 July 2018

    your works are real

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    19 November 2016

    Can someone please tell me step by step where exactly to do this as in what device tablet phone computer something

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    Drew Peacock

    25 October 2016

    Great artwork. 10/10 would do again

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    20 October 2015

    I will try this, thank you

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    14 May 2015

    Interesting. I will use this. Thank you.

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    Kt Boy

    04 October 2014

    I like

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    04 October 2014


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