Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Distress Text in Photoshop
Have you ever wanted to quickly create distressed text? This method utilizes the Displace filter along with an inspiration image to make it happen.
Download the demo file by clicking the Download Image button below.Download Image
Open the image in Photoshop and covert it to a black and white image by choosing Image > Adjustments > Black and White. Adjust the settings as necessary to create a usable grayscale image.
Choose File > Save As to save your grayscale image. Choose Photoshop for Format type.
Open a new 1,024 pixel by 1,024 pixel Photoshop document and add some text with the Text tool.
Right-click the Text Layer and choose Rasterize Type.
With the text layer active, choose Filter > Distort > Displace. Set the Horizontal Scale and Vertical Scale to 8 and select Stretch to Fit and Repeat Edge Pixels.
Click OK, then navigate to your grayscale image and choose Open. The text is reshaped by the grayscale image.