That Wicked Worn Look ~ The Series
~ 24 May 2004 ~
Please keep your hands and feet inside the car, ’cause we’re about to kick off one killer ride.
Introducing “That Wicked Worn Look,” a four-part series of how-to’s and savvy conversation, arriving at your very own browser starting this Wednesday morning.
Over the next four weeks, you’ll have the choice opportunity of mastering a few techniques for producing realistic aging and weathering, all with the intent of creating that wicked, sick, insane, whatever-you-wanna-call-it worn look.
Here’s the schedule, subject to change at my discretion and possibly at the whim of irresistible bribery:
- Part One: The Indispensable Tool Trio
May 26 – Three tools are really all you need to do “foundation wear.” I’ll be using Photoshop, but you’ll likely have access to these same three basic tools in nearly any raster program.
- Part Two: Using Photoshop’s Native Filters
June 2 – A pair of Photoshop’s built-in filters makes weathering a breeze. We’ll waft in the breeze long enough to enjoy a few worn vibes.
- Part Three: Wicked Third-party Software
June 9 – Can’t figure out this whole worn thing? No problem. We’ll take a look at software that makes aging so easy to do you’ll feel guilty.
- Part Four: Expert Guest Gala
June 16 – By the time we’re finished with parts one through three, you’ll be worn out. Literally. So I’ll invite a few others to share their weathering and aging tales to breathe new life into the series, at the same time wrapping it all up.
Each tutorial will include 1) step-by-step instructions, 2) illustrations, and 3) an open source PSD file.
With fear of disappointing those of you who think there’s an inordinate amount of work involved in creating a worn look, allow me to preface the series with this warning: It’s easier than you think.
Yup. It’s not rocket science.
That said, I think you’ll learn a few tricks you wish you would have known before.
Safety restraints… check. Boarding area clear… check.
Enjoy the ride.
- Mister Retro Machine Wash Filters - Create worn in seconds.
- Keith Bowman’s Worn Brushes - Create worn in milliseconds.
- That Wicked Worn List - A brief list of sites that have gone the way of the worn.
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I think a simple “woo yay” will suffice.
I’m definitly looking forward to reading this series. It’s going to be great, I can just tell.
We’re not worthy *bows* ;-)
Thank you, thank you! I’m really looking forward to this. You are a good man Cameron.
New to your (wonderful) site, but already looking forward to this article!
I’m glad I decided *not* to go to school for this stuff. Perhaps I should feel guilty for not paying you … no. I don’t.
I can’t wait! :)
Very nice! I’m looking forward to seeing these tutorials.
another b3ta.com regular eh?
nothing boring here … just authentic skill. Awesome. Thank you.
I just spent an entire rainy afternoon shunning my *real* work in favor of aging all my alphas.
Cameron for King. Long live the King.
Another way to speed up the first step is, instead of erasing and the like, flatten the image (save elsewhere first) and apply some brush strokes from the filter menu - i usually use two (angled strokes and spatter) - this will junk up your edges quite quickly, so all you have to do at this point is some random dodging and burning.
respect, this is a very nice tutorial you got here. keep goin’! *thumbs up*
You are amazing. For you to bother to share your knowledge this way is so great. I truly appreciate your efforts and hope that you will continue to genuinely enjoy doing so. It really helps!
‘Impart Of Your Wisdom’ should be changed to ‘Impart Your Wisdom” - gramatically correct.
Thanks for the tip, Andrew. Added to my list of upgrades/fixes.
Finally… a well written, useful, and never boring site of information. I’ll be coming back often!
I’ve been waiting for something like this for so long!
thank you thank you thank you thank you.
Nasrudin walked into a teahouse and declaimed, “The moon is more useful
than the sun.”
“Why?”, he was asked.
“Because at night we need the light more.”
Bank this one under “Stuff every designer needs to know”. Thanks a bundle!!!
Wow, the wicked worn effect is “the new black,” I guess. I’ll have to wait until it is out of fashion before I use it. :)
Hey, really nice site!
Greetz from germany, Stefan
Very nice articles!
I recently did a “worn-out” look and I didn’t have a clue where to start! So I’ve scanned in a torn paper and used colors and ideas from an old magazine. This is how it looks. It’s in dutch BTW :-)
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