Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create cover art for a favorite video or computer game, using several Photoshop tools such as Brush Tool, different blending modes, and more. Let’s get started!

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Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4

Create a new document (Ctrl+N) in Adobe Photoshop with the size 1920px by 1200px (RGB color mode) at a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. Then download a set of brushes for Adobe Photoshop, entitled: grunge procedural, pureanodyne – tribals2 and bloodbrushes2_invaynestock. Create a new layer, select the next brushes from grunge procedural set.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Make some brushstroke using grunge procedural brush as shown. The brush’s color is #F3F8EF

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll apply the same brush, only changing its color on #F4F2E3 and set Fill to 49%.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
We’ll put some color of #E9F3F5 on the left side and on the right one.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
… and then the brush of the color #D4DAD6

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll write the word FUEL and select the Free Transform (CTRL+T) command to turn it over by vertical position.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4

Let’s rasterize the text’s layer by clicking on the right mouse button on the layer in Layers panel and choose Rasterize Type. Click on the bottom part of the Layers panel on Add layer mask icon, click on mask to make it active and use a brush from grunge procedural set to clean out the letters’ edges. The brushes’ color is black.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer (Create new layer) we’ll apply the brush out of the same set of the color #D7D8C8.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
This layer needs to be placed lower than the layer containing the word FUEL.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer again, using here the brushes out of the set, named pureanodyne – tribals2.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
The brushes’ color is black. Choose after that the Free Transform (Ctrl+T) command to incline a little the ornament. This layer needs to be situated lower than the layer containing the FUEL word.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Next we’ll apply on a new layer the earlier used brush out of the grunge procedural set, having this time the color #A6B1AF. This layer will be placed also lower than the FUEL word’s layer.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer, select the Soft Round brush from Brush Tool (B)

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
paint the background around the word FUEL with the color #ECEFDA. Place it lower than the layer containing the word FUEL.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Set for this layer the Blending mode to Color

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Find a photo with a muscle car represented on it, I used this photo from Flickr. I would like to thank the author of this photo:

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Desaturate the photo by pressing (CTRL+SHIFT+U).

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Select Create new fill or adjustment layer icon from bottom part of the Layers panel and click to Curves (Ctrl+M) to adjust the curve shape as shown. Select Sample in image to set white point and click on an area in the image that represents the white point and drag the white point slider along the axis as shown:

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Press OK and one more time CTRL+M. Select Sample in image to set black point and click on an area in the image that represents the black point and drag the black point slider along the axis as shown:

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Select for the photo also Filter>Filter Gallery>Cutout

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
We’ve got the next effect:

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Remove the background using your favorite tools like Pen Tool (P), Magic Wand Tool (W), Magnetic Lasso (L) or even a simple Filter>Extract. Insert it on a new layer and place it under the layer containing the FUEL word.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
On the next new layer (Create new layer) select the Hard Round brush of black color

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
paint very accurately the auto’s windshield.

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4
Create a new layer again and select here a Soft Round brush (Opacity 20%) with color – #F6DB86

Create a Fuel Game Cover in Photoshop CS4

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