40 Beautiful Grunge Photoshop Tutorials

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By Jacob Gube

Grunge is a popular trend that gives designs a more organic and realistic look. It also provides a stark contrast to the simplistic, polished and rigid Web 2.0 trend, opting instead for a less uniform and more elaborate form of design.

We’ve discussed grunge style in modern Web design before, as well as tips and tricks to achieve the grunge look. Now, it’s time to put theory into practice by finding ways to infuse grunge themes into your artwork using Photoshop. In this collection, we present to you 40 excellent, high-quality grunge Photoshop tutorials. So fire up Photoshop and get ready to get your hands… dirty!

Beautiful Grunge Photoshop Tutorials

Antique Ace of Spades
This tutorial shows you how to create an old, stained playing card by using Blending modes.

Antique Ace of Spades

Creating an Old-Collage-Effect Poster
Create a textured, old-school collage poster by following this excellent Photoshop tutorial.

Creating an Old-Collage Effect Poster

Quick Grungy Poster
Learn how to create a grungy poster by using smart filters and a few image adjustments.

Quick Grungy Poster

Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an old-world look using stock vectors imported into Photoshop.

Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop

Design a Unique Grungy Website Layout Tutorial
This tutorial will teach you how to design a cool grungy website layout. As well as walking you through the various Photoshop techniques it outlines general design principles and provides pointers for your own grunge designs.

Photoshop Tutorial

Dark Grunge Photo Effect
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see how to “grunge up” a photo using a variety of filters and photo adjustments.

Dark Grunge Photo Effect

Creating Grunge Brushes
In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to create your own custom Photoshop brush that you can use to add grunge accents to your images.

Creating Grunge Brushes

Crazy Movie Poster
Recreate the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie poster using your own images in this tutorial.

Crazy Movie Poster

Creating “Smokey Dancer”
This tutorial involves isolating the subject using the Lasso tool, some image adjustments and texturing effects.

Creating 'Smokey Dancer'

Design a Grungy Floating Island
This tutorial by PSDFAN creates a grungy floating island by using a few Blending modes.

Design a Grungy Floating Island

Distressed Effects in Photoshop
Explore different techniques in Photoshop that give your artwork some wear and tear.

Distressed Effects in Photoshop

Photoshop Expertise
This tutorial shares a method for giving your artwork some texture and depth.

Photoshop Expertise

Filter-Free Art in Photoshop
Create a beautiful, grungy photo montage using only the Layer palette in Photoshop.

Filter-Free Art in Photoshop

Photo Transfer Edge Effect
Apply a distressed border onto existing images by following this brilliant Photoshop tutorial.

Photo Transfer Edge Effect

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork
Create this organic and edgy artwork by using some stock photos and some crafty filters.

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork

Artistic One-Eyed TV Man in a Grunge Vector Design
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a grunge-style wallpaper using stock textures and a couple of custom shapes to add some accents to the artwork.

Artistic One Eye TV Man in a Grunge Vector Design

Urban City Scene on Grunge Background
Create an urban city scene set on a grungy, distressed background.

Urban City Scene on Grunge Background

Design an Old-Style Safari Map
This tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a textured, old-style safari map.

Design an Old-Style Safari Map

Dramatic Gritty Effect
Add some grit to an image by following this excellent grunge Photoshop tutorial.

Dramatic Gritty Effect

Create an Impressive Mock-up of a Grunge Box
Learn how to build a realistic worn-and-torn crate using the Vantage Point Photoshop filter as well as a few other Photoshop techniques.

Create an Impressive Mock-up of a Grunge Box

Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes
Learn how to create a custom brush using folded paper to give your artwork distressed accents.

Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes

Add Stock Textures to Images
Learn how to add a bit of grunge to your artwork by using stock textures.

Add Stock Textures to Images

Burnt Parchment in Photoshop
Give your borders a scorched, uneven look by following this Photoshop tutorial.

Burnt Parchment in Photoshop

Easy Photo Grunge Effect
Give photos a simple grunge effect by adjusting Layer styles and using some filters.

Easy Photo Grunge Effect

Grunge Portrait
This Photoshop tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a grungy portrait.

Grunge Portrait

Daguerre Effect
Learn how to achieve the Daguerreotype look using this Photoshop tutorial.

Daguerre Effect

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a grungy, aged poster design.

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster

Pencil It In
This tutorial shows you how to create a hand-drawn look that uses scanned images.

Pencil It In

Grunge-style layer tutorial
This tutorial uses Layer styles to achieve a gritty grunge look.

Grunge style layer tutorial

Grunge and Textured Art Tutorial
Use this Photoshop tutorial to add a grunge effect to your photographs.

Grunge & Textured Art Tutorial

Create an Awesome Illustration Using Custom Brushes
In this tutorial, you’ll find out how to use custom brushes to create a textured black and white illustration.

Create an Awesome Illustration Using Custom Brushes

Hero Header Part II
Learn how to create a grunge element using Photoshop filters and a stock image.

Hero Header Part II

Create a Fantastic Decaying Metal Sign
Using a variety of filters (five of them to be exact), you can create a rusting metal sign.

Create a Fantastic Decaying Metal Sign

Create a Cool Music Logo on a Grunge Background
Add a bit of grunge to your brand by using a variety of Photoshop techniques and using a free high-resolution brush set.

