That Wicked Worn Look

I just ran across this series of killer Photoshop tutorials by Cameron Moll, detailing how to achieve “that wicked worn look” and make your images look worn, scratched, and slightly beat-up. Like any Mac fan, I love the Aqua style, but there’s something about the worn look that just gets you. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but when it’s done right, it looks great (see his blog, linked above). The last entry in the series links to a thoughtful entry at Airbag Industries on that style.

I also wholeheartedly agree with Cameron’s recommendation of the Machine Wash Photoshop filters. They allow you to instantly apply an aged look to a layer using the included Actions. If you’re looking to create that style and don’t want to spend the time doing all the work manually, definitely check out Machine Wash filters.

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That Wicked Worn Look

2 thoughts on “That Wicked Worn Look

  1. Don’t rest on your laurels with Machine Wash filters, they are a great tool and there are plenty more if you search for Photoshop brushes with words like dirty, gritty, grunge, etc. Those in combination with a light use of MW will help an authentic look.

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  2. My DH has made some pressure-sensitive Photoshop brushes of his own for achieving the wicked worn look. He wanted something more random than using the brushes that are huge stamps. I’ve linked his site to my name.

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