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.
Creating an Old-Collage-Effect Poster
Create a textured, old-school collage poster by following this excellent Photoshop tutorial.
Quick Grungy Poster
Learn how to create a grungy poster by using smart filters and a few image adjustments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Crazy Movie Poster
Recreate the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie poster using your own images in this tutorial.
Creating “Smokey Dancer”
This tutorial involves isolating the subject using the Lasso tool, some image adjustments and texturing effects.
Design a Grungy Floating Island
This tutorial by PSDFAN creates a grungy floating island by using a few Blending modes.
Distressed Effects in Photoshop
Explore different techniques in Photoshop that give your artwork some wear and tear.
Grunge Vector Layout
Combine grunge with another popular design trend (vector illustration) to create this stunning layout.
This tutorial shares a method for giving your artwork some texture and depth.
Filter-Free Art in Photoshop
Create a beautiful, grungy photo montage using only the Layer palette in Photoshop.
Photo Transfer Edge Effect
Apply a distressed border onto existing images by following this brilliant Photoshop tutorial.
Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork
Create this organic and edgy artwork by using some stock photos and some crafty filters.
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.
Urban City Scene on Grunge Background
Create an urban city scene set on a grungy, distressed background.
Design an Old-Style Safari Map
This tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a textured, old-style safari map.
Dramatic Gritty Effect
Add some grit to an image by following this excellent grunge Photoshop tutorial.
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.
Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes
Learn how to create a custom brush using folded paper to give your artwork distressed accents.
Add Stock Textures to Images
Learn how to add a bit of grunge to your artwork by using stock textures.
Burnt Parchment in Photoshop
Give your borders a scorched, uneven look by following this Photoshop tutorial.
Easy Photo Grunge Effect
Give photos a simple grunge effect by adjusting Layer styles and using some filters.
This Photoshop tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a grungy portrait.
Learn how to achieve the Daguerreotype look using this Photoshop tutorial.
Designing a Typographic Concept Poster
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a grungy, aged poster design.
Pencil It In
This tutorial shows you how to create a hand-drawn look that uses scanned images.
Grunge-style layer tutorial
This tutorial uses Layer styles to achieve a gritty grunge look.
Grunge and Textured Art Tutorial
Use this Photoshop tutorial to add a grunge effect to your photographs.
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.
Hero Header Part II
Learn how to create a grunge element using Photoshop filters and a stock image.
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 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.
Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout
Mix cartoons with the grunge design trend to create a unique website layout.
The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper
This step-by-step Photoshop tutorial walks you through the creation of a Dark Knight-inspired wallpaper.
Building Textures from Scanned Art
This tutorial uses stock photos and a watercolor-washed scanned image to achieve an abstract, paint-splattered design.
Making a Grungy Business Card
Make your business card stand out by giving it some texture with the help of this Photoshop tutorial.
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.
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.
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:
- Part 1: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Text Effect Tutorials (on Six Revisions)
- Part 2: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Illustration Tutorials (on Six Revisions)
- Part 3: 35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials