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40 Beautiful Grunge Photoshop Tutorials

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

Creating “Smokey Dancer”17
This tutorial involves isolating the subject using the Lasso tool, some image adjustments and texturing effects.

Creating 'Smokey Dancer'18

Design a Grungy Floating Island19
This tutorial by PSDFAN creates a grungy floating island by using a few Blending modes.

Design a Grungy Floating Island20

Distressed Effects in Photoshop21
Explore different techniques in Photoshop that give your artwork some wear and tear.

Distressed Effects in Photoshop22

Photoshop Expertise23
This tutorial shares a method for giving your artwork some texture and depth.

Photoshop Expertise24

Filter-Free Art in Photoshop25
Create a beautiful, grungy photo montage using only the Layer palette in Photoshop.

Filter-Free Art in Photoshop26

Photo Transfer Edge Effect27
Apply a distressed border onto existing images by following this brilliant Photoshop tutorial.

Photo Transfer Edge Effect28

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork29
Create this organic and edgy artwork by using some stock photos and some crafty filters.

Creating an Urban-Style Piece of Artwork30

Artistic One-Eyed TV Man in a Grunge Vector Design31
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 Design32

Urban City Scene on Grunge Background33
Create an urban city scene set on a grungy, distressed background.

Urban City Scene on Grunge Background34

Design an Old-Style Safari Map35
This tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a textured, old-style safari map.

Design an Old-Style Safari Map36

Dramatic Gritty Effect37
Add some grit to an image by following this excellent grunge Photoshop tutorial.

Dramatic Gritty Effect38

Create an Impressive Mock-up of a Grunge Box39
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 Box40

Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes41
Learn how to create a custom brush using folded paper to give your artwork distressed accents.

Creating Old Paper with Custom Brushes42

Add Stock Textures to Images43
Learn how to add a bit of grunge to your artwork by using stock textures.

Add Stock Textures to Images44

Burnt Parchment in Photoshop45
Give your borders a scorched, uneven look by following this Photoshop tutorial.

Burnt Parchment in Photoshop46

Easy Photo Grunge Effect47
Give photos a simple grunge effect by adjusting Layer styles and using some filters.

Easy Photo Grunge Effect48

Grunge Portrait49
This Photoshop tutorial uses some basic Photoshop techniques to create a grungy portrait.

Grunge Portrait50

Daguerre Effect51
Learn how to achieve the Daguerreotype look using this Photoshop tutorial.

Daguerre Effect52

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster53
In this Photoshop tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a grungy, aged poster design.

Designing a Typographic Concept Poster54

Pencil It In55
This tutorial shows you how to create a hand-drawn look that uses scanned images.

Pencil It In56

Grunge-style layer tutorial57
This tutorial uses Layer styles to achieve a gritty grunge look.

Grunge style layer tutorial58

Create an Awesome Illustration Using Custom Brushes59
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 Brushes60

Hero Header Part II61
Learn how to create a grunge element using Photoshop filters and a stock image.

Hero Header Part II62

Create a Fantastic Decaying Metal Sign63
Using a variety of filters (five of them to be exact), you can create a rusting metal sign.

Create a Fantastic Decaying Metal Sign64

Create a Cool Music Logo on a Grunge Background65
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 Background66

Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout67
Mix cartoons with the grunge design trend to create a unique website layout.

Design a Cartoon Grunge Website Layout68

The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper69
This step-by-step Photoshop tutorial walks you through the creation of a Dark Knight-inspired wallpaper.

The Dark Knight Grunge Wallpaper70

Making a Grungy Business Card71
Make your business card stand out by giving it some texture with the help of this Photoshop tutorial.

Making a Grungy Business Card72

How to Create a Grunge Web Design in Photoshop73
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 Photoshop74

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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 Tutorials75 (on Six Revisions)
  2. Part 2: 30 Beautiful Photoshop Illustration Tutorials76 (on Six Revisions)
  3. Part 3: 35 Beautiful Vintage and Retro Photoshop Tutorials77


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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

    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 :).

  2. 2

    Again the same? Come on

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Great tuts indeed….

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

  5. 5

    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. :)

  6. 6

    Nice collection Jacob.

  7. 7

    Cool! Keep it going! Nice one dude :D

  8. 8

    This is great! Really awesome! :)

  9. 9

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

  10. 10

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

  11. 11

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


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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.

  13. 13

    check out .. for another Grunge-Vintage variation .

    Try not to Copy :)

  14. 14

    Muhammad Ahmad

    October 28, 2008 9:54 pm

    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

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    Naldz Graphics

    October 28, 2008 10:48 pm

    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

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    Jim Fitzsimmons

    October 29, 2008 4:38 am

    Wow. These are fantastic!!


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