How To Create a Blueprint Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Today we’re going to combine a few simple tools and techniques to produce an old and distressed blueprint effect in Adobe Photoshop. If you’re a bit of a whizz with 3D design software, this effect is ideal for creating cool technical drawings for your concept car, spaceship, or even character models. Export views of the front, side and top, and maybe even a wireframe view to combine into a cool presentation.
Alternatively, you could also find some existing real life technical drawings, like my example of an F-16 fighter, or even create the effect from a photograph.

Aircraft Data Sheet PDF –
Royalty Free Paper Textures –
Dust & Scratches Textures –
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31 responses to “How To Create a Blueprint Effect in Adobe Photoshop”

  1. Jonathan Cerveaux Avatar

    You're the man Chris! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing skills!

  2. E R Avatar

    You my friend, are a god.

  3. The Daily Twitch Avatar

    When I get my four days off I am seriously going to be scrutinising your videos on a whole new level to learn all these tricks and stuff!!! I have so many ideas

  4. Alex Nevi Avatar

    Thank you, great tut! What music?

  5. Stefan Struck Avatar

    Thanks a lot for sharing this one. Excatly what I was looking for. Keep up the good work.

  6. Rrregie Avatar

    thanks for always sharing, I really mean it!

  7. LTGEN groen Avatar

    Thank you Chris my boss just ask for somthing like this

  8. Andrew Coz Avatar

    Cool tutorial Chris! Thanks!

  9. Linda Bigbee Avatar

    Thank you so much for the tutorial. Love the look. And thank you for the textures too!

  10. shem holmes Avatar

    do you know where i can find animal data sheets of the same year span as the aircraft ones.

  11. TongueGooseSka Avatar

    Chris, the layer mode and inversion techniques made me so hard.

  12. MTho Avatar

    Your tutorials are simply one of the best ! Straight to the point and always interesting, keep up the amazing work :3

  13. Kim Nelson Avatar

    Love it! Thanks Chris!

  14. Dale Taylor Avatar

    Another great tutorial Chris

  15. Monjurul Alam Avatar

    awsome………….thanks for sharing..

  16. loveSc7 Avatar

    You're the best, Chris!

  17. Chapit Zulkefli Avatar

    thanks for sharing. just in time for me to use it. awwyeah!

  18. Joe Chalk Avatar

    This is so awsome! You never fail to deliver!

  19. surgtech1503 Avatar

    Right on time. I'm trying to figure though if I could use this technique to make a graphic that would go on different colored tshirts where the color of the fabric would become the background color. Would this technique work for something like that?

  20. pine pine Avatar

    fuck yeah! quick and on point

  21. Sabir Ali Avatar

    hay Chris its amazing tutorial very help full power by with new tip and trick learn many new things . Thanks

  22. Jason Henrickson Avatar

    really cool technique.

  23. Craig Lovelidge Avatar

    For goodness sake Chris! Where were you last week when I needed this 😉 Thanks for putting the tutorial together.

  24. NewZ1997 Avatar

    Great tutorial, thanks! What accent is that tho? 😀

  25. James Parry Avatar

    Great tutorial – love this

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