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Easy Grunge Border in Photoshop

There are times when all you want to do is dive into Photoshop, create a quick effect and move on. So if that’s you and what you need right now is a quick grunge border read on, because I’ve got the perfect tutorial.


Step 1

Open your image in Photoshop and press CTRL+J to duplicate the background layer. Switch off the visibility of the new layer and click the background layer to reactivate it.

Press D to reset the foreground and background colours and then click Image – Canvas Size. Change the units to percent and enter a value of 120 for both the width and height before clicking OK.

Step 2


Press CTRL+J to duplicate the background layer. Then click Filter – Render – Clouds. and change the blend mode to Color Burn. Press CTRL+J to duplicate the clouds layer and then click Filter – Render – Fibres. Use a Variance of 5 and a Strength of 1 for the settings and then change the layer blend mode to Color Dodge.

Step 3


Toggle back on the visibility of the top layer (layer 1) and click Layer – layer Style – Stoke… Use a size of around 50 pixels and change the position to Inside before clicking OK.

Finally click the background layer to make it active and click Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur. You’ll need to use a very large setting to see the grunge appear, but the bigger the setting the further the grunge spreads.

Step 4


Press CTRL+SHIFT+U to make a mono grunge border. If the grunge is too small or is missing from one side, paint black on the background layer with a soft edged paint brush. The bigger the brush the further the grunge border will extend.

About Gavin Hoey (45 Articles)
Gavin has been a regular contributor to Digital Photo Magazine in the UK since 2003 where he writes “how to...” techniques on photography and Photoshop Elements. His Photoshop lectures are always in demand and he can often be seen popping up at camera clubs all over the UK.

1 Comment on Easy Grunge Border in Photoshop

  1. It was really excellent post! Thanks a lot for sharing..

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