by Emre Sarbak aka e-sarbak | 3 February 2006

It seems like the grunge style is the hot thing for everybody to do. Despite it being popular, a good grunge style needs to be executed properly. Many artwork I have seen feature a grunge style for the content and other important areas, but they forget about the border! I think the border is very import in creating a grunge styled work.

In this tutorial, you will learn an easy way of creating decent looking borders. Let's start!

  1. Launch Photoshop. Choose File | New. Adjust the settings to that you have an image that is 500 pixels wide and 500 pixels tall.
  2. Set the foreground color to be black, and set the background color to be white.
  3. Now that you have your stage setup, go to Choose Filter | Render | Difference Clouds. Your image should start to look a little weird right now.
  4. Let's make our image even weirder!. Choose Filter | Artistic | Palette Knife. The default options are good, but you can modify more settings if you know how to.
  5. Now, go to Filter | Artistic | Poster Edges. Your stage should look similar to this resized image:

  1. Duplicate the layer you are on and go to Filter | Distort | Glass. After selecting the Glass menu item, choose “Overlay” as Blending Mode.

  1. Save this file as GrungeBorder.psd.
  2. Open a new image with same dimensions as the image you just saved - 500 by 500 pixels for the width and height.
  3. Use rectangular marquee tool and make a rectangular selection. Remember to leave some space at all of the edges. Then, right click and choose “Select inverse”. Fill the selection with black:

The spacing you left when drawing your rectangle ends up being a solid color thanks to our Inverse Tool.

  1. Choose Filter | Distort | Displace. I recommend you use the default options. When you click OK, it will ask you for the location of GrungeBorder.psd. Make sure to give it that location.

  1. Depending on your taste, you can erase some parts of border using some grunge brushes:

  1. You can repeat the brushing effect and add more details as seen in the following image:

I hope this tutorial helps you to create an easy grunge border. If you have any comments or questions about the tutorial, post them on the kirupaForums or you can email me at [email protected] or MSN me at [email protected].


Emre Sarbak


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