Creating Toxic Waste Effects Using Photoshop 7's New Brush Features

MonkeyLek · March 24, 2003 10:07 am

This week we are going to look at creating a text effect using the new scatter brush option. This effect is simple to create and its not limited to text, you could create some great background effects with this technique. Start with some text on a new layer. Graphic658.gif Render the type so we can modify it freely. Graphic659.gif Select quickmask mode. Graphic660.gif Under brushes, choose one of the presets that use the scattering option. Graphic661.gif Paint through the text using the brush. Graphic662.jpg Press the "Q" key to switch off the quickmask. You will now see a selection. Graphic663.jpg You will need to inverse the selection. Ctrl/Cmd+Shfit+I Graphic664.jpg Press the delete/backspace key to cut into the text. Graphic665.jpg If you want a stronger effect press the del key again. Here I pressed it 3 times. Graphic666.jpg Add a standard drop shadow in the layer styles and choose a bevel similar to shown. Be sure to change the gloss contour. Graphic667.gif Change the color overlay to a bright green color. Graphic668.gif And here is our effect! Graphic669.jpg If you want to go a step further add a 1 pixel stroke using layer styles. Graphic670.gif This creates a very interesting effect. Graphic671.jpg Experiment with this effect and see what you can come up with. Terrain maps for 3D come to mind. See you at the
Special thanks to for allowing us to reprint their Photoshop tutorials here at Renderosity. You can e-mail Colin Smith, the author of this article, at Also, be sure to check out his resource and training CD, "PhotoshopCAFE Live".

Article Comments

Nuriagi72 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 24 March 2003

Very Nice!!! great work, Colin!

JurgenDoe ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 26 March 2003

Excellent tut Janne. Thanks for this

sudacov ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 March 2003

good. I'd like to try.

bitplayer ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 March 2003

Wow, this is great! Thanks!!

-F1r3Fox- ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 March 2003

i have photoshop 7. it' s a very good prog.! you can so much do wiht it! it's creat!

Hoofdcommissaris ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 March 2003

This reminds me I still need to order PS7. This looks very nice & promising indeed!

TheWarlock ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 28 March 2003

Just chked it out, worked out a new texture.... for the landscape.. n incase instead of the green u try out the rust (brwn) it looks neat with some redoxide...!!! anyway thnx

Commander_18 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 28 March 2003

Great Tutorial! I tried it and it's also great for making a lava effect with a few tweaks. Very useful tutorial indeed.

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solomimo ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 28 March 2003

its a great stuff

BEAST666 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 28 March 2003

This is a very cool and effective effect luv it. BEAST

Doublecrash ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 30 March 2003

That's great!

justG ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 15 March 2004

It's amazing what can be done when one thinks "outside the box." It would never occur to me to use the scatter brush as anything but a... brush! Thanks for a great tutorial (nearly a year late, but hey, better'n never, eh?) :)