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How Do You Make a Newspaper Effect in Photoshop?

Last updated on September 24, 2022 @ 12:10 pm

The newspaper effect is a popular technique used in Photoshop to give text and images an old, weathered look. To create this effect, you’ll need to use a few different tools and techniques, including layer styles, clipping masks, and Adjustment layers. With some practice, you’ll be able to create your own custom newspaper effect in no time!

Start by creating a new document in Photoshop. You can use any size or resolution you like, but keep in mind that the final product will be displayed on a screen, so you’ll want to make sure it’s large enough to be seen clearly.

Once you have your document set up, create a text layer using the Type tool. You can use any font you like, but a sans-serif font will work best for this effect.

Now it’s time to add some layer styles to your text layer. Go to Layer > Layer Style > Outer Glow. In the Outer Glow window, choose a light color for the glow and set the Opacity to 100%. Next, go to Layer > Layer Style > Bevel and Emboss.

In the Bevel and Emboss window, choose an Angle that compliments the light color you chose for the Outer Glow. For the Height, choose Pixels and enter 5px. For the Gloss Contour, choose Cone – Inverted. Lastly, go to Layer > Layer Style > Stroke. In the Stroke window, choose white for the Color and set the Size to 2px.

With your layer styles applied, it’s time to move on to the next step: creating a clipping mask. A clipping mask is simply a layer that is used to mask another layer so that only certain parts of that layer are visible.

In our case, we want to use a clipping mask on our text layer so that only the letters are visible, not the entire rectangular text box. To do this, first make sure your text layer is selected in the Layers panel. Then, go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask or press Alt+Ctrl+G on your keyboard.

Now we need to add an Adjustment layer to give our text that old-timey yellowed look. Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation or press Ctrl+Alt+U on your keyboard.

In the Hue/Saturation window, drag the Saturation slider all the way down to -100%. This will remove all of the color from our image and leave us with a black and white image.

The last step is optional, but if you want to add a bit more realism to your newspaper effect, you can add some noise. Noise is simply random pixels that are added to an image and can be used to simulate different textures like paper or fabric.

To add noise in Photoshop, go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise or press Shift+Ctrl+N on your keyboard. In the Add Noise window, choose Uniform for Distribution and enter 5% for Amount. Then click OK.’

With these simple steps, you can easily create a newspaper effect in Photoshop! Just remember to experiment with different fonts, colors, and settings until you find something that looks good to you.

PRO TIP: This tutorial is outdated and no longer works with current versions of Photoshop. Do not attempt to follow this tutorial, as it will not produce the desired results.
Madison Geldart

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