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Use brushes for grunge artwork (part 2)

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
November 2, 2014

The second part of our amazing, weekend grunge tutorial!

12. Build up urban bricks

Paste a stock photo of some brickwork. Set the blend mode to Colour Burn. Add a layer mask and use a soft, round brush at 80% Opacity to remove and lessen the darkening effect.

13. Balance colours

Click the Create new adjustment layer button in the Layers palette, choose Colour Colour balance. Set Midtones (from top to bottom): -100, +26, +100. Paint black in all areas apart from the bottom-right and upper-left areas around the subject.

14. Time to burn, colour, burn

Click the Create new fill layer button in the Layers palette and choose Solid Colour. Pick #FFE096. Set the blend mode to Colour Burn and then Opacity to 80%. Paint black in the left side and select areas.

15. Lighten thing up

Click the Create new adjustment layer button in the Layers palette, and then choose Levels. Set the Shadow input level to 5, Midtone level to 1.5, and Highlight level to 245. With black, paint out the periphery in the mask to tone it down.

16. Limit the colour

On a new layer, brush in greyish colour with a big soft brush and set the blend mode of the layer to Colour. Turn down the Opacity and use a layer mask to reintroduce colour if need be.

17. Merge those layers

We’ll now merge all layers so we can apply an effect to the whole image. Press Cmd/Ctrl+Opt/Alt+Shift+E. Ctrl/right-click, choose Convert to Smart Object. This will make the effect in the next step become an editable Smart Filter.

18. Add a little Water Paper

Go to Filter>Sketch>Water Paper. Set Fibre Length to 25, Brightness to 80, Contrast to 70. Click OK. This helps smudge the detail. Apply a layer mask, fill it with black. Paint white with varying brush Opacities (40-70%) to add the effect to key areas.

19. Colour some highlights

Click the Create new adjustment layer button in the Layers palette, choose Hue/Saturation. Pump up the Saturation to +75. Fill the mask with black, then paint white at 80% brush Opacity to the areas that you want to highlight.

20. Drop the vibrance

Click on the Create new adjustment layer button in the Layers palette and choose Vibrance. Drop Vibrance to -90 to tone down the colours overall. With black, paint out areas you don’t want to dull.

21. Restore subject

Some of the subject may be texturally buried. Select the unaltered layer and Opt/Alt-Click+drag above the top layer. Apply a layer mask and fill with black. Paint white in some areas to restore the original subject.

22. Enhance gritty details

Sharpening helps to bring out the gritty details. Merge the layers again as in Step 17. Go to Filter>Sharpen>Unsharp Mask. Set Amount to 95% and Radius to 1.5.px. Click OK. Then, with black, paint out the areas that you don’t want sharpened.