Photoshop Grunge Patterns

Reverse Grunge – Easy Texture Technique in Photoshop (and

Reverse Grunge - Easy Texture Technique in Photoshop

I want to show you an easy and quick way to make a grunge-textured background in Photoshop. Of course, this isn’t the only way, but it’s not hard to do if you have a decent set of brushes to work with.

If you find yourself without a decent set of grunge brushes, you can download my Hi-Res Splatter Brushes and Hi-Res Watercolor I and II, here on BittBox. They aren’t necessarily grunge brushes, but they are very large and detailed, and I used them to make all of the examples you see below in this tutorial.


In a nutshell, what I mean by “reverse grunge” is starting with a solid, filled layer and using an eraser to create the grunge instead of a brush. I will go over in detail exactly how to do this, but I want to start with a visual aid. The image below is a diagram of the anatomy of the example you see above.Reverse Grunge - Easy Texture Technique in Photoshop ed Photoshop users may want to use this same technique with layer masks for non-destructive grunge effects.

The trick is to play around with the opacity of your layers, the blending mode of your layers, and the flow and opacity settings when using the eraser.

1. The Background

This part is up to you. You can use a solid color, a gradient, a pattern, an image. . . Anything really. I simply used a gradient as my background:

Reverse Grunge - Easy Texture Technique in Photoshop2. Make a new layer, and fill it with a color (usually a dark color at first)

In order to make our ‘reverse grunge’ effect, we need to make a layer on top of the background and fill it with a solid color. An easy way to do this is to create a new layer in the layers palette, then hit Shift + F5. That is the shortcut for a fill. You can experiment with your own shades of color, but usually darker colors work well for this effect.

I filled my top layer with black at 100% opacity, so black is all I see right now.

3. Start Erasing

Reverse Grunge - Easy Texture Technique in PhotoshopIn order to get our grunge effect all you need to do is select the Eraser Tool with a grunge or splatter tip shape and start hacking away at your solid black fill. I usually do this using different ‘opacities’ and ‘flow’ settings for the eraser in order to get a more diversified effect. This enables us to fill with a solid color then erase at different opacities.

You will find the Opacity and Flow settings in the main menu bar at the top, when you have the eraser selected.

Download my Free High-Res brushes if you need some to follow along. These are the brushes I used for the tip shape of my ‘eraser:’

The Result:

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Sections if necessary. (Taking a photo will distort their shapes slightly.) Stitch the pieces together, lining them up using different layers. If you are going to apply a repeat pattern, you can use "Define Brush" or "Define Pattern". By having the different pieces on separate layers, you can arrange them the way you want. Save the original psd file with layers in case you need to go back and change something later and save the file for the printer as TIFF after flattening the layers (or check with your printer). Also check with the printer as to what resolution they want it. Don't know your level of sophistication with the process or your resources, so I don't know how much detail to go into

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How do I make this kind of effect like in these letters using Photoshop CS?


I've been trying to figure it out but I can't, if someone can tell me how or give me a link to some tutorials it will be greatly appreciated
ok, but how do i get those fonts from on my photoshop? i've got one on my computer but its not on my photoshop.

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