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    Grunge Background



    Learn how to create a grunge background in only 5 easy steps, without downloading any brushes or plugins! These are very useful for banner, header and sig backgrounds. As l'm sure you've seen them all over the place on forums as well as on websites. Usually this technique is done with by using several brush sets to create that 'grunge look', however this tutorial will show you how to create a grunge background and border w/out looking for, download or installing 3d party brush sets. If you would also like to learn how to create a grunge border to go with your grunge background, please view our grunge border tutorial that compliments this tutorial when you are finished.
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    Step 1.)
    Create a new document of any size, the document l'm using here is 550 x 200 and fill the background with black. Press 'D' on your keyboard to reset your colors to black (#000000) and white (#FFFFFF):


    Go to Filter->Render->Difference Clouds.

    Press CTRL + F on your keyboard three times to repeat this process three times, Result:






    Step 2.)
    Create a new layer, fill the background with black and go to:

    Go to Filter->Render->Difference Clouds.

    Press CTRL + F on your keyboard three times to repeat this process three times.


    Press CTRL + I on your keyboard to invert the colors.

    Change the blending option of this layer to 'Overlay':


    Result:






    Step 3.)
    Create a new layer, fill the background with black and go to:

    Go to Filter->Render->Difference Clouds.

    Press CTRL + F on your keyboard three times to repeat this process three times.

    Change the blending option of this layer to 'Screen':


    Result:






    Step 4.)
    Now we'll add some color to the effect:

    Click on the bottom most/first layer to select it.
    Go to: Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Color Balance.

    Press Okay, check the 'Highlights' box and enter the following settings:


    Press Okay.

    Click on the middle layer to select it.
    Go to: Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Color Balance.

    Press Okay, check the 'Highlights' box and enter the following settings:


    Press Okay.

    Click on the top layer to select it.
    Go to: Layer->New Adjustment Layer->Color Balance.

    Press Okay, check the 'Midtones' box and enter the following settings:


    Press Okay.

    Result:






    Step 5.)
    With the top most layer still active press CTRL + A to highlight all, then press CTRL + SHIFT + C to copy all.
    Now press CTRL + V to paste all. This will make a copy of all three layers for us to create some further effects.

    Go to Filter->Stylize->Extrude and enter these settings:


    Go to Filter->Sharpen->Sharpen.
    Press CTRL + F on your keyboard three times to repeat the sharpen three more times.

    Change the blending mode of this layer to 'Overlay' and drop the opacity down to 57 percent:


    Result:


    Continue on to part 2 Grunge Borders.

    Here is my my final result after adding a grunge border, some text, and a game render:


    That completes the grunge background tutorial. If you would also like to learn how to create a grunge border please view our Grunge Border tutorial that compliments this tutorial.





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