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Acidic Corrosion
This tutorial shows how you can make text and images look like they are corroding or decaying from a splash of acid. You’ll need
Photoshop 3.04 or later, plus the Photoshop plugin set for Alien Skin Eye Candy 3.0 or later.

Select a color for the foreground with the

following specs:

H: 292
S: 96
B: 81
L: 53
A: 83
B: 57
R: 181
G: 8
B: 207
K: 1
C: 58
M: 80
Y: 0
K: 1

Prepare a new canvas in Photoshop (Images >>

Canvas), then type the word "ALIEN" in all caps,
press return, and type "SKIN" in all caps. Select
Impact (or a similar thick, bold font) at 99 pixels.
Set the type to "Anti Aliased" and "Centered."
Using the Lasso Tool and holding down the shift
key, select somewhat rounded areas of the text
at random, making sure to include some of the
background (see Figure 3). These masks create
"pooling" areas for the "acid" effect. Make sure
the image is flattened.

With the rounded areas selected, go to the Eye

Candy 3.0 Fur Filter (Filter >> Eye Candy 3.0 >>
Fur Filter) and enter these settings: Wave
Spacing: 385 Waviness: 100 Hair length: 53
Shininess: 38. Click the Check Mark to apply
these settings. This will start the process of
simulated decay.

While the selections are still active, go to the

Jiggle Filter (Filter >> Eye Candy 3.0 >> Jiggle)
and enter these settings: Bubble Size: 11 Warp
Amount: 173 Twist: 0 Movement Type: Brownian
Motion Click the Check Mark to apply these
settings. This further enhances the corrosion
De-select the rounded areas. Now choose the
Magic Wand tool and select any part of the text
that is still intact (any solid purple area). Then, go
to Select >> Similar. This will select all the purple
in the image, including the mangled parts.

With the purple portions selected, go to the Inner

Bevel Filter (Filer >> Eye Candy 3.0 >> Inner
Bevel) and use these settings: Bevel Width: 38
Highlight Brightness: 100 Bevel Shape: Button
Highlight Sharpness: 12 Smoothness: 2 Lighting
Direction: 130 Shadow Depth: 100 Inclination: 32
Click the Check Mark to apply these settings.
This gives the text a 3-D look, enhancing the
decayed areas.

De-select the purple portions. Using the Lasso

Tool and holding down the shift key, carefully
select the decayed areas (encompassing the
"pits" in the text, as well as the "pools" of acid).
Try not to select any of the areas that aren’t
With the decayed areas selected, go to
Hue/Saturation Adjustments (Image >> Adjust >>
Hue/Saturation). Set the Hue slider to +31. Now
de-select, save, and you’re finished!

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