How to Distress Text in Seconds With Photoshop Brushes

There are a lot of ways to create distressed text in Photoshop; some techniques are better than others but I have found that the best technique is to use a nice set of Photoshop brushes in combination with a layer mask. This quick screencast will demonstrate this technique in detail and can be used to distress just about any type of Photoshop object.

Final Image

This is what we will be creating in this screencast.


Video Tutorial

Resources Used

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Hey grant, is that the scratch brush set you have available? Great job on the video!!


  • z0r

    Thanks alot, now i know more about “vector mask” button. This solves lots of problems, one of them is styling typography.
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  • thanks for the tips… I’m trying to get a grungier look on my site as well.

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  • I like the effect very much ! distressed text niceeee :)
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  • Brett Walker

    I am using the latest version of photoshop. Ihave tried this method, but just cant get it to work like yours?! I cant seem to make the brush large, or move it around like you did.
    I want to distress fonts on a transparent background to get the effect like you did above.
    Also, in the video you mentioned being able to download the brushes from your site, but I cant find them.
    Any help really appreciated.