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40 Beautiful Grunge Photoshop Tutorials


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 style1 in modern Web design before, as well as tips and tricks2 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!

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Antique Ace of Spades3
This tutorial shows you how to create an old, stained playing card by using Blending modes.

Antique Ace of Spades4

Creating an Old-Collage-Effect Poster5
Create a textured, old-school collage poster by following this excellent Photoshop tutorial.

Creating an Old-Collage Effect Poster6

Quick Grungy Poster7
Learn how to create a grungy poster by using smart filters and a few image adjustments.

Quick Grungy Poster8

Creating a Stunning Old-World Look in Photoshop9
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 Photoshop10

Design a Unique Grungy Website Layout Tutorial11
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 Tutorial12

Dark Grunge Photo Effect13
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll see how to “grunge up” a photo using a variety of filters and photo adjustments.

Dark Grunge Photo Effect14

Creating Grunge Brushes15
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 Brushes16

Crazy Movie Poster17
Recreate the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie poster using your own images in this tutorial.

Crazy Movie Poster18

Creating “Smokey Dancer”19
This tutorial involves isolating the subject using the Lasso tool, some image adjustments and texturing effects.

Creating 'Smokey Dancer'20

Design a Grungy Floating Island21
This tutorial by PSDFAN creates a grungy floating island by using a few Blending modes.

Design a Grungy Floating Island22

Distressed Effects in Photoshop23
Explore different techniques in Photoshop that give your artwork some wear and tear.

Distressed Effects in Photoshop24

Photoshop Expertise25
This tutorial shares a method for giving your artwork some texture and depth.

Photoshop Expertise26

Filter-Free Art in Photoshop27
Create a beautiful, grungy photo montage using only the Layer palette in Photoshop.

Filter-Free Art in Photoshop28

Photo Transfer Edge Effect29
Apply a distressed border onto existing images by following this brilliant Photoshop tutorial.

Photo Transfer Edge Effect30

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork31
Create this organic and edgy artwork by using some stock photos and some crafty filters.

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork32

Artistic One-Eyed TV Man in a Grunge Vector Design33
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 Design34

Urban City Scene on Grunge Background35
Create an urban city scene set on a grungy, distressed background.

Urban City Scene on Grunge Background36

Design an Old-Style Safari Map37
This tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a textured, old-style safari map.

Design an Old-Style Safari Map38

Dramatic Gritty Effect39
Add some grit to an image by following this excellent grunge Photoshop tutorial.

Dramatic Gritty Effect40

Create an Impressive Mock-up of a Grunge Box41
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 Box42

Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes43
Learn how to create a custom brush using folded paper to give your artwork distressed accents.

Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes44

Add Stock Textures to Images45
Learn how to add a bit of grunge to your artwork by using stock textures.

Add Stock Textures to Images46

Burnt Parchment in Photoshop47
Give your borders a scorched, uneven look by following this Photoshop tutorial.

Burnt Parchment in Photoshop48

Easy Photo Grunge Effect49
Give photos a simple grunge effect by adjusting Layer styles and using some filters.

Easy Photo Grunge Effect50

Grunge Portrait51
This Photoshop tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a grungy portrait.

Grunge Portrait52

Daguerre Effect53
Learn how to achieve the Daguerreotype look using this Photoshop tutorial.

Daguerre Effect54

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster55
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a grungy, aged poster design.

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster56

Pencil It In57
This tutorial shows you how to create a hand-drawn look that uses scanned images.

Pencil It In58

Grunge-style layer tutorial59
This tutorial uses Layer styles to achieve a gritty grunge look.

Grunge style layer tutorial60

Grunge and Textured Art Tutorial61
Use this Photoshop tutorial to add a grunge effect to your photographs.

Grunge & Textured Art Tutorial62

Create an Awesome Illustration Using Custom Brushes63
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 Brushes64

Hero Header Part II65
Learn how to create a grunge element using Photoshop filters and a stock image.

Hero Header Part II66

Create a Fantastic Decaying Metal Sign67
Using a variety of filters (five of them to be exact), you can create a rusting metal sign.

Create a Fantastic Decaying Metal Sign68

Create a Cool Music Logo on a Grunge Background69
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 Background70

Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout71
Mix cartoons with the grunge design trend to create a unique website layout.

Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout72

The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper73
This step-by-step Photoshop tutorial walks you through the creation of a Dark Knight-inspired wallpaper.

The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper74

Building Textures from Scanned Art75
This tutorial uses stock photos and a watercolor-washed scanned image to achieve an abstract, paint-splattered design.

Building Textures from Scanned Art76

Making a Grungy Business Card77
Make your business card stand out by giving it some texture with the help of this Photoshop tutorial.

Making a Grungy Business Card78

Ultimate Grunge Design Tutorial79
This tutorial walks you through the creation of a grunge website layout that has rough edges and a distressed background texture.

Ultimate Grunge Design Tutorial80

How to Create a Grunge Web Design in Photoshop81
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 Photoshop82

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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 Tutorials83 (on Six Revisions)
  2. Part 2: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Illustration Tutorials84 (on Six Revisions)
  3. Part 3: 35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials85


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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.

  1. 1

    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. :)

  2. 2

    Nice collection Jacob.

  3. 3

    Cool! Keep it going! Nice one dude :D

  4. 4

    This is great! Really awesome! :)

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

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

  7. 7

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


  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 :).

  9. 9

    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.

  11. 11

    check out .. for another Grunge-Vintage variation .

    Try not to Copy :)

  12. 12

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

  13. 13

    Great tuts indeed….

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

  14. 14

    awesome job

  15. 15

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

  16. 16

    Nice post.thanks for the include:)


  17. 17

    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

  19. 19

    Wayy it’s awesome collection. Thanks

  20. 20

    Wow. These are fantastic!!

  21. 21

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

  22. 22

    Great roundup! You guys always do such a fantastic job. Thanks so much for including 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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  25. 25

    wonderful tuts collection! Thanx

  26. 26

    Flipping brilliant ;-) Keep it up guys!

  27. 27

    good resource. thanks!

  28. 28

    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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