Grunge Brushes Tutorial

These brushes are all made using Photoshop’s default shapes and applying filters, however, they never turn out the same twice – maybe you will have to create the brush more than once to get a result you are happy with.

Brush 1

Grunge Brush 1

Start with a new file, 500 x 500, 72px resolution, Transparent background.

Select the Shapes Tool and select Starburst.

From the options box, select Fixed Size, 100px by 100px:

Shape Options Settings

Click on the canvas to create the shape.

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur, set to size 1, Click OK

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates, set to Rectangular to Polar, Click OK.

Filter>Distort>Twirl, set to 286, click OK

Filter>Distort>Ripple, set to 397, click OK

Ctrl+T to select the Transform Tool, and using the top centre handle, push the design down in size. Now using one of the corner handles and holding down the Shift key, enlarge the whole design to the size required.

Return key to accept transformation.

Cut the design to leave hardly any edge, then go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, and give the brush a name, click OK.

Brush 2

Grunge Brush 2

Start a new file as before, 500 x 500, 72px resolution, Transparent background.

Select the Shapes Tool and select Tile 1

From the options box, select Fixed Size, 100px x 40px.

Click on the canvas to create the shape.

Create a new layer and click on the canvas again to create the shape again.

Ctrl + T to select the Transform Tool, right click in the box and select Rotate 180°, then move the design to join up below the first design:

Joined Tiles

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Merge Visible.

Filter>Distort>Twirl, set to 136, click OK

Filter>Stylize>Wind, set on Wind, From the Left, click OK

Filter>Distort>Wave, apply the following settings:

Wave Settings

Filter>Distort>Twirl, set to -75, click OK

Filter>Distort>Ripple, set to 75, click OK

Filter>Blur>Motion Blur, set to -61°, Distance: 2px

Filter>Render>Fibers, set Variance to 27 and Strength to 12

Cut the design as before, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, give the brush a name and click OK.

Brush 3

Grunge Brush 3

Start a new file as before, 500 x 500, 72px resolution, Transparent background.

Select the Shapes Tool and select Star

From the options box, select Fixed Size, 100px x 100px

Click on the canvas to create the shape.

Filter>Distort>Twirl, set to 286, click OK

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates, set to Rectangular to Polar, click OK

Filter>Pixelate>Fragment.

Ctrl + T for the Transform Tool, right click in the box and select Rotate 90° CCW.

Cut the design as before, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, give the brush a name and click OK.

Brush 4

Grunge Brush 4

Start a new file as before, 500 x 500, 72px resolution, Transparent background.

Select the Shapes Tool and select Campfire

From the options box, select Fixed Size, 100px x 100px

Click on the canvas to create the shape.

Filter>Distort>Ripple, set to 256, click OK

Filter>Stylize>Wind, set to Stagger, From the Left – now erase the part of the pattern at the extreme left of the canvas.

Image>Rotate Canvas, select 90°CW

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates, set to Rectangular to Polar, click OK.

Image>Rotate Canvas, select 90°CCW

Cut the design as before, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, give the brush a name and click OK.

Brush 5

Grunge Brush 5

Start a new file as before, 500 x 500, 72px resolution, Transparent background.

Select the Shapes Tool and select Registration Target 2

From the options box, select Fixed Size, 200px x 200px

Click on the canvas to create the shape.

Filter>Distort>Twirl, set to 567, click OK

Filter>Stylize>Wind, select Wind, From the Right

Filter>Distort>Shear, apply the following settings:

Shear Settings

Filter>Distort>ZigZag, set Amount to 9, Ridges to 7, Style to Around Center, click OK

Filter>Render>Fibers, set Variance to 27, Strength to 36, click OK

Ctrl + T for the Transform Tool, right click in the box and select Rotate 90°CW, then reduce the size as required.

Cut the design as before, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, give the brush a name and click OK.

Brush 6

Grunge Brush 6

Start a new file as before, 500 x 500, 72px resolution, Transparent background.

Select the Shapes Tool and select Tile 5

From the options box, select Fixed Size, 200px x 120px

Click on the canvas to create the shape.

Filter>Distort>Punch, set to 100, click OK

Filter>Distort>Ripple, set to 156, click OK

Image>Rotate Canvas, select 90°CCW

Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates, set to Rectangular to Polar, click OK

Filter>Distort>Wave, apply the following settings:

Wave Settings

Image>Rotate Canvas, select 90°CW

Filter>Render>Fibers, set Variance to 54, Strength to 3, click OK

Cut the design as before, go to Edit>Define Brush Preset, give the brush a name and click OK.

Saving the Brush Set

To save the brush set, delete all other brushes from the palette by right clicking on each one and selecting delete.

Delete Brushes

Click on the small arrow at the top right of the palette, from the drop-down list select Save brushes.

Save Brushes

Give the brush set a name and click OK.

The brushes will not be available as a selection until you close and re-open Photoshop.

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The image below shows each brush created 4 times, you can see that some are vastly different and some are very similar. Playing with shapes and filters will create many different results, but rarely the same result twice!

Grunge Brushes


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