I've been trying to replicate a spray paint text effect in photoshop with hardly any luck. I downloaded multiple spray paint brushes/assets, the problem, however, is whenever you resize the brush to make it small enough to fit the text, the spray paint noise detail get lost and it looks like a regular soft brush.

I tried other methods as well like using distort/add noise/filter gallery but it doesn't look like the result I want.

Here's the ref image:

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Here's my result.... :'(

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Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • The main difference I can see is the letters are too sharp. Try blurring them a little.
    – Billy Kerr
    Oct 23, 2018 at 12:47
  • I tried doing that, then adding a noise filter to dissolve, but it gets too blurry/not much of spray paint look. I even tried to hide the actual text layer and repaint the text shape with a spray paint brush but again.. it looked like a reg soft brush stroke.
    – aliadams
    Oct 23, 2018 at 13:07
  • Google 'spray paint photoshop' the info should already be out there. Youtube videos.
    – Lucian
    Oct 23, 2018 at 13:48
  • The info is surprisingly not there. All the ones I found were beginner level stencil tutorials
    – aliadams
    Oct 23, 2018 at 13:51
  • If you say so, i would try a combination of blur and noise in several layers. It will probably work at some point but i'll let others investigate this in detail.
    – Lucian
    Oct 23, 2018 at 13:54

2 Answers 2


Select the text layer and go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur

Choose Zoom as the blur method and Draft for quality. Play with the value to fit your desired outcome.

Select the layer and go to Filter > Noise > add noise to give it a grainy look.

Optional: You can use spray paint brush to add further details around the edges.

Final Result: enter image description here


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You could play around with a Dissolve layer mode and a combination of noise and blurs to get something pretty similar. Here's the result I got:

Spraypaint effect sample

To do this, I grabbed the outline of the text, expanded its path by a few pixels, applied a feather to the edges, and chunked away some of the transparency.

Applying a Dissolve layer mode to that will give you a decent "base" for the spraypaint effect:

Feather and opacity changes Dissolved effect

I applied a Radial Zoom blue and a Gaussian Blur to that to add in some aliasing and flavor:

Radial Zoom and Gaussian Blur applied

Putting the solid text layer back on top and adding some monochromatic noise to everything will finish it up.

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