How to Make a Logo Look Distressed

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Distressed images feature gaps in the image, often in the shape of cracks or chips. The distressed look is popular among the grunge scene, and also has new-found popularity with sports clothing, which implements the style to create a weathered look. It is most popular among throwback apparel, featuring older logos of franchises. Photoshop allows its users to create distressed look on logos, and users don't need any advanced artistic skills.

Things You'll Need

  • Photoshop
  • Logo
  • Texture image
  • Open the logo design in Photoshop.

  • Open the texture image in Photoshop. Use an image with a varied pattern that has multiple different, but similar, areas of color. Wood grain is a great texture image.

  • Select the magic wand tool, and click on the texture image until the majority of the image is selected, but with some omissions. You want your selection area to look distressed. You may have to tweak your wand settings or click a few times to get the right selection.

  • Drag the selected area into the logo image, and position it over your logo.

  • To get the layer with your texture image, click on the image in the Layers window on the side of the screen, while holding CTRL.

  • Press CTRL, SHIFT and the i-button at the same time to invert the selection. Your selection area should now be the areas that weren't selected previously.

  • Click on the image for your logo's layer, then press delete. This will remove the portions of the logo underneath the selected area, creating the distressed look.

  • Click on the eye next to the layer of your texture image in the Layers window to make the texture layer invisible, and leave you with just the distressed logo.

References

  • Photo Credit Ciaran Griffin/Lifesize/Getty Images
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