Falling Off the Wall Text Effect – Photoshop Tutorial

At some time or another we have all seen it – neighbourhood walls with old and deprecated graffiti or, just as common, you may have seen some flyers or posters that have been stuck for so long on these walls that they start to peel and hang on by their edges. It is this effect that is recreated in this tutorial. Rather than use typical grafitti or a common poster this tutorial opted to combine the two, and have old and peeling posterized letters graffiti slowly peeling and falling from the wall.

So, without much delay let’s get on with the tutorial…

Falling Off the Wall Text Effect Preview and Source Files

Falling Off Text Effect

Source Files

You can download the .psd file for this tutorial here:

Step 1

Create a new Photoshop document with the dimensions of your choice.

Falling Off Text Effect

Step 2

Bring in the brick wall texture to this document.

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Step 3

Now, I wanted a big wall with lots of bricks on screen so I simply duplicated the brickwall layer, then transformed it using CTRL+T and then flipped it horizontally and aligned it up with the side of the first layer so that it looks smooth and continuous. Then I duplicated the layers again, transformed it vertically and aligned them as well. The result is an OK wall background as shown below.

Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect

Step 4

Now select all the layers with the brick wall and then right click on the layers palette and select the merge layers option.

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Step 5

Select the text type tool and add some text.

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Step 6

Just so that you could get some space between the letters and I then increased the horizontal text spacing.

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Step 7

Give the text layer a colour of your choice. Using the rectangular marquee tool select the letter S from the text layer and press CTRL+C to copy it. Create a new layer and paste the copied letter onto it by using the short key CTRL+V. Name the new layer as S.

Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect

Step 8

Take the polygon lasso tool and create a selection on the new copied letter layer where you want it to fall from the wall.

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Step 9

After making the selection hit CTRL+X and then make a new layer and paste using the short key CTRL+V. Name the new layer as S-fold.

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Step 10

Select the S-fold layer and go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation and then change the values so that it looks something like the one shown below.

Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect

Step 11

Select the S-fold layer again and transform it using CTRL+T and manipulate it in such a way that it looks as if it has fallen off from the edge of the alphabet.

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Step 12

Hold CTRL+ and click on the thumbnail of the S-fold layer to select the area of the fold only. Create a new layer named S-shadow. Now, select the S-shadow layer and take the gradient tool with the starting color as black and ending colour as transparent, create a gradient to slightly simulate the fall off of the fold. Also slightly reduce the opacity value of gradient for a smooth shadow.

Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect

Step 13

Give a shadow to the fold layers by right clicking on the fold layers and selecting blending options and then the drop shadow option from it.

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Falling Off Text Effect

Step 14

Select the layers named S, S-fold and S-shadow simultaneously from the layers palette and then right click on them and select the link layers option.

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Step 15

Repeat the above said steps from 7 to 13 on all the letters. This will give you a siniliar effect like the one being shown below. Change the blend mode of each letter layer to Linear Burn.

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Step 16

Color correct the background wall layer by selecting it on the layer palette and then selecting the image –> adjustments –> Hue/Saturation options from it.

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Falling Off Text Effect

Step 17

Create a new layer named clouds just above the background bricks layer.

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Step 18

With black and white as foreground and background colour go to Filter-> Render -> Clouds. Now with a soft brush erase off all the clouds from the other parts of the image, leaving the clouds only near the texts. Change the blending mode to colour dodge and reduce its opacity.

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Falling Off Text Effect
Falling Off Text Effect

Step 19

Bring in the paper texture and place it just above the clouds layer in the layer palette.

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Step 20

Holding CTRL+ and Shift together, select all the fold layers by clicking on the each of the thumbnails of the fold layers.

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Step 21

Invert the selection using the short key Alt+CTRL+I.

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Step 22

With the paper texture layer selected, hit delete.

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Step 23

Bring the paper texture layer above all other layers and change its blending mode to multiply

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Step 24

Bring back the visibility of the original text layer.

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Step 25

Change its blending mode to soft light and bring down its opacity to 65%.

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Step 26 – Finished

And finally, save the image to the format of your choice.

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