Create a Cool Music Logo on a Grunge Background

Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout
Mix cartoons with the grunge design trend to create a unique website layout.

Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout

The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper
This step-by-step Photoshop tutorial walks you through the creation of a Dark Knight-inspired wallpaper.

The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper

Building Textures from Scanned Art
This tutorial uses stock photos and a watercolor-washed scanned image to achieve an abstract, paint-splattered design.

Building Textures from Scanned Art

Making a Grungy Business Card
Make your business card stand out by giving it some texture with the help of this Photoshop tutorial.

Making a Grungy Business Card

Ultimate Grunge Design Tutorial
This tutorial walks you through the creation of a grunge website layout that has rough edges and a distressed background texture.

Ultimate Grunge Design Tutorial

How to Create a Grunge Web Design in Photoshop
Witness the steps involved in creating a beautiful grunge-themed website design in this brilliant Photoshop tutorial by PSDTUTS.

How to Create a Grunge Web Design in Photoshop

Want to find more Photoshop tutorials?

This is the fourth part of the “Beautiful Photoshop Tutorials” series by Jacob Gube. If you enjoyed this article, you may also want to consider:

  1. Part 1: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials (on Six Revisions)
  2. Part 2: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Illustration Tutorials (on Six Revisions)
  3. Part 3: 35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials

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Jacob Gube is the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, a web publication for web developers and designers, and the Deputy Editor of Design Instruct, a web magazine for designers and digital artists. He has over seven years of experience as professional web developer and web designer and has written a book on JavaScript.

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    brilliant concept and designs, congrats to all designer who made all of this cool Grunge Style design. I’m inspired in your designs. keep it up and thank you I learn a lot. :)

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    Nice collection Jacob.

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    Cool! Keep it going! Nice one dude :D

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    This is great! Really awesome! :)

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    This is truly a great collection of grunge tutorials and examples. Way t go as always.

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    I get so much from your tutorials!
    Thanks for collecting them and making them readily available.

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    awesome used the PSDTuts before. Another cool post guys =]

    Adam

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  8. 8

    Wow, I’m honestly stunned that 6 of the 40 are mine! Thanks so much for the feature, and the other tutorials in the list will make great reading for me this week :).

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    Again the same? Come on

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    Curt Simon Harlinghausen

    October 28, 2008 7:43 pm

    I like it. Especially the moke ups and the
    Quick Grungy Poster. Simple, but great.

    Stay tuned for more happy days.

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    Great to see two of my tuts in the list! thanks… :D

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    Great tuts indeed….

    PS: It’s getting annoying to see so many lazy people with a FaceYourManga-avatar ;)

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    awesome job

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    Amazing! It will really help to improve the photoshop knowledge as each tutorial has a detail study of working. Thanks for sharing

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  16. 16

    Nice post.thanks for the include:)

    Ronald

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    I love grunge design. Nice post though. Love them all!

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    laurence from france

    October 29, 2008 12:08 am

    superbe ! merci

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    Wayy it’s awesome collection. Thanks

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    Wow. These are fantastic!!

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    I’ve got enough this grungy or retro stuff, web is full of this! Does anyone design something else?

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  22. 22

    Great roundup! You guys always do such a fantastic job. Thanks so much for including pshero.com in your list! I’m flattered to be counted in such distinguished company!

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    Grunge has a place in design no matter how much people may hate it. I would never expect to see the BBC homepage in grunge but for a designers homepage I say why not?

    I beleive there is a lot of skill involved in creating a truly creative grunge look and while there are a number of poorly designed sites where you cannot find the naviagtion for all the tea in china there are some true masterpieces out there. Grunge is one of the few designs left that can still make me go “wow” when I see a masterpiece.

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    beautiful!!!

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    wonderful tuts collection! Thanx

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    Flipping brilliant ;-) Keep it up guys!

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    good resource. thanks!

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    Thanks for featuring my Realistic Burnt Parchment tutorial! A lot of these tutorials and works look great, I’ve read a large amount of them before this and they are simply wonderful.

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    Tagging for future inspirations =D

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    stop it…. I can’t keep up as it is!

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    Awesome collection. Can’t wait to try some of these out. Thanks again Smashing. :)

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    Oh boy, can’t believe that this trend is surging again. Grunge in webdesign is really soooo hardrockin’ 2002. Let dead dogs lie.

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    Lol, grunge.

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    i love you, smashing mag!

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    waw… thank’s. the article is very useable for me..

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    great collection, thanks for sharing it.

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    I noticed that the link for ” Artistic One-Eyed TV Man in a Grunge Vector” is incorrect. It’s at naldzgraphics.net not naldzgraphics.com. Thanks for the great collection!

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    WOW!!!!!!!! THIS SITE IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Thanks a lot for the tutos and designs!!!! =D

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    The photo edge effect is very pretty

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    it;s so amazing we can now about what potoshop is….??? by :Avatarna Istie

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    Dramatic Gritty Effect is too much nice

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    Some are good but there’s so much crap out there, even these samples. Layer a bunch of images and grunge! what a joke lol.

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    Thanks for adding this list. There’s some really great effects here.

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    super…………..

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    very cool…
    i really love it…

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    crazy movie poster
    it’s cool
    i like it

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    Thank you, it’s working now :)

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