Tut: Grunge Overlay/Technique

I misspelled grunge in the title of the tut but I didn’t realize this until I uploaded the movie up to Revver. So I’m just going to leave it the way it is, at least until I have more time to go back and edit all my mistakes.

This is and edit, I forgot: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

For the filters, I used the default settings. In order, I applied: Poster Edges, Glass, Watercolor and Smudge. As I mentioned in the tut, you can go about this in different ways. You can apply the Filter –> Render –> Difference Cloud more than once. You can change the settings in the four filters above, or just go with Diff. Cloud, Poster Edges, and Glass. The steps are here and you just need to play around with the different effects and settings. Also, keep in mind that I created the tutorial using a 3×3 inch canvas. Yours will not look like mine if you set your canvas at 12×12 or 8×8. To get a good spread, you want to make sure that you have an even amount of black and white. The white space is what’s going to give your LO the washed out effect. Sometimes I like to get more white another time I like them even — just depends.

EDIT: You might find it a bit hard to create the more spread out grunge border if you start with a 12×12 canvas (you might might have a lot of solid blacks still on the edges). Well, to work around this (I am really good at working around things {::SMILES}), I find it best to create everything on a 6×6 canvas and 300 resolution. After I get the effect that I want, and I still need to use the eraser tool (don’t forget to change the brush size and the spacing, I showed you where to find these settings in my previous videos) to really give it that rough look. For the brush type, don’t use a smooth brush. Use something that’s rough. If you don’t have one, go down to yesterday’s blog and download a few from that link I gave you. He’s got some nice grunge brushes. Rough out the edges. You might not get it the first time around or you might have a terrible brush to work with but you’ll get it.

Then, after all is set and done, go to Image –> Image size and change it to whatever size you want. I enlarged mine to 12×12 and this is what I got: my grunge border. Feel free to save this 12×12 300 dpi file and use it. Please do not sell or redistribute claiming it as your own though. I follow the creative commons licensing, free to use and distribute as long proper credit is given.

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7 thoughts on “Tut: Grunge Overlay/Technique

  1. Thank you Thank you! I have wanted to know how to do this so HORRAY! I was wondering if you have to pick the color you want the overlay to be in the beginning, or can you change the color each time you use it for differnet layouts? Thanks! You are AWSOME!!
    1. Amanda, I'd stick to the black and white for the "grunge.pdf" or your grunge effect itself. When you apply the grunge.pdf through the filter --> distort function, then you can pick and choose what color you want your grunge effect to be.
  2. Wow! I knew a different way to do this, but it was more of a scanning way. When I saw the beginning part of your tutorial, I thought it was a strange looking overlay and I had no idea how you were going to get it to look right - then you did and it looks amazing! Thank you SO much for sharing!

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