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I am making a logo in photoshop and want to add this old spotted vintage type of filter. Can anyone let me know how? Specifically the light dots on the black:

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I'm using photoshop CS4

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Scan in a texture you like, then use it as a layer mask. Google "PhotoShop Grunge Layer Mask" and you'll find dozens of examples and tutorials:

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Or just take a photo of some cleanish concrete, and mess around with the curves/levels – naught101 Aug 6 '12 at 22:56

An alternative approach (there are several ways to do almost anything in Photoshop) would be to create a dark gray layer -- maybe H 0, S 0, B 15 -- above your shape, and clip it to that layer. Add noise (lots -- 20 to 30% or more, Gaussian). Blur slightly. Add a Levels adjustment layer and clip it to your noise layer, then work the sliders until you have the effect you want. (Hint: be extreme!) You can get a subtle granite texture, a star field or anything between very easily.

I'm pretty sure this technique comes from an old Deke McClelland tutorial that builds a versatile, changeable background using essentially this technique. I searched around for it, but can't find it currently. I do have just such a Photoshop file, though, that I use for anything from star fields to grunge to wildly colored textures. Build it once, and it's a resource forever.

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Maybe this. Also maybe related/useful: this, this and this‌​. Just researched for your convenience to embed in related content. – Survenant Lazurite Nov 20 '14 at 6:04

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