45. Grunge Made Easy

Make any image look edgy with a high contrast, washed out, antique type adjustments.

  1. Open any image.  Duplicate this background layer: drag background to the icon that looks like a page with the corner turned up (above in Elements 11, below in PSE8), right click and select duplicate layer, or Ctrl J on the keyboard.
  2. While on the duplicate layer, >Enhance >Convert to Black and White; in the dialog box to the left select the >Newspaper >OK
  3. Again duplicate the layer.  You don’t have to do this but it you want to make adjustments to go back and adjust anything, it makes it easier to adapt.
  4. To further exaggerate the contrast >Enhance >Unsharp Mash.  Type these numbers into the boxes and press OK: 100 Amount, 250 Radius, 0 Threshold; Or move the sliders.  Once you move the slider, it will then give you a box that you can type the number into.
  5. Add a slight vignette.  Here’s an additional way: While on the top layer press these four at the same time: Ctrl-Alt_Shift-E (Mac Command-Options-Shift-E) to merge the layers.  Using a soft, round brush about 300, or adjust to your image to brush around the edges.  On the Options Menu: 50% Midtones, 50% Exposure.  Then use the Opacity on this merged layer to make it more subtle, if needed.

